Title: Trudy

Capture Date/Time: May 6 2005 19:44
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F/8 - 1/4 sec
ISO: 200
Flash: None

Trudy was a classmate of mine at UIC, she had an awesome headbutt move which I saw her use several times during her rugby games, it would bring girls twice her size down to their knees and into tears. I guess it pays to wear a scrum cap!

One of the most preached concepts of photography is that the subject should not be placed in dead center, and that wide angle lenses do not make good portraits. I use the rule of thirds alot, however in this shot I hope that I've proven that every lens and composition style has a purpose. Isn't it great to live in a world of subjectivity?

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05.12.05/09:12 AM david jones said:

I like the composure on this one, the way the lines of the tables work with the lamps and the subject in the middle your eyes keep bouncing around the photo

05.12.05/09:58 AM Shane said:

Centered subjects are the new thing. Haven't you heard?

Love the picture. So many interesting details to it. I love all the lamps and the stools.

05.12.05/10:22 AM frisky said:

all those lamps seem like they are bowing down to her majesty! hehe.

05.12.05/11:16 AM Erik said:

Another great one.

The only rule for the photographer is to make choices that lead to the best photograph! All the other rules are just dumb things people say.

-Erik
(so Archie spends a weekend taking portaits of his cute friends, I spend a weekend taking pictures of dogs...hrmph)

05.12.05/01:04 PM DavidMac said:

i agree with erik... if i wanted pictures of my good lookin' friends they would be self portraits... haa J/K

i like this shot alot by the way.... thanks for breaking the rules!

05.12.05/01:05 PM sizmara said:

She looks like royalty posing for a court painter.
The lamps look alive. They remind me of a short video I used to see when I was little. There was a Mama Lamp and a Baby Lamp and they were very expressive in their movements. The Baby Lamp scurried away, and Mom chased it.

05.12.05/01:27 PM roderick said:

This is an excellent environmental portrait, from the pose, to the centering, to the one lamp that is on. If there is one thing I noticed the wide angle lens does, it is to make her legs seem longer, which in this case definitely isn't a bad thing, you dog you. =)

05.12.05/03:19 PM Andreas said:

I love the slight distortion of the right leg and how the lamps seem to bow in front of Trudy. Great shot!

05.12.05/05:25 PM Bernard said:

This is cool. I love the setting... with the lamps and the point of view, it gives a great look.

05.12.05/06:21 PM pablo korona said:

i love the lamps, i love the upwards angle, i love the focus, the lighting, this is truly a wonderful shot.

one of your best.

05.12.05/06:45 PM James said:

Great portrait, just great. Really strong composition.

05.12.05/08:13 PM Googlypants said:

It's because of photos like this that I feel totally comfortable when Archie breaks out the camera. I know he's gonna treat my whole person with respect and even if I look weird, I'm not gonna look bad. You can look at a photo like this and believe that you know the subject intimately.

05.13.05/12:41 AM satin said:


This picture, framed in your wonderful page, is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

05.16.05/12:02 PM steven said:

nothing wrong with centering. her presence demands it. great photo.

05.18.05/09:18 AM abby said:

great portrait! i really like how all the lines compulsively lead your eyes to trudy...and the little geometric variety that the lamps provide. hard to look away!

05.18.05/09:19 AM abby said:

i like the one lit lamp too...nice touch.

05.22.05/01:51 AM iblitz said:

I like the composition, the colors, the lights.