For Unto Us A Child Is Born

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This version contains the original color. Often I adjust the saturation and various other aspects of the color however, this one I thought was fine how it is.

For the second picture I used a layer mask and softened the color to create more of a pastel version of the picture. When I posted this picture I noticed how the color adjustments I made also adjusted the white matte. I am a little disappointed that I didn't notice this earlier. I will fix it on the original.
Obviously the third version is in black and white. I felt the Nativity was a good candidate for some of the new techniques I have been playing with. Let me know which version you like best. My wife finds it very interesting that the reflections are more vibrant in color than the actual subjects.-SG


Rory Baxter December 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

these are beautiful. I love the 1s one best - the colors are very striking

looks like you are having tons of fun and learning lots too!

Jef December 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM  

So first off, your wife might be interested to know that the reason the color looks more "vibrant" in the reflection is because the light is a less bright in the reflection, allowing her eyes to see the color without having to adjust for the brightness that is found in the original object. Which in fact suggests that the lighting on the subject is in fact too bright. If you held a grey card under the same lights and took a picture of it using the same settings, you might find that you are actually 1/2-1 stop brighter than what the camera says you should be...but

I like it the way you photographed it. The only thing I would suggest to make it "better" (and I put that in quotes because it isn't so much better as it is that I would like it more) is to have the nativity around them. Of course if you don't have a is a little hard to do, but you could build one.

One other thing to try would be to layer mask your scene, convert it to black and white and then paint out the mask on baby Jesus so that he is in color. I'm not a big fan of the BW simply because the original subject is so nicely and delicately colored...

Nice arrangement though, and I like the reflective surface they are posed on. Are you using a mirror or are you using black plexi, or are you using clear plexi with a black piece of paper under it? Or something completely different???

Alli December 13, 2008 at 9:10 AM  

I think I like the first one best

Amanda December 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

I like both of the colored ones! They are great for different reasons!