Caitlin shot on an overcast day. I never ask models to smile, but I do like a spontaneous laugh. This shot was taken between poses while we were joking around. I was very lucky to have a focused shot even though there’s some room for improvement. Focusing is critical at this distance at f/3.2.
I originally preferred the b/w version I posted earlier, but after reworking the colour version I thought it may be worth posting now.
This is Moriente—not exactly a stranger, because he is the striker in my son’s football team. A tough one to beat, he is. I included him as ‘a stranger’ because this shot is part of my practise of getting to grips with Gerald ‘Geraldos’ Emming’s 30 second project (http://www.geraldos.nl/wp/?album=30-seconds-project): creating a high-quality portrait in 30 seconds. Technically, this one is better than my first effort. It’s sharper and the depth of field is arguably better chosen.
Recognise this style? The similarities with Geraldos’ 30 second project (shoot a high-quality portrait of a stranger in 30 seconds; http://www.geraldos.nl/wp/?album=30-seconds-project) are not coincidental. I was so lucky that Gerald ‘Geraldos’ Emming agreed to share his method with me.
Gerald showed me how he took a number of his pictures, after which it was my turn to shoot. It was immediately apparent that I didn’t have the ease and command to quickly adjust the settings of the camera adequately without losing track of the core business. I metered seconds before the shoot and only saw afterwards that I could work with a lower ISO and narrower aperture. I definitely need more hours behind the camera and I will definitely shoot strangers in the future—for me to practise, but also to show all that beauty in ordinary people.
I also wanted to adapt my usual editing to the ’30s’ style, but I’m not there yet—I still have lots to learn. My glass is also not up to the projects’ standards.
I loved every second of my ‘internship’ in Groningen. Thanks Gerald!