Kara in B&W

Another shot from the last strobist meet, alas I shot from a poor angle and thus the background sucks, but I liked the photo anyway.

Strobist info: Canon 430ex into brolly box, close to subject on camera left. Vivitar 285HV fired into wall on camera right.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 16th March 2008, This photo: 6:44pm

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  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Well, if you don't like the background, you could try a dramatic crop?
    With Kara's left eye bottom left is pretty good.
    But there are sure to be others.
    eg Her lips are beautiful in this pic (god that sounds like Deliverance! "You've got a perty mouth...") and it would be nice to keep them.

    btw: I didn't notice the background until you mentioned it.
    I was drawn to the eyes first.

    Or maybe play with contrast (ie more)?
  • David de Groot said:
    I added a heavy vignette to lessen the background, but didn't want to play with it too much (I could just darken it out completely in photoshop after all).

    A tighter crop may be interesting.... The plan this weekend is to shoot some more, so I'll have a puddle.
  • Jon McManus said:
    Great shot! The eye-glints are just awesome, and amazingly sharp... Here's hoping that someone has a brolly box I can borrow... or maybe I could get some black material and fashion my own, that would be interesting.

    What lens did you use for this shot?
  • picsbymac said:
    I really like it David. It's got a soft quality to it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well a shoot through umbrella will work just as well, the black cloth is only to control spill.
    I used the 100/2.8 for that (and most of the shots on that shoot) - wonderful portrait lens :)
    Thanks Mel :) Faux Red filter on the B&W conversion - works well for that look.
  • Jack High said:
    I agree with picsbymac, it has a very calm soft feel. Background looks fine to me, certainly no distraction at all. Lovely shot.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack :)