A faded peony blossom marks the aging year.
Toward the end of my latest senior portrait session, the senior pleaded with her mother to take a shot together. The mother, completely unprepared for this request, was hesitant at first but was soon convinced to do it. I myself had to switch gears completely and devise a pose and composition suitable to a mother/daughter portrait, and I don’t think I could be more pleased with the result. The lighting, color, composition, poses, and expressions are all beautiful. The moment is captured wonderfully, and the message of mother and daughter love is unmistakable. In many respects I think it’s one of the best portraits I’ve ever achieved.
This is perhaps the first of my Rework Wednesday series that I’m uncertain is much of an improvement over the original. I added a sepia tone and goosed up the contrast in a couple of different ways, and added a more prominent vignette. My thought was to give the impression that the sun was rising behind the windmill for some added drama (though the direction the camera is facing is straight north). I’ve never been fully convinced I should leave the power lines in but in the end I like the added depth they give to the shot.
This isn’t one of my favorites, but I like this version better than the original.
Rework Wednesday – Windless by Anthony Bopp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
A portrait of a young man who works on our development team. He was kind enough to let me shoot a couple of portraits. I don’t get to do enough of this sort of thing, but it’s always fun when I have the opportunity. This day the sun was intense and low in the sky due to the season, but I was pleased with the results. I could have done with a bit few shadows across the face but all in all I think it’s a striking image.
While finding out exactly how much of a pain in the rear it is to transfer a wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted blog, I found myself going through my backlog to regenerate some photos that had been lost in the process. This is from a year ago, and is one that I saw potential i that I missed the first time around. I did some quick color enhancement, though not much as you can see. The end result is a little busy but it’s a nice isolation shot of fall that works for me as a suggestion of the changing of the season for a large forest.
Something I took in late fall when most of the world is brown and a struggling photographer can search endlessly for any splash of color in the world.
I took this shot in mid-October. The blue sky, red leaves, and position of the sun as it struck the glass lamps was particularly striking, and I spent quite awhile (as much time as the sinking sun would allow) trying to compose the shot just the way I wanted. Unfortunately, just the way I wanted didn’t really exist. There was a building and several power lines in the way, distracting from a nice, clean shot. No matter how I angled my way around the scene, it just wasn’t going to happen. I snapped a few exposures as the photographer’s way of shaking his fist at the sky but left the scene in defeat, decrying once more the intrusion of man on nature.
Several times since then I’ve browsed the year’s photo library and ran across the half-dozen shots I took here, trying to see if I could make something from nothing in post processing, but success eluded me. Until today. I looked at this one again and decided I would brute force a photo out of this if I couldn’t do it any other way. So I loaded the thing into Photoshop and used the spot healing brush to get rid of most of the power lines. Then I used the geometric selection tool to create a block around the building, feathered the edges at 6 pixels, and carefully selected the begin and end colors of a gradient. A quick application of the gradient later, and voila! Most of my work had been done. There were still some lingering harsh edges that I took care of with the the smudge and paintbrush tools, and the result is something pretty close to what I originally imagined for the photo.