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The Little Matchgirl 6



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Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 January 29, 2018
Beautiful portrait image.
barbaranelson PRO+
 
barbaranelson March 14, 2018
As soon as I saw this photo it took me back to when I was a little girl and I read the story of the ‘Little match girl’. Thank you for the memory. Great shot!
Bren_Ruiz PRO
 
Bren_Ruiz March 18, 2018
Without even knowing the tittle, I immediately thought about the Little Match girl story my grandma used to tell me. Great photo
shannonkirk PRO
 
shannonkirk March 19, 2018
Thank you everyone for your votes and beautiful comments, I am so happy you like my photo :)
tonyakayharrell
 
tonyakayharrell March 22, 2018
Stunning photo
Unmadesugar_photography
 
Unmadesugar_photography July 08, 2018
Amazing photo
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la sensaci\u00F3n de miedo o tristeza se toca en la foto.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the sunny Whitsundays, North Queensland, Australia, which made it a challenge to create a cold feeling to fit the theme.
Time
The photo was taken in the late afternoon, to take advantage of soft window light.
Lighting
The lighting was all natural, coming from the large window only a metre away from the subject. I added a glow in post-production using a curve to give the impression of a glow coming from the match.
Equipment
Taken on my Nikon D3300, no flash or tripod was used, although I did use a large silver reflector to help with the lighting.
Inspiration
The recent Viewbug competition Fairytale Portraiture inspired me to take this photograph. I have always loved fairytales and The Little Matchgirl was one I loved as a child, despite it being a very sad tale. In the story, the little match girl is alone in the cold and lights the matches she sells in an attempt to keep warm, sadly it isn't enough to save her.
Editing
Yes, I did quite a bit post processing, adding shadows and highlights. I added the match glow and also the snow was added in post. I also sharpened her eyes a little bit.
In my camera bag
My normal equipment is a basic camera, Nikon D3300, a 70-200mm lens, also a 35mm lens, a tripod, spare batteries and sd cards. I also often use my large silver reflector for portraits.
Feedback
Think about the appropriate costume, I whipped this one up on the sewing machine quite quickly. Also, I talked to my model about the story and the kind of picture we were trying to make. In spite of only being 7 years old, Persia did a wonderful job of portraying the Little Matchgirl, exactly as I envisioned her. I utilise large windows as lighting as much as possible, and I would say having great equipment is secondary to having a bit of an inspired idea. Thanks for the Award, it is truly appreciated.

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