A last minute shoot. I mucked around with some lighting setups last night, but ran out of time, and had to set up again tonight for a final night shoot. This was a tough one to edit, because it's so dark. I know really dark images don't show well on some monitors, so I've pushed the lightness up further than I wanted to. I hope the full outline of the hat shows up on most people's monitors, but I don't want it too light. I also wanted the colours to be subtle, and dark colours are really hard to balance the hue against inconsistent gamma. Anyway, enough of my troubles...
I've played the sax for about 15 years now. I mostly play soprano now, but I pulled out my tenor for this shoot, and found an old hat to fit the part.
Shot with a floor lamp behind me, aimed at the wall, and a flash on the floor, on minimum power, aimed up at my elbow, just to add a little texture to the silhouette.
Editing is some curves adjustment, warmify, saturation reduction, crop, resize, USM, NR.
Wow, I'd really love to do this one in advanced editing, so I can fix up all the little mistakes, but that's what Basic editing is all about - learning to shoot without relying on PhotoShop. :)
I really love this image, which probably means it will go really badly. If I ever release a CD, I'll use this as the cover.
POST-CHALLENGE: Thanks Sandy for your support. :) Despite it's faults (mainly focus), I thought this image was better than the score it got, but judging by the comments, I think the fact that it wasn't a true sillhouette did earn quite a few DNMC votes. Maybe I should have put it in the Free Study instead.
Post-challenge - I reshot this a few weeks later here...
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