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Portrait with the 70-200/2.8…

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Life, Photography

I recently travelled to Canberra for three days with 70+ children on a school camp with my daughter.

I of course took many photos whilst I we were there and it was a great opportunity to test out my newly acquired Nikon 70-200/2.8 (just over 400 images (about 50% of the total) with this lens). This is one of my early efforts which I unfortunately shot wide open at f/2.8 and since I didn’t nail the focus properly and didn’t get enough depth of field and as such fail (on the eyes) 🙁

Over the course of a couple days I did take a number of better portraits with the lens, however as murphy’s law would have it they are all of other children… anyway I’m still pretty happy with this shot of my daughter…

NIKON D7000 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, 1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100

We had absolutely fantastic conditions for candid portraits outdoors for the first two days – very overcast skies resulting in the sky acting as a giant softbox with soft, smooth even lighting – I didn’t have to worry too much about shadows or harsh light and could shoot from just about anywhere, all I had to worry about was the backgrounds… and of course the children and their expressions 🙂

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