Stills V3

March 31, 2013

Jen at Work

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 19:27
While burning Zone 13, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.

While burning Zone 13, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.


  1. Oh wow, what a smile, what eye contact, what a portrait. Fantastic.
    I hope the burn went well.

    Comment by Rex — April 1, 2013 @ 18:26

  2. Just like Rex, my instant reaction was “Wow, what a smile”, but then it occured to me just how much that impacted would have been lost if her eyes were hidden behind those shades. That said, such was the power of the smile and the eye contact, it was a long time before I even conciously noticed the shades.

    Comment by cgcooke — April 2, 2013 @ 19:52

  3. A smile as bright as her yellow helmet – absolutely lovely!

    Comment by judithgreenish — April 3, 2013 @ 13:31

  4. Really super portrait. Great smile, eye contact and all. The flamegun looks ‘interesting’. Thank you for sharing this. It brightens the day.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 5, 2013 @ 22:06

    • I think I had the same thought about the flamegun but I think it is the handlebar of a quad bike.

      Comment by Rex — April 6, 2013 @ 09:44

  5. The portrait with her smile and smudges is very enjoyable to take in – I’m glad that this was a deliberate burn (I think we talked about this sort of thing once before) and not firefighting or else she might not have looked so chipper! To a certain extent it is a picture of two halves. In the lower half I took away a subliminal impression after first viewing that she was holding a weapon. I told myself it wasn’t, that it must have been some firefighting appliance but didn’t look to discern the bike handlebars that Rex mentions. I wonder whether the narrow dof works against one in this sort of shot?

    Comment by zavaell — April 7, 2013 @ 07:01

    • Rex is correct about the “quad bike” (though I’m not sure that is what we’d call it here!). And yes, the narrow dof with that vehicle in front of her did me no favors, but I overlooked it for her smile. A recent attempt to do this again with Jen’s cooperation, but this time with fire in the background and nothing in front of her did not completely satisfy either. It was not spontaneous enough to capture the same joyful spark she has here. (and she had less soot on her).

      Comment by Christina — April 29, 2013 @ 04:12

      • I have described the initial portrait as “first glimpse”. I have found that if I ask permission to do a street portrait then the first image is the usually the best. I think folk try to hold the smile so it loses its spontaneity and then they become very conscious of the camera. First Glimpse is best!

        Comment by Rex — April 30, 2013 @ 18:01

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