Our Picture This! assignment this month was group portraits, and readers
responded with a wide variety of groups of family, friends, and social
gatherings. The fascinating things about group portraits are the way in
which groups are posed, which tells much about the social order, and the
range of expressions you can see when more than a few people stand before
the camera. The group is together for that one moment, but immediately
after the shutter is snapped return to their individual lives, hopes,
and dreams. But for that brief moment in time they are bonded by the image,
and look into the photographer's camera as one thought, one set
of lives projecting themselves together into the future.
Dance Team: Mike Ross made this classic pose of the Hanford High School
Dance Team with his Olympus E-20N with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/5.6
at 35mm focal length. He used his Novatron flash to provide full illumination
of the group, from front to back.
© 2003, Mike Ross, All Rights Reserved
Theater Group: Using his Bronica ETRS with a 75mm lens loaded with T-Max
100 black and white film, Scott H. Reboul worked with three Vivitar
283s for his lighting at the Oconee Community Theater in Seneca, South
© 2003, Scott H. Reboul, All Rights Reserved
Children In Puerto Rico: Setting up to photograph this fountain, Eugene
Morgan was approached by a "couple of kids who asked if I would
take a picture of them. When I looked through the viewfinder I was astonished
to see that the group had grown considerably." A great story and
a great shot, made by Morgan with his Nikon Coolpix 5700.
© 2003, Eugene Morgan, All Rights Reserved
Teddy Bears: These Teddy bears were created by Vermont Teddy bear artist
Donna Bjerke. This group in the photographer's collection portrait
held their pose through the entire session. Kevin C. Higgins worked
with his Nikon N80 and Tamron 28-75mm lens and exposed on Fuji Reala
ISO 100 film. He illuminated the scene with two Nikon SB80DX speedlights
shot through two 30" Photoflex umbrellas.
© 2003, Kevin C. Higgins, All Rights Reserved
Northwest Girls: Joe Duty caught all the energy and exuberance of this
group using his Nikon D1X and 28-70mm lens with an exposure of f/4 at
1/60 sec with the Nikon set at ISO 640.
© 2003, Joe Duty, All Rights Reserved
Family Reunion: Over the years, photographs such as this become even more
meaningful and precious. Dick Pearce (who sits in the lower left in
a gray T-shirt) used his Olympus E-20N with a bounce and fill flash for
© 2003, Dick Pearce, All Rights Reserved
Chillin': Ready for the slopes, this group was just heading for
the lifts. Richard Crawford photographed them with his Canon Elan 7 and
85mm lens. His exposure was f/8 at 1/125 sec on Kodak Gold 200, which
he printed in black and white.
© 2003, Richard Crawford, All Rights Reserved
Four Generations: It's a wonderful blessing to have four generations
together, a memory that a photograph can hold. Malina Pitchford made this
photograph on Mother's Day 2002 with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 and
Canon EF 28-200mm lens on Kodak High Definition print film.
© 2003, Malina Pitchford, All Rights Reserved
Tougher To Pose: Bill Lingard wrote: "Family reunions at the Lingard
house also bring together family owned basset hounds with the inevitable
request to `get a group portrait of the dogs,' all of whom
are dog obedience school dropouts." He worked with a Pentax 6x7
II and 105mm lens and exposed on Kodak Portra 160NC at 1/125 sec at f/8.
© 2003, Bill Lingard, All Rights Reserved
Tough To Pose: No doubt about
it, kids don't often play along when you're trying to get
them to strike a pose. Heidi Morton found this out when photographing
her nephew's first soccer game with a Nikon D100 at f/8 at 1/60
sec, but she told us the "day was truly entertaining anyway."
© 2003, Heidi Morton, All Rights Reserved
photo was made using a 20mm lens on a Nikon FM2. The flagpole
was a good 50 ft high, but I just managed to include Old
Glory by tipping the lens way up and taking advantage
of the incredible field of view of the lens. Note how
the pole and buildings bend in unlikely ways--a bit
of distortion that is the price for such a point of view
and wide lens.
© 2003, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved
Picture This! -
Our Next Assignment
When you photograph with 35mm lenses, including and wider than 24mm,
you are in super-wide territory, the place where you begin to see at the
edges of, or beyond, your normal peripheral vision. Aside from including
what our eyes do not see within a scene, these lenses provide incredible
potential depth of field, with some 24mm and 20mm lenses yielding an incredible
1 ft to infinity depth of field. They also have a tendency to distort
edges, making them bow or bend, and to foreshorten subjects close at hand,
yielding some amazing visual surprises. Combine it all and you have an
incredible optical feast. So get out your super wide, mount it on your
camera and show us what you see through the viewfinder.
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Our next topic: Vanishing Points
Deadline: April 15, 2004. Publication Date: July, 2004