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A Compassionate Subject

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 105mm

Compassion is a quality worth cultivating. I sensed it in this young chap from Thailand, photographed during a workshop I was running in country Victoria.

I remember chatting with a bunch of participants during lunchtime, when I noticed the light (as I tend to) on the subject’s face. It was then a simple matter of shooting with a wide aperture to produce a shallow Depth of Field (DOF) that, together with a tight composition, helped to separate the subject from his surroundings.

Processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 where the soft light has been contrasted with a more aggressive form of processing. The idea is to make the window-lit areas of the face appear even softer so that, together with the subject’s gentle eyes, his compassionate nature is emphasized.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography


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