I was in Mali, W. Africa in Dec/Jan. We took a pirogue across the Niger river to an island (actually part of the inland delta) where these women were making dinner on a stove made out of MUD. The sun had already receded below the horizon and this Bozo woman INSISTED (through our translator) that I take her picture.
Nikon D300, 24-70 2.8 | 1/25 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800, 32mm
I was going through old files and found these. Oh, if only they were shaper!.
A second one I found, same child...
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200.
The second portrait above with a tighter crop...
This was taken last year. The child is almost eight and was sitting on the steps of a church on the national register of historic places.
Jim,Sharpness is over-rated. Especially in portraiture. fwiw, I prefer the crop, the less of that hand rail, the better. She is a lovely girl.
I have revisited this picture and prefer this original version. I like it more. I wonder what it would be like in B&W.
I don't think this was what anyone meant, but this is the shot in soft focus.
Hi, here's our challenge this week!
Pictures where you have found the subject, ask or not and get the image fast, just enough to choose your position, maybe even there's, but not more than 20 secs or so!
I'll start. I visited an antique store and the Armenian gentleman was fascinating and friendly. I asked for his picture and turned him towards the light.
Asher Kelman: Antique Dealer in Los Angeles
f= 1.2, 1/400 sec, ISO 500 AV -1 EV 50 1.2L 5D
The idea is to do the capture on impulse and process so what is in your heart shows the image.
Now show me yours using any format camera, from digicam, to polaroid, or MF!
There's something about the tilt of his head and the direction of his gaze that really makes this image (moustache included!).