As I was walking around the Renaissance Festival, I am constantly looking for people who, to me, have interesting faces. When I saw this young lady, I really thought that she would make a great photo.
But, I must admit, I was not really sure how I wanted to photograph her. As Bob will attest, I moved her around from one background to another, and to be honest, I never really saw what I wanted. I finally settled on a relatively simple background that had more texture than color to it.
When I saw the image on the screen, I immediately thought black and white—which really simplified the overall image and made the young lady come forward.
Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 135mm shot at ISO 200, f/5.6 and 1/90th of a second with a SB-800 flash in a softbox at camera right.
Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added clarity.
Photoshop—used nik Color Silver Efex to convert the image to black and white.