My Lil' Dirtroad Princess
by Alicia Steiner
My daughter and I were on a slow Sunday afternoon drive down a dirt-road. I was in the cab of the truck and glanced back at her.
I loved the expression on her face, serene & curious all at once. I wondered what she must be thinking at that moment?
Like many site visitors I guess, I think this is a lovely photo.
The positioning is perfect - the daughter on the left of the photo with the truck in the foreground and the dirt-road disappearing into the distance.
So often positioning your subject on one side of the photo or another will give you a better composition than slapping the subject bang in the middle.
That does work, sometimes. But more often than not the rule of thirds works better!
I like the soft glow added (I assume it was added afterwards?) too - it gives the photo a surreal and wistful look.
A soft glow can easily be added using software if you want to try the technique you could head over to pixlr
, the free online editing program, load up a photo, and then choose filter
and then glamour glow
in the drop down list.
Some people aren't too happy about adding effects in post processing. Personally I think, if it's tastefully done, it can really make a photo. You can read my thoughts on post processing here
, and make your own mind up on that one.
The black and white effect? Well, I think that also works well - especially with that soft glow.
All in all a nice photo!
Except ... clearly this is an oversight, but the photo needs to be rotated 90 degrees so that it's portrait, not landscape.
No problem if you're using a tablet, but really annoying if you're on a desktop!
Thanks for the submission Alicia.