A Pop of Contrast

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I just have one image to share today. I took this last week after our wildflower shoot. We walked over to a playground at an elementary school so that kids could play. Little Miss was still in her white dress, and as she sat down to fix her shoe I noticed the light and contrast in the scene. I took a quick shot and she was off to the next obstacle. 
I love how this turned out. I often favor moody and contrasty images. 
Maybe that why I like this simple shot so much.


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This was taken in the evening in open shade with my 85 mm at f/3.2 and 1/160. I cloned out the distractions, added a touch of clarity and a technicolor preset in LR4, which brought out some blues in the black rubber mulch. I then opened the image in PS4 and sharpened and resized for the web.

I find that my strongest images are the ones with the least distractions. For this shot I was able to step up on the play ground equipment so that I could frame her with nothing but mulch in the background. And because of the dark ground cover and her light skin and outfit, it made for great contrast. She really stands out from the background and the subject of the photo is obvious.

Had there been other play sets, kids or buildings in the background, this image wouldn't have been as strong. Those distractions compete for attention, and take away from your subject.
Keep this in mind while shooting and I bet you'll love your images a lot more.

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love how you got the blue to pop out!

Seeing Each Day said...

I agree , the contrast in this photo really makes it. Plus that adorable hair!

Tamar SB said...

Wow it makes her pop so much! Love it!

Brighton Harper said...

Amazing! That is a wonderful pop and her hair is so cute! I love crazy curls.

Susan said...

Oh how sweet indeed!

Mona's Picturesque said...

Wonderful pic Melissa! She is so cute ♥ And the picture is so good :)

Elaine A. said...

The shoes were coming off! ha! I like the contrast too and your editing is perfect. :)

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

Well done- I'm loving that moody vibe.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love the contrast. Beautiful shot.

Stacie said...

Very nice shot. The contrast is perfect.

Amy said...

Fantastic edit - lovely contrast.

Liz said...

And the result is a beautiful shot!!

Cropped Stories said...

Yes, I agree this is so great! This is amazing! I love BIG contrast and this picture just works! I love that you brought out the blues in the mulch; very cool and I love the vignette you added!

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