52 Frames: Dress up

June 21, 2015  •  1 Comment

        Week 25: Dress up

       Caption: The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.

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         This week threw me for a loop. I had zero ideas and absolutely no motivation. This was a haphazard shot that took quite a bit of editing to transform from mundane to something aesthetically pleasing. I visited Kykuit Mansion in Sleepy Hollow yesterday, and made a quick stop to Blue Mountain before returning home. I slipped on a vintage dress over my clothes, let my hair loose and stood in the rain with toes crossed hoping for a good shot. There was very little light to work with and my external flash hardly made a difference. Out of 50+ takes, I had one image I sorta liked. 

         The above was edited in Lightroom to readjust the exposure and create focus around the subject. To achieve this, I lightened the shadows around myself and decreased the exposure and highlights elsewhere. Thereafter, I tweaked various color tones for a less saturated image. Finally, I increased the blacks, shifted the RGB curve and played around with split toning until I had just the right amount of reds and blue undertones. Here's a before and after of the above image. 

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/3.5
     Exposure time: 1/60
     ISO speed: 400
     Focal length: 18 mm

Comments

Jessica(non-registered)
Absolutely stunning photo. I really enjoy reading your blogs and techniques.
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