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Standing Tall

Standing Tall

f/7.1, 1.250, ISO-100, 85mm

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Rolling Into The Country

Rolling Into The Country

f/25, 0.6, ISO-100, 27mm

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.

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Good Fit

Good Fit

f/9, 1/50, ISO-200, 50mm

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.

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It’s Complicated

It's Complicated

f/4, 1/320, ISO-200, 50mm

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.

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