Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day #1

For Father's Day I wanted to take a portrait of each of my kids. After all, they're what made me a father in the first place (and second, and third)! I will be posting images of them all, but today I wanted to start with my baby girl. She had just gotten a new dress the day before when she was out for a "special time" with mama and daddy. I'm sure she'd look stunning in any outfit, but this one was especially beautiful.

My daughter.

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For those interested in the technical details, I used a Canon 430EX flash at half power and 42" shoot thru umbrella at camera right. The back/hair light was provided by good 'ole late afternoon sun. The little streaks above her head are lens flare that I allowed to creep in. This was intentional to give the image a somewhat angelic quality. Lens flare is not something that needs to be avoided in every situation. It is simply a physical reaction that can be controlled and sometimes used for creative effect. Break the rules sometimes, because following the rules does not guarantee a great picture!

8 comments:

Terry Elisabeth said...

Beautiful shot and beautiful subject. Your love shows in that picture.

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Gorgeous shot!!! Beautiful lighting!

Beth Dreyer said...

Absolutely beautiful. Backlight portraits are my favorite! She's precious!

Darcy @ m3b said...

Oh the back lighting on this is just exquisite. She really looks angelic. Beautiful little girl.

Sooo glad you linked up!

Susan said...

Oh my...this picture is incredible in so many ways, and your daughter is simply gorgeous!

Christi said...

Beautiful as always.

julie said...

The lighting, the colors...perfect. Your sweet daughter is precious!

patty said...

she is beautiful and the light in your shot is gorgeous. so funny, because i AIM FOR sun flares!!! :))