AOP part 25: Backlight
To fix this I moved both Maja and I further back towards the window light.
This has let me lose the distracting dark area at the top of the image. The dark bottom is fine - it provides a base to the image.
The central pillar provide a good frame for Maja to be posed against.
This has improved the rim lighting affect as it now highlights a more of the edges. It is almost hatchet lighting - a very dramatic lighting style.
It has reduced the exposure on the corset and collar, bringing up the richness in the tones and improving saturation.
Now it has also washed out the image a little. Essentially those bright windows have caused some light wash in the lens - particularly noticeable around the right hand.
Not something I see very often with the "L" lens on the Canon, more common on cheaper lens when you have a direct light source into the lens.
In this case I don't mind, I feel it actually adds a "reality" to the shot.
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