2018-02-11: Revisiting Old Work

Another week, and another trip down memory lane in terms of my photography.  I’m really glad I made the decision to work on images already captured for this month, as we got rather buried in the snow the past week, and I haven’t had the time, or the energy, to get out and try and capture anything new.

This week is a mixed bag of images, shot locally and in Africa, in colour and black and white.

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From 2014, a sunrise image of the Golden Ears from the dikes in Pitt Meadows where I used to walk my dog.  
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Flying over Victoria Falls on the way into Livingstone airport in Zambia.  Previously, I wasn’t really able to pull out any decent texture from photos shot through windows.  Zambia, April 2013.
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Victoria Falls from the Zambian side.  I was very fortunate to see it with just the right water level; enough so the falls looked incredibly impressive, but not so much that it was completely shrouded in mist.  Zambia, April 2013.

For my then and now image, I chose this zebra from my first trip to South Africa. The original black and white conversion was done in Lightroom using a few basic adjustments, not long after I returned from my trip.  The updated image was edited recently using a combination of plugins in Photoshop, including MacPhun Tonality and Topaz Detail.  I’m sure I could achieve similar results simply using On1 Photo Raw (I’m not using Lightroom any longer for processing), but I like the ease of using Tonality for black and white edits.

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Then – a basic black and white conversion lacking a lot of contrast.
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Now – the zebra stands out much better against the foliage, and there is a lot more detail throughout the image.

 

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2018-02-04: Revisiting old work

For February, I have decided that my topic for the month will be revisiting old work.  It was one of the shortlisted topic ideas that I had come up with back in December, and lately, it is a concept I have been encountering over and over in the educational resources I am working through, in articles that I read and podcasts that I have been listening to.  I think it is an excellent concept as there have been improvements in photo editing software over the years, plus I’ve added a lot more tools into my editing toolbox and my skills at editing have improved with time and practice.

I am going to try to look for a mix of images that I can show both a then and now edited version of an image, and also work on images for the first time.  I am sure there are many images that I passed over throughout the years because I simply didn’t have the skills to correct for errors in the field, difficult lighting scenarios or heavy noise.

Here is my first instalment of revisiting old work:

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I originally edited this giraffe image upon returning home from a trip in 2014.  below is my revisit to the image.
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Today’s take on the same image; the changes are not dramatic, but textures in the images are definitely a lot more apparent.
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I love the surreal nature of this deer at sunrise in thick fog.  Taken along to Pitt River October, 2013.
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Way back to the first trip where I had a DSLR camera, a Nikon D5100 with kits lens.  I was on a Caribbean cruise and spent loads of time shooting images off the balcony, but never edited any of them till much later.  January, 2012.
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Wild horses on Grand Turk, January 2012.  This was a shore excursion on the same trip as the image above.  I took a short walk from the main tourist area along the beach and found these two horses grazing. It felt like a rather improbable sighting at the time, but during my travels I have come to learn that many animals can survive quite well in areas that seem to have rather meaner resources.

 

It’s been fun rooting through my photo catalogues for old images to work on.  Pop by next Sunday to see what else I turn up.

 

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