Posted Saturday, November 5, 2011
Category: Project365
License: No Re-Use (What does this mean?)



Bellbowrie, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Evelyn and I were visiting Nana and Grandpa, and I knew I wanted to get a shot of Evelyn with Pallas. They spent the day uneasy around eachother - Pallas barking loudly at everything, and Evelyn with the squeals and grabby hands. Once Evelyn (finally) went down for her afternoon nap, Pallas felt brave enough to come over for a sniff.

(Edited 2011-11-08 16:31: I posted this to Instagram and liked the effect on there better than the original one.)

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC @ 30mm
Exposure: 1/125" @ f/2.5, ISO 1600

Post processing:

Lightroom -

  1. Auto apply a B&W preset I have called "PSKiss-FilmStyleBW-01". It auto applies curves (lights +60, darks -12, shadows -12), brightness +45, contrast +45, clarity +50 and increases the colour mixes in all channels, but mainly green and aqua.
  2. Recovery +100, fill light +30, blacks +15.
  3. Curves: lights +70, darks +5, shadows -10
  4. Noise reduction +65 - did devine things to Pallas' curls
  5. Split toning - both shadows and highlights set to hue 33 and saturation 10. This gave a slight red tone to the picture. (Is it still split toning if both are set to the same colour and strength?)
  6. Crop down about half, to make it more about the two faces and less about the scene.
  7. Post-crop vignette - highlight priority -25
  8. Graduated filter: exposure -0.30, applied to Evelyn's head. I wanted to increase the contrast in her hair. (Could also have done this with an adjustment brush/spot adjustment.)
Instagram -
  1. Apply filter (which one was it?)

The wash-up:

I missed some ops because I had put the camera down a few times, but I think this one is precious enough to make up for it.

What would you do?

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