My nephew, Kevin, as you see above, asked me to take a few photos of him and his date, and a bunch of their friends before their homecoming dance. Of course, I obliged. Little did he know what kind of pressure it puts on an amateur like me. I've wrote about getting out of my comfort zone before, but this time, I felt more ready, since I've had another year of shooting under my belt.
We went to a local park around 5:30pm, and I had the 50'Lux mounted the whole time. The whole day was kind of gray and cloudy, but we did catch the golden hour when sun fell under the clouds. Boy, what a glorious sunset it was. I don't think the kids could have asked for a better back drop. Since I was shooting into the light near the end, the camera was under-exposing quite a bit. I tested and manually set the shutter speed at 1/250 sec, and had to lower it as it got darker.
I think I realized that to shoot portraits well, you have to be good with people. I felt as I talked to them more and cracking jokes, I was able to get more relaxed poses and more natural smiles from them. That's definitely something I'll have to work on. But for now, it was truly a learning experience and I'm pretty satisfied with the results. To see the full set, it's [HERE].
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My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.