Camera Shy Girl

This is an older image that I previously had passed over because there were a few things wrong with it, but thought I’d give it a go and try to make it work.

In the straight image the girl’s skin was a bit blotchy around the arm and forehead, for some reason. So I softened the image in an effort to hide that.

Whenever you make a close up like this, little details are enhanced, including disadvantageous ones. Here the chin area had some of the girl’s hair showing and looking too close to (or possibly reminding the viewer of) a beard. So I tried to clone that out — still needs work though, unfortunately.

Lighting was my usual one light with reflector setup.

Tech info:

Fuji S2, 50mm lens set to f8, 1/90th sec. sync speed, 100 ISO, B/W JPG mode.

14 thoughts on “Camera Shy Girl

  1. dsr

    The hands make this one! I think it is a very beautiful portrait, Eddie. Glad you found this again.

    Reply
  2. eddie Post author

    Thank you, David and Monyeen.

    Ü

    –Eddie.

    Reply
  3. ally

    beautiful eddie. the details are exquisite and her body language is just right for a young girl this age. love it.

    Reply
  4. eddie Post author

    Thank you, Ally. Ü

    ~~————-~~

    I want to add another issue that I saw as a drawback to the original composition:

    I didn’t want to crop in anymore on the left side or the top, and because of this I had trouble getting the girl’s eye to be higher in the frame and a bit more to the left. Doing that would balance the image out better (think rule of thirds) by reducing the forehead area at top/left-ish, which to me doesn’t serve any purpose in this composition. I may continue to experiment with perhaps going ahead and cropping the left and top some more.

    Ü

    –Eddie.

    Reply
  5. Nanine

    Sweet image Eddie – love her freckles and eye peeking out. really get a sense of who she is. thanks for sharing, I think it’s one of my favorites of yours so far.

    Reply
  6. Sandie

    LOVE this one Eddie – the positioning of her hand, the tack sharp eye. I love unique poses and this is definitely one.

    Reply
  7. Leslie

    Wow. This image is absolutely stunning. I wouldn’t make any changes to it. I think the crop really works. Beautiful.

    Reply
  8. ali

    It’s beautiful. The hands are fascinating. I love all the tightly knit triangle shapes in the composition.

    Reply
  9. JanetC

    I really like this. She’s a very pretty girl, and it shows enough to say so. I imagine the way she presents herself is a perfect expression of who she is right now. I think it’s an honest, nice portrait.

    Reply
  10. Jessica

    Very captivating! Do you end up cropping most of your pictures? Are there any rules to follow when taking pictures if you plan to crop later? I have been playing around with cropping in post processing but am having a hard time deciding just how to crop.
    Thanks!
    Jessica

    Reply
  11. Barbara Breitsameter

    This portrait really grabbed my attention. The clarity, tack sharp, & lighting is perfection. I love your b&w conversion and that you didn’t over post process this image.

    Reply
  12. eddie Post author

    Thanks everyone.

    Ali, great that you mentioned the triangles. Although for me those elements are not always noticed during the session, during editing they definitely are, and one thing that drew me to this particular composition was the V shape at the bottom.

    Jessica: You mentioned having a difficult time deciding on how to crop in post processing. I can relate to that. One of the reasons I very rarely crop significantly in editing is because it feels too arbitrary. So I like to make the main cropped composition in-camera. And I try to respect that first chosen crop all the way through editing… unless obvious improvements can be made. But so often the in-camera decision feels most natural. I’ve always liked Henry Cartier Bresson’s desire to not crop at all after the fact.

    The “rule of thirds” is good to keep in mind for those still new to photography. After lots of shooting experience, you tend to shoot more intuitively… with the rules perhaps lurking in the back of your mind. But yes, that rule in particular is helpful in my opinion.

    Ü

    –Eddie.

    Reply
  13. Karie

    I like this, Eddie. I would probably clone out the hair on the forehead as well. Your cloning on the chin looks good to me….

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *