When I put up the first shot of Ryan and Fiona a few days ago, a couple of you mentioned that it looked like a shot from a (sort of) Bond movie, though I don't think that was intentional – on either Ryan and Fiona's part, or mine. This one, on the other hand, was intended as a spoof of that genre; i.e. hard-faced serious looking bloke and pouty, adoring woman.
Anyway, leaving the aesthetic content on one side for a minute, I'm really pleased with this one, not least because I think that the black and white conversion works well. To see what I mean you might want to take a look at the original image:
The only adjustments I made to the original were i) to use the Channel Mixer for the black and white conversion (heavily biased towards the blue channel), and ii) a single S-Curve to adjust the contrast.
Update: I must have been half-asleep when I posted this last night as (as was pointed out) I forgot to mention that I did use flash. Also, I've gone with John's suggestion to remove Fiona's fingers from Ryan's right shoulder. I also toned down the reflected light on Fiona's right shoulder. If you're interested, the previous version is here:
4.31pm on 23/8/07|
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM