Jump to content
© Vic Chapman 2016



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.


© Vic Chapman 2016

Photo Information for XT1S9618s.jpg

Taken with FUJIFILM X-T1

  • 90 mm
  • 1/1500
  • f f/2.0
  • ISO 200
View all photo EXIF information

Recommended Comments

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.  

Share this comment

Link to comment

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

Share this comment

Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • LCM_Scott
      By LCM_Scott
      The Fujifilm Film Simulations are hands down one of the main things that keeps me coming back to the brand. It is by far one of the most fun things to tinker with while shooting and really increases my enjoyment out in the field. 
      I have been shooting alot less with my X-T1 lately and have been enjoying my X100F far more but here are a few examples of the film simulations I have enjoyed using from my X-T1 and still use while shooting my X100F. 
      Classic Chrome:



      Pop Color:

      I threw in the over saturated Pop Color example because although its unrealistic for most real world shooting applications it can still be fun and provide some interesting results!
    • Kroogle
      By Kroogle
      I'm considering migrating from a crop-frame DSLR (Nikon D90) to the well-loved mirrorless world of Fuji X. The impetus is my upcoming honeymoon, where we'll be taking our dream vacation to New Zealand and French Polynesia. I can hardly wait to get my eyes on those beautiful landscapes!
      I was looking at full-frame cameras from Nikon and Canon, but after spending an hour with a work colleague who's maniacal in his love for the X100 series, I've changed course. The challenges I face with my current DSLR (bulky for travel/hiking, multiple lenses but never change them, too much effort to let photos happen organically or take the camera out regularly), seem to be addressed with these smaller, but just as powerful, cameras. As I read more, my excitement increased - people are obsessed with the Fuji color, sensor, and engineering.
      I do have a few questions before I make the switch.
      For landscape photography, am I sacrificing up anything major by not going full-frame? Have you been satisfied with your shots in this area? X-T2 vs. X100F - is there one that you would recommend based on my anticipated usage? About me: mid-30's outdoor lover, photo enthusiast, loves photography for travel and capturing lifelong memories of friends/family/moments. As I mentioned, I'm pretty much sold on the smaller profile since I know I'll use the camera more often (vs. pulling out my phone), just wondering about image quality for this once-in-a-lifetime trip! Thanks in advance.
    • veejaycee
      By veejaycee
      XT1, XT20, XT2, XP2, X100F, GFX 50S, plus XT2 manual vers 2
      All links here: http://www.fujirumors.com/fujifilm-releases-new-kaizen-firmware-for-fujifilm-x-t2-x-pro2-and-gfx-50s/
  • Create New...