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Manet or Monet

I like this shot but I am not quite sure why. Is it because it seems to reflect a Manet or Monet style. Or rather, my recollections of it?

A quick check shows that, according to the Getty Museum “Manet’s work often features people, often with harsh contours and abrupt contrasts of light and shadow that help carve out his subjects. Monet usually paints landscapes and seascapes, with brief strokes of paint used to dissolve solid forms into a shimmer of light and color.

Not my sense of what their images capture. But that does not change anything.

This was a shoot with a model, and she was changing in a cafe (as one does) prior to the shoot. I envisioned it would be good to take a picture from outside, and that maybe what I could see in their garden space would be reflected in the window. And that was exactly what I found.

To be clear, this is not some post-production manipulation with a superimposition. It is all “in-camera”. But does that make it better than if it was a photocomposition? If I was to be honest, no. If this was a paying client, would they care? Probably not. So is it just to create some misplaced sense of superiority? 🙂 That is for me to know and for you to decide. But I would rather you simply enjoyed the image (or not).


Aperture: f/5.6

Exposure time: 1/50 sec.

Lens: 50mm

ISO: 400