In the third part of our "Year In Review" we are going to look at a few portraits. Portraiture is a favorite of ours because each portrait is a chance to speak about a each person that steps in font of the camera with a single frame. This, of course, brings about it's own set of challenges, but this only adds to the fun and payoff of a great portrait.
This is my favorite portrait of the year. It is truly a moment in time that came and went in the blink of an eye. While out taking some senior portraits of Bryce, we arrived at our second location of the day at just the right moment. As we parked I notice the sun just about to hit the horizon behind the trees. With amazing agility (or so it seemed) we were able jump out of the car, get into position, and set up our shot. A joke was made, a frame was snapped, and the sun was gone. In the frame I took right after this one the sky was completely white and the warm glow of the sun was nowhere to be found. The timing for getting this portrait was perfect.
We shot this with the natural sunlight behind Bryce and used a 24 x 24 portable soft box to add a little bit of fill light and detail back onto Bryce. We shot it with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, set to 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 400, and a shutter speed of 1/25 a sec.
When The Snow Falls
For this second portrait I chose a shot that is a personal favorite for a few reasons. One of those reasons is certainly the fact that I took this portrait of my wife. We took it on the day of Chicagoland's first snow of 2012. Another reason it is one of my favorite photos of 2012 is that it is a great summary of the way we felt at the sight of our first snow. I feel it captures the joy and emotion of that exact moment in time.
This shot was taken with natural light and a reflector. It was shot with a 24-70mm, set to 70mm at f/2.8, ISO 320, and a shutter speed of 1/250.