IOTW: Davie Street Theatre
Much of my portrait photography sources from spontaneous, of-the-moment interactions. When it happens, the essence of this spark in time is often of the briefest instances. Capturing these human-to-human, soul-to-soul moments is very special and very beautiful.
Firing off quick, live-scene shots like this don't allow for extra lighting or reflectors to lift darker areas or even the use of a fill-flash. Camera RAW can fill in for a lot of those techniques in post-processing ...
Taken during Davie Days (2009) in Vancouver's West End community, this street entertainer instantly connected with me. I had neither the time nor the gear to set this shot up so I fired off a couple, hoping for the best.
There is also significant discrepancy in exposure/brightness as we move left to right.
And yet, there are a number of composition styles inherent (thirds, golden spiral and diagonal) that I took a second look and started to play around in Lightroom's Develop module.
The shading from left to right is more even and the bright spots have been tamed down significantly.
To pop the shot up another level, a few "beauty techniques" were also applied.
The biggest challenges were trying to get the skin tone even across her face. The nose and shoulders were the trickiest and I'm not sure I could have done much more in Lightroom.
Let me know what you think! Constructive suggestions welcome.