I am declaring Wednesdays on this blog to be “Wednesday Weekly Favorites”. This week’s Favorite Photograph of mine is actually my favorite photograph from 2009. Surprise it is of our daughter Chyler. I was in the delivery room with my Nikon D3 fitted with the 35 f/2 strapped around my neck. I had the camera set to Aperture Priority mode at f/2.8 and ISO set to 2000. I wanted to make sure I could use a FAST shutter speed (1/250) to freeze the action of her arrival. My results are below.
This image is straight out of the camera (web sharpened only). If this was all I could do with the image, I would be completely excited! The work that the camera did for me was nothing short of beautiful.
Aperture Priortiy Mode
Shutter Speed 1/250
No Flash Fired
Even though the camera did an amazing job, I wanted to fine tune the image a little bit, to draw the attention right to Chyler. Below is my tweaked version.
Here is what I did:
1. Slightly cropped the image for a little composition tweak.
2. Converted the image to a Black and White using Alien Skin Exposure 2 (Ilford Delta 100)
3. Burned around the edges, especially the lower left corner (because it was so brightly white)
4. Added a little bit of film grain using a grain layer I have.
5. Resized for Web
6. Sharpened For Web
You will find that I love Black and White, especially for documentary coverage. I can’t help it… It is an addiction. I blame Life Magazine for the inspiration. I love the way a black and white image pulls your attention to the moment and doesn’t distract with the colors. Beauty….
What are some of your favorite photographs before and after?