The sight of sound
The sight of sound
May 14, 2012
I am desperately trying to distract myself from the wait of a backordered EM-5... Quite happy with the results of my "old" e-600 this afternoon with my beautiful daughter and her new violin! Any CC welcome!
You have a very patient model. She seems like she's happy pose for you.
I like the high key affect. These are keepsakes.
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Yes, my youngest daughter of nine is a VERY patient model. Years of practice!
I do a range of portraiture, but I really do like the high key stuff... Especially in this case it seems especially appropriate... and I don't have to try to pull up the shadows! haha!
ANYONE can do this... with only an off camera flash and a bed sheet. that is ALL I had. It was at the bottom of a small stairwell in my church so there were two off color white walls to kind of bounce some light on the far side of the subject... but all I did was hang a bed sheet (double thick) over the bottom step and set my flash (remotely controlled with a $25 ebay remote trigger) on the steps behind the bed sheet (technical term for what is more commonly referred to as a "softbox"). I hope that is understandable!
Beautiful photos. The use of color is wonderful. DoF is also nicely selected. The fingers and the instrument interact with each other.
Really outstanding work there. Perhaps anyone can handle the technical aspect of the impromptu softbox, but wrangling the child is another story, and even with a cooperative kid, that's not necessarily easy, while getting the compositions at the same time.
A word about violins, as your daughter is significantly younger than my son, who as a very large 14 year old has had a full sized violin for some years now. And I can see that she's a relative beginner by the micrometer tuners on all four strings. Violins are hideously expensive instruments, and the world of violin is filled with snakes and vermin. Most outrageously, there is a kickback scheme that goes on between the private dealers and the teachers when you get into the full sized, high quality instruments, and the teachers will at some point, once the student is accomplished enough, push for such an instrument. What they don't disclose is that when the teacher approves the instrument for the student, the dealer who sells you that instrument kicks back a portion of the price to the teacher. It's odious.
In the alternative, there are a few well regarded dealers out there, who I am told don't engage in this conduct. I certainly don't now of all, or even many, of them, since we didn't buy my son's fiddle from one, and only learned of the system after we bought it. One such dealer, I have been told (I don't know, but I do know people, including one close friend, who have dealt with him on guitars and say he's honest as the day is long) is Fred Oster in Philadelphia. I recall hearing of others in Northern NJ and NYC, but I don't believe I ever knew their names or even spoke with people who had personal experience with them. When the time comes you might check with David Bromberg in Wilmington as well; somehow I can't imagine he puts up with this either.
My daughter is still pretty much a beginner, but she is doing extremely well and her teacher has very high hopes for her. We just got this 3/4 instrument through her teacher, but I can tell you that he tried VERY hard to get her the very best instrument for a VERY reasonable cost. I (as a trained musician myself) am very happy with this particular instrument. It sounds gorgeous. However, yes, I am sure there might be rather shady dealings with certain teachers/dealers... hard to tell, obviously, but it pays to be as careful as you can with the extreme prices of these instruments (EM-5's are pretty much small potatoes in comparison, but the GOOD thing is that they don't depreciate like a camera does! haha.)
A lovely set and one to be treasured. I appreciate your technical followup--simple scheme perhaps but wonderfully executed and, of course, a cooperative model.
Mine's now ten and only gave the cello a one-year try, then that was that. I'm quite sorry, as she has a musical flair but we can't seem to find an outlet for it. Typical parent's lament, I guess.
Especially that first shot of your lovely little girl with her violin....what a gorgeous image.
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