A Monumental Portrait

A portrait of my daughter at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, South Dakota.

A portrait of my daughter at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, South Dakota. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 3s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length (cropped), Nikon SB-600 speedlight, tripod & remote shutter release.

To accomplish this photo I set up my camera on a tripod and used a remote shutter release.  I set the Nikon 28-300VR lens to 28mm knowing I would crop it later to suit the subjects.  I used manual mode to set my camera to a 3 second shutter speed and an aperture of f/16 to ensure I got everything in focus from front to back with enough exposure on the lighted mountain knowing my flash set to -1 power would illuminate the model (my daughter) correctly at the end of the 3 seconds.  This is called rear-sync flash technique.  I did not want an exposure too long for the model to hold her beautiful smile. 🙂

This is my submission for Assignment 9: Portrature.

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18 Responses to A Monumental Portrait

  1. Simone says:

    Very nice. I wouldn’t have the faintest idea about all this flash business. I really must learn more about it, as this is a lovely result 🙂


  2. montucky says:

    That turned out beautifully! What a lovely portrait!


  3. Carsten says:

    You both did a good job. I’d expect it to be difficult standing and waiting for the flash to go off. 3 seconds must be a long time holding your face ready for the portrait to be taken.
    Thanks for the bright idea of combining long time exposure with flash.


  4. Dawn says:

    Lovely!! And really interesting how you did that…


  5. Nye says:

    Scott this is a lovely portrait of your daughter, you can tell that she is aiming for that 3 seconds smile. 🙂

    You lighting technique is very interesting, I do need to learn more about the subject matter.


  6. Karma says:

    Wow, some serious skills here by both the photographer and the subject!


  7. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    Very cool effect. It’s almost like two different pictures joined together, but in a good way!


  8. Gerry says:

    Lots of interesting approaches and a nice shot, too. (I still like the “new coat portrait” better. 🙂 )
    You are blessed with good subjects, but you knew that.


  9. giiid says:

    I am impressed how you can control your camera, flash, tripod, background and model at the same time, and get the photo you want. The background is fascinating, and your daughter lovely as always. Well done, and let me add – very energic. 🙂


  10. Wow, this is a great photo, I like how you captured the whole thing…your daughter is very cute too 🙂


  11. Mike Criss says:

    Nice use of the flash. Have not tried a long exposure portrait, but you have inspired me.

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  13. Patty says:

    Okay I’m perplexed. If you’re shooting at a shutter speed of 3 seconds doesn’t your model have to stand perfectly still. Was she in front of the camera during the whole exposure. Does the flash freeze the subject? How does this work?


    • Not perfectly as they are in silhouette until the flash goes off. They do have to stand very still and be ready for the flash. The flash does freeze the subject. This is an extreme use of the technique. On the other side, you use this for taking people against a bright background like a sunset where the shutter is much faster.


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