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Last week I was asked to photograph my 16yr old granddaughter's prom but I wasn't warned that 2 dozen friends and relatives would be in my daughters back garden. I left most of my gear in the car and had to rely on capturing moments when the hordes of P&S, phone and tablet waving mob allowed me a chance of a clear shot. I hate flash and prefer off guard moments anyway - but it was hard work! I managed one backlit shot with reflector outside the the prom hall and even that was rushed as her friends were arriving (XT1S9634). Her BF is actually younger - Proms are recent (& unwelcomed by parents) introduction to the UK - things have changed since I were a lad.

Under those conditions I realise these are far from perfect but let me know honestly what you think anyway.


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Taken with FUJIFILM X-T1

  • 90 mm
  • 1/1500
  • f f/2.0
  • ISO 200
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That 90mm lens is really special.  I think it is the perfect portrait lens.   I like the background lighting around her hair and the pose is really awesome.  Were you directing her or was she just playfully taking up various poses?   

Super job my friend.  

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Thanks @MadDog  the 90mm really is a fine lens and here it enabled me to put a imperfect background very smoothly out of focus whilst retaining perfect sharpness of the subject.

This is one of several completely candid backlit shots. I had no need to pose her even for posed shots. Her mother - my daughter - was prominent in the retail fashion industry for many years and had to know how to dress stylishly and walk, stand etc in model style and encouraged Mia to do the same. The 90mm focal allows one to stand off a bit and take pictures unnoticed especially with so much going on around. I see it as having two choices in a crowd - either get in close with a wide angle so no one gets between you and the subject or stand off a little with a longer fast lens to isolate the subject which I prefer.

I always prefer un-posed candids to formal portraiture. My street pictures are often taken blind from waist height with a wide angle for that reason

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