I took this image of my friend’s daughter at my oldest one’s birthday party a few months ago, and I’ve been meaning to work on it ever since, but only got to it last night. I posted a photo of her younger sister here a little while ago, and it is to this day one of the portraits I’m most proud of. My friend really liked it also and I decided to give her both photos in 8×10 metallic prints as a present. I have no idea if she will actually like this photo of her older one, but I hope she will. The light on this image wasn’t nearly as favorable for creating a seemingly glowing portrait like the one of her younger daughter, and I had to work with dodging and burning to get the image to what I envisioned it to be. I got close though, and I’m pretty happy with the result. She’s a beautiful young lady and I hope that the image shows that.
I should have used a slightly smaller aperture – especially since I had plenty of room to use a slower shutter speed instead; she was sitting rather still – since her face is at an angle toward the camera and, as it is, the eye closer to the camera is slightly out of focus while the other one is rather contrastingly sharply in focus, but I have to take it as a lesson learned, there is nothing that can be done about it now.
(85mm, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/250 sec)