I know that this blog is called HDR Exposed, but that doesn’t mean that everything I post has to be HDR. Today, we take a break from city skylines and Pirate games. I’ve taken a bunch of candids that I really like recently and may try to throw them in every now and again.
I used to be really intimidated by taking candids. Afraid of getting caught, looking weird, and really just not quite sure what the best way to go about them was. My equipment last year wasn’t the most well suited for it either; while I really liked the 55-200 lens for the D40X, it really doesn’t compare to the 70-200 2.8 on a D700. I got inspired by a couple people on flickr, mainly DJ Poe, who always has incredible street shots of New York City that just have a dynamic cinematic effect to them. While I haven’t been yet able to really emulate his style, I found that I started to develop a style of my own, a style that fit more of how I shoot. I also got more comfortable having people see me taking pictures of them and figured how and at what time of day is the best time to photograph candids. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting better each time I go out.
All that being said, more about today’s shot. I took this on Mother’s Day as I was trekking around Mt. Washington. There are usually a few people milling around up there, but on that particular Sunday there were quite a few people milling around. I was getting ready to head back to my sister’s apartment and had just taken my camera off my shoulder to put in my bag when I happened to look up and see these two sitting on a bench in front of me. I hurried my camera to my eye, all while dexterously zooming to 200mm, turning the camera on, setting the aperture to 2.8 (I was just taking skyline shots at f13), flip the switch to spot focusing and snap the shot. A half second after I took this shot, she moved her head to look over the city. Whew. Just in time.
Even though this isn’t an HDR I still had some processing to do. Opened in CS5, reduced overall saturation and kicked up vibrance a bit. Enhanced the shadows and increased global contrast, as well as giving a closer crop to the couple. I added a Tonal Contrast filter in Color Efex to help give it some local contrast. In onOne PhotoTools I added a Golden Hour enhancer and a Turbo Boost, to help give the color a tiny kick and the entire image some punch. Added the logo and shipped it off to the blog.
I hope you all had a great weekend. See you tomorrow.
Oh, one more thing. The lady over the girl’s left shoulder? Yes, that is her stomach hanging out and yes she is holding an iguana.