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Photo Details and Comments - J163-30 - Girl close up

Sad girl close up.
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Technical data: Photo taken with an Olympus OM-4T SLR film camera and Zuiko 100mm f2.0 lens; hand held, available light. Approximate exposure 1/125 second at f5.6 - Kodak T-Max 400 black and white film rated at EI 800 and processed normally. No lens filters were used. Film was scanned using a Nikon Coolscan series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized with Photoshop on a Mac.

Comments: This young girl was headed to the dentist later in the day so getting an authentic somber pose wasn't hard.

I wanted to emphasize her large chocolate eyes so I positioned the camera a little above her and used a lens that would focus close enough to eliminate the background. The fairly wide f5.6 aperture combined with the high magnification (I was at most eighteen inches from her nose) made the eyes snap and everything else blur out nicely - more details about depth of field.

Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend this technique. Handholding a camera with a heavy lens can be shaky and using apertures less than f8 for very tight portraits is tricky - there's very little depth of field. But sometimes you want just what breaking the rules will get you.  HC

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