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21st August 2008, 09:09 AM
The garage is very dark and throught it's large door the Sun comes in from the South. It was in the morming and the Sun was not very hight at this time of the day. No, that is not correct.
The entrance is not very hight and the quantity of incoming light is not very huge as we could suppose by the position of the large star and the time of the day. This time - for a change - I was using the two flashes both on stands triggered by remotes non TTL (I am missing now it's name/brand) with the Canon 5D + 24-70 f/2.8 L USM as usual these days. The 580 EXII was with an humbrella and all the shots were done with the light throught it. No ETTL then and all Manual flash. I am using Lightroom now and I converted two pictures to B&W. Some minor adjustments were done later.
21st August 2008, 02:52 PM
The second BW is really nice I think.
the mecanic element is out of focus enough to really bring attention to the man's face which has the perfect contrast/details to it.
21st August 2008, 04:29 PM
Originally Posted by atvinnys
Thank you for the comment.
That was the idea ! Everything in focus but the car.
21st August 2008, 07:38 PM
Personally I quite like all of them, but as atvinnys says, #2 is especially good.
I tried hand masking to see if cropping would improve any of the others; e.g. the overly bright sun/sky on #1, but I really think you have the best cropping from these shots already, well done.
#1 would (in my opinion) have been better without the chap in the background, but that's easy for me to say, rather harder for you to organise.
#3 shows an improvement in your technique of capturing a good expression when the subject looks at the camera.
Keep up the good work and do keep posting them here, Dave
21st August 2008, 08:48 PM
21st August 2008, 10:53 PM
I quite agree the light is necessary in #1, it (visually) 'explains' the nice backlighting effect on the hairy material he is holding.
I'm no English language expert, but I would say although "expressive" is a real word, it means the opposite to what you explain (quite well) a little later. "Expressionless" is perhaps the word you were looking for, but that still may not be the most suitable perhaps "impassive" - but I had to look it up myself Enough English, that's not why we're here!
Perhaps instead of just asking your subjects to just look at you, you could try saying a word (quite loudly) that will cause them to react with the expression you desire. It is not for nothing we have an English phrase for family/holiday snaps where the photographer asks the assembled subjects to 'say "Cheese", since this makes their mouths appear to smile.
It all depends what expression you are wanting. If serious; get them to imagine telling their customer it's going to cost a lot of money. If more approachable or happy; say something friendly and complimentary about them or their skills. If surprised; ... you get the idea?
Hope that helps, Dave
23rd August 2008, 07:37 AM
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