I knew roughly what I was going to take today. We were off to visit our daughter, partner and granddaughter. They are in the process of moving house. The intention was certainly to take a portrait of our granddaughter.
Conscripted into helping out with some painting on arrival, I missed the best of the light for my photograph. Time flies when you are enjoying yourself! In the end, it had got to the end of the day, but the advantage then was that I could get a proper family portrait to celebrate the occasion.
A portrait photographer is not perhaps my best skill. However, our granddaughter does seem to like to play to the camera. Despite the lateness of the hour, it only took a few shots to get smiles on all three faces. A very happy shot, despite tiredness settling in all round.
With the lack of natural light, I have used flash – a single gun mounted on the camera, bounced off the ceiling. I have got a pair of flash guns with remote control, but only brought one of them with me. This has given a slightly unfortunate shadow on the wall – something to watch out for next time. The subjects were perhaps a bit too close to the wall as well, but we had limited space around all the decorating materials!
All in all, I am very pleased with this shot, which will serve as a happy reminder of the day. To me, this is a good reason for taking a family portrait – a photographic record of a day to remember. Next time, I shall give myself a bit more time, and check for shadows where they are not wanted!
- Taken: 10 Jan 2017
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
- Focal Length 70mm
- 1/30 Sec
- ISO 1600