Should the location look suburban?While we all have plenty of pictures taken in and around our homes; I was concerned that the look of a grand hedge and well manicured, country garden feel might be a bit at odds with the house, even a beautiful Federation residence; was still a house, a house, a house... I felt the grander country style look of the grounds needed an extra careful framing of the scene to keep visual and emotional conflict to a minimum. Aside from these issues, it was not really possible to place the model at a distance away from the hedges (in most cases) that would allow me to optically blur-out details with the camera such as the patchy nature of nearly all hedges (not just these). The holes in the hedges would need patching in Photoshop as part of the post processing which provided a significant lift to the look and feel of the final images.
Here is the backyard of our suburban home, and while large by inner-city living standards we are still looking at a suburban back yard in terms of scale and not much open shade for the soft light I required. Below is the fabulous tall hedge out front; this hedge would cast enough shade for us to get through quite a few shots while I implemented some very simple techniques (time and cost effective) to minimise the wash of green reflected light onto the model and garments.
|Un-retouched image top with a nearly finished version below 'During'.|
For many years I did not 'Proof' the direct-from-camera files but after one client sent those JPEG files not the retouched files to the printers.. I decided this was the best and safest approach for all parties.
|A Rainbow Lorikeet in the Jacaranda tree on location.|
Model - Gillian Cooper
H&MU by Kaori
Photography & post-processing by Kent Johnson.
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