Friday, March 6, 2009

Julie (55/100) - Sending him up the wall


Today was a really tough day, both on the personal front and on the work front. So, I strode off to find a subject ... to ease the stress. I headed down to The Ledge Climbing Centre mainly because I had never been there before and it was indoors.

Chris and Tim humoured me ... I get a lot of that! It was a lot harder to photograph than I gave it credit. I will have to go there again once I have chatted the issues through with you guys. Firstly, I have to fall backwards on one of those blue gym mats to be able to get any angle at all. Secondly, they went up quite high and my pw lens could not cope. Thirdly, I used the diffuser and I suspect that was really really dumb.

My settings were: P, ISO 200, AWB Fluorscent.
My Photo Style was: Portrait (6, 2, 1, 3)
Sharpness of 6 because I like things well-defined.
Contrast of 2 because this is a person.
Saturation of 1 because I want the skin to look realistic.
Colour-tone of 3 because I want the reds to look red, etc.

However, in Picassa I have had to do a lot of fill lighting - a LOT of fill lighting.

So, advice please. I want to go down there again: how should I prepare my head?

Peter:
I've just had an obvious thought! All of our screens are set up differently. To me, this picture was underexposed, so I've adjusted it to something like right, but on other screens it may appear perfectly. Unless we calibrate them similarly we will never see the view the other was intending!


11 comments:

Julie said...

Will do another visit down to the climbing wall during next week and see if I can get the lighting and the zoom going better. I get my old Canon S5 back this evening so will have the luxury of two cameras. But have promised the 400D to my daughter ...

Julie said...

Actually I am tempted to put this image on the portal and see if anyone is interested ... shall see if I can get the lighting less stark first ...

bitingmidge said...

You just ran out of light! 1/60 @ f4 means that you had nowhere to go, you couldn't really drop the exposure down and no more aperture.

So take off the diffuser! You'll get a crispy flash shadow, but that's probably better than missing the shot I think.

All the information is in the shot though.

Does my rendering look a bit washed out on your screen?

bitingmidge said...

Did I say it's another top shot?

I meant to.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Interesting what you say about screen calibration. I saw something on a screen at work this week that looked absolutely ghastly but was displaying fine on mine.

I posted my second stranger on Sweet Wayfaring today. And now for the confession ... I removed two people looking at the view and a car from behind the subject coz they looked untidy!!! Now you know it you will see the rather dodgey patching work, the job wasn't worth careful work. I wanted to learn a litle about the software and see what was possible.

altadenahiker said...

I know I should be studying this photo lesson, but I can't take my eyes off that man. He has a beautiful body. Guess that's why I never did very well in school.

Julie said...

He does, I agree. In my mind's eye, I simply remove the clothing ...

altadenahiker said...

If you want to be really brave with these strangers, I know what you could ask.

Julie said...

*grin*
One already offered ...

I am covering Mardi Gras this evening: my lust for flesh could be realised ...

Ann said...

Who cares abouting the lighting. Look at those muscles. Am I shallow?

Have some interesting stuff from Womad. Talk about diverse, just hope they work when I get them up on screen.

Look forward to seeing your shots of Mardi Gras. Have never been, too many people in too small a space (says she who's just been to a park with 72,000 people - but it was very spread out).

Julie said...

Yep, that would be classed as shallow. But no more shallow than some of the other comments!