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Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 11:19 PM
Posted by Ryan Miller
Laurel insisted on showing me the flowers she had recently pulled from a nearby plant. At first, I acknowledged how pretty the flowers were and kept shooting. Suddenly it hit me and I asked for the flowers and promptly placed them above her ear.

When I told her I was going to take a picture of her with the flowers, she was all for it. How could she pass it up!

To achieve the bright face without a flash I bridged a large silver reflector from the back of a chair to her lap which illuminated her face quite nicely with natural light. I managed to squeeze two shots before she decided she had to once again touch and mangle the flowers. The other image is of her looking up to her left. Didn't come out nearly as well. The nice blurry background is the result of a wide aperture of f/2.8.

Here's the image. I hope you like it!

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Nikon D200 50mm at f/2.8 for 1/45 second.
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