Lilly. 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