Today's lesson was on Street Portraits. Kim asked us to take to the streets and actually ASK our oh-so-photographic subjects if we could take their picture(s), as opposed to stealth street photography taken with a telephoto lens at some distance. My pictures come from The Door County Ren Faire this past summer. My subjects are essentially street performers. I did ask to take their pictures, though.
For both portraits, I started with a clean edit, then used the Holga-ish Filter in Picasa. The black-and-white helps the viewer focus in on the subject and tames down other things (bus-i-ness) going on in the picture.
Why didn't I use Light Room or PSE? In truth, I had another street portrait of a local Oshkosh Lady (Someone I did not know ...) sitting at the edge of Miller's Bay looking out on the water. I was experimenting with different effects on her photo. Then it just disappeared. Poof! I don't know where it went--not to trash, not even available in "recently edited" and no longer in the folder where I had saved the original. Grrrrr! So I went back to a known entity : Picasa, for the above pics. Simple edits done with a predictable program.