An Experiment: Direct Light and Shadow

While this is part of my photo editing experiment, I also want to show you something I made several weeks ago. This is my way of transitioning from the “hey, help me with my photos” to “hey, I wanna show you something I made”.

I was invited to see a friend from my college days play with Tom Wopat. You know, Luke Duke! It was a really great show and Wopat has a great sense of story telling. I didn’t doubt I’d have a good time at the show. What I did doubt was my ability to pull something together last minute. There was a dress code. Not a big deal, I was assured by my friend, but I never hesitate to take on this sort of challenge. I had an hour to come up with something.

What did I make?

You might remember the skirt from the Christmas 2011 hubby work party. I need one more skirt like this that can dress me up instantly. The top was the new component. Ever since I found a well fitting strapless bra, I’ve been daydreaming of all the strapless dresses I could make. I’ve made none of them but not for lack of interest.

Before even starting the top, I knew I’d need it to be the quickest sew ever. I chose the black suiting from my stash (this is part of the purchase that made my husband go mute for an hour because I bought several rolls of fabric. Several). I’m calling it a suiting but I honestly don’t know for sure. Take a guess, if you’d like.

After a quick debate with myself, I settled on this basic tube top. I knew I would belt it and it would be good enough for a last minute swanky outing. What do you think?

As far as the photo is concerned, which is your favorite? It’s largely overexposed. Again, I’m still learning and I feel like there are plenty of effective components to the image that, in a learning mode, I’m posting despite the exposure issue.

So, besides overexposure, what do you think of what I did with these three edits? The first and last are very similar but there are differences. I was aiming for subtle between those two. The middle one is to my personal taste. I like the effect but I know it’s not for everyone.

Thanks for stopping by! I feel like I’m on a roll and I know it’s because of the comments here, on Twitter and Facebook.

8 thoughts on “An Experiment: Direct Light and Shadow

  1. attachlings says:

    I like all three shots, but the middle one is my personal favorite as well.
    Beautiful outfit!
    Bonnie might be a resource for learning more about photo correction. 😀

  2. Mandie says:

    hmm, interesting. You’re right slightly overexposed. I like the bottom one the best as a photo. The middle one to me is far too orange. I like the pose, too, and I like that you didn’t center yourself in the picture. I would be slightly better if you were facing the center (so if you were either turned the other way or on the other side of the frame).

    Also Caity just walked in and said “that’s actually really really cute,” which is high praise for a teenager.

  3. Brooke says:

    Cute outfit and I love your shoes!

    I think pic number three is my fav. I like the idea of aging the picture (what I think you were going for with the yellow in the second version) but I think it’s just a tad too warm. Maybe split the difference?

    Keep up the good photo editing! It really makes your sewing look even better! =)

    (btw, you have the prettiest smile!)

  4. Amanda says:

    I’m team third photo. The colours look cool and crisp.
    The vintage feel on photo two is nifty (did I just use that word?!) but it seems a bit too warm. Nice work with the playing around of your shots!

    • Leila says:

      Thanks Amanda for stopping by to comment. Yay. I think you did just use “nifty”. 🙂 I think we should bring it back. I’ll have to keep playing with vintaging my stuff so it’s vintagy but not too warm. Thanks

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