Face of Gold

FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/4 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/4
[click image for larger size]

This image is a little more deliberate than my usual work. That is to say the pose of the person, in this case Boss, is very much staged. I asked Boss to sit for me and gaze out the window, while the cool evening light dripped in.

I have always been lucky enough to have a supporting family and partner. Any wild idea I propose, any maverick thought I threw out, any daft wee plan I assure myself will work they always help sculpt and shape into a functioning, working option. Not all of the ideas are great, or even good, but all of them are met with helpful guiding hands and very constructive opinions. Any time I am down and out they pick me up and push me forward and whenever I need a body to help in my work, they always help. Not always willingly but they do always help.

I remember back when I bought my first set of studio lights and backdrop, with more than a little help from my folks. My mother could see how excited I was to use them, so she told me to set everything up and posed for several portrait shotsWhen I say several, I do mean a good two hours worth of photographing… I couldn’t help myself… 

Boss is also a great help to me when we are out and about on the streets. When Boss is with me and I see something I want to capture she always helps, either by waiting patiently and keeping me company or becoming that human body I want within the scene. I know there are images I would not have got without her and although she is not also happy with me pointing a camera at her, she still helps.

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This is only a small selection of the countless images I have photographed of Boss. If I was to share them all I can safely say this would be my last post.

Original unedited image

I was drawn in by the warm golden glow of the sun. I liked the way it fell onto Boss’s face and the way it was matched by the gold of the picture frame. Combine that with the cool blue colour contrast and it made a photo I did not want to miss. I took seventeen shots to make sure I got the one I wanted, and because I find it fun to photograph Boss, although I am sure she would disagree. Editing was fairly simple; I cropped in tighter, centering Boss within the image and darken the shadows. Little tweaking of the highlights and added grain to finish. Job done.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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