I love it when you can get something right in the camera. It's amazing and magic all on its own. Sometimes though, that magic moment comes and there are wires, instruments, people, or clutter in the frame. NOOOOOO!
Just such a thing happened when I walked into the Gypsy Stage at Oregon Country Fair this year. I was just taking a delightfully timed breather and out came Rachel striking drama in our hearts and lenses. So this gorgeous stage now keeps the direct sun off the dancers, but it's very... well... orange- (see original photo left) so obviously some color correction was in order STAT. In my experimental laziness I nixed all but one color (red) and brought down the vibrance. Next I crop, up the clarity, contrast, exposure, and a little extra black on the tone curve for pop. (middle photo) This is how it goes to facebook and Rachel fans go wild! (*insert breathy "haaaaaaaa")
So then it needs some more editing for a magazine! Woop! Of course I have no model releases for the musicians, so they've gotta go and their clutter, too. I won't get into the details here but selection tools and stamps were essential. Final photo for magazine on right.
If you love dance, check out this month's Zaghareet! magazine:)
I'll be soon posting bits from my article, 10 easy steps to great performance photography.