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14 Oct 2004 7:28AM
Forgot to say, bribed with a toffee apple for practice, nothing more nothing less. Thats why the title is as is, I got it right for a change and only had to do one adjustment in Photoshop otherwise straight out of the camera.

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sybilla 13 258
14 Oct 2004 7:31AM
This is wonderful, the eyes, the toffee apple, the capture, the colours, the ideas, the composition......need I go on!

sbphoto 13 19 Ireland
14 Oct 2004 7:32AM
I like the composition on this. Looks like he is really enjoying the apple , and it does look juicy.
john64 Plus
13 824 England
14 Oct 2004 7:39AM
Looks like bribary works K. I'll have to try it with my wife and a G&T !!!
Click. JC
john64 Plus
13 824 England
14 Oct 2004 7:39AM
Ps. Hope you're feeling better today K.
UserHasLeft 14 654
14 Oct 2004 7:40AM
's lovely, K. Another example of excellent child portraiture Smile
martinduke 13 37 England
14 Oct 2004 7:41AM
Excellent shot - just love the expression - Sorry its next to my Duck's arse pic in the gallery. A flower would have been better next to your pic.
Great work
Click from me
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 7:45AM
Oh K

Made me feel bad now!

This lovely

top stuff


bikemad 13 87
14 Oct 2004 7:52AM
Looks like he is enjoying that.Great
keithh Plus
13 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
14 Oct 2004 7:54AM
Novemberingly good.
Bonfirely good.
and Appletastic
Daisy_intheMill 13 145 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 8:23AM
Lovely clear shot and very topical!
ardbeg77 13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
14 Oct 2004 8:52AM
Great angle and crop, K - top work. Hope you're feeling better today.
lovelylindax 13 16
14 Oct 2004 8:53AM
Oh wow - what a brilliant portrait K - such gorgeous eyes! MMmmmm love those toffee apples too Wink
Linda x
sze4j 13 56 Singapore
14 Oct 2004 8:59AM
Morning K! Hmmm....the eyes are really gorgeous, but that is only when i cover the toffee apple. 'Cos I currently found the red on the toffee apple too distracting that it really distracts me away from his lovely face/eyes. So, if your intention was to show off his eyes/face as a portrait shot, it doesn't quite work for me.

BUT since your category was "Close-up", i can certainly imagine this as a great advert image for toffee apples (cos that was what caught my attention)...and if so, it works! [His eyes seemed to say that the toffee apple was "heavenly"...]

Just my personal opinions... =)

Click. =)
14 Oct 2004 9:05AM
Thanks everyone. Bit more explaination I think. This was just a test shot to get camera and lighting correct. My portraits have been lacking quality and sharpness as I struggled with the technical aspects of it. Having to sit and rescue an image in photoshop frustrated and annoyed me, I wanted to get this right so I could take things further. Last nights attempt was purely practice and I had to bribe Ryan with a toffee apple, he sat for 15 mins and I reeled off 122 pictures, only 4 were of duff quality. I changed lighting, camera settings all in those 15 mins and got some of the technically best to date. Now all I have to do is put the creative and the technical together. Thanks again.
tiptoe 13 267
14 Oct 2004 9:07AM
Got yourself a heartbreaker there K.
johnjohn01 15 58 England
14 Oct 2004 9:13AM
Good angle to this fine portrait.
sze4j 13 56 Singapore
14 Oct 2004 9:13AM
wow, K....really admire your tenacity and perseverance in pursuing a great shot!! Go, go, girl!!
*salute* =)
14 Oct 2004 9:19AM
Thanks all. Sze it was highly hilarious, wish I could put a montage together, I was almost crying with laughter at one point. K.
bikemad 13 87
14 Oct 2004 9:23AM
I bet you had a great laugh-kids are wicked fun to photograph.
sze4j 13 56 Singapore
14 Oct 2004 9:23AM
u should indeed try to put a montage together (when u have the time)...the subject matter has lots of potential for a montage! =)
akh Plus
13 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 9:35AM
Like this although not a big fan of toffee apples myself.
park my ferret 13 1.0k United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 9:38AM
looks yummy
14 Oct 2004 10:29AM
Thanks all. K.
creative_sara 13 647
14 Oct 2004 11:03AM
Love the picture. I'm sure he enjoyed the session too with that treat Smile
funkeldink 13 1.6k 1 Australia
14 Oct 2004 11:07AM
mmmmmmmmm ..... munchies .... nice tooth rotting shot ... lovely
14 Oct 2004 11:16AM
Thanks Sara and Fred. K.
helena 13 134 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 11:21AM
Beautiful K. thank you for always commenting on my images, very grateful! Tara x
14 Oct 2004 11:44AM
Lovely portrait, K. Haven't had a toffee apple for years! Click

14 Oct 2004 12:21PM
Thank you both. K.
bayliss444 13 23
14 Oct 2004 12:24PM
Great image, click Brian
stevieb 13 3.0k 2 Panama
14 Oct 2004 12:51PM
Bribing young children with sweeties now K...that's terrible.

