November 18, 2009

Her Eye Never Left the Viewfinder

To make all my Canon friends happy, I thought that I would include this photo as a complement to yesterdays. I should have shot a full length photo because it offered a nice contrast with yesterday’s photo.

This young lady was sitting on a comfortable folding chair, had a coffee thermos and, I think, her house slippers on. Quite a contrast to our Nikon shooter who was down in the gutter trying to get what he wanted.

I think these two shots reminded me of the difference between two photographers who, I think everyone will agree, are great photographers—Joe McNally and David Ziser. In Joe, you have the street kid—pullover top and blue jeans; in David, you have a sharply dressed wedding photographer who never seems to get his jacket wrinkled or dirty. Both produce great photos and both know how to use flash to its full advantage.

What’s the moral of the story? Well, I guess it is: if you want to get down and dirty in photography, buy Nikon; and if you want to have tea and crumpets while you photograph, buy Canon.

I guess that is why so many of my friends have photographs of me laying on the ground trying to get the shot—well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 130mm with shot at ISO 200, f/2.8 and 1/1,000th of second with Nikon SB-800 attached to camera by SC-29 cord and fired in high-synch mode.

Post Processing:

Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast.


  1. Nice capture, even if it was shot with a Nikon. Good framing and OOF background to place attention on your subject.

  2. Very funny. I do think you have it right, Nikon equipment is best served in the gutter. Good job photographing good equipment.

  3. Good job spotting her. I can image that you are just like her, not taking your eye off your subject no matter what happens.

  4. Can't stop laughing. You know I think Anne has a point. What best can survive in the gutter can last the longest. I think I will start calling my Nikon a gutter rat. Nice shot!
    David A.

  5. Beautiful woman holding beautiful equipment. I am surprised your equipment was able to capture it as well as it did.
    Charles M