On Gossamer Wings

Recap – Five Tips for Photographing People

In case you missed the piece a few months ago, you can always go back to read “Five Tips for Photographing People“.  I hope they help!

Canon Giveaway

You guys know I’m a Nikon man, but I still occasionally will let myself be seen with Canon shooters like Scott Bourne.  But only rarely, and if he buys dinner.  Anyway, Scott is running a contest over at PhotoFocus to win a free Canon 5DMKII.  Look at that picture on the page!  It doesn’t even have a lens… what a cheapskate.

Daily Photo – On Gossamer Wings

I had spent most of the day inside the Forbidden City, trying my best to find little bits here and there. Tiny discoveries, you know. I was pretty tired after a day of searching, but I still had barely enough energy to keep exploring into the night.  At that point, I decided to go to another, older area of the city.

There were hundreds of quaint shops, the smell of fresh food, families walking to and fro… it was all very nice.  I came to cross a little raised bridge, and I saw this woman standing there.  She was dressed in vintage Chinese grab and holding a delicate umbrella.  While talking with her friends, the light caught her umbrella just right, so I snapped a quick photo.

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • casusan

    What a lovely shot of a beautiful girl – the lighting is wonderful! Scott’s contest sounds fun!

  • I’m still waiting to receive Bourne’s tweet that I won the D7000 he is giving away, since it seems there are no other D7000’s currently in existence for sale on this planet.

  • Simon Morris

    WOW, stunning… the photos pretty good too 😉 Joking aside, I like the DOF with this image Trey… as for capturing the light on the umbrella, perfect! Presumably this HDR is from a single exposure?

  • Gail in Montana

    Very nice photo of a pretty girl with her umbrella, love the colors. Thanks for sharing!! Have a great Sunday 🙂

  • Wow – another terrific portrait! I’m getting better with mine – i think a lack of interesting subject matter is hindering me slightly. I’ve just ordered a few portrait photograpy books by National Geographic – alot of the works in them are much like yours which is cool.

    Here’s a link to my best ‘people’ shots so far – pretty dull compared to this but getting there.


  • Thanks!

    Wayne – I’d like a free D7000 too!
    Simon – Yes, from a single RAW
    Andy – there are good subjects there in London! Think about all that quirky-looking inbred royalty.

  • Beautiful portrait. The composition and DOF are spot on. I love the light on the umbrella.

  • Trey – What a wonderful portrait. I am primarily a people photographer, preferring candid portraits of people on the street to landscape photography or studio portraiture. This picture is the kind of photography I hope to produce. Great job!

    Andy – I think you have some very nice shots in your Flickr collection. Keep up the good work.

  • my.

    Oh, you and your portraits of pretty girls! 🙂

  • Nice shot. I love the lighting in the umbrella.

  • gorgeous lady, beautiful shot! one of those moments when you’re so thankful that she moved her umbrella into the right spot, eh? 🙂

  • Pretty for a quick snap!

  • Was this shot…like a trip to the moon? I bet it was just one of those things.:) Sinatra is my favorite editing buddy. I love most of your images and they keep me motivated to find new ways to make photographs. So thankful it rolls across my FB newsfeed daily. Thanks bunches for sharing!

  • ….and a not so pretty one…. still has some nice light

  • yo I remember you saying something about a program that counts the views of your website and does a bunch of other cool things. I was just wounding what that was?

  • Thanks all!

    Matthew — that software is called Woopra — I have it here at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/woopra-review

    Dani – Thanks for the nice note!

    Reinhard – thanks for the links – they are welcome as always

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