As my grandaughter is approaching to her First Communion this coming May, I went on to dig some old prints of her mother at that occasion, a couple of decades ago. Below, a flatbed scan from an old print of about 1/3 of the full 6x6 internegative made of the slide. I can't find neither of them. As I know now a little more about light than then, I think the light is largely the happy result of me wearing a white linen suit for that day, since I have never owned reflectors. You can see in her eyes the lights from the window of the living room and the flash, most probably a Vivitar 283 with a white handkerchief as diffuser, held around its head with a rubber band. Hasselblad 500CM, 80mm f/2.8 Plannar, en Kodak Ektachrome, metering with a Gossen Lunasix meter.
I'll have to use it for my granddaughter now. My wife is looking for her mother's and her own photographs at 1st communion to display with this one and later with that of our granddaughter. I hope I can remember how I did it, otherwise a lot of her confidence on me as a photographer will be in real danger.
Thanks Alan. My wife made those nice curtains for all the windows at home, a heavier one would slide in at dark. The thing is that they were of an early synthetic material woven into a natural fiber. It only took one summer's sun for them to turn yellowish, next year they would be sepia and so they would be replaced for the third year. I made several nice casual portraits under that semi-natural lighting.
When began to drag my monster bag with the Hasselblads into the car I got "the look" from both my daughter and granddaughter. So I quickly switched to the F5 with one lens and speedlight, not even a bracket. We went to a friend's studio (where they used a Kodax digital based on a Pronea) and then to the church for a dress rehearsal. I borrowed my daughter's 28-105mm, shooting with their three studio lights on Fuji Astia on Manual, f/18, 1/60. Forgot the 62mm A2 filter! Smashing success considering she hates to pose and the dress was itching here and there. The studio photogs took 57 images. I shot 21. Here is one the images she liked, one of mine, scanned from the print.
Thank you sir. The dress is a bit whashed out, that is why I cropped this vertical shot. I measured the light with my flash meter but with the triggering speedlight pointing upwards, not forward as per this shot. Anyway, the 8x10 print looked gorgeous to her and that's what was important.
Thanks AP The ceremony was yesterday. A truly exhausting day with two simultaneous parties at home. One at the pool with just the classmates (30 screaming children). One for the adults (just grandparents and very close friends of my daughter) lasting until 2 AM. I sneaked out for a 2 hour nap and nobody noticed. One of the press accounts is here: http://www.elnorte.com/galeria_de_fotos/047807/