Steve Knight  

Angel with a Dirty Face by Steve Knight

April 2021 - Angel with a Dirty Face

April 2021 - Steve Knight


About the Image(s)

This photo, Angel with a Dirty Face, is a shot of my granddaughter taken in 2014. It's taken on my patio just after a bowl of chocolate ice cream, as you can tell. My daughter recently asked me to print a few photos of the grandkids so I went back and revisited this image. The shot was taken with a Canon Rebel XTi using a EFS-18-55mm lens at a focal length of 33mm. The shutter speed was 1/250 with an aperture of f/5.6 at ISO 400. It was originally converted to mono in Lightroom which if I remember correctly was just one checkbox at the time. There was nothing else done to back it then.

This time I opened the image in Ps and took out the distracting "veins" in the patio background. Back in Lr I added a radial filter to her face and softened the skin by backing off the texture and sharpness sliders until I liked the look. Using the eraser brush within the radial filter I brushed back in the sharpness around her eyes and the chocolate around her mouth. Her fleece jacket was almost the same tonality as the background so I opened up the highlights on it up a bit with the brush tool to get some separation. The first print was a bit too chilly for my taste so I added a bit of warmth to the highlights using the color grading panel in Lightroom.

6 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Wow, very strong image. The monochrome is far stronger than the color version. The eyes with the great catch lights really make the image pop. The only issue I see is the hot spot on her hat just above her forehead. It is not that way in the color version.   Posted: 04/01/2021 12:49:03

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Very nice child portrait reflecting good characterization and emotion. I agree with Dav on the hot spot in the hat. Also the dress separation with the background is soft, but not a concern. Good light to you.   Posted: 04/03/2021 11:37:44

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Beautiful grandchild and the B/W version is really neat. What did unlucky use to light your granddaughter. It almost looks like a big reflector when I blow up the image. The light on the skin is nice and smooth as is the fleece jacket. So glad you went back to this 2014 saved image. Jerry   Posted: 04/03/2021 15:09:14
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
Thanks Jerry. This was all natural light. Looking as some of the other photos I took that day it appears a bit overcast so the light was diffuse.   Posted: 04/04/2021 22:45:02

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
Just great Steve. Indeed the B&W version, personally, much better. We event have the impression the picture is more older than 2014, and I really like the effects.
Your treatment is well done and well chosen. Her hat (cap) brings a lot to the soft atmosphere of the picture.   Posted: 04/08/2021 09:00:25

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
This is a lovely shot for the albumn of your granddaughter with great eye contact and lovely feel to it. You lose the feeling a touch of the dirty face in monochrome but I do prefer in it in monochrome. Nice image.   Posted: 04/13/2021 09:19:52


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