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By Hanners  
Hi guys, now I know you prefer landscape shots with beautiful skies and rolling rivers, but sometimes landscapes can be easier than doing portrait shoots. Take this little fella for example, once you have set up the lights, got them at the right settings, angles and so on, then you set your flash gun; you don’t want too much, just enough to fill, after that you have to get the camera settings right. Once you’re happy you get your model into the studio, who has been practising his smile, but as soon as you pick up the camera, the smile disappears and crying and tantrums start, oh the glamour….
In the end, I let him play with his toys; I had put the camera on the tripod and had now set the focus manually, so I could use the remote release. To get this shot, I simply asked if he could see his reflection in the lens, as he leaned over I trigged the release.

His parents, aunties and uncles, of whom there are many, loved the shot and all bought copies. Now the company that made the shirt, want to use the image as an advertisement for their clothing, so in the end it was worth the patience and effort, just like in landscapes when you’re waiting for the right light, but sometimes, just sometimes, landscapes can be so much easier. Here endeth the lesson.

Hope you guys like it, comments are more than welcome


Thanks for peeping

Tags: Portrait Black and white Black and whit Portraits and people

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Bridie 15 6
23 Nov 2006 10:29AM
All that hard work lol.But it paid off,good work
RobinF 14 83 1 England
23 Nov 2006 10:45AM
10 out of 10 for patience! Portraits are hard and portraits of unco-operative children harder. Glad you had such (deserved) success with this shot! - regards Robin
A Booth 19 11 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 10:57AM
excellent child portrait - nicely composed in the frame and good expression capture.
ian.daisley 17 96 6 England
23 Nov 2006 11:06AM
Great shot and a great description to go with it.

Cheers, Ian.
John_Horner 15 12 2 England
23 Nov 2006 11:57AM
What a cracking portrait. Great composition and something to treasure I'm sure. You have made a good and valid as well as valued point too.
PaulaLey 15 31 England
23 Nov 2006 1:09PM
He is gorgeous! I love your composition - he looks like he is having fun and you have really captured a child's inquisitive nature.
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
23 Nov 2006 2:03PM
Great expression and a good idea, nice one Tony.
danbrann 16 640 17
23 Nov 2006 4:31PM
8 votes. put a sunset behind it and you will get 108. Super portrait. Deserves much more.
exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 5:07PM
A Lovely Portrait tones light and a brilliant composition.
Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
23 Nov 2006 5:24PM
love his position and stance
- pleased your patience paid off
uggyy 15 2.1k 9 Scotland
23 Nov 2006 5:53PM
the expression is clasic...

jimbo75 14
23 Nov 2006 6:22PM
super shot - love it.
23 Nov 2006 6:40PM
Ha ha, great little character, nicely captured.
John (-:
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
23 Nov 2006 8:17PM
You've captured the spirit of a 'little man'. I'll remeber that tip too - 'Can you see yourself in the lens?' One of the most original chat up lines I've heard from a photographer. John
23 Nov 2006 8:28PM
Patience is a virtue and it has certainly paid off with this one. You were crafty.


Possum 14 148 England
23 Nov 2006 8:37PM
Sheer class. Loved the description, because it belies how simple the shot looks! He is very gorgeous, and this is one of my fave portraits on site so far.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
23 Nov 2006 9:22PM
Hi Tony,great description and even better b/w image.Love the smile,expression and detail,well done on all your sales and this magnificent composition.take care.AnnSmile
23 Nov 2006 9:40PM
a beautie! gorgeous photo :O)
23 Nov 2006 9:59PM
Beautiful portrait.
Make me smile Smile lovely expression, like so much.
Good work in b&w.

BeckaP 14
23 Nov 2006 10:00PM
Thanks for your comment tony! look at this little cutie! a lovely shot. click*
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 10:33PM
Great shot and description Tony. I'm not at all suprised this was so well received by the family.

phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 10:37PM
Excellent B&W image,love the expression and pose,beautiful lighting,fantastic work here.

wyatturp 15 2 England
23 Nov 2006 10:37PM
Great comp ----click

KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2006 10:59PM
a cracker Tony
Mavis 19 143 2 England
23 Nov 2006 11:35PM
Love your commentary Tony . I know the feeling . People were always asking me to take pictures of their wee darlings . I explained that it took more than just pointing the camera. You had to get to know them .
This is a fantastic shot . Love his endearing wee grin . Glad it turned out right for you . xxx
bobaloona 15 81 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2006 12:42AM
Great work Tony

Its very hard to be good at both Portraits and landscapes!!

Great work keep em coming Jim
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
24 Nov 2006 1:19AM
Stunning portrait Tony, brilliant work technically! You also seem to have an added virtue ... patience lol! Great stuff Tony.

Tetters 15 1 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2006 10:27AM
What a cheeky chappy, brilliant portrait.

24 Nov 2006 11:38AM
You must have a way with these kids, this little guy seems to be bursting with pride and I'm not surprised that everyone bought a copy of this. Nice idea to sell the shirt too. Love it. helen
Marian 15 62 England
24 Nov 2006 10:27PM
Love the way you have given this little guy lots of white space to look into.
Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
25 Nov 2006 11:51AM
This is top notch....well deserved rewards for your efforts.
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2006 4:22AM
Clever - classic

annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2006 9:30PM
great story and great crop.
Like the 2 tone BG.
Well done Tony
1 Dec 2006 5:29PM
Just excellent Tony, I'm logging all these techniques for my nephews and nieces, very well done, Adrian

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