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I shoot quite a lot of photographs at f/1.4 with this lens, but it's not all that often that I end up with something two days in a row that I'm happy with. Anyway, here's one of Amirah to match the one of Rhowan I put up yesterday.

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7.40pm on 11/12/06
Canon 20D
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
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C1 Pro
1x1 (and a bit)
1x1 + children [portraits]
comment by Jennifer at 10:43 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2006

I love the composition, DOF and point of focus - I'm not sure about the processing - but not entirely sure why - might grow on me!

comment by Doug at 10:45 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2006

Yea i agree with Jennifer
I'm more drawn to the thumbnail again
maybe i am too close to my monitor...
nice work

comment by Jamey at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 11 December, 2006

Lovely shot but my first though looking at it was (uber-geekily) "that's never got a full histogram," so I took the Jpeg into Photoshop and sure enough the histogram stops about two thirds of the way. So i put a levels adjustment layer on, pulled the whie point in and ok'd it. Immediately I noticed that the bridge of her nose and top of her cheek didn't look right so I guess that must be why you decided to leave it without pushing the histogram to the top. With a bit of quick'n'dirty masking on those areas, however, I did manage to spot some potential for making a version with the full range of tones.

Anyway, I'm just being a nerd really. I love this shot :)

comment by Andre at 12:24 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

David, I like this type of shot, I have one quite similar that I put up a week or so ago, http://www.pixelaspects.com/archives/2006/11/bliss.html, I am very interested to explore this type of close-up portrait style as it on one side removes character traces, but at the same type gives a more emotional focus of the situation. However I do think the focus for this shot should have been more focused on the eye-lids than the lips.

comment by Rizla at 01:12 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

I'm still getting my head round using a dslr and different lenses so I'm prepared to be laughed at but is the 1.4 a macro lens? I have a 50mm 2.5 but I don't get as as much focused area as in, particularly, yesterdays shot. then again I haven't been using it for portraits. As a matter of interest, how far away was the subject when the shot was taken (again with more reference to yesterdays shot than todays)? Nice work, by the way.

comment by Joseph at 01:52 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

one of my favorite portrait shots from you david. wonderful

comment by navin harish at 03:15 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Great shot. Lovely angle

comment by geckonia at 04:23 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Lovely shot, but I'm seeing evidence of editing in the blacks next to the lips and the lower right hand corner. I don't think that's intentional... I do like the idea and the tones though.

comment by stefan at 08:05 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Just another great shot of you! Very harmonic composition.

comment by derlitograph at 08:18 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Such smoothness. Love how you created this picture. Great perspective!! Hope to get response from you someday ;-) ... a fan!

comment by milou at 09:45 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Nice work. Reminds me of a 1920s Hollywood film star shot.

comment by riesenriel at 11:34 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Beautiful soft portrait with this angle. Well composed!

comment by Simon Goodchild at 11:58 AM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Shooting at F1.4 can often be hit or miss as the depth of field can be almost zero, but in this case you've really nailed it well: possibly because you can't see her eyes where any lack of sharpness can really detract from the image.

Nice one, Dave. Perhaps I should let my 50mm F1.4 lens drop below F2.0 every now and again!

comment by Rich at 12:03 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Great DOF. I really like the softness of this photo.

comment by Craig @ www.id7.co.uk at 12:19 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Is the dark area heavily burned in or did you actually go for a dark background to this shot? and let exposure just drop it away?

comment by João Coutinho at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

I love this shot!

comment by Tony S. at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Brilliant shot, I really love the lighting and the DOF.

comment by Jelb at 09:51 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Very well done shot, as the precedent...Frame, dof are very well! Bravo! (sorry for incorrect English..French..!)

comment by djn1 at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 12 December, 2006

Thanks everyone.

Jennifer: I'd be interested to hear what it was about the processing that you weren't sure about as I don't think I did anything especially unusual with this one.

Jamey: personally I think that a more restricted range suits this one, but it's a personal preference.

Andre: yep, that would have been a more standard choice.

Rizla: I'm not sure how close they were, but neither are cropped. Well, not much, so you should be able to get a reasonable idea.

geckonia: actually, you're seeing evidence of where the blacks weren't altered. The major changes were made in the upper right of the image.

Craig: a bit of both.

Jelb: don't worry – your English is considerably better than my French :-)

comment by Robert at 02:50 AM (GMT) on 13 December, 2006

Feels vaguely womb-like to me (though her eyebrows sort of nix it).

comment by Eric Hancock at 04:47 PM (GMT) on 7 January, 2007