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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  5 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....

frz67  6 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


7 Jul 2010 - 7:39 AM

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


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


Growing up, superb Nev. Ron.

Coleslaw  1013403 forum posts Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 8:39 AM

Remember it well.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 9828 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2010 - 9:22 AM

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


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

NevP  10853 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

very natural...

Eviscera  91111 forum posts 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.


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

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

Yes! bang on the money.

bliba  10 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 8:03 AM

a cracker Nev
great use of the LB ...



MilanaG  9 Bulgaria
9 Jul 2010 - 8:56 AM

Congrats...well deserved awards!

kitsch  9439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 1:29 PM

wonderful image Nev...love this
congrats Smile


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

NevP  10853 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.


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.

DRicherby  7269 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!


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

Nikola  5 India1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2010 - 9:52 AM


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