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    Thanks for the further suggestions. Some more food for thought...

    One of the beauties of photographing my brothers and sisters is that, as family, they are almost obliged to put up with a bit of trial and error on my part!

    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I don't quite understand the attraction of the razor-thin DOF done on purpose. I understand the appeal of isolating your subject, but to me, the subject is the person, and to me it seems basic taste that the person or at least their face should be in focus.
    Yeah, it's just one look I want to play around with, amongst others. But I have seen it very effectively used on occasion. The subject is the person, but some would probably say that the eyes reveal the person. Anyway I'm not sure what approach I will ultimately go with for the final prints, but I want to experiment a bit.
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    I did some portraits of my husband and our next door neighbor as they sat outside and played cards last week. I don't know how in focus the images were, I was not directing them and I was also using a lens with an air bulb release. I couldn't fill the frame without getting in the way, so I didn't worry too much. I was using a 270 mm Crown Anastigmat. I was hoping to shoot wide open at f/4.5, but the shutter speed was too fast for my old Compound shutter. I had to stop down just to get the shutter speed within the capability of the shutter.

    I developed several of the negs today, but haven't had a chance to look at them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    you can also have you sitter close their eyes and "relax"
    after you focus on them.
    it will allow them to recompose themselves as you tell them to
    look at the camera ..
    There is a risk to this. I have
    come to appreciate that most
    people sway when they close
    their eyes, side to side, front
    to back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleiflexible View Post
    There is a risk to this. I have
    come to appreciate that most
    people sway when they close
    their eyes, side to side, front
    to back.
    very true ...
    i guess one needs to gauge their sitter
    to see how sway-ish they are, and figure
    out which method ( string, plastic egg, chain, headclamp/rest &C )
    works best ... i tend to have a conversation with them
    get the rough focus, fiddle with the pose, and then tell them
    how they need to be still for a second &C ...
    it is the best when the dof is razor thin and the exposure is
    between 15 and 30 seconds

    sometimes over fiddling around, playing with the focus, eggs, strings &C
    leaves the sitter wondering what the heck is going on ...
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    Another method that I use it to study the shadows on the face closely while focusing. I'm usually looking at details like where the nose shadow meets the top lip. Then when the filmholder is in place, shutter cocked, darkslide removed, I can adjust the head slightly so the shadows line up as they did when I was focusing, and most of the time the leading eye will be in focus. It's not quite as reliable as the string trick, but it works most of the time.
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    i shot some head and shoulder, really shallow DOF portraits of my immediate family members 6 months ago or so, and i had them sit across the bathtub (yes, legs sticking out the side, hanging over the edge). since the wall in that bathroom is white, i had them wear a white t-shirt, and them being able to rest their head against the wall helped maintain focus. i focused on the eyes, and after developing, ALL were just as I wanted them! I attached two Nikon speed-lights with pocketwizards, and bounced them off the ceiling in order to bring all the tones up a bit, and since the only 4x5 film i had at the time was 4x5 QL acros, i needed all the help i could get

    here is an example of my mum from that little get-together of my family

    not edited, but an idea of what i was doing



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    I use Tilt. It is surprising how much movement the sitter can make in the tilted plane of focus, since it would now run "through" where their head is, not just up to it as with normal parallel plane of focus, where distance is critical...K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleiflexible View Post
    There is a risk to this. I have
    come to appreciate that most
    people sway when they close
    their eyes, side to side, front
    to back.
    Simple solution: just staple the string to their upper lip. If you shoot fast, you can get some great expressions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddym View Post
    Simple solution: just staple the string to their upper lip. If you shoot fast, you can get some great expressions!
    ha! Like Karsh pulling Churchill's cigar from his mouth.
    John, what are the plastic eggs for?

    Slightly ot: graflex slr are great for this type of photography.

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    Oh do I have a solution for you....

    http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images...head-clamp.jpg

    Indeed it is possible to get very smooth shallow-DOF effects at the enlarger- you just take a reasonable DOF shot and put some angle between the plane of the film and the paper. You can easily throw the focus in any direction you want... or in multiple directions if you shim the paper creatively. I've done this a few times recently with slide film... putting some angle between the slide and some b&w duping film, and then contact printing the dupe.
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