A Salvaged Photograph from my Falls Cleaning


Here is the story of a photograph which escaped the almighty delete key…

Before I start with the Once-upon-a-time narrative, I ought to set the record straight for those who might have been thinking I was gone exploring the American western canyons and got lost in them hence I have not published anything in weeks. So while my mind did get lost in those out-of-this-earth lands, I have managed to find my way back to my sweet Caledonia, and I already started to work on my book project. Without further ado:

Once upon a time, I was home finding my way back to my daily routine, away from hiking boots and poles and my beloved Stetson hat. I wanted to edit the video I did with Joe Cornish back in September that you guys have been waiting for so long. It turns out I was running out of space on my computer drive. Therefore I decided it was time for a good Falls cleaning in my “Tompix Edit” folder (local folder where I store all unedited work). I came across a bunch of photos from my summer videos with Megan about metering and using flash in Photography. ( Perfect Exposure at 1st shot: 1 Flash & 1 FlashmeterPerfect Exposure at 1st shot: 3 Flash & 1 Flashmeter ). I went through them quickly when I fell onto this one:

unedited portrait

unedited portrait

 

I am still not sure what it was about it that caught my eyes but while I deleted the other shots I decided to edit it and check if indeed it has real potential.

In case you are wondering how it was captured, I suggest you watch the video from this post: Perfect Exposure at 1st shot: 3Flash & 1 Flashmeter.


So what have I done to it?

The temperature in the theatre where we recorded, was very high that day and Megan’s makeup did suffer from it, revealing some natural blemishes, tired eyes and a few bright shining areas as shown below.

damaged makeup

damaged makeup

 

Once I went through the usual dermatology clinic in Photoshop (see this article if you want to know my editing method: How to edit/retouch Portraits – my own workflow unveiled live ) I came back into Lightroom and decided to give it a softer/more intimate feel to it using a sepia tone.

portrait after cleanup

portrait after cleanup

 

It was achieved through Split toning (which I need to cover in a video, hopefully before the end of the year), a monochrome switch and a radial filter and an adjustment brush.

portrait after cleanup

portrait after cleanup

sepia portrait megan a young scottish model


Conclusion

While everyone knows the value of a good Spring cleaning, sometimes it might be worth not waiting that long and try one in the Falls. It may bring some gift like this one which I think Megan will thank me for.

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