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An image from a personal project - this is my 10 year old daughter Heather ( no doubt when she reads this she will point out shes 11 next week!), caught in a very rare moment when she is not trying to be grow up too fast.

The large version has more details

Lighting details:

One SB900 with diffuser in the back of the "Sylvanian Family" house (not a dolls house I'm told!)
Sealed as much as possible to avoid light spills (must try harder !)
Black bed sheet from Primark for back drop
1 x eBay trigger (wouldn't work in CLS mode as sensor is hidden)
Light (I think) set to 1/64 power
1/60sec @ F8 (ISO 200)

And a lot of trial and error, trying to get the house front and toys not "blowing" but retain features in Heathers face was extremely difficult.

There are two areas I wasn't 100% happy with (even on the back of the camera) one was the extreme brightness on the toy in heathers hand. I retrieved quite a bit in the RAW - and mono conversion, the other is the shadow of Heathers Glasses, trying to keep her attention for any length of time was hard to say the least ! I had some where the shadow was less intrusive but the expression didn't work, others with more detail, but I lost the facial details. I could have combined images but I wanted something natural and more or less what I attained in camera.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 24-70
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sugar & Spice
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:8 Oct 2009 - 8:49 AM
Tags:Black & white, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
Votes:51
Group Event:Group: Strobist

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sut68
sut68 e2 Member 111998 forum postssut68 vcard England76 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 9:08 AM

Probably not going to attract the attention it deserves from the thumbnail. Love the innocence of her expression and the concentration.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 9:15 AM

Thankyou Paul much appreciated, I knew it wouldn't really attract from the thumbs this was only really meant for a print for home, but I thought I might as well give it an airing.

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2009 - 9:19 AM

Excellent work.
Dave

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angej
angej  9477 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Oct 2009 - 9:34 AM

Nice one Nick, looks great in B&WSmile
Ange

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 9:44 AM

Thanks Dave & Ange

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 9:49 AM

Really intriguing, coordination between eye and hands with black void in between. Love the isolation of detail.
I hit sixty on Saturday and I've managed to avoid growing up so far...
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 8 Oct 2009 - 9:49 AM

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:02 AM

Thanks Moira, she's a great kid ... most of the time .. and is very mature for her age. You're right we should all try to retain that spark of youth.

EDIT: Thats a big surprise Pete, thank you Smile

Last Modified By Nick_w at 8 Oct 2009 - 10:06 AM

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 8177 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:11 AM

The detail in the large is just about right Nick, love the title and congrats on the HC mate.

LesF

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:18 AM

Thanks Les and yes I am (I saw the fleeting comment Wink )

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 10:56 AM

Well worth viewing large for he details in this - lovely concept Nick an d well executed.
Well deserved HC.
Regards Richard.

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:00 AM

this is excellent and LARGE is an absolute must, well done on the HC too Smile

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 8177 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:01 AM


Quote: yes I am (I saw the fleeting comment

realised after writing that there were already 4 there, drrrrr

LesF

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:05 AM

That fact alone Les should really tell me something, something you have been saying for some time!

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:12 AM

Fabulous Nick.
Tom.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:19 AM

Excellent Nick!
Want to teach me? Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 11:21 AM

I've got a lot to learn believe me Cole

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
8 Oct 2009 - 12:11 PM

Cracker Nick.


Ian

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 1:11 PM

To expand on Coles request: I pretty much got the exposure I wanted by using one of Heathers Soft toys (actually one of those was quite good) however as the light was coming from a very small opening it made it very hard and the area that illuminated her face was very tight - there were a lot of wasted exposures when part of her face wasn't illuminated. There were some more from this day using other props that may get an airing.

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dathersmith
8 Oct 2009 - 1:32 PM

Well thought out and executed Nick, congrats on the HC too.

Darren.

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 1:55 PM

Thanks Darren

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 2:03 PM

Excellent image Nick. Don't be too harsh on yourself. Shadows on the glasses are innevitible with single source directional lighting and the burn out on the toys in her hand add an almost glowing quality to the image... almost like a science project! All round top notch image mate.

Andy

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 2:10 PM

Thanks Andy, and thanks for the kind words. Its just when I do any image I always say to myself, right next time what would I do differently? and what have I learned? Particularly with flash as its completely new to me - I don't just do it with my own on any image that I like I try to analyse what I like about it and why and what would I change. Its probably my scientific background coming out.

Thanks

Nick

P.S Thanks for the idea it gives me another idea to work on, now where can I get some test tubes ?

Last Modified By Nick_w at 8 Oct 2009 - 2:11 PM

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martinl
martinl e2 Member 11251 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 2:25 PM

Well done on the HC Nick. I'm sure that your daughter will be well chuffed she made an HC!!
This is something I just don't really do, and that is take enough pcitures of my daughters! I know I'll regret it in the future (I do now!!)
Smile

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MikeH
MikeH  9217 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 2:39 PM

Like the concept Nick , congrats on the HC. I would not have the patience for this so 10/10/for effort ,
Mike

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chase
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8 Oct 2009 - 4:49 PM

Something a bit different from you Nick & it has worked well.She looks so into what she is doing,putting things just where they should be.
Nice conversion & well done with the lighting.
I'm sure Heather will like it.
Well done Smile

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 5:21 PM

Thanks everyone


Quote: She looks so into what she is doing,putting things just where they should be.


That was only for artistic purposes, I'll give you two guesses who had to clear it all away .. Everything was forgotten when Hannah Montana started

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TrevBatWCC
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8 Oct 2009 - 5:40 PM

Looks good to me, Nick, despite your exposure problems. Very lovely tones, excellent.
TrevB Smile

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LesF
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8 Oct 2009 - 6:28 PM


Quote: despite your exposure problems

Trevor told you not to mention that, you know the problem nudge nudge.

LesF

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2009 - 7:52 PM

Trial & Error certainly played off - - sometimes it's hard to remember that they are just little girls really - - we seem to expect sooooooooooo much from them.

Well done, and congrats on the HC Smile

Fran x

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Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2009 - 8:33 AM

PMSL at Les .

Your so right Fran but despite that we have been so proud of Heather this last week she has shown maturity way beyond her years.

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pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 12:45 AM

It took a lot of looking at but well worth it as it gradually 'unfolded' into a most delightful study of childhood.
Penny

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Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2009 - 8:56 AM

Thanks Penny

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ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2009 - 11:43 AM

Outstanding image...........

......... this is my 10 year old daughter Heather ( no doubt when she reads this she will point out shes 11 next week!).........and as she has got you an HC I think it deserves an extra special pressie.

Keith

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
13 Oct 2009 - 12:18 AM

Well done Nick. Much credit for trying something different - and perservering. And an HC too - you see it ain't all bad!!
I'm liking the light streaming out of the house - nice job!
Howard

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What an amazing image, great work indeed and a well deserved HC Award !

Chris

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Nick_w e2 Member 73905 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 7:47 PM

Thanks Chris Howard & Keith

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