Taken after a coffee in Glasgow’s Prices Square. Two things made this a challenge. The back-lighting of the centre’s Christmas lights required fill flash which of course was colder in colour temperature than the yellow cast tungsten background. The second problem was the impossibility of framing Claudia without distracting bright spots or areas behind her head. It was an opportunist shoot, with only 3 exposures before we parted. I therefore used monochrome to work round the colour variation between foreground and background. I also cloned and shaded some of the extreme lights in the background. The result isn’t perfect, but does feel like it captures some of the shy intensity of Claudia. For the record, Claudia doesn’t enjoy being photographed; I am therefore all the more grateful for her relenting for the sake of this portraitist’s art. I hope she likes it.


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