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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2013 11:36AM
The lighting is lovely but the focus is too soft. Nice first try though.

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7 Apr 2013 11:48AM
very soft and warm portrait. brilliant
7 Apr 2013 12:32PM
Nice mono portrait.
dudler Plus
14 648 1248 England
7 Apr 2013 1:14PM
Lynne's right: though if you look at the portraits that Julia Margaret Cameron shot, you'll find similar levels of softness - so maybe that's not wrong in itself!

The EXIF data's missing (did you edit and "save for web"?), but I suspect low light levels, a wide aperture, and a slow shutter speed conspired to make this less sharp than you might have liked.

JMC once said that she "focussed until it looked beautiful" - quoted at me by a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum when I suggested that a shot was not optimally focussed. So there's precedent!

And your son, though he may not be a poser, is in the category of young man Mrs Dudler calls beautiful...
after much persuasion he did allow me to photograph him watch this space cos he is very photogenic i think.... he was very conscious of his skin this is why i tried to soften the light and have it slightly out of focus... portraiture is a real art as i have discovered!!!

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