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Midleton Princess

Adding a bit of humour ot the Midleton Food and Drink Festival, this princess was just on a break but kindly posed for the camera after I asked.

Sorry about the blown out detail on her hand – the sun was behind her so I had to fill in the shadows with flash. Unfortunately her hand was sunlit and the camera just couldn’t take it.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/250s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

12 replies on “Midleton Princess”

I wouldn’t have noticed the blown-out hand until you pointed it out. You’ve captured a great moment with the two sets of smiles.

I really like your wide-angle street work. Most people (me included) don’t have the balls to go in close, but the results you get testify to the fact that fortune favours the brave!

My solution to the blown highlights on something like this (especially when using fill-flash) is to shoot 1 stop down. Maybe it’s just my Nikon’s metering system, but I find that I almost never lose shadow detail (at least not that I can’t get back when processing from NEF), and shooting a stop down means I blow fewer highlights.

An example of where that worked pretty well (I think) is where I knew the fireworks were going to provide additional (hard to meter) light, so I metered a stop down, left the camera on aperture priority, and watched the speed as I shot (I probably should have been in full-manual, but wasn’t convince I’d have time to set everything up right). The fireworks had almost no effect on the metering, but changed the lighting conditions so that things came out the way I had hoped.

I really like this photo. The shadow cast from left to right is really nice, excellent “lines” for the eye.
Know of the two men were a couple or just two Dads out for a walk?

I agree with Gareth that you get great photos from just having the guts to ask. I’m developing a thicker skin but you gotta remember Gareth, that Donncha looks the part of a professional photographer with his camera. Asking people to pose for a non-DSLR camera like mine just doesn’t have the same impact!

Thanks guys, but when I’m walking the streets I rarely ask anyone if I can make a photo of them! Festivals are different because people, especially street performers, expect to be photographed! It’s good for business because the photographer could be from a local paper!
Donal – no need for a fancy camera, people will pose no matter what kind of camera you have! 🙂

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