Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photo Thoughts: Experimentation is the key to happiness

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I was working on a photo last night and despite doing my usual bag of tricks, I just wasn’t happy with the shot. Here’s what it looked like when I was “done”:

Okay, not bad and a big improvement from the original but something about it wasn’t doing it for me. I decided to turn to my trusty friend Silver Efex Pro to see if it would show me some love and I came up with this:

Okay that’s looking a little better, but I still wasn’t saying “wow”, that’s it! When I was zooming in on the image to check something out I got a revelation on how a tight crop might be more fun. After some experimentation I ended up with this:

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after

Booyeah! Now I was happy and felt like I had something. I experimented with it and ended up with the black & white version you see when you hover over the image above or go to the beginning of this article.

One image – four different interpretations, and and ultimately one great result.

Let me know which one you like the best and why!

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Sarah King said...

I definitely like the tight crop better and the black and white of your end result. :)

greg said...

Prefer the last one in colour even tho I'm a massive Silver Efex fan. Something doesn't seem quite right with the white of her eyes though. Her skin looks amazing, is that done with Portrait?