Sunday, February 23

Kilkenny School Girls

Are they beautiful? Captured (if it's possible for anyone to capture these three in any real sense) along the streets of a damp, chilly, and dreary Kilkenny afternoon. The trio burst from their shells at the sight of my telephoto with the lass on the right growing a finger-beard to mock my own. Can you look at them and NOT smile? Wuddaya-think? Are they 16, 17 years old? (or 30 or 40?) From a certain age women have that mysterious power of seeming ageless in their beauty, huh? 

GEEK STUFF: It was a rainy Kilkenny early-May afternoon pierced through my Canon EFS 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens on the Canon 7D. Post in PS4. Tools? The texture's my own mix. The dynamic range was dug out with Topaz Adjust. And the palette was created through multi adjustment layers each designed in AlienSkin's Exposure 5 with a boost to the DOF through a selective application of Bokeh 2. Oh yeah. I kissed the palette a bit with AlienSkin's Exposure 5, that I manually over-rode to find my feeling inside the frame.


John - Visual Notebook said...

Excellent post-processing, Ted!

April said...

Such a trio of beauties! What fascinates me is their range of expression, from challenging and mistrustful through cautiously receptive to completely playful.

Ted said...

John: Thanks for the encouragement. It's amazing how much of the final feeling seems to emerge in post, huh?

April: I am so glad that this resonates with you. Uh-huh, I was intrigued by the way that the three together form a whole personality… a sort of short story about adolescent feelings. You've hit them perfectly in your analysis… Even more though… I wish I had a similar portrait from my teen years with my best buddies. It's a pity that there's no way to share this capture with these three… It would be their treasure say, a couple of decades from now, don't you think?

Cedric Canard said...

This is an excellent capture (not to mention the post-processing… oh, what the hell, I will mention the post-processing; it's brilliant as always!).

The best part about this image is the three different expressions. As you mentioned in your response to April, it would be great if you could somehow share this image with these girls. What a memory it would make for them.

Ted said...

It gave me the feeling of a 40s Hollywood B&W all dragged out in color. Look at their faces. Do they not look like the contract stars from the legendary studios? It's either the cast of a "mad cap" comedy or maybe a noir drama, huh? Yeah, reeeeely wish I could send this to them.