Here’s another photo from my photographic past, this time of Kristin, one of the many fine gymnasts who represented Watertown Senior High School’s gymnastic program. Not only was she a great gymnast but she was a wonderful portrait subject.
This photo was taken at her parents’ dance and gymnastics center, Dakota Gold. As I recall, I hadn’t graduated to strobe lights and so I was using my “hot” lights. The advantage of continuous lighting is that the light you see is the light you get. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t produce a lot of light. Thus, I was forced to use a fairly wide aperture. Truth be told, this photo suffers from camera shake, but ten years ago I wasn’t smart of enough to see that. Today, this is a photo that probably wouldn’t have seen the light of day.
But I like the photo and so to try to make it look good, I used selective sharpening on Kristin’s eyes. And then I blurred everything in Aperture, which is a great tool to help make art out of something that is less than perfect. Kristin, of course, is the most perfect part of this photo.