Welcome to the inaugural Photo Friday! (You can read here about why I'm starting this.)
The photo I wanted to share today is one I took last weekend, when the frame of our extension was first built. For the first time, Steve, Abbey and I were able to walk around our new rooms and I took this shot of Abbey 'in' her new bedroom:
I liked the idea of the photo - Abbey standing in her new room for the first time, and the beautiful grin on her face as though she's excited about the prospect of moving into it.
But, well, you can all see that it's technically a rotten photo. The lighting is terrible (it was a glary morning) and the framing of the shot is right off. I know that many photographers think that cropping and fixing a photo to the point that I'm about to show you is wrong. It shows a complete lack of talent with photography, only perhaps with computer software - and I agree. Except, sometimes, there's a photo that pulls at your heart strings and you just have to try and salvage it.
Surely I can be forgiven this once?
Anyway, here's what I've done with it:
I thought it actually looked quite effective, old-fashioned and timeless when I took some of the colour away, also allowing that smile to shine through. I had to remove some glare and play with the exposure, brightness, sharpness and, obviously, cropping.
What do you think?
Want to join in with Photo Friday? Give me your link in the comments and I'll come and check it out. If a few people want to do it, I'll set up a special linky tool in the coming weeks!