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Exposure Date: 2008:05:01 20:32:23;
Make: Leica Camera AG;
Model: M8 Digital Camera;
Exposure Time: 1/60.00239808153477 seconds s;
ISOSpeedRatings: ISO 640;
ExposureProgram: Other;
ExposureBiasValue: 0
MeteringMode: Other;
Flash: unknown: 8;
FocalLength: 0.0 mm mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Macintosh;


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A young child and apple blossoms attracted me in making this photo,

which I have lightened to bring out the girl's eyes and brighten the foliage

(this photo replaces a darker earlier one today). Thanks for your


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Thanks, Pierre. I hope to use this one as part of a series on the spirit of place in this agricultural community ("Song of the island") which, if imagination is sufficient to round it out, may go on exhibition next summer. But it is a harder challenge than I had thought.

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Jorg, thank you for your comment. I do not shoot portraits very often and this was a fortunate capture.


The original is from a 6x7 cm Konica 750nm infrared film negative that I printed fairly soft in the darkroom, then photographed the print with my digital camera and reduced the contrast and opened up the shadows a bit in Photoshop Elements 9, including those of her eyes that had been printed too dark in the original print.


The infrared effect on the vegetation is I guess what gives it a dreamy ambiance, coupled with the little girl's expression (she had ignored the presence of the photographer and was in her own world). The picture fits into the theme of an exhibition I am working on for the summer and I will probably either print the digital file or dedust my not often used darkroom and make a new print. 

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Maurizio, thank you. I have to give credit for that to the lovely tonality of the Konica IR film, something I am trying to replicate with my digital camera. 

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