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Congratulations to 1bwana1 for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 5 votes - View Previous Winners


I don't do portraits much. I have no real training or experience doing them. But, as some of you may know I recently suffered an accident that has kept me mostly bedridden and immobile for the last couple of Months. I haven't been able to take any images during this time. I have missed that a great deal.

This past Sundy my oldest Son brought his family down from Montana for a visit. That alone was a great spirit lifter. While here Grandma and my 9 year old Grandaughter decided to play dressup and put on a little fashion show for me. I decided to try a portrait of her.

Confined as I am I had pretty much no choice in where to take the portrait. I was able to position myself and a walker near a large window in our living room. Not an ideal background or lighting for sure. The room is actually has very low light. I positioned her to be lit from the side by the window.

I took the portrait with my Leica M10-P and my Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron ASPH v5 wide open at F/2.0. Naturally everything is done manually with a Leica M camera.


Below is the image I captured. Taking the portrait and spending time with my Son and his family was the most uplifting experience I have had since the accident. So nice to be able to play a bit at photography as well.

Anyway, I thought I would share the portrait here in this thread. I hope some of you enjoy it.

-Steve-




  LEICA M10-P    Summicron-M 1:2/50 lens    50mm    f/2.0    1/500s    2500 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Aug 08, 2022 at 04:46 PM
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I do enjoy it - she is quite lovely. I hope you heal rapidly and get back on your feet sooner than you expect!!

Godspeed and best wishes.

Bill



Aug 08, 2022 at 09:10 PM
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Hello Steve ..... that looks like a handmade sweater, my mother and grandmother were knitters
Lovely image, natural and beautiful and great use of the available light. You made the best of this challenge, now just keep it up and keep overcoming your challenges ....... wishing you a productive recovery
Oh and to keep it honest, might be a little tight on the top, so you best be planning your next shots

Karl



Aug 08, 2022 at 10:43 PM
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It's not the camera body, or your body, that makes the image, it's your soul and spirit. Bravo and kudos.


Aug 08, 2022 at 11:48 PM
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say_doyster wrote:
I do enjoy it - she is quite lovely. I hope you heal rapidly and get back on your feet sooner than you expect!!

Godspeed and best wishes.

Bill


Thanks Bill your encouragement is very much appreciated.

I still need one more surgery on my left leg once the right leg has recovered from its surgery. 4 to 6 more Months to go. But the prognosis for good mobility is excellent.



Aug 09, 2022 at 12:32 AM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Hello Steve ..... that looks like a handmade sweater, my mother and grandmother were knitters
Lovely image, natural and beautiful and great use of the available light. You made the best of this challenge, now just keep it up and keep overcoming your challenges ....... wishing you a productive recovery
Oh and to keep it honest, might be a little tight on the top, so you best be planning your next shots

Karl


I think my Wife bought that sweater in Europe somewhere.

Thanks for the positive wishes they do help.

I will keep an eye on appropriate fit in the coming years.



Aug 09, 2022 at 12:35 AM
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GoodEgg wrote:
It's not the camera body, or your body, that makes the image, it's your soul and spirit. Bravo and kudos.


What you say is very true. I select my equipment as much for an enjoyable shooting experience and a learning tool as anything else these days.

Thanks for the kind words.



Aug 09, 2022 at 12:38 AM
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Lovely portrait of a beautiful young lady. Well done.


Aug 09, 2022 at 03:32 AM
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Love this!! Voted!!!


Aug 09, 2022 at 06:22 AM
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A lovely portrait. Be well.

Derek



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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Lovely portrait of a beautiful young lady. Well done.


Thanks so much Raj!

As you can imagine she has Grandpa wrapped around her little finger. But then I guess all my grandchildren do. They are a gift in life!



Aug 09, 2022 at 01:43 PM
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friscoron wrote:
Love this!! Voted!!!


Thanks Ron!!

That vote means something to me coming from someone who is so knowledgable, skilled and successful in taking portraits as you are.



Aug 09, 2022 at 01:45 PM
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Dneufarth wrote:
A lovely portrait. Be well.

Derek


Derek, thank you very much for both the compliment on the image, and the well wishes. Both are very much appreciated.

Steve



Aug 09, 2022 at 01:46 PM
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Steve, great capture and excellent use of available light. I never do portraits as I feel that itís super hard. So May variables to deal with🙄. Get well soon 👍🏻


Aug 09, 2022 at 04:29 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Portrait Therapy


This is a lovely portrait. I would have never guessed she's just 9! My granddaughter, the only girl out of 6 grandchildren is now 11. They grow up so fast!

Here's hoping for continued recovery. I'm glad your family is a blessing.

Voted.



Aug 10, 2022 at 09:55 AM
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keepclicking wrote:
Steve, great capture and excellent use of available light. I never do portraits as I feel that itís super hard. So May variables to deal with🙄. Get well soon 👍🏻


Thanks for the well wishes. Yes, portraits are a challenge but something I do enjoy when the chance to do them arises.

Steve



Aug 12, 2022 at 09:48 AM
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dmacmillan wrote:
This is a lovely portrait. I would have never guessed she's just 9! My granddaughter, the only girl out of 6 grandchildren is now 11. They grow up so fast!

Here's hoping for continued recovery. I'm glad your family is a blessing.

Voted.


Your supportive comments and the vote are most appreciated!

She looks much older in this portrait I agree. But take off the dress up, grandma's splash of makeup and let smile wide and she is a typical gangly 9 year old with a mouth full of braces, and the curviest part of her is her boney knees. She looks nine then, and I really love that look on her.



Aug 12, 2022 at 09:53 AM
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Congrats Steve on your thread win!
Hope you are doing better each day, I guess you are planning your next portrait session
Take good care buddy
Karl



Aug 19, 2022 at 09:40 PM
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Thanks Karl.

I really didn't expect such a thing when I posted. I want to thank everyone in this wonderful community for their expressions of support. It is meaningful to me.

Steve



Aug 19, 2022 at 11:33 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Portrait Therapy


The window light is gorgeous. It's been my favorite light source through my whole career in photography. Your granddaughter is a lovely girl and her relaxed pose is just perfect. She'll treasure this image, I'm sure.
My best wishes to you for a full recovery.
Cheers,
Brent



Aug 20, 2022 at 08:14 AM
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