Thursday, October 25, 2007


Son of a friend of mine (my Best Man, in fact), Alex has just turned three. He's a lovely, if shy little boy and wasn't too happy about me grabbing a couple of shots of him in our hall when he came round at the weekend with his Mum and Dad.

You get to know where, in your house, the light's nice, and at which times of the day. The hall's good for us because there are large plain light surfaces, even if the buttermilk emulsion gives a bit of a colour cast. The chance for some natural catchlights in the eyes is there, and the shadows are never too harsh. Even though he's standing in the doorway to our downstairs loo, a nice wide aperture makes it all OK.

I'm pretty happy with the shot - his expression, the lighting, and the post-processing. I really don't know if it's a competition-grade shot though. Thoughts?

Details: Canon 40D, ISO400, f3.2 @ 1/50, Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 lens @ 50mm. Post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.


Anonymous said...

Really like this for all the reasons you cite, but I think the highlights on the rhs of his face are burnt out, white, or is it not in the original? This catches the eye and seems quite harsh. A stop less may have held this in, but still maintain the high key effect. Really good composition and a sympathetic bw treatment too. If you have the RAW file and you can save the highlights, have a go.

Gareth said...

Thanks Ivan. This is all in the post-processing - the original is a very soft-lit image and it's just the pp which has burnt out the highlights. (Everything I shoot is on RAW...). I'll post the image as it came off the camera in a sec. So sounds like you think I've over-cooked the image, which is fair enough!

stasher1 said...

Really like this G. Compared to the original above it's streets ahead. Agree with I on the slighly overblown highlights though.