There Are Three Flowers in the Vase


About two weeks ago, my twelve year old sister wanted to enter a doll-like makeup contest and she asked me to take a photo of her and process it a bit. Well, I took my trusty speedlite and 5-in-1 reflector and tried to take some shots. In the end, this one worked best in my opinion. The background is the golden side of the reflector. That of course disabled me from using it to light the face. So I used the same technique I use for passport photos – turning the flash to blast behind the camera into the corner of the room just above my head. This creates an even lighting on the subject and I guess it just works. I shot this one with the Industar-61 55 mm f/2.8. This lens works nicely for portraits and other stuff, but I’m seriously looking into buying a classical 50 mm either f/1.8 or f/1.4 – I already have my eye at some Canon FDs in this range, but they still tend to be quite pricey, especially in good condition. I would also like to finally find the lens, that would get me past 200 mm focal length (either FD 80-200 f/4 or 100-300 f/5.6), but these are still a bit expensive…at least for me as a student.

Anyway, here is the result. In the end she did not win…which is a pity, as the price was a new Polaroid! 😦

I feel I should explain the title now. Whenever I hear a word “doll”, I immediately think of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. I really love this show…and all the Whedon’s stuff for that matter. The phrase “There are three flowers in a vase. The third flower is green.” is used in the show to trigger an assassin abilities in one of the heroines. I hope I’m not going crazy and you actually see, why I named this post like that πŸ˜€

Have a great day!



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