Featured Photo: iDia de los Muertos!

Woman And Skulls - Dia de los Muertos 2011

Woman And Skulls – Dia de los Muertos 2011

It’s that time of year!! We’re going to kick off our Featured Photo series with a photo taken at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Los Angeles in October 2011!!

I was  moved by the haunting sadness on the woman’s face.  Later, I felt that a vintage, timeless appearance would accentuate the emotion of the image further, so I created an antique look and sloppy borders. In fact, the very next Tip of the Month is a how-to on how this very thing!!!

Equipment used:  Nikon D90 DSLR with a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens.  I also used a Nikon SB-600 speedlight off-camera (wireless), holding this with my left hand to better illuminate the woman, using it largely as a fill light because she was in the shade.  Photoshop CS4 for processing.  The Tip of the Month for November 2011 is a double-shot how to create an antique look and how to create a sloppy border!