The Rickshaw Girl

The Rickshaw girl

So I was walking around the plaza in Santa Fe on the 4th of july, and I saw this girl and her rickshaw and decided to get a portrait of her.  I’m a big fan of these candid portraits.  She of course saw me shooting, because I stepped right out into the street to get this direct shot of her.  I frankly think she half enjoyed having her picture taken.  That and I was pretty obvious because I was using my 70-200 with the hood on, so my lens was huge.  Not exactly the kind of lens that is great for staying under the radar.  I had to crop this shot way down, because I didn’t have time to zoom in as much as I wanted to, and I’m still amazed at how clean the shot is after cropping it down so much.  I probably cut out about 2/3’s of the shot. 

This shot was taken at 1/1250, ISO 500, and f/2.8.  Did you really expect that it wouldn’t be at 2.8?  Although after this engagement shoot I had this weekend I realized that I’m going to need to shoot a little more stopped down, just because I’m not getting the kind of DOF that I really need when taking pictures of 2 people at the same time.  You’ll see some of those engagement shots pretty soon.  Post process was nothing intense, just a little saturation, contrast, and sharpening.  But this is pretty much straight out of the camera.

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7 Responses

  1. Tom

    Hey Dave,

    Nice shot! I love my 70-200 and have found the same as you – with more than one person, I’ve got to stop down a bit to retain focus on everyone’s faces. Around f/4 has been pretty good for me.

    Love your stuff – keep it coming!


  2. dbrown

    Thanks Tom! Yah I think I’m for sure going to have to start stopping it down a bit. (little tear). It’s nice to know that at least one person is looking at my blog. Thanks again for reading.

  3. Tom

    I know the feeling – I have recently started my own blog, but not getting too many hits yet. No one’s even left me a comment yet! Ah well. I’ll keep putting stuff up and hoping…

    • dbrown

      Yah it would have been nice to be able to either underexpose initially, and then bring her back in post, or do something, but it was too quick of a shot for me to really think about everything.

  4. dbrown

    Hey tom the reason you haven’t gotten any comments yet is because you’re forcing people to login first. I don’t want to create an account on some random blog, that I prolly wont remember. Just make commenting open to anyone. Yes you will get some spam, but so what it’s not that big of a deal to deal with spam comments.

  5. Tom

    Thanks Dave – actually, I didn’t even realize it was set that way…I assumed the default setting would allow everything. I’ve changed that setting now. Thanks for the head’s up!


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