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Something a little different for me. I’ve played around with sepia before but never to this extent. I had a good shot laying around in the camera but it needed to be stylized somehow in order to transform the image from a standard snapshot into something that really draws the eye. I visualized something from the late 1800s, since exposure settings I used were similar to what would have been available back then. Rather than add grain to the image artificially as I’ve done in the past, I instead decided to oversharpen it, particularly since much of the detail in the trees was lost.
OK, the last one in my series of this young couple (for awhile anyway). Although I loved how the color of her dress really popped in this setting, I decided to go for at least one black and white shot. I added some grain and sepia tone to give it a vintage feel, while at the same time adding sharpness to her necklace. I added a small touch of brightness and sharpness to her foot as well, to help draw the eye. And just to make them pop out of the background I significantly darkened the trees in a way I could not have gotten away with in color.
Why railroad tracks? I dunno. Seemed like an easy way to work with levels, and it’s a really easy way to have leading lines in your photograph (thought I’m not certain I used them to their best effect here). But mostly I just liked the contradiction of well-dressed people in the middle of nowhere, having no one but themselves to dress nicely for.
They thought I was kidding when I told them we were going to do a pose that involved bench pressing in very fancy clothes. They really thought I was kidding when I told them the young lady would be doing all the hard work. But what I love about these two is they have no fear. I’m not sure why this pose came up in my imagination, but it’s one of those that I thought of weeks ago and just had to try it.