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Standing In The Shadows



One morning when hanging out with my son I noticed the shadows caused by the sunlight coming in through the window. I took the opportunity to snap a quick port...
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One morning when hanging out with my son I noticed the shadows caused by the sunlight coming in through the window. I took the opportunity to snap a quick portrait and felt the light, intersecting lines of the shadow and the door, and the twinkle in the eye made for a good portrait.
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17 Comments | Report
danzarate
 
danzarate June 30, 2016
Welcome to ViewBug. Keeping sharing your wonderful photos in the Group.
Eyeconic
 
Eyeconic August 11, 2016
Brilliant portraiture! Great use of light and superbly framed
geagaetanidaragona
 
geagaetanidaragona August 11, 2016
nice shot! welcome to VB :)
gradyhodges PRO
 
gradyhodges August 12, 2016
Welcome to VB. Great photo. excellent use of light and shadows. Keep it up!
Rolenz Premium
 
Rolenz August 15, 2016
Welcome to Viewbug. Great image look forward to seeing more of your images. Cheers Roy.
melissaaveyphotography
 
melissaaveyphotography October 30, 2016
this is beautiful work!
daniellecook
 
daniellecook October 30, 2016
love the emotion!
deborahatkinson
 
deborahatkinson November 22, 2016
What a fantastic shot - this just bursts right out of the screen! Well done!
lisapayakovich
 
lisapayakovich January 07, 2017
Looks like a scene in a movie. Excellent shot!
carl_doghouse PRO
 
carl_doghouse January 25, 2017
excellent capture ... its got a cinematic feel to it ... well deserved final
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 26, 2017
Fantastic - Congrats :)
DIXIEDOLLYMAMA Premium
 
DIXIEDOLLYMAMA September 27, 2017
Powerful haunting expression and a very dramatic use of light and shadow.
Ruslichang
 
Ruslichang September 30, 2017
Lovely ????????
Mntnapoet
 
Mntnapoet December 01, 2017
I love the look on his face.
Mntnapoet
 
Mntnapoet December 01, 2017
jeanhaasbroek
 
jeanhaasbroek February 11, 2018
The look on his face, use of light makes this a very cinematic shot. Just wow!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO September 25, 2018
nice photo

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken against the pantry door in my kitchen. My son and I were having a relaxing Saturday morning when I noticed the light and shadows against our kitchen wall. Sometimes the reluctant model, my son appeased me in my wanting to take a portrait in this light.
Time
This photo was taken in mid-March about 9:00am. Always having a camera nearby, I grabbed one quickly before the moment was lost with the rising of the morning sun. Within a couple of minutes the shadows were gone and I was grateful to have a model in that moment. A handsome one I might add.
Lighting
The lighting has everything to do with this picture. I wish I could say I manipulated the light with a flash or reflector but in all honesty, I raised some blinds. The shadows against the wall were enough to catch my attention. In order to make it work for this portrait I needed to raise the blinds to have the shadows catch my sons face properly. The light from the window not only created the perfect shadows lines it also provided a perfect reflection to create the twinkle in his eyes.
Equipment
Up until recently I've mostly shot with Pentax cameras. This image was taken with a Pentax K5-IIs and the Pentax-DA 50mm prime lens. Though I have other lenses, some perhaps considered more of a pro-grade lens, I often defer to two different 50mm prime lenses. I like the focal length and the results I get while shooting portraits.
Inspiration
Portraiture is not something I had an interest in when I begun shooting pictures. Landscapes, nature, and architecture were my interests until I was invited to tag along with a fellow photographer who encouraged me to try portraiture. After that first shoot I was hooked. I love working with people, coaching their posture and poses, finding new settings, and of course utilizing various lighting. The dark shadows mixed with the patches of light that illuminate the freckles on my son's face were all factors of inspiration.
Editing
Yes, there was post-processing involved. The image was shot in color and then processed using Lightroom 5. I most often begin with a preset I've created and then work through the different sliders to create the image I find most pleasing. This image took some extra work due to the light being too bright in areas on his face, his freckles were lost and I felt them an important detail. Using an exposure brush I brought down the light on his face and increased the clarity. I then processed the contrast to bring down the darkness of the shadows before sharing the picture with others.
In my camera bag
Sometimes I carry two cameras and 5 lenses as I go about shooting pictures. Most often I am carrying my Pentax K5-IIs along with two prime lenses. As mentioned above I gravitate toward the Pentax-DA 50mm 1.8 but I also enjoy shooting with the Pentax-DA 70mm 2.4. With both being prime lenses I become the necessary zoom to get closer or further from my subjects. Though not always convenient I prefer the rendering these lenses produce.
Feedback
With this portrait being a spur of the moment or unplanned image I would encourage people to always be looking for a picture, perhaps "the picture," because often times the best pictures are the ones you're forced to think about quickly. Sometimes while preparing for a shoot I go ahead of time scoping the scene and taking practice shots and though preparation is ideal it isn't uncommon the unexpected lends itself to a more memorable image.

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