Technical data: Photo taken with handheld Nikon SLR film camera and
Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens using existing daylight. Approximate exposure
1/500 second at f8 - Kodak T-Max 400 black & white film, processed
normally. No lens filters were used.
Film was scanned using a Nikon
Coolscan series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using
Photoshop; levels and curves, sharpening, cropping and dust spot
removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.
Comments: After photographing these three children for several
hours I was wearing out my welcome. But I still needed an important
shot - an upbeat picture of them all together. I hastily directed them
in from of this wall, using parking lot glare for nice fat light. They
were just not interested. So it was time for the secret child
photography weapon - the head slap. A micro-second after I began
smacking my head and crying with pain I made the picture I needed.
An obvious lesson here is to make
the most important pictures first, before your subjects lose interest.
After all these years I should know that.
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