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Maintaining the reality

By NevP  
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.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel Portraits and people Night and low light

Voters: W1ldside, dmhuynh72, frz67 and 53 more

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W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2010 7:31AM
Very nice capture Nev and I love the unawareness that you speak of which adds to the appeal....

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frz67 8 10 32 Italy
7 Jul 2010 7:34AM
well seen and caught,
don't think she noticed you at all!

nice note too, interesting

Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
7 Jul 2010 7:39AM
Like it...candid is always best when the subject is unaware methinks.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
7 Jul 2010 8:03AM
nice study in concentration...she's away in another world
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 Jul 2010 8:32AM
Growing up, superb Nev. Ron.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
7 Jul 2010 8:39AM
Remember it well.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2010 9:22AM
Respect and discretion are things that I approve of, both are here.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 Jul 2010 2:48PM
So true. Love the profile highlights in this........Sandy
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
7 Jul 2010 3:25PM
Thanks guys!

Quote:Remember it well.

Cheers Cole. I had an EC with a similar shot, but not this one. Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
7 Jul 2010 4:27PM
very natural...
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2010 6:43PM
Lovely work Nev , An offset candid for sure , in a world of her own.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
8 Jul 2010 6:52PM
Lovely work Nev - the pose- light and tones work well.
Regards Richard
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
8 Jul 2010 7:25PM
Yes! bang on the money.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
9 Jul 2010 8:03AM
a cracker Nev
great use of the LB ...


MilanaG 12 Bulgaria
9 Jul 2010 8:56AM
Congrats...well deserved awards!
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 1:29PM
wonderful image this
congrats Smile
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 4:31PM
Fabulous candid work, saw it last night very impressive, great looking website too.
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
9 Jul 2010 4:37PM
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.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
11 Jul 2010 5:04PM
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 9 269 725 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 12:32AM
Another superb photograph. It's quite surprising how integrated the two halves feel, despite the massive contrasts between them.

Congratulations on the EC!
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2010 4:03PM
Great shot Nev, and a very good narrative, which I found inspiring, so thanks for sharing both.
Nikola 7 1 India
28 Sep 2010 9:52AM

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