Tag Archives: black and white

Sept 2014 – lemonade

So I did it.  I think

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I think it turned out.  Not exactly what I thought it would be like but im actually kind of happy with it. 

Here are 2 originals

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As you can see recomposing and including more of the bandshell would contribute to the visual appear. 

I tried to save the dull gray light but only ended up making things worse. 

Attempt 1

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Kind of dreamy but unnatural.

And try 2

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A bit better but missing the punch of having actually shot with real sunset light. 

I didn’t do much to the black and white image for post processing.  

I simply opened it twice in photoshop from raw.  The first time to get the highlights and white crisp and the second to get the dark sky nice and tonal. 

I then blended the two images with layer masks and trimmed a bit.  I adjusted the lens correction and used a couple approaches to try and accentuate the height of the model primarily making the image narrower in the horizontal. 

Finally I converted to black and white carefully balancing the blues and cyans for the trailing fabric and then sharpened. 

Overall I kind of like the black and white image.  What do you think? 

Would selective color work for this image?  Is that overdone?

What do you think of the other post processing attempts overdone?

Any suggestions of things I missed in post production.

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May 2014 – a wedding

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Well, it didn’t kill me. Although at several points I was certain I was going to die. Trying to be inconspicuous and still get up close and personal with a wedding ceremony is a task best saved for a solid 180mm lense. I brought a 50mm…
Lesson learned.
Fortunately for me I wasn’t “THE” photographer.
I actually had a lot of fun once I got into it. I found myself inspired even.

I know that the idea of my blog was to share the whole brutal process of selecting a frame and talking about post processing, but life has been far to demanding lately for that. My apologies.

I will leave you with this.
When you take a good photograph post processing becomes easy. I cropped I converted to B and W and I added a bit of vignette.
Done.

I am happy with it.

I am also happy not to shoot a wedding again…