The Essence of….

DSC_8111b.jpgLilly.  I love this picture.  I’d love it better if it was bit smoother, but that could because I know that it is a little rough around the edges.  Literally.  This isn’t the original picture. The original picture she is standing in a run-in shed and it was exposed decently enough, but it didn’t say what I wanted. It didn’t show what I wanted.

I had made a couple of different versions of this picture, but the still lacked that little something that I wanted.  I had seen pictures like this before where the horse was against a black background.  I was reluctant to try it, but then I did. Then I was reluctant to post it, for other reasons but that is a completely different post.

I took the original raw photo and dialed down the exposure. At least on the background.  I used my little magic wand to separate Lilly out and then I basically made the background the most underexposed picture I have ever intentionally taken.  I then took Lilly and cleaned her up a bit as well as tried to smooth out the lines around her edges.  I needed her to look like she was part of the background. I think I nailed it, but I’m sure that under the right light…I might not be.

I love this look, though. Is it necessarily one I will continue?  I don’t know. Maybe.  I’ve seen it done and I’m sure with the right amount of practice and opportunity, I could make some amazing pictures.  It would also be nice to do it on purpose and not have to work it as much as I did to get the look.  We shall see.

In the mean time, I hope that you like this photo as much as I do.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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