Gloria Fine  

Lucas on jungle gym by Gloria Fine

November 2019 - Lucas on jungle gym

November 2019 - Gloria Fine


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I very recently bought a Nifty Fifty Lens for my Sony A6300 and was experimenting, when my five year old grandson came to visit. I set it to manual with the resulting ISO 160, 50mm, F 7.1 at 1/20 sec shutter speed. I was thrilled that it came out so clear and loved his expression. I really like it in color but, I worked on trying to really focus on his eyes/his expression in black and white.

8 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Gloria, a lovely photograph of your grandchild. F/7 really kept a relatively deep depth of field, and in this type of shot works well to define the space. However, next time try also, taking a couple of shots with the aperture more open (F/4.5 for example) and the camera would have likely triggered at a faster speed so the child's face would have been more clear. (I assume you were in Aperture Priority). The skin tones seem a bit swollen and not as crystal clear as it could be.

Another alternative, set the camera on Shutter-priority and set the speed to stop motion. 250 is a great place to start.
But of course, the weather (and lighting in any space) can dictate a lot how a shot will be captured.

Kind regards,
Lance Group-83 - 87   Posted: 11/02/2019 17:51:28

Michael Duke   Michael Duke
Wow! The B&W is far superior for one reason in my opinion. In the colour version, the face is getting lost because of the brightness and colour of the clothing. In the B&W version, you have removed that distraction and the face of Lucas now shows personality. I do have to agree with suggestions made by Lance, but the decision to go for B&W is an excellent choice.   Posted: 11/02/2019 18:31:09

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
So many portraits, like this one, are better in b/w because color is not actually the subject. Good job hand-holding (yes?) at 1/20.   Posted: 11/04/2019 17:30:07

Gloria Fine
Thanks Lance, Michael and Stephen for your suggestions. They really give me some food for thought as I look at this photo and the other photos I took of Lucas that afternoon. I will definitely go back and take a look at the others in this series. He was showing off his prowess on the jungle gym moving from one side to the next so I did try different settings especially thinking that shutter speed might be the best setting. I did handhold it and my breath too, especially hoping that he wouldn't fall. His mom and dad were there but you might know what it is like to be a grandparent!
I am happy you felt I captured his personality. He is the prince in our family.   Posted: 11/11/2019 09:52:03

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Great choice to convert to mono as the colors are way to bright and are a distraction. Add a small catch light to his eyes to improve them. I would crop the top bar off, because I don't think that it adds to the story, and makes the image busier. Nice job of capturing your grandson.   Posted: 11/11/2019 14:16:53

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Lucas does look very intent on what he is doing, so your efforts to draw attention to his expression worked effectively. You also captured good sharpness, particularly for his being in motion and the low ISO and shutter speed. I agree with Tom's suggestion to crop some of the top of the image, as that draws even more attention to Lucas. I've also tried selecting him and adjusting contrast slightly, then doing an inverse selection to darken the background, so as to bring even more attention to his eyes and face. Of course, some people don't like square format images, but I'll attach the one I did so you can see what you think.   Posted: 11/15/2019 22:12:39
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Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
Looks like I should have darkened the top rail more, but hopefully it still conveys the idea.   Posted: 11/15/2019 22:14:41

Gloria Fine
Thanks so much for taking the time to make the changes. I "GET THE IDEA"! The shape and the changes you made are really good.   Posted: 11/16/2019 09:14:25


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