Wednesday, March 10, 2010

zu Hause


Today I shot two portraits. Both left me frustrated, both were my own fault. I just couldn't get them to go right, I was taking too long then the people started getting impatient, in turn the impatience with myself grew and I am left with a handful of "missing it" photos and none that really get the job done. I have been exchanging emails with a student over the past few days regarding portraiture; and after today I feel a bit like a hypocrite. I shot this photo of the Cricket a few days ago and the entire shoot lasted about 7 seconds. I didn't really pose her, just told her to freeze while I grabbed my camera. There is a magic in some portraits that no matter how hard you try you just can't extract in other situations. What worked two days ago with little to no effort couldn't be replicated even with exponentially more time today. Weird.

7 comments:

EcoGrrl said...

gorgeous subject but the thing behind her is distracting and it kind of looks posed actually even though you said it was a quickie shot...i know what you mean about these situations...but you have a beautiful subject and immense talent so are blessed...appreciate your sharing your gift with the world and look forward to new photos...

Erin said...

Very pretty. Love the lighting. I totally agree with you about reinventing a picture - it hardly ever works.

Joker the Lurcher said...

in this shot it is all in the eyelids. love it.

Jim said...

Of course! It always happens like that, and those times are the most magical!

Happens to me in some of my landscapes, too.

Beautiful shot.

Meg said...

Must be frustrating. Portraits are tricky to get just right sometimes. Still, a lovely shot and lovely model.

hb said...

Manchmal passt's einfach. Gro├čartig, Mike - Kompliment.

Djamila Grossman said...

nice, i'll always wear your shirts from now on...ja?