This exercise was designed to help me consider composition and weight of attention on face. At different scales, different parts of the body need to be taken into account. I invited a friend Lee to be my sitter and planned four scales - 1) face cropped close; 2) head and shoulders; 3) torso, arms and hands; 4) full figure.
Preparation involved finding the right place for the evening light with some interesting background. I gave Lee a glass of Cava to relax him, although he is very confident in front of a camera and briefed him as to what I wanted to achieve. In hindsight, I think that starting with the full figure and moving into the close crop would have been less intimidating for most subjects - having a big lens in one's face is always rather disconcerting.
Although I got a handful of passable shots from this shoot, I was disappointed with how I handled it. I had not planned the variety of poses sufficiently and did not give enough assertive spoken direction.
I also noticed that there was some dappled sunlight coming through the foliage but I failed to move Lee to somewhere else. As usual I rushed through and felt very self-conscious.