Woman walking dog

By December 9, 2008Blog

Shot with Canon 5D, 50mm f/1.4
@ 50mm, f/1.4, ISO 3200, 1/200s

This photo of a woman taking a stroll with her dog was taken on a beautiful, cool evening in NYC. I really like the pseudo-silhouette form of this photograph and the idea of taking your dog for a walk in the street is interesting to me – the fact that everyone lives in an apartment and nobody has a yard (or a neighbor’s yard) to let their dog do their business in is a bit of a foreign idea for me. It’s the idea of life in the city that I’m trying to capture here with my series in NYC – whether or not that comes across, I hope you enjoy. 🙂

I have to tell you, the 50mm 1.4 was absolutely indispensable on the trip. I did notice for the first time with this photo that the lens exhibits some funky lens flares (look closely at the purse) in the opposite of the frame from strong direct light sources. Not that I think it takes away from the picture or anything, but I thought it was interesting enough to note. Of course, some might have you believe those aren’t lens flares, but ‘orbs’ or ‘spirits’ or some nonsense. I’m pretty sure they’re lens flares, but you can call them what you want.

The only post-processing on this photo came in the form of a preset I created in Adobe Lightroom 2 to convert the photo to Sepia. That action makes some adjustments to the tone curve, hue/luminance, split toning, and lens correction. I’m a sucker for vignetting. And monochrome.

In a later post, I’ll talk a bit more about Lightroom and even share my preset.

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