I did not have The Friday Flu yesterday (that mysterious flu that mysteriously disappears approximately 2.25 seconds after its victim calls in sick at 8:00 a.m. on a Friday Morning). I took a legitimate day off and have the official City & County of San Francisco paperwork to prove it. However, San Francisco experienced its first beautiful day in the midst of a string of rain storms yesterday (my neighborhood has experienced three big ones so far today), so inevitably that unique malady associated with blue skies, puffy clouds, warm temperatures, and Fridays reared its ugly head at Yerba Buena Park.
Big time reared its head. Has anyone else noticed that sometimes my city looks like a Renoir or Suerat come to life?
I appreciate women who appreciate food, but not only do I appreciate women who appreciate food, I also appreciate other guys who appreciate women who appreciate food.
So I decided to show the gentleman my respect by working on the raw picture. I saved a few copies, converted them to black & white in iPhoto, and then had some editing fun.
Settings: Saturation 0, Highlights 10, Shadows 15, Sharpness 100, De-Noise 100, other settings unchanged. I divided the picture according to the 3×3 rule and in this crop placed the woman’s head on the upper left intersection (or whatever professional photographers call it). OK, I guess, but the picture feels a little unbalanced; too much excess space on the right, too much activity on the left.
Settings: Saturation 0, Highlights 80, Shadows 15, De-Noise 100, other settings unchanged. This time I cropped to put the man’s head in the upper right intersection (or whatever professional photographers call it). This composition makes him and more important his attention to her the focus of the picture, and I found that satisfactory. However, their clothes are darker and they don’t stand out from the background as much as above.
So one more try.
Settings: Exposure 0.40, Highlights 30, Shadows 15, De-Noise 100, other settings unchanged. The lighter color of her jacket and his shirt makes them stand out better from their background. I don’t mind the extra details on the left because the viewer’s attention always shifts to them, esp. him; furthermore, I want to establish that the setting is a park bench in a city park.
Overall, pretty good; the editing’s getting better. However, can’t help wondering: would it look better in color after all?
Vonn Scott Bair