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As you all know by now! After 30+ years owning a studio, I hate doing portraits, my friend asked if I would photograph his Son as a big favour, this is the result. I used one Nikon SB800 off camera fired by built in camera flash with defuser attached, and positioned to get a rembrant ligting effect, one white reflector to throw light back in to shadow.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50.0 mm f/1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Feb 2010 - 9:51 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off camera flash
Title:Guy
Username:achieverswales achieverswales
Uploaded:10 May 2011 - 9:11 AM
Tags:Boy, Flash, Portrait, Portraits / people, Son
Votes:18

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 9:18 AM

An excellent portrait, Trev, wonderful light and detail in his eyes. Carol

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 9:20 AM

I think it works so well ... that lighting is so good
He is such a good looking lad I hope you did some without the hand ... seems to dominate his wonderful face

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 10:13 AM

Excellent portrait Trev.

Ken

ps, I also hate doing portraits.

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digital_boi
10 May 2011 - 10:43 AM

good eye detail like the lighting and the focus used GrinGrinGrin ...never done a portrait WinkTongue

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Alan_Coles
10 May 2011 - 10:55 AM

Great focus used and those eyes are very detailed. Agree with Barbara about the hand but I assume this is how you wanted it.


Like still life I find portraiture a little beyond my limited knowledge and on nights at camera club I see the lights getting set up and we are normally instructed what settings to use so haven't really got much of an understanding on lighting n stuff so my efforts are rather hit n miss...can appreciate though that it is not just a point n shoot exercise for those that have to do it to earn a crust.

PS Was wadered n waist deep with the camera locked onto a rock in the middle of a pool to attain detail at that speed...you should see my shakey hand held shots...they are works of abstract art...lol Grin

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
10 May 2011 - 11:40 AM

Top draw portrait Trev, for me it's perfect.

Len

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 2:58 PM

Eyes work perfectly.

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TonyWatson
10 May 2011 - 3:51 PM

Strange how the portrait stuff allways comes back to haunt one Wink ~ Hope your friend was happy with that result.
Nice one mate
Doc

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achieverswales
10 May 2011 - 4:02 PM

Thanks everyone he had a wall portrait.

Regards

Trev.

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 4:55 PM

Pity you hate doing portraits because you are good at it looking at this one. The lighting is excellent and the boy looks very relaxed and what can I say about the eyes...captured beautifully.

Fran

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achieverswales
10 May 2011 - 5:00 PM

Thanks Franfoto

Regards

Trev.

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 8:57 PM

You cant teach these skills Trev, the quality in this shot and the details in Guy's eyes show that you have done this many times before and you are at home with studio work. Well done mate a wonderful portrait.

Trev

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 9:31 PM

never attempted portraiture but might give it a go sometime, harder than it looks from what I see taking place at our local club - you have done good with this shot

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Gypsyman
Gypsyman e2 Member 3659 forum postsGypsyman vcard England
10 May 2011 - 10:25 PM

Trevor, You might not like taking Portraits, you you surely can. Eric.

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 11:52 PM

A great portrait, Trev, and the good-looking boy looks amused and natural. I don't know how you did that but it is hard to achieve.
Christina

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gabriel_flr
11 May 2011 - 5:45 AM

Excellent result Trev! i aslo hate to make portraits but i have another reason: i am not able to make nice portraits Wink
Many thanks for your friendly advice!

best wishes,
Gabriel

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achieverswales
11 May 2011 - 9:08 AM

Thanks everyone

Regards

Trev.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2011 - 9:16 AM

You may not like doing portraits Trevor but you've made a great job of these. Thanks for the tech info too. It helps me cos I'm not great with this type of photography. paul

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