I've been struggling this month to achieve a night time shot.
Whenever I'm out my wife always leaves the porch light on for me. So I grabbed this as I came home last night. Home is always a welcome sight after a long day. I've not done a lot of processing this time, apart from a small levels balance and a little vignetting. Not the most inspiring shot I know, but one that has a resonance with me.
Shutter speed 1 sec (Handheld) F7.1 ISO 3200
We tried several set ups, all of which I could have submitted here, but Helena like this shot best and I agreed. I’ve worked on it in PhotoShop, with a gentle crop, to help exaggerate the diagonals in the composition, and have done some work removing the odd wayward hair that had drifted over her eyes.
The whole image was then colour balanced and some darkening added to the edges to help draw the viewer to the main focus of the image. I finished off the editing with a ‘Cross Process’ in the Curves panel.
The whole assignment has helped to develop my understanding of these types of shoots. Particularly, that there is so much to remember, not least getting your exposure correct, balancing light levels and making sure the shot is in focus. Just by added the extra level of lighting, I was surprised just how much I forgot to check when it came to the basics.
Canon 85mm prime lens.
1/250th at F2.8.