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One thing that I am acutely aware of when shooting, especially documentary/editorial type stuff is that I don't want to wade in with all guns blazing and possibly destroy what it was that first caught my eye. I think that when we make pictures we have the option of presenting a version of reality that is only a version, but it can have solidity, resonance, maybe some inherent "realness". That option rapidly disappears though if you change the nature of the environment or the behaviour of your subject(s). It is a fine line between observing in a very passive way and engaging thoroughly. Too far one way and you've blown it, too far the other and you may as well have stayed at home.

This is a shot that I took a while ago and have re-visited this evening in looking at some tweaks to my workflow. Shot using available light (which was pretty decent here) with a lensbaby, and to my knowledge the young lady did not know that I was shooting her. Hopefully I was not important enough for her to notice.

Thanks for dropping by, if you like the extended notes I have a blog on my site.

Make it a great day.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:LB Composer f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Maintaining the reality
Username:NevP NevP
Uploaded:7 Jul 2010 - 7:28 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Portraits / people
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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 7:31 AM

Very nice capture Nev and I love the unawareness that you speak of which adds to the appeal....
Rick

frz67
frz67  5 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 7:34 AM

well seen and caught,
don't think she noticed you at all!

nice note too, interesting

francesco

Alan_Coles
7 Jul 2010 - 7:39 AM

Like it...candid is always best when the subject is unaware methinks.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104233 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 8:03 AM

nice study in concentration...she's away in another world

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 8:32 AM

Growing up, superb Nev. Ron.

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 8:39 AM

Remember it well.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8520 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1088 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 9:22 AM

Respect and discretion are things that I approve of, both are here.
Moira

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 2:48 PM

So true. Love the profile highlights in this........Sandy

NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 3:25 PM

Thanks guys!


Quote: Remember it well.

Cheers Cole. I had an EC with a similar shot, but not this one. Smile

Last Modified By NevP at 7 Jul 2010 - 3:27 PM
pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
7 Jul 2010 - 4:27 PM

very natural...

Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 6:43 PM

Lovely work Nev , An offset candid for sure , in a world of her own.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 6:52 PM

Lovely work Nev - the pose- light and tones work well.
Regards Richard

Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  7200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2010 - 7:25 PM

Yes! bang on the money.

bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 8:03 AM

a cracker Nev
great use of the LB ...

congrats

ollie

MilanaG
MilanaG  8 Bulgaria
9 Jul 2010 - 8:56 AM

Congrats...well deserved awards!
Milena

kitsch
kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 1:29 PM

wonderful image Nev...love this
congrats Smile

Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 4:31 PM

Fabulous candid work, saw it last night very impressive, great looking website too.

NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 4:37 PM

Thank you guys for dropping by and your kind words. Thanks Ollie and Jo for your awards, they are greatly appreciated, and thanks Pete! Also, much appreciated.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2010 - 5:04 PM

You must have mastered the art of stealth not to have been noticed using an LB. Wonderful clarity on the face and hair. She certainly seems to be engrossed in her lipstick, daydreaming of what I wonder.
Chris

DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 12:32 AM

Another superb photograph. It's quite surprising how integrated the two halves feel, despite the massive contrasts between them.

Congratulations on the EC!

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72459 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 4:03 PM

Great shot Nev, and a very good narrative, which I found inspiring, so thanks for sharing both.

Nikola
Nikola  4 India1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2010 - 9:52 AM

Simply EXCELLENT...

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