Friday, October 29, 2010

“Confidence Blossoms”



"Confidence Blossoms"
©David A. Ziser

To become a Bat Mitzvah, one must begin studies about a year ahead of time. That means at 12 years old, this young lady began to learn the Hebrew language so that she can read the Torah and give a lesson on her Torah portion in front of the entire congregation on her selected special Saturday morning.

For this young lady, that happens to be tomorrow morning.  As I watched her rehearse with Rabbi yesterday morning, she was definitely ready and her confidence showed.

After the final rehearsal, I like to spend about 30 minutes photographing our soon to be Bat Mitzvah girl throughout the surrounds in which her Saturday service will take place. Plum Street Temple is so gorgeous, almost every angle makes for a breathtaking photograph.

This image was taken in the side aisle of the temple looking back onto the famous Rockwern Organ. The sun was just starting to fill the sanctuary. The sunlight and wonderful warm highlights caressed the  beautiful pipe organ.

Illumination was from camera left, my Quantum through my Zumbrella at 1/4 power at about 10 feet away.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with a 24-105mm IS lens at 32mm, F5.6 @ 1/15 second handheld, ISO 800.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. I love the image but I am curious. I notice that the background lights look incandescent. Would it be good to add a filter on the flash to match the incandescent? When I try to think it through, it may make her skin tones look more yellow. But I know that our own eyes adjust and compensate for that. I know that you want that natural look in the background. But is there a way to have to the flash look more like the lighting like inside the building without the yellow skin tones?

  2. When clicking into one of the blog photos to see a detailed image, the detailed image is so close in size to the blog photo its not worth the effort. Why such small detail images?

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