25/52 Portraits

Well, now I am equipped with a new camera (a Canon 7DII since you ask) Project 52 is up and running again. I haven’t yet calculated how many weeks behind this is now running, but I’d imagine I am significantly behind target, something I will try and rectify in the coming days.

It’s always a struggle to get to grips with a new piece of technology, especially when it arrives set up in Japanese and with a Japanese manual to boot, but I am slowly getting to grips with the new camera, and am hoping things will improve yet further now I have mastered the focus selection capability.

To give myself some practice, I took these photos at my birthday lunch and my tennis club’s annual vintage tournament. I am not a portrait photographer, people have never been my thing, but I decided to put myself out of my comfort zone for this week’s post.

The first set are friends of mine who put up with a camera being shoved in their faces because it was my birthday and they had to. I hope I’ve captured a hint of their personalities here and I hope they will still be my friends when they see this!

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Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Copyright Fiona Michie.  

On to the vintage tournament. Hythe Tennis club holds a tournament each year using old wooden framed racquets. Saturday was a gloriously sunny day and the shadows were very tough to contend with, but I’m quite pleased with a couple of these.

 

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One of our coaches inspects an old racquet. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Prizes for fancy dress are handed out. Copyright Fiona Michie.

The final two shots show just how much better I am at taking portraits of animals than I am of humans. I don’t understand why this is, but it has always been the case. These are both of the lovely Harvey, our club Chairwoman’s dog. By some fluke, I caught him licking his lips at the sight of cake in the first image.

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Harvey licks his lips. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Harvey. Copyright Fiona Michie.

 

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