Manfred Mueller  

First Nations Woman by Manfred Mueller

June 2020 - First Nations Woman

June 2020 - Manfred Mueller


About the Image(s)

While this has the looks of a studio portrait, this image of the young First Nations woman is actually an event shot. She is a grass dancer at a local pow-wow. The shot was taken at evening golden hour, so the light was beautifully soft and diffuse.. By shooting up and using a long, fast lens (Nikkor f/2.8 70-200mm) wide open at 200mm, I was able to throw most of the background out of focus. A bit of a crop and some minor cleanup, plus some dodging and burning gave me this image. The
original JPEG shows what I started with.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Donna Paul   Donna Paul
Beautiful! I like what you did when you edited the image. I would have left her hair black, just what I would like.   Posted: 06/03/2020 18:40:10

Cheryl Dubois   Cheryl Dubois
Lovely image. I like the tones and the lighting is very nice.   Posted: 06/09/2020 22:22:28

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Your photograph this month, which I like a lot for the quality of color and detail as usual, I suggest you avoided cutting the feather of her headdress, which may be an identifier of rank or social status within her tribe.   Posted: 06/14/2020 03:57:13

Good model, good technically and excellent costuming. You did a nice job with the background. Event shoots present many challenges. Usually one of the biggest ones is to get the model to look into your camera and pose for you, even if for only a minute or so. I wish that she would have looked into your lens. I'm a big fan of having the model have eye contact with the photographer and as a result, the viewer of the photo. For an event shoot, you did a good job.   Posted: 06/21/2020 11:11:23