Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm | F2.8 | 1/125 | ISO160
I’m a fan of portrait images, they have always enticed me one way or another. The draw to the subjects eyes more times than not, is what makes a portrait work in my experience. The connection being strong, and importantly in sharp focus. A good portrait can tell you allot about someone just by looking at their eyes.
I NOT a fan of self portraits. More specifically when I take them, but that’s just me. I took this image because I want to shoot more portraits, candid and modeled. I could browse portrait portfolio’s for hours! (and sometimes do).
This was quite a defficult image to achieve, simply because I could not see what I was shooting! I was out and about, had no mirror or reflective surface at hand, and using the 5D with no articulating screen meant I had to be a little sneaky. Using the center focus point on the 5D, I positioned the camera in-front of me and up a little, whilst keeping the same distance away, I tilted the lens up a little and to the right (in hope to get my eye dead center in the focus point. Half pressed the shutter then returned to normal angle. Thankfully I nailed it on the second try, but although the composition is slightly off, I captured something that I think looks awesome, and that’s really all that matters.
I chose to shoot at F2.8, instead of F1.4 or even F5. Simply because, I didn’t want everything to be in focus. I wanted sharp clean focus on the eye and not allot else. ISO160 as I had plenty of available light. This was shot in the doorway of a derelict building looking out towards the bright clouded sky.
Originally I tried processing this image in colour, but due to the vibrant and saturated red and yellow colours on this hat, it just looked strange. Black and white really does this photo justice in my opinion.