Dakhari – before and after

_MG_5491Dakhari is a model and singer. The plan for the portraiture shoot yesterday evening was to shoot her with studio lighting. I kept checking the ambient lighting in the local graveyard as the sun was setting in the early evening. The first time I checked the light in the graveyard, it was dull and flat.

Ten minutes later the sun had come out from behind a cloud and provided the wonderful illumination you see here.

Below is the original colour version without adjustment in Lightroom. As you can see the lighting has been adjusted in the post-processing. The idea was to give a more traditional classic darkroom type look to the mono portrait.

_MG_5491-2 I have selectively given the shadows more detail, lightened the face and darken the background. The lightroom tools I used were the Radial Gradient, Gradient Tool, and Adjustment Brush.

Remember the file you take is just the starting point, the final image can be any interpretation of the file you can imagine.

Black and white photography is not just taking the colour out.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


6 responses to Dakhari – before and after

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful portrait, Andy – and I’m right with you re the file being just the starting point – as someone put it recently, getting that initial file is just gathering promising data. Adrian


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