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Re: Daughter in Mirror
In reply to RoelHendrickx, Mar 12, 2014

RoelHendrickx wrote:

My daughter will have her prom ball soon (last year highschool, and some european schools are taking over the US habit of having a prom dance at that occasion).

So we decided to make some portraits of her in her dress and in another one. I guess you would call them "senior pictures" in the US.

Obviously we also have the traditional portraits (head, head and shoulders, torso, full length body in dress, etc), but this was a "spur-of-the-moment" extra thing.

In our house we have a high fireplace with an old mirror hanging over it. My daughter leaned on that horizontal thing (whatsthename?) above the fireplace and looked in the mirror towards me with the camera behind her (and a single light offset to her and my left). The ornament at the bottom is the frame of the mirror.

The optical defects of the old mirror give the portrait a certain softness. Direct photos with the ZD35-100 are much sharper. You could call it a "selfie with assistance".

My wife feels that my daughter's left arm is much too emphasized by brightness and suggests a crop (this was already a crop from 4:3 to square but I think her suggestion is to go to a tighter 4:3 and cut through the arm).

What do you think?

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It's a picture which can end up in different categories: studio portrait or family album portrait. I think that Lou's is more of a studio-type treatment while Roel's leans toward the family album genre. This is not to say either is necessarily a "better" portrait.

As the image is modified toward a studio-look, the mirror-bevel reflection begins to look out-of-place, while in the original it somehow fits within the overall less-formal ambiance.

The wider view also conveys a slight but eloquent posture message which I suspect strikes a pleasant chord in the photographer. You know, how you can recognize your kid from the slightest hints in the way s/he sits, stands, slouches, etc? This helps establish presence, a quality treasured in family pictures.  Makes you smile.

As a parent I would choose to have the original. For a more formal use, I would use Lou's mod, but with the mirror bevel cropped off.

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