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I quit smoking almost 6 weeks ago. To be honest with you the experience has been horrible. Ever since quitting smoking I’ve wanted to express my current feelings toward cigarettes through my photography. The idea of how to do this has been floating around in the back of my head for weeks. Today was my first attempt to express that emotion. Here are two versions of the photo.


In my mind I always envisioned the photo as black and white, however after playing around with white balance I’m starting to think the colour version with the adjusted white balance actually reflects my emotion to the subject more accurately. Before today when thinking about an image, the question had always been: “Should this image be in colour, black & white or sepia?” However digital has changed that question to: “If this image should be in colour, what colour temperature would portray the emotion of this image best?”

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Nikon D300 24-70mm @60mm f/2.8 1/100, ISO 800

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I recently posted about my relationship with Aperture 3, soon after I got a google notification that www.kirjaputiikki.fi had republished my article. Well the link love certainly made me feel great, but the real benefit came when I decided to check out that site again yesterday and found a link to this teeth whitening tutorial. I decided to watch the video even though I though I knew how to whiten teeth in Aperture. However the video showed me how to use multiple adjustment brushes. For example you can have an adjustment brush on the highlights/shadows of the photo, and then get another brush to highlights/shadows with different settings for a different part of the photo.

I find it so ironic that the post about me starting to doubt Aperture 3 actually lead to me finding exactly what I needed to make me love it all over again. I don’t do a lot of converting to black and white, but my frustration with white balance (in this post here) lead me to think that perhaps when I can’t get the colour right, that might be a good time to convert to black and white. The teeth whitening video then inspired me to use a brush to put the colour back into the photo selectively. I know the brushing wasn’t perfect, it was really hard to get right around his messy hair. But a friend of mine inspired me last night to experiment with things I haven’t done before, and to not expect the experiments to be perfect, but to be stepping-stones to greater things. The above photo is exactly that, a first time experiment. Thanks Paul.

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