An Accidental Portrait

Due to a ticket snafu with Delta Airlines my daughter was delayed by a week on her trip to Africa.  The new itinerary that Delta emailed the day before her flight showed that her destination was not even in the correct hemisphere!  Fortunately Delta acknowledged that it was as much their mistake as it was ours so they fully refunded the old ticket and set her up with a flight in a week without any penalty for short notice.  So, she gets to be home and see friends for another week.

With the additional time we decided to try a few more portraits and play around with the lighting.  My friend “B” and two other daughters acted as voice-activated light stands and reflectors.  In addition to the main light we added a hair light behind her.  When I fired off the first few test shots the hair light didn’t trigger.  However, one of those shots ended up being my favorite of the bunch.  We were goofing off and I was fortunate enough to capture a natural, joyful look.  You never know what “mistakes” will bring.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeltuuk/5614869839/in/photostream

An Accidental Portrait 125mm, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 100

 

 

Lighting was a Canon 580 EXII with a 1/4 CTO gel through a white umbrella, triggered via Elinchrom Skyports.  I believe it was at 1/4 power.  Post-processing consisted of using the “Sharpening: Portraits” preset and adding a slight vignette in Lightroom to get rid of a few details which showed in the background.

[Side note: The Elinchrom skyports work 100% reliably when everything is connected properly.  However, the transmitter has no means to tighten it on the hotshoe — it relies on friction.  Quite often a slight bump move it enough so that it does not make contact and things don’t fire.  It’s not always visually apparent that the transmitter is not seated correctly.  Still worth the money I think (otherwise excellent performance and “reasonably” priced).  There’s my Elinchrom Skyport review…]

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2 responses

  1. Great use of turning lemons into lemonade.

    April 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

  2. Thanks, Ben. It often works that way for me — my accidents turn out better than my intentional work 🙂

    April 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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