Oh yeah, here’s the actual snooted portrait.
What I mean is, I really like the balance, the light and dark spaces, the figure and ground as it were.
It doesn’t work small though. The face looks lost. Large however, the balance works out, and it becomes almost like a framed print with a large mat, which is something that often works well. Size does matter.
I think I want that new 50mm equivalent teleconverter.
Here’s two from today, a snooted self portrait from when I was setting up, and an actual portrait.
I have read several reviews and user comments that suggest that the X-Trans cameras are poor for photographing children.
We went to the beach today, to collect “treasure,” and the reviewers and commentators are right – as far as fast moving children are concerned. It sucked trying to get them at those critical & very fleeting moments where everything came together visually.
I have the cure though. Nail their shoes to the floor.
Seriously though, I’ve found that if you are looking for those spontaneous little moments of joy, then create a fixed or static zone for it to occur in. If you can engage them, what you are doing is nailing their attention to the floor.
For example, after the beach today, I set up a table and had the children tell me stories about their “treasure.” This kept them engaged, relatively stationary, yet also quite animated. Using the table also kept them together along a single plane of focus (but admittedly this didn’t do much for an even light spread). Three examples below.
Switching to B&W in-camera, I seem to get better results straight out of the camera than with Silver Efex Pro and it all happens far faster. Seems I can also import this result into Silver Efex Pro to just add toning and the result isn’t really any darker than the original pre-Silver Efex Pro file.
Yet another self portrait (toned one at bottom). It’s not all ego, there’s some strangeness and wonderfulness in there too.
Top: apart from burning in a little hot spot on the cheek and adding a slight vignette, basically straight out of camera. JPEG => Capture One TIFF conversion, Lightroom export for web.
Bottom: same as top plus coffee tone in Silver Efex Pro 2
This, apparently, is my 100th post.
Still struggling with the whole off-camera flash thing, and now Silver Efex Pro seems weird. When the images come back into Lightroom, they appear much darker. Not to mention that smudgy (presumably) X-Trans thing. Oh well…
Anyway, here’s a light spilled, smudgy shadowed, darker than intended, 40 mins to midnight self portrait. On the bright aide (pun intended), look at the loverly bokeh an APS-C sensor can get at f2. May not be a lot of it, but it’s enough and, unlike the subject, it’s purty.
So, yesterday’s photos were just to show how I was getting on, trying to learn new stuff. They were just two shots culled from two different sequences of photos while following the very first unit of Strobist.com’s Lighting 102 (1.2 – Position (Angle) & 1.2 Position | Distance).
I liked the flower one, so today made a better attempt, getting rid of the refection and taking care of the light spill. Here’s the two I like best. Artificial flowers & artificial light – what’s not to like?