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Shooting with the Rollei 6008AF and a Sinar eMotion22 and eMotion54 Digital Backs by Graham Mitchell A diary by advertising and fashion photographer Graham Mitchell. He's based in London and is a featured Sinar Photographer.

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Old April 27th, 2009, 04:00 AM
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This morning I did a portrait session on location with two young sisters. It turned out to be a sunny morning so I tried to use the natural light, though I needed a 0.5s exposure on the piano shot to get enough ambient light! I used a huge octagonal softbox to create the main light source in both cases.

This shot using 80mm @f2.8:


This shot using 40mm @f3.5:
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Old April 27th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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This morning I did a portrait session on location with two young sisters. It turned out to be a sunny morning so I tried to use the natural light, though I needed a 0.5s exposure on the piano shot to get enough ambient light! I used a huge octagonal softbox to create the main light source in both cases.
Lovely. The first one is especially exquisite. The background works wonderfully in color, texture, and bokeh.

It is a shame that the depth of field was not sufficient for violinist's right hand to be in better focus.

And it's the first time I have seen an Estonia brand grand piano!

I'm sure the family is proud to have two such beautiful musicians.

Thanks for sharing these with us.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 08:32 AM
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Hi Graham,

You achieved a beautiful light quality in these images. Congratulations. It's no small feat, especially indoors in a private home.
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Old April 27th, 2009, 10:56 AM
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Graham,

I love both these pictures, the first one is especially well done. The second is technically satisfying but misses one important elements for the lovely pianist: the hands! It's likely you have taken that magic image but just happened to show this one. This is delightful work and they'll treasure the pictures.

The first one, however, with it's lighting, composition and simple want to come back and visit draw, is an artistic image I'd love to see printed!

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Old April 27th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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The second is technically satisfying but misses one important elements for the lovely pianist: the hands!
I can understand why some people think that but I didn't notice and it doesn't bother me (probably because she was hiding her hands in her dress anyway). I wanted to be that close, and pulling back (which I couldn't do thanks to a wall) would have introduced a lot of dead space into the image and reduced the impact.

I'm sure there must be a way of doing this and keeping everyone happy. I'll definitely keep it in mind next time!
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Bonjour Graham
The 1st one is my preferred… beautifull light!
I maybe would have cropped it on top and bottom, but keep the hand!
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Bonjour Graham
The 1st one is my preferred… beautifull light!
I maybe would have cropped it on top and bottom, but keep the hand!
Yes, it could look better in a more panoramic ratio. Feel free to post your version if you like.
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Yes, it could look better in a more panoramic ratio. Feel free to post your version if you like.
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Since you asked!


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BTW done some light/shadow and midtones contrast + a small remap of blacks (more black, less other colors)
However I'm not sure it is any better!
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I find it interesting to see how others crop your work. I would never have chosen as dramatic a crop as you did, but I like it. I changed my original image to be a little cropped top and bottom now.
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I find it interesting to see how others crop your work. I would never have chosen as dramatic a crop as you did, but I like it. I changed my original image to be a little cropped top and bottom now.
Ha! allowing someone else to crop a image you carefully framed needs a lot of humility…
And yes I know what I'm speaking about !
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