Dramatic… When I read it was the challenge for the day, I just knew I had to wait until evening when my daughter Libby would be dressed to celebrate a friend’s Bat-Mitzvah with dinner and dancing. Being a thirteen year old girl, with many special friends of the Jewish faith, it is a common event, and one she is always honored to be a part of. Today’s celebrations were even more special, because Libby was able to share it with Chloe-Alizee, our French Exchange student. Chloe, like my son, takes Latin, so the morning Temple service, followed by Kiddush Luncheon, was easy for her to follow along with.
I took this photo at about 6:30 pm in our basement. All white walls and lots of lighting, it’s a great spot for portrait shots. Libby was a great model, giving me serious, silly, cute and of course the occasional peace sign and ‘duck‘ face! 😉 I chose this more serious look for a ‘dramatic‘ effect. For the edit, I first cropped to a square in Snapseed and then applied the sweet effect in Camera360. I moved to Instagram, where I applied the earlybird effect. To add a touch more flare of ‘drama’, I used the local effect in pixlromatic. This added the perfect touch of lighting that I was looking for. I then polished it with the film frame.
Ahh…. My baby girl and her friends are growing up. And oh, what fun thirteen is proving to be. I guess before we know it, it will be on to ‘Sweet’ Sixteens!!
I wasn’t quite sure what kind of subject I would end up with today for my ‘dramatic’ picture. Will went to a paintball birthday party this afternoon, his first ever time. He was a little nervous, but very excited, and I could tell as soon as he got there that he was going to have a blast. I took this picture as the sun was going down behind him, so that I could incorporate sunflare to give the image a dramatic edge. He had just come back from their first skirmish and had orange paint splattered on his face mask to prove he’d taken a hit. I think he looks like an extra from a post-apocalyptic movie set.
The picture was taken at about 4:30 in the afternoon. I tried to focus on his right eye (to the left in the pic) but the camera couldn’t read any kind of edge and therefore wouldn’t work, so instead I focused on the grooves of the helmet around the mouth area. My ISO was 250, my shutter speed fast at 1/800, as my aperture was wide open at f/1.4.
In Lightroom 4 I decreased the exposure and the white highlights, but increased the clarity. I also adjusted the shadows and black clipping to try and enhance the image. Finally, I also sharpened the photograph.