Good colour. Hate toffee apples, make face all sticky, break teeth, and make yer jaw ache. But, I suppose that's the fun of it all Smile
Stick..errr I mean click.
14 Oct 2004 1:02PM
lol I know, bad mum but it was so funny.
UserRemoved 13 53
14 Oct 2004 1:03PM
wow..this is great!-well done...
stevieb 13 3.0k 2 Panama
14 Oct 2004 1:06PM
Twigs: (I'll bet ya it don't K. A virtual pint of Guinness in the EPZ pub is the bet.)
panda 13 5 1 England
14 Oct 2004 1:15PM
Just perfect. Some test shot!!
Don't you always get the best shots when you are not really trying. Love it

14 Oct 2004 1:25PM
Thank you. K.
mattmatic 13 598
14 Oct 2004 1:41PM
Crunchy sharp shot Smile
Glad you're getting the technical aspects together. Go for it!!
Matt :click:
14 Oct 2004 1:45PM
Thanks Matt, I know the composition doesnt work but so chuffed for getting it right at last. K.
gemm 13 800 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 1:47PM
Great portrait! I love the lighting, and sharpness is spot on, as well as the colours. I think this is a quality shot.
mattmatic 13 598
14 Oct 2004 1:57PM
Out of interest, what have you changed to get the result?
(Still Portaflash & brolley, black backdrop?)
14 Oct 2004 2:04PM
Thanks Gemm. Matt positioning of the lights helped and dont know why but they wouldnt sync with manual on the camera before but they did last night which meant I could manually set the camera, worked brilliantly. Tried it with a white background too but I need to make a few adjustments to get that to work as well, too reflective I think.
mattmatic 13 598
14 Oct 2004 2:21PM
Aaah! K, try these tutorial links on this site:
Studio Lighting on a budget
Studio Lighting Advice Part 3
Studio Lighting Advice Part 4

(All very useful Wink
14 Oct 2004 2:22PM
Thanks Matt. K.
mattmatic 13 598
14 Oct 2004 2:29PM
Oh yes, just to mention, the *ist-D can do some odd things with auto flash especially in its P-TTL mode... I've not got to the bottom of it all, but have found that manual flash will give you much more consistency. Some subjects will come out perfect, others about 2 f-stops underexposed.

(If you don't have a flash meter, just guess and take test shots. e.g. use 1/125s at f11 and adjust the aperture depending on the histogram. Once you've got it right, you shouldn't need to worry too much more.)

Have fun, and do let us know how you get on Wink
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
14 Oct 2004 2:35PM
Well up to your usual standard K,.....regards....Ade
eddieali1961 13 97 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 2:36PM
agmcbride 15 3
14 Oct 2004 3:10PM
Just looking at your portfolio, you take the most perfect portraits,well done

old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
14 Oct 2004 6:07PM
Superb shot, K.
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 6:24PM
Amazing portrait K. Excellent colour and detail.

nigelsharman 15 30 England
14 Oct 2004 7:17PM
Great portrait although I think I would prefer eye contact but then again perhaps you have one..wish I was still getting bribed to have my photo taken!!

Regards Nigel.
kit-monster Plus
14 3.7k 2 Singapore
14 Oct 2004 7:32PM
You really are very good at these. Love the pose and the lighting - especially the lighting. Excellent shot K,

Tonyd3 13 1.0k 15 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 7:55PM
Great Lighting K love the image
gary900r 13 474 England
14 Oct 2004 8:37PM
Great shot.

andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 8:39PM
Another stunning portrait,love the angle.

14 Oct 2004 8:42PM
Thanks all so very much. K.
john short 14 25 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2004 9:55PM
A great addition to a very good portfolio.
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
14 Oct 2004 10:54PM
Great shot, I can really taste that toffee apple...
U4eA 13 475 England
14 Oct 2004 11:11PM
Nice natural portrait K...the lighting works very well. And I like your craetive choice of angle as normal. (\/)
stevieb 13 3.0k 2 Panama
14 Oct 2004 11:11PM
Damn you woman...41. I've left a virtual pint of Guinness for ya. I concede. Smile
bassan 14 9
15 Oct 2004 5:31AM
Very good indeed
lobsterboy 13 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2004 8:10AM
Fine work indeed. clcik.
darrinj 13 250 United Arab Emirates
15 Oct 2004 8:26AM
This is fantastic on so many levels, the dreamy look, totally absorbed by the toffee apple, the vibrant colours and the contrast against the background make this just soooooo good!. Click
15 Oct 2004 9:25AM
Thanks all so much everyone. Steve thanks for the beer, enjoy your hat Wink K.
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2004 3:53PM
Hi K - excellent - glad to hear you feel you're beginning to crack it - certainly looks like it here Smile - the angle of light is spot on

Click -

an interesting point here and I run into it as well - is that the light has caught his hair parallel to his right cheek - it's a little distracting - creating a blur effect ??

I think in studio work which by definition is more formal - these little things become more significant - and I, more and more as I progress (ho! ho!), start trying to anticipate them


15 Oct 2004 4:03PM
Thanks Dave, yes I hadnt noticed that before, attention to detail I can see I'm going to have to attend to. K.
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
16 Oct 2004 11:14AM
takes me back to bonfire nights when I was his age!

click for the nostalgia.... and the top photo of course
16 Oct 2004 11:22AM
Thank you. K.
I Luv Candy Apples and this shot makes it look Delicious! Big Click!
I'm starved, think I'll order a Pizza...hee hee!
Have a great day,
Suzan Smile
21 Oct 2004 8:58AM
Thank you Suzan. K.
oldham 14 198 England
2 Nov 2004 12:59AM
An excellent composed image well captured lovely expression and gusto at eating the toffee apple all portrayed in your wonderful image well done
2 Nov 2004 2:42PM
Thank you. K.

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