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Favourite pictures – my Daughter Emma

This is a picture of my daughter Emma which I took during a recent trip to York Minster.

I had been taking some pictures of the rail that she is posing next to using a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens fitted on my Camdiox focal reducer and Sony Nex 6 when she jokingly tried to get into the picture by jumping up into shot. I asked her to stay there for a minute and took the picture to the left which I was very pleased with. Although the normal rules of composition suggest that she should be off centre, I think the rail that she is leaning against helps by leading the eye to the subject and the picture looks good even though the subject is centred. I also like the amount of blur in the background, which is defined enough to give some interest. However, just check which composition would look better I also produced a Lightroom cropped version with her moved off to the left which I’ve also included here. Even so, I still can’t decide which is the better shot!

  • Takumar 55mm f/1.8
  • Sony Nex 6
  • F/1.8 (effectively f/1.4 allowing for the focal reducer)
  • 1/100 sec
  • ISO 100


I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.

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