Tom Buckard  


ARABELLA by Tom Buckard

November 2023 - ARABELLA

About the Image(s)

This image was taken at the New England Camera Council Conference that ran for 75 years but is no more. She was one of many models there for the conference attendees to photograph. Most of the models were finalists from Miss New Hampshire.

Shot with a Nikon D300s in manual exposure at 1/250th of a second, F11, focal length 112mm, Nikkor 70-200 lens and ISO 200. Very little photoshop. Did crop slightly.


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10 comments posted




Donald Darling Jr
Tom, outstanding portrait. I was at the same conference. It's so very unfortunate these things have to come to an end. But, there are many organizations that have "gone away" because of lack of participation or commitment.

The subject is very attractive, and the pose is very good. Your exposure is excellent.

This is a very pleasing image.   Posted: 11/03/2023 19:55:17
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Don, we were sick when we heard NECCC was ending. It was a great conference. When we lived in NJ it was an easy run to Amherst but being in FL it was tougher but it did get us up to New England and out of the FL heat for several weeks. Thank you for your comments.   Posted: 11/04/2023 07:49:09



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
I was at NECC about 30 years ago when we lived in NY and always dreamed of going back. It was one of the best of all the conferences I ever attended and remembered specifically where certain things I learned came from.

To this image ---MASTERFUL!   Posted: 11/04/2023 11:08:57



Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
I love the portrait. The lighting is just right and the collaboration with the model is perfect.   Posted: 11/04/2023 11:45:09



Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
To me this could not be improved at all. Your model is beautiful but the photo is superb!   Posted: 11/08/2023 10:11:36



Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Bev, Lloyd and Jamie, thank you so much for your kind words. On occasion I get lucky but I will admit most of my model images are nothing to write home about.   Posted: 11/09/2023 20:02:00



Paul Jenkins   Paul Jenkins
Super image. The blending of the hair into the background is excellent. Pictures like this is one the reasons I never do portraits :-).   Posted: 11/27/2023 14:53:56
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Paul, I don't consider myself a good portrait photographer but if I am somewhere that has studio lighting and a good backdrop then I might get lucky and get a fair image. Thank you for your comment.   Posted: 11/29/2023 18:44:53



Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Groups 22 & 80)
Beautiful portrait. I think a very light stroke might help hold the image "in place" as opposed to looking like she is floating on the page.   Posted: 11/29/2023 15:55:15
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Hi Marty, thank you for your suggestion. I have tried this image many different ways with different backgrounds. I tend to go for low key (Don't like high key) and this image has done very well in various competitions but could be presented many different ways. Thanks again.   Posted: 11/29/2023 18:51:58