Black and White

Inspired by Johnno's recent b&w of Kara, I thought I'd have a puddle with one I took last weekend too.

Strobist Info: Canon 580exII @ 1/2 power into silver umbrella, camera right. Nikon SB-600 @ 1/32 power behind and to left of camera for hair-light. Silver reflector camera left in front of subject.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 13th April 2008, This photo: 2:12pm

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  • Margot- said:
    This is so good and I like it a lot. Nice light and dark tones. Kara looks especially stunning here and I like the expression of her face. Did you convert this photo to black and white?
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure did, shot it colour and then converted to B&W using Lightroom. Due to a misplaced reflector, I had to do a little burning on the cheek on the left (Kara's right), but apart from that, it's as-shot :)
  • Margot- said:
    I love Lightroom so much and now I understand why my images aren't as high quality as this one even though I've used Lightroom to develop them. It's because it's all in the right lighting from the start.
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Nice conversion Dave, I'm a sucker for a good b&w portrait, this is great.
  • David de Groot said:
    LR is definitely a fantastic bit of software, great for cataloguing and the minor edits I do. :) But yes, the difference between a good photo and a great one is quite often the quality of the light.
    Thanks Nic :) I'm also partial to a good b&w and really should do more of them.
  • benhew said:
    Yes, Dave, B&W is awesome! ;-)

    Nice shot BTW.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ben :)

    Might have to take a couple tomorrow with an eye towards b&w.
  • benhew said:
    Yeah I'll have the Leica there for that purpose.
  • alvaritz... said:
    Thanks for your comment David. I really liked your photostream.

    This is a very nice photo, she looks like Kristen Dunst = )

    Nice even diffused front light
  • David de Groot said:
    You'll give her a big head comparing her to movie stars ;-)

    Thanks - front light was a silver brolly.
  • Xenedis said:
    There's some more dramatic tonal variation in this shot than mine.

    Looks good.
  • Jack High said:
    Lovely mood, the expression seems a little sad which I think works with the lighting and tones. It really grabs me and causes me to pause for quite some time.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :)
    Thanks Jack, always good to get a well thought out comment. You're right, I decided on this particular photo for the b&w conversion because of the expression.