Getting closer & changing angles

Getting closer & changing angles

8 week online workshop
lesson 3
Topic 2 Get Closer

This was fun – I didn’t really want to post the second image of Louise on the slide, but I managed to amputate a Lou’s legs at strange places and lop off a few toes, so I had to go with this one. Please excuse the white box – I loved the image but didn’t feel comfortable about posting it as it was.
Image 1 was at eye level with Louise sitting on the little slide. f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 100, Exp +0.7step, Focal 55mm
Image 2 is me lying at the bottom of the slide. I like the halo effect behind her head – maybe I am the only one that can see this though 🙂 f/4.5, 1/320, ISO 100, Exp 0, Focal 18mm
Image 3 was for the closer closer closer exercise. Lou’s gumboots next to Daddy’s gumboots. f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100. Exp -2.3 step, focal 48mm

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Mum to 2 little girls. Live & work on a cattle station in Queensland. Have only been 'on the land' for the past 5 years - before that I was a Marketing Manger for a regional airline, then I met a grazier, fell in love, and moved away from it all :)


  1. Hi Sarah. Well done. I agree that this kind of exercise can be lots of fun. I often wonder what people think when they see me lying on the ground with my camera 🙂
    All of these are lovely. I LOVE the one on the slide and totally understand why you felt more comfortable with the whit box. The angle you’ve taken this from makes a real impact. The halo effect is called hair light or rim light and is often the result of backlighting. It definitely adds to a portrait and it’s great when you can get it right – as you have done. My only critique would be that Louise’s eyes could have been a bit sharper in the first one. You’ll get to play with eyes a lot more in an upcoming lesson topic. The last image is fun. It tells a story (dad and his daughter) without being explicit (sometimes capturing the details and what you leave out can tell a story as well as trying to put everything in). Well done.

  2. Really like the boots shot. Everything in the picture evokes a country feel, right down to the slightly rusty bolts. Gorgeous shot.

  3. The boots one is lovely I’ve got a photo of both my son’s and there daddy’s jeans on the line same sort of thing x

  4. I agree the frame around her face is beautiful but my favourite is the boot photo.

  5. I also love the boots photo (funny how something so simple can have such an impact) and I really like the angle of the slide photo we well. You really get the sense of anticipation 🙂

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