Lance Lewin  

Intimacy  by Lance Lewin

October 2019 - Intimacy

About the Image(s)

Hello everyone! In this portrait example I infiltrated the mother and newborn's space - if just for a few precious moments. Wanted to use my Canon F/1.4 50mm glass, I needed to get up and personal with my daughter-in-law, and Ashley was cooperative, indeed.

Natural lighting was key as using a Flash was not appropriate and would also not give me the "look" or interpretation we see here. Soft, delicate and intimate. Tech: Hand-held Digital capture at ISO 6400 F/4.0 and the camera triggered at 1/640th sec. The newborn was my "focus" both literally and figuratively, keeping mommy soft and less exposed as it were. Yes, I took three "bracketed" shots to be sure I captured the look I want: getting a shot in these situations takes planning. Also, something I never do anymore, I "desaturated" the composition. Camera Raw was used for all post-production editing. The blur or Bokeh around mommy is natural and not software induced. Thank you.

7 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
A Word on "Bracketing":
When film cameras ruled it is obvious the photographer had no way to review a shot like we do using most digital cameras, today. It was almost a matter of common sense to frame a composition through the viewfinder and take multiple shots without altering the composition; and if the situation was applicable, so much the better if the camera was sitting on a tripod. With this practice, the photographer hopefully was rewarded with a good shot. Bracketed shots are basically an insurance policy that hopefully, one of the 3 to 5 shots triggered will yield a keeper, or the "design" or visual narrative one was planning for a particular composition will be realized.

The photographer presses the shutter release button 3, 4 and maybe 5 times of the "exact" same composition, as seen through the lens of the camera and onto film and digital sensors. Each successive shot thereby utilizes a change in shutter speed, aperture, (maybe) additional lighting and in many cases (like the portrait posted) a change in focus points, or all of the above.

If you have questions feel free to ask me here or email me: Thank you, guys!

  Posted: 10/04/2019 12:50:50

Mike Washington   Mike Washington
Very lovely shot, Lance. Nice use of shallow focus with f/1.4. The focal fall off gives the image a nice dreamy glow. It appears her right eye and check was in the same focal plane as the infants nose, mouth and fingers. I also like the the subtle de-sat, which contributes to the dream like quality.   Posted: 10/06/2019 06:43:46
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Good eye, mike: that's correct, we can see the plane on which the focus landed across the frame. Another reason for at least 3 or 4 "bracketing" shots, each time moving the focus slightly and deciding what looks good through the viewfinder. And to ensure you get a keeper.

But, after you gain experience with these types of shots, you tend to (guess better) what to expect as you place the focus at different points. Thank you for your comments, Mike!   Posted: 10/14/2019 18:07:04

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
(Groups 20 & 64)
You captured a wonderful moment and represented it very well. Perhaps a light vignette would add to the focus.   Posted: 10/14/2019 11:23:54
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jerry! Appreciate the comment. No. Anything else would disturb this delicate aesthetic. Also, I use barreling or vignetting extremely sparingly and usually to obscure something in a "snap-shot".
  Posted: 10/14/2019 17:53:50

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
A very tender moment! I like the desaturation as it softens the image and makes it more dreamy, as if the mom is in her own world with her baby after the difficult work of giving birth.   Posted: 10/14/2019 16:56:25
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jennifer. I too, was very involved in the moment - and the mood and vibe transmitted through the lens. I infiltrated their space, but just for a moment. Also, I rarely work with color, but here it was the correct choice. Thank you, Jennifer.   Posted: 10/14/2019 18:01:20


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