I finally made time to do a quick processing job on a few pictures from my light modifier tests. The goal was to get something acceptably post processed very quickly.
I was doing some picture editing this morning and I thought that this was a nice portrait of Melanie. Like the composite I did recently, it has a Halloween feel to it so I thought I’d finish it up for the season. Then I thought I could take it over the top and give her creepy X-Files alien eyes so I did that too.
On the suggestion of a good friend, we decided to check out Washington Oaks State Park. I’ll have a post with pictures of that excursion sometime soon.
Only those that have known me a long time are aware that I used to really like photography. When everything shifted over to digital, I wasn’t willing to drop the cash to make the switch and those skills went dormant. I’ve had an itch to get back into it lately and the light was really nice at the beach so I decided to do what I could with our little point and shoot camera.
It was fun, but I miss the control that an SLR provides. The pocket-sized convenience of a point and shoot can’t be beat though.
Melanie was positioned facing the light. I did some images in direct sun and then some using my shadow to soften it. No fill light, diffusers or reflectors. The focal length was whatever allowed me to frame the image the way I wanted it. Hey, I was standing on a bunch of rocks so give me a break. 🙂
I’m pretty happy with them – especially with such a difficult subject. Melanie hates having her picture taken so I had to work very very quickly before she got crabby. I can’t blame her though. Her mom was a pro for many years and would use Melanie as a test subject frequently. That would wear anyone out.
I converted everything over to black and white and tinted each image in Photoshop. I usually prefer black and white for portraits but think that the faux sepia and selenium toning warms most images in a pleasing way. I just wish that I had noticed how uniformly black her sunglasses were in some of the pictures. If I had, I would have tried popping the flash for a little catchlight. It might have helped give her dark hair a little more definition too.