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My Photo Of The Week – Violet Takes On France

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This is the first in the “my photo of the week” series. I know a lot of photographers like to keep their tips, tricks and setting to themselves so that people can’t replicate their style, but I’m still working out my own style and I’m more than happy to share my knowledge at this point and I hope I always will be. So moving on from that very long run-on sentence, here is the first shot and surprise surprise it’s of my most favourite subject ever! Violet LeBeaux!

The details:

  • Camera – Nikon D60
  • Lens – Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX (the kit lens)
  • Mode – Manual
  • Focal Length – 38mm
  • Shutter speed – 1/160th
  • Aperture – f/5.3
  • Format – RAW
  • Lighting – Natural

I took the Photo into Adobe Camera Raw afterwards for the post-production and converted it into black and white, upped the contrast quite a bit and added a subtle vignette. Since Violet was rocking the beret, trench coat, gloves and scarf I thought I’d go for that kind of look you usually see in fashion magazines shot around Paris.

This was during the Melbourne International Flower Show and there were people EVERY WHERE!! It was seriously packed, so I was happy to be able to get this shot as we were walking around. The only other people in the shot I tried to blend into the background. I could have cloned them out, but I thought I’d just leave them in since they aren’t really stealing focus. Something I wish I could change about the shot? One of Violets feet is just out of shot. I snapped this literally as we were walking around and I didn’t have time to really frame it, I just knew I wanted violet walking in the lower right and the exhibition building in the top left with as few people in the background as possible, so I’m not that cut up about it, but If I had planned and set up this shot I would have been bummed.

This concludes the first “My photo of the week”, if you have any more questions feel free to ask in the comments. Also, if you have seen one of my other photos and want to know how it was done, ask in the comments!


  1. oh lovely film noire feel ^^

  2. Thank you very much! Film noire is the perfect way to describe this!

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