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Flawless Beauty



A picture of my daughter, the beautiful Katherine.

A picture of my daughter, the beautiful Katherine.
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12 Comments | Report
srimanta
 
srimanta July 24, 2013
wow... beautiful portrait... love the eyes.... Fantastic... :)Sri
willmoore
 
willmoore July 25, 2013
This is incredible! So beautiful!
anthonydelaney
 
anthonydelaney July 26, 2013
beautiful photograph and model with amazing eyes.
roseteves
 
roseteves August 01, 2013
she is so beautiful!
dangerousdick
 
dangerousdick August 04, 2013
SWEET SHOT
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank August 17, 2013
A mesmerizing image. Excellent post processing.
gabajo
 
gabajo August 26, 2013
Beautifully Captured In B&W
Satningal
 
Satningal August 29, 2013
Awesome image! She almost looks like Ashley Greene :)
SherryAnnCloud55
 
SherryAnnCloud55 October 15, 2014
You are absolutely right about beautiful...this is a great portrait shot. Well done...
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verity November 21, 2014
stunning image
puckons
 
puckons December 02, 2014
bravo, what a photo
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michelletracey February 20, 2018
This is a captivating shot!
smunited
smunited February 20, 2018
Thanks michelletracey. Things just came together!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the front yard of our home.
Time
This was taken on January 16, 2012 at 11:37 am.
Lighting
It was snowing lightly and there was a lot of snow on the ground.
Equipment
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-105mm at 42mm, Shutter speed 1/200s. Nikon SB700 Flash. Aperture F5. ISO500. Handheld.
Inspiration
My lovely daughter Katherine inspired me to take this photo. I have a number of coats with interesting hoods, and this one in particular drew me in to the strong triangles it created. I don't do a great amount of portraiture, but my daughter is definitely my muse. This day we shot a number of images with her wearing different coats, and fur collars and other winter attire.
Editing
I struggled for over a year to get a final image that I was happy with. This image was shot early in my foray into digital photography and it took time for my post processing skills to catch up with my vision. In the end I used a combination of digitally painting leaving the face more original. In color it was too busy. I purchased Nik Silver Effex and it was this final step that finished the image for me.
In my camera bag
A lot has changed since this image was taken. Then I had my Nikon D90, SB700 Flash, 18-105 Kit lens. Now I have a Nikon D700, two SB700 Flashes, my trusty 18-105, Nikon 50mm, Nikon 105 Macro, Nikon 55-300mm, Sigma 10-20, and finally my Sigma 150-500mm. A cable release, a number of ND filters, and a good sturdy tripod. What I find interesting when I look back on my images is how the first step in getting a good image is having an eye for good composition. Doesn't matter if you have all the fancy gear if you don't develop your eye for composition you will always have mediocre images.
Feedback
For me having a few models that I work with over and over again has helped me find my creative voice in portraiture. As I do a lot of post processing to all my work it is a specific type of model work that excites me. I love having a mood and theme to work with. I have also joined Model Meetup groups that have helped me learn to communicate with models and to direct them. There are lots of models that are practicing and will work with you for an exchange of images. I shoot as often as possible. The more you shoot the better you understand your equipment and how to achieve your objectives. I recently did a Halloween Bachelorette party. Not something that I will use in my portfolio, but I learned so much about using my flash creatively in a dark (Haunted House) environment. That knowledge will help me in future shoots.

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