Monday, March 19, 2012
I got together with a group of photographers on Sunday from the Bay Area Photo Club. We took photos of a couple of willing models on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake. This is Emili, above, who is a senior at LaPorte High School. It was definitely a learning experience for me, as I was trying out a couple of new light modifiers. This shot was taken with a Nikon SB900 in a Cowboy Studio 16" beauty dish at about 1/16 power. 85mm, 1/160 sec at f/4.5. I struggled with the crop here. My first thought was to crop the strip of sky and greenery on the far lefthand side. The more I looked at it, though, the more I liked the small square of blue sky in the upper left and how that played off Emili's ring with the blue stone. Lots of interesting convergences here -- arms into the face, the out of focus rib of the building into Emili's eye, the tilt of the head. Subtle stuff, but I think it all works pretty well.