Yesterday the kids were out playing in the yard, so I leaned out my upstairs office window to grab a few shots. This one quickly became a favorite.
It was a bright, sunny day, but she stood in the shadow of the house so I used the on-camera flash as a fill. I may have gotten better results if I grabbed the SpeedLite, but then chances are she’d have lost interest and wandered off while I set it up. Once I selected this shot I cropped it to 8×10, did the black and white conversion, and tweaked a few settings. Then I added a vignette for kicks.
However, the Wife still liked the color version better, so I’ve provided it for comparison:
I do like the color version, but I think the colors would have been a lot more vibrant — especially the background — had she been standing in sunlight. The fill flash put a nice catchlight in her eyes and lit up her face, but the ground is just kind of dull. I like the results of some of the color tweaks I did on her shirt and sweater, but I’m not sure the colors quite pop like they could (or should).
I used the 18-55mm kit lens, otherwise nothing remarkable about the shot other than creating the right circumstance and having a photogenic daughter.