Magic number three in a continuing journey of “true-to-mind” edits of photographs takes me to an old shot (a few months ago) of some moss near a riverbank. It was a bland day, overcast, misty, and chilly. Basically, not the best time to be out and about taking a lot of pictures. I didn’t care. My steadfast resolve led to this rather flat and lifeless original shot:
50mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/640
In real life, that’s about what this scene looked like. It lacked color, contrast, and “pop”.
So, about 10 minutes and some home-brewed tone-mapping later, this is what I had envisioned—a 3-D effect of sorts with the moss almost separating itself from the rock. I believe it worked:
Now that’s more like it
Anyway, it’s always fun to see just what you can pull out of a single exposure. I might have to see what I can do with HDR sometime. Photomatix, anyone? 🙂
Take care guys and gals, and as always, have a great day!
For my second entry in an ever-continuing series on what my mind sees in a photograph, rather than what the camera captures, I visualized something special in this “useless” out-of-focus and flat photograph of a stalk of grain:
The near-uniform background and lack of clarity made it perfect to turn into a watercolor painting. At least, to give it that effect after multiple edits:
A short post today, I know, and it has been a while since my last one. Rest assured, I have only been busy, but have many photos to share with you all (and am still working on the 300mm review). The above photographs were taken with a new (old) lens, the Nikon 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8 AI-s.
It’s a killer optic. More to come from that later. 🙂
Thanks for dropping by guys and gals.
There is a photographer I have been following around on DPReview.com for a while now who often posts threads detailing “my mind’s eye”. He tends to take pictures into his own digital darkroom and manipulates them to appear as super punchy, contrasty, and saturated works of art (though much of this is due to his need to print on canvas, where extra saturation, contrast, etc. is needed). I’m often interested in his manipulations, as they tend to not look like anything I personally would have seen (hence his originality) before or after taking the shot. For a frame of reference, he does post both the picture his camera took, before sharing his mind’s edited version.
Being red/green and blue/purple colorblind, I am at a relative disadvantage when it comes to true-to-life photo editing, as what I see is different than what most of the world sees. No, I don’t see in black-and-white (though that would sure make that style of photography easier!), but many times colors appear dull, lack contrast, and are difficult to distinguish from one another. If you have been paying attention to some of my previous posts, many of my edited photographs may appear very punchy and contrasty. Funny thing is to me, those edited pictures appear “normal”. It may not be true-to-life, but the edits I do make to photographs appear to me how I can only wish to see them in real life.