This image was shot in July 2008 and processed on the 1st of August that year. It was a memorable experience for me. My newly developed lighting skills were beginning to show good results and I finally had enough confidence in my lighting and camera setting abilities to actually start looking and paying attention to the subject in front of the lens.
Once into Photoshop I started looking to find more ways of directing the viewer’s attention at what I thought were the important details in the shot, mainly the eyes. So I de-saturated the leaves of the hedge behind the subject and made some other tweaks in the same direction.
This is another from the same session. Different treatment. The first one got the most votes but I kinda like this one too. I like the grittier look.