For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.
– John Sexton
I believe Mr. Sexton couldn’t be more correct. One thing is framing the image, pressing that shutter, and capturing the essence of the fraction of time, permanently on film or these days on our sensors, but another is the art of the print process (digital post processing).
I remember vividly walking out of Walgreens in Downtown and walking about 5 steps but while I was walking out I noticed her and her obvious photogenic quality. I deeply respect my fellow flickr friends who ask permision for portraits but I’m still working on that courage to break into someone’s space. I tried it just a few days ago, and I think I did alright but this image was different. It was different because she already was full of life and without looking thru the viewfinder I had already imagined it. I turned around and snap two frames. I chose to work on this one and I think we see the sobering humanity of this “Soldier of God”, its cut off, but that’s what it said.
Cheers, my friends and just a few thoughts to ponder as you take your next portrait.