What the picture isn’t showing you

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The picture below was taken during a family walk the other day. Helen asked me to take her picture and struck this pose and it was too good-an-opportunity to miss.

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Helen, striking a pose during a recent family walk. What the picture isn’t showing is equally as important!

Sometimes Helen can be incredibly keen to have her picture taken. She will, out of the blue, jump into position. On this occasion, however, the picture only tells part of the story.

At the time she was in the middle of climbing a tree. She was quite a way up off the ground and this doesn’t come across in the image!

I have converted the pic to black and white but it is otherwise untouched. I think portraits usually work better in B&W. Hold tight, here come the technical details; ISO 1000, shutter speed; 1/60sec, f stop 5.6, focal length 55mm. I may be mistaken, but I think I took in aperture mode so I could focus on Helen and blur the background slightly.

I’ve linked the image to the marvelous #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. Click on the link below to visit the linky and see an array of photography from other bloggers.



37 thoughts on “What the picture isn’t showing you”

  1. You are right, I never would have guess she is in the tree, but rather standing next to it. Nice job.

  2. Beautiful photo, she looks regal, which can’t be easy when you’re up a tree! Did you know your thumbnails on the link up are usually black? I thought that’s what your title referred to this week 🙂 #MySundayPhoto

    1. Thanks tara, yes a perpetual problem with my thumbnails. Mr Coleshill has looked into it. I hadn’t thought of Helen looking regal but I see what you mean.

  3. Oh, to have someone in the family that would strike a pose (or just be happy having their photo taken) would be a treat! I do like the black and white and your daughter butter wouldn’t melt is a classic.


  4. Beautiful photo, and yes it’s difficult to tell she’s up the tree, she looks so relaxed like she’s just standing next to it. The black and white affect is lovely too.

  5. Beautiful photo, she looks like she’s modelling.

    If you upload this to Instagram use #PhotalifeB_W as it’s perfect for this week’s theme.

    Thank you for linking up

    1. You know what, there are a few images that I need to get mounted on canvas. I think this will be one of them.

  6. She looks like she’s completely poised with both feet on the ground. Looks lovely in black and white!`

  7. Helen’s looking very relaxed despite being high up. Presenting it in B&W really focuses the eye on her expression. A lovely shot.

    1. Ridiculously grown up in fact! We have some pictures of Helen where she could easily be 20. It;s frightening.

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