The only place to be on a hot day…….
I rarely take photos of people in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Its even more rare for me to take photos of people without their knowing it, but yesterday I made an exception. I was a fair distance away when I spotted this girl reading in the shade and thought it might make an interesting photo.
I had to crop the photo drastically in editing to make her the focus of the image. Her bright red slacks and the deep shadows in the background overpowered the subject, so I thought I’d try Black & White with a vignette to hide some of the background (as I had cropped the sides as far as I could).
Black & White made her red trousers ‘disappear’ and the sun’s reflection on her face (bouncing off the book), show up better .
I played around with editing for some time last night and this morning. I was trying to reduce the overexposure of many of yesterday’s photos shot in the Gardens. I’m wondering if I should give up photography out in the bright sun altogether in summer, (or go and live in the UK or Europe where the sun is less harsh – LOL). But seriously, our Australian summer sun is very harsh at the time of day I go for a walk and my body clock always dictates what time I go outdoors and is pretty difficult to alter these days.
This morning I fine-tuned the contrast as best I could, the idea being to decrease the dark shadows in the background, but not lose the shadow outlining her body and face.