Tuesday, May 4, 2010

#542. The Violinist

I haven't had too much spare time lately but I did take some shots of my daughter Emma the other day. This is one of my favorites. I was going for a low key shot but I'm not sure I achieved that. If you think you know what "low key" is (not sure I do) I would be interested in your opinion as to why this portrait is or is not low key.

Shot data: 1/125s f/11.0 at 47.0mm iso100
Camera / Lens: Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 24-105mm L zoom
Lights: Alien Bee 800 to camera left with a large softbox > Alien Bee 800 camera right with a 20% grid
Post-processing: Adobe Camera Raw > Photoshop CS4 > Topaz Adjust plugin > Nik Viveza plugin


Jan Klier said...

Well, regardless of you would like to call it, I think it's a great shot :-) It really makes the subject stand out....

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Jan!

I think for now I'm going to keep calling it "low key". :-) Anyway, I'm glad you like it!


Larry said...

I would say it's a low key shot. But I also agree with Jan, I think it's a great shot. It's a nice composition with a really pleasing orange and brown tonal range and nice lighting.

Betty Tand said...

Very nice, a low key shot of a high key girl. Betty Tand

Anonymous said...

There is no way to make such a beautiful subject too low keyed.


Barry Armer said...

Thanks Betty and Linda!

Obviously I agree! :-)


Larry J. Patrick said...

Nice soft light that fits the portrait very well. You have nice shadows in her face so that the portrait has depth. I like the way that the color of her hair and the violin match. Did you plan this? The crossing lines of the bow and violin add some dynamism to the photo. Good work

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