Seven for Seven — Part 2


Today we’re going to concentrate a bit more on portraiture/people shots, with four of today’s seven shots falling into that category.  Additionally, one of those four shots is a conversion to black and white that utilized green filtering of the color original to bring out the qualities and character in a charming, aging face I stumbled across several years ago in Hawaii.  This lovely lady’s face definitely had a story to tell, and she was gracious enough to pose for me long enough for my camera to record that story.

A reminder on black and white conversions of color photographs — most landscapes will benefit from yellow, orange, and red filtering (I mostly use red for the darkest skies and nice, contrasty foliage), but portraits are usually made more interesting using green filtering to darken skin tones, which in turn can highlight facial lines and bring out more character in the portrait.

The Great Wife — Rule of Thirds; Subtle use of background blurring via aperture control and use of telephoto

The Great Wife — Rule of Thirds; Subtle use of background blurring via aperture control and use of telephoto

Peddling Bicycles — Use of color amidst a mostly monochromatic background; Whimsy; aligning perspective from foreground corner to opposing background corner to draw your eye into the photograph

Peddling Bicycles — Use of color amidst a mostly monochromatic background; Whimsy; aligning perspective from foreground corner to opposing background corner to draw your eye into the photograph

Places to Go and Gossip to Get — Whimsy; Action; Interesting traditional dress

Places to Go and Gossip to Get — Whimsy; Action; Interesting traditional dress

Majesty Both Religious and Natural — Rule of Thirds; Dueling foreground and background composition; maximum depth of field achieved through aperture control

Majesty Both Religious and Natural — Rule of Thirds; Dueling foreground and background composition; maximum depth of field achieved through aperture control

Is the Parade Here Yet? — Rule of Thirds; Negative space framing; Whimsy; Human interest

Is the Parade Here Yet? — Rule of Thirds; Negative space framing; Whimsy; Human interest

The Window — Rule of Thirds; Negative space framing; Interesting shutter shadow

The Window — Rule of Thirds; Negative space framing; Interesting shutter shadow

Hawaiian Maiden with Stories to Tell — Human Interest; Black & White conversion using green filtering to highlight facial features

Hawaiian Maiden with Stories to Tell — Human Interest; Black & White conversion using green filtering to highlight facial features

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4 responses to “Seven for Seven — Part 2

  1. Linda

    Doug, I love your description of your pictures. You are a wonderful writer and photographer. I really liked the Hawaiian Maiden.

  2. Dix

    Hello, Ursula! Perfect photo.
    Great series so far, Doug.

  3. I’m playing catch up…..got behind in checking your blog. Whatever subject you use, it is always educational and beautiful. I enjoy your blog much.