danicasherry
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Florence, Portrait of a Girl



A natural light portrait of my daughter, wearing a headpiece I handcrafted. The headpiece was inspired by the fashion of the early Italian renaissance....
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A natural light portrait of my daughter, wearing a headpiece I handcrafted. The headpiece was inspired by the fashion of the early Italian renaissance.
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VHiggins
 
VHiggins January 14, 2016
wow! beautiful!
danicasherry
danicasherry April 07, 2016
Thank you! :)
jensgerlach
 
jensgerlach March 04, 2016
really good work!
danicasherry
danicasherry April 07, 2016
Thank you! :)
naturisk PRO
 
naturisk March 04, 2016
Thish as such an atmosphere of an arts classic. I also wish there were a button that says "Just plain beautiful"!
danicasherry
danicasherry April 07, 2016
So kind of you to say, Susan! Thank you very much :)
Ricky0663
 
Ricky0663 April 07, 2016
Thish This photo is Amazing !! I would Love to Have it Displayed on my Wall, Looks like it should be In a Castle .
naturisk PRO
 
naturisk April 28, 2016
Impeccably done! Beautiful scene, costume,lighting and child.
danicasherry
danicasherry April 30, 2016
Thanks again, Susan :) I was trying out my new 50mm lens, and the light was quite low.. I was so pleased that my new lens was up to the task!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican April 29, 2016
Superb
danicasherry
danicasherry April 30, 2016
Thanks for your feedback!
howie516 PRO
 
howie516 April 30, 2016
Magnificent head piece and a beautiful young lady to pose for the part, so well done, love your gallery!
danicasherry
danicasherry April 30, 2016
Thank you so much for your encouragement, Howie!! :)
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick April 30, 2016
Superb photo. Looks like it could be a painting from the renaissance.
danicasherry
danicasherry May 19, 2016
Thank you, Jim! I have a deep appreciation for the art of that period
DavidFreire
 
DavidFreire May 17, 2016
Vermeer would be proud! Great work.
danicasherry
danicasherry May 19, 2016
Thank you, David! What I wouldn't give to create work of that calibre!
HumbertoNunez Premium
 
HumbertoNunez May 17, 2016
The composition, the lighting, coloring, Beautiful Work!
danicasherry
danicasherry May 19, 2016
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, Humberto!!
gatorbait38
 
gatorbait38 May 18, 2016
Perfect work. Congratulations!!!!!
danicasherry
danicasherry May 19, 2016
Thank you gatorbait38!! I'm so honoured to have been selected as a runner-up!!
paleblue
 
paleblue May 20, 2016
Incredible artwork. I thought it was a Vermeer.
Infocuz
 
Infocuz June 04, 2016
I adore this! Please try your hand with corel painter to make this a bit more painterly. That would make it perfect!
danicasherry
 
danicasherry October 11, 2016
THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE, VIEWBUG!!!
mariannebesselsen
 
mariannebesselsen March 04, 2017
Amazing Love it super !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was the first image I captured with my new Canon 50mm. The lighting was quite low.. I placed my six year old daughter in our family dining room, next to a window that allowed the remaining portion of daylight to stream in. We have a 170 year old home in New Brunswick, Canada. The large windows, plaster walls, woodwork, and antique furnishings fit my style of photography perfectly!
Time
In New Brunswick, January is cold and dark, with the sun setting by 4:30 in the afternoon. I took this image on January 1st, just as we were losing our light. The 50mm 1.8 lens a Christmas gift
Lighting
I have always adored low light portraits. As an admirer of the Dutch Golden Age, and the Italian Renaissance art periods, I naturally gravitated to adopting similar themes and lighting in my photography. I am quite fond of using natural light in a chiaroscuro fashion. This was the first time I used my 50mm 1.8 lens -a Christmas gift that I was eager to try out. The natural lighting was far too low for my usual 28-80mm to handle, and I work with an old Rebel xt. I was really hoping that the 1.8 aperture on my new lens would serve me well! I was quite pleased with the result!
Equipment
The only equipment used was my trusty eleven year old Canon rebel xt, and a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens
Inspiration
I always wanted to be a painter… I started using photography as a way of creating the types of portraits I envisioned myself painting. There is definitely an 'Old World' style to many of my images, and I love combining this theme with children as subjects. I find this combination creates a certain poetic melancholy to my work. I also love to handcraft the costumes I use. I often 'up cycle' old material; crafting adult gowns and curtains into costumes. I collect buttons, beaded necklaces, and vintage broaches to re-work into my costumes. This particular headpiece was created from an antique wedding veil, buttons, and beads.
Editing
My processing on this image was fairly minimal. I use dodge and burn as 'painters tools' to highlight and darken the tiniest of details, zooming far in and paying attention to every highlight and shadow.
In my camera bag
I have only used an older Canon rebel xt, a 28-80mm, and my 50mm- which I now love for low light portraits! I used to feel inadequate because I only work with a crop sensor camera, and in a field where there is such an emphasis on 'bigger and better', I certainly felt a lack of confidence. I have learned to overcome this insecurity by understanding my camera and lenses the best to my ability, and by pushing myself to allow creativity to take reign in my prop and costume designs. Learning how to use light is paramount, and photoshop is a great editing software for beginners and professionals alike.
Feedback
Lighting is of utmost importance. It is the light, and the absence of it, that creates this style of portraiture. I often prefer to keep a simple colour palate, with occasional pops of colour for an old master's feel. Study the paintings of the great masters, and create simple sets and costumes that are reminiscent of that art period. Most of all, allow yourself the freedom to feel that you are a Creator, not just a replicator. Understand and embrace technicality, but allow yourself the freedom to flow, and to create your own works of art!

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