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This is Valentine [ named for his birthdate of Feb.14th! ] my son-in-law. I could not have asked for a better one, either. Before this he had never been happy about having his picture taken. This one changed his mind and helped him to understand me as a photographer better. I had just gotten my Canon EF 50mm f1.4 in the mail and out of it's box for the first time. I attached t to my 20D, all the while chatting with him about how low light and fast this glass would be compared to whta lenses I had owned previuosly. He was listening intently to what I was saying as I set the camera up to shoot in the light we had. Basically nighttime with an over head can light above the fireplace mantle behind him and the kitchen stove top pendelum light hanging just in front of his face and between myself and him. I clicked a shot at the fire place. then clicked a shot at the counter, then clicked a shot at him, then the table, then back to him....this is that shot. He never had a chance to think about posing and he was quite interested in watching me....and he learned that a photographer with a camera in his hand is ALWAYS looking for the next shot. He loves this one and has never tensed up in front of my lens again!
I never really got the camera set for what light was actually there. The settings on my Canon 20D were ISO 800, 50mm lens at f1.4, on aperture priorty that gave me a 1/2000 sec shutter speed! No flash or other fill lights were used. Not at all what I would have set if I hadn't been just playing around with it.
Also by Scott Anderson
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