Project 365 #34 – Antonia

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My first proper portrait of Antonia for Project 365. I took this before we headed out for a meal, and I’m really pleased with how it came out. The original was a little under-exposed (a problem I seem to get a lot with my photos – I should check the histograms more) so I’ve had to bump up the shadows quite a bit which has introduced some noise, but at anything other than 100% crop it’s not really noticeable. The light in her eyes is really nice, and the way it falls across her face is exactly what I was aiming for; I bounced the flash off of the white wall to my left.

I really want a proper off-camera light; I think this could be improved by placing the flash closer and slightly above her to the left of the photo (though of course this would ruin the spontaneity). With the key light closer and more directed the background would fall off much more (I reduced the background exposure in Lightroom and it is still quite prominent) and perhaps I would be able to get the exposure more correct.

Composition wise, I think it could be improved by not having the bookcase in the back of the shot, or shot with a longer focal length to blur it out more (the focal length really doesn’t feel ‘tight’ enough for the crop; I wish my 70-200mm wasn’t in for repair now).

The subject, of course, is perfect 🙂

Lens: 50mm f/1.8 II
Focal length: 50mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/100
ISO: 400
Flash: Fired

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