Quiet Moment

Quiet Moment

f/4.0, 1/125, ISO-200, 28mm

This was taken in late afternoon but I thought Madison’s pose and expression suggested more of an evening atmosphere, so I darkened things up considerably, bumped up the contrast, and added some blur and vignette around her. The biggest challenge came trying to get the right exposure on her face. In black and white, it looks like I severely over-exposed with the flash off to the left, but it doesn’t seem nearly so extreme in color. With some patience and a bit of fiddling I managed to even out the exposure a little, I hope.

3 thoughts on “Quiet Moment

  1. Your quote, “I’ve come to realize that if you don’t like mornings you’re not getting up early enough.” is what me to your blog. Some very nice work. And your request on your about page seeking advice on your photography and how to make it better is what prompted me to leave a suggestion here. Though I always hesitate to do so for fear of coming across as some internet-know-it-all-full-of-himself-blowhard.

    This is a great photo, but one thing bothers me about it. Her knees to my eye are way too bright. I really want to concentrate on her lovely face, but my eyes keep getting drawn to her knees. But please take this for what it’s worth(not much) coming from someone who would usually rather be poked in the eye with a stick than photograph people!

    • I absolutely agree with you. I struggled for a long trying to improve that aspect but the results were always worse. That’s why I went with a blur vignette to deal attention to the face a little more. Not a perfect solution by any means but the best my skills allowed me to do.

      • Well you did a lot better than I would have. Other than the occasional shot of my daughter, and I’m getting better at getting a few candids of my other photographer friends when we go out, I do everything in my power to NOT have people in my photographs. I do have the occasional rock or ice climber, but usually I’ll wait until the people move on.

        My post processing skill is also pretty limited. If I can’t do what I need/want to do in Lightroom 4, and then one of the Nik plugins, there’s a better than average chance that the photo is headed to the trash.

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