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Please read my note. It isn’t my intention to blatantly break the theme of TrekEarth. This portrait was the last project for the introduction to photography class that I took last semester. I’ll write two sections in this note, one on my technique and one on the subject.

First I’ll write about the subject. This is my grandma. She is 98 years old. I appreciate the TrekEarth effort and so I will write a note that will hopefully strengthen this photos appropriateness. My grandma is an example of how someone nearly a century old has aged in America. She was born in Mound Ridge, Kansas on August 2, 1905. Her parents were primarily farmers but did what ever they had to to support their 12 children. Since she was the second oldest, she had a lot of chores, and learned how to take care of Children (her brothers and sisters) at an early age. She married a Lutheran pastor and had six children of her own, all girls. When my grandpa retired, they moved out to California. My grandpa died December 27, 1981. Since then my grandma has been living alone and has filled her time with quilting and working in her garden. Just in the past several years, she has slowed down, but she still gets around very well. She is mentally sharp, and does better than most people her age.

The last assignment in my class was called a window light portrait. The details were to find a window that didn’t have direct light coming through it. For me in the northern hemisphere, that meant a north facing window. The subject faced parallel to the window approximately 3 to 6 feet in from the window. The camera was to use a 100mm lens and frame the subject the way it is in my picture. Behind the subject, a subtle background was to be used to prevent distractions. On the opposite side of the subject, a fill card was to be used. I used a white sheet and angled it so that it reflected the light and reduced excessive shadows. My teacher recommended using F5.6 and focusing on the eyes.

I guess this info might be boring to some, but I have really enjoyed sharing the other photos that I took for this class and didn’t want to exclude this one.

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