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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