For my last in this Drink and Click mini-series, here’s Layilah, who I’ve featured before, when I shot her with the Olympus 45mm f1.2 Pro. I’m always amazed how, woman in particular, can remarkably change their looks with a new hairdo. Today’s photo, like yesterday, is also an out of camera JPEG from the Olympus PEN-F with my usual 25mm f1.4 lens.
The shadow area on the top right, and the almost band like horizontal lighting, from top left to bottom right, is by accident. There was an umbrella with a continuous light that inadvertently cast a shadow. However, there’s a certain balance that I like about this photo.
While not as mysterious and dramatic as yesterday’s portrait, I like the simple background that doesn’t compete with the subject.
My friend Mike, with a keen eye, suggested in the comments that I process the RAW to recover some detail from Layilah’s face. He has a point and I wanted to give it a try. Here’s the photo above, converted in Capture One from the RAW file. A bit less contrast and subtle details recovered.
As a bonus, here’s the processed RAW in color. Highlights recovered in the face and added contrast using curves.
Notice also that the band of light through the middle is not as visible in the color version.
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