Saturday, February 19, 2011

Guest Photo of the Day: Rachel in the tree

Rachel in the tree, originally uploaded by Stephanie Mansueto.

This is about as perfect a portrait as they come--and what makes it even more remarkable is that it was apparently captured in a natural setting, on a tree. At least it looks like a real tree, and yet the lighting is as perfect as you'd get in a studio. I'd love to know how Ms. Mansueto managed it. Besides the perfect light, the child is posed perfectly, with the red nail polish and dress and barret perfectly matching her lips, and the hair perfectly matching the bark of the tree. The composition and depth of field perfectly frame the face while the rest of the image is in softer focus. If I took a photo like this, it would be my all-time favorite.

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