Self Portrait

The images in today’s post are © 2010 James R. Lee, All Rights Reserved. These images may not be reused without my express permission.

As regular readers know, I participate in the Monthly Scavenger Hunt on Flickr, which is a game where people try to take pictures that represent clues. It’s a fun group, and I find it spurs my creativity as a photographer. This month, one of the clues was “Kiss kiss,” and I opted on a self portrait. I knew I wanted a black and white shot, thinking more drama would make the image more fun. I waited until the end of the weekend for some stubble, put on a dress shirt and bow tie, and got a little help with my makeup.

When I first took the picture, it did not give me what I wanted. It’s cute… but no punch.

Kissy kissy!

Adobe Lightroom to the rescue, where I darkened the dark areas, and told the computer to really emphasize red tones when selecting what was going to be dark. Last, I had to lighten my teeth a touch, because while they looked perfect in the original processing, once I darkened the shadows, they disappeared into the contrast. A little selective brightening of that area worked wonders, and this was the final image:

kiss kiss!

I’m really happy with the final image – if you know me on Facebook, you’ve already seen this as my profile image.

The images in today’s post are © 2010 James R. Lee, All Rights Reserved. These images may not be reused without my express permission.

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