It’s funny… when I saw this person all in dark clothing I already knew she’d stand out against the trees and sand and boardwalk. I took maybe four shots of her until I had one I thought would work. The hardest part I find it catching the person with their legs apart in mid-step. I’ve practiced getting this enough now that I’m usually pretty successful. In Lightroom I applied a preset called “Burnt Sepia” and then played with the adjustments. I added vignetting then used the gradient tool to darken the sky a tad and lighten the grass in the foreground. I then used the brush and very carefully brushed the boardwalk and the person, and added heavy contrast and clarity to that alone. I wanted the wet boardwalk to jump out and I also wanted the person to appear “blacker.” Not sure what you’ll think, but I’m very happy with the result. Hope you like it.
So today’s turning into the day of the weekend. I got all my magazine editing done last night and am now free and clear to get out and take photos. It’s full on sunny, going up to above zero temps. I feel well rested for a change, and in a really up and energetic mood. It’s been so long since I’ve felt this good. I hope it lasts. I’m going to park east of downtown near Jarvis and Dundas, then walk to Kengsinton Market for lunch. After that it’ll be down to Queen West. I invited a friend along but I’m not sure she’ll be able to make it. I hope so. Should be a great day!