Monday, October 11, 2010

something in the way she moved

fascinated me
can any one tell me how i managed to get these top two shots?
i'd love to experiment more with the effect but haven't a clue how i did it.

19 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

ohmigod, it's so Beatles! :)
I like the sequence here, like a story and she is very adorable.The first picture is my favorite, it's very sweet, it's about family and all love and good souvenirs from our childhood!
Have a nice week,
Léia

Ash said...

Very nice!

Birdman said...

Sometimes the camera just does magic! Nice portrait of a young lady.

B SQUARED said...

You're asking the wrong person.

JM said...

I have no idea but I like it!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

My guess is that in the first two photos you shot into the sun and the camera's light meter reads overall exposure, or it could be set to read the correct exposure on the center of the photo through a spot meter. The camera does not adjust to contrasting light conditions as well as the human eye.

So, the cameral over-exposed the light areas of the photo by exaggerating the brightness in order for the people to be in bettter exposure.

This is similar to the washed out background when taking a photo of a person standing in front of a window.

When shooting photos in the bright sky conditions of the desert air, or sunny days in Costa Rica, we will under-expose the photos, taking the photos on a faster shutter speed or higher f-stop. That will prevent the clouds from having a too-white, washed out look and will capture the texture of the clouds. The darker parts of the photo will be too dark, but with the shadow adjustment (in iPhoto) it is very easy to bring the exposure of the darker areas up to the correct amount, so both the bright and dark areas are in proper

Malyss said...

You're like me, it seems: I find a lot of magyc things in my camera..:))

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Dave is right on with his explanation. Sweet little girl.

Small City Scenes said...

Whatever happened it looks great. MB

Julie said...

Yes, I agree with Dave, too. However, I figure you to be using your camera on auto only. You have shot into the sun and the camera has compensated extraordinarily well. Normally one could expect to get silhouette under these conditions. I frequently under f-stop my images to get both foreground and background as Dave indicates. But this is on manual.

I am surmising that what you wish to do is have an image where the background is obliterated or blurred. Yes? Is that the attraction?

Irina said...

I answer the question as I understand it (good that English is foreigh!) - you managed it from belly level, paparazzi style.
I learned a lot from Dave today, and I am still reading my Canon manual as the thriller.
You use auto? I doubt it.

brattcat said...

Irina's right, Julie, I'm on manual. Dave's explanation really made sense to me, as does yours. Thanks.

Julie said...

Maybe you could read up from within Digital Photography School. You are looking for information about Depth of Focus (DoF). This involves adjustiong the aperture (the F-stops) depending upon your aim. If you shoot with a very wide open aperture you are letting in a lot of light and can have a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. However, one of the joys of a wide aperture, is that the DoF is much closer, and the background is blurred or obliterated. Your subjects float, as you say. Read and then go out and deliberately experiment with a varying aperture. Wide open and relatively close to your subject will give pleasing results. Start with a flower - they have endless patience!

Jacob said...

I don't know...it appears you just cropped it in camera, maybe inadvertently?

Whatever, it is a lovely series!

Virginia said...

Darlin, I call it Sport Mode on my camera. Magic, just like your wonderful photos of this cutie.
V

Bob Crowe said...

My guess: you were using matrix metering and/or Program mode. There was a huge difference in brightness between the subjects and the background. The camera tried to expose for the people, blowing out the background. I like it.

Sharon Creech said...

Love the way the photos capture some of that child's spirit, and I love the great explanations you get from the experts.

Tash said...

something in the way you captured the way she moved is magical (hope you've gotten a tip among the tips that will let you replicate it)

Amin said...

Nice.