A little post-processing with an oldie but a goodie

Jock Elliott

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Troy, NY
I have this disease involving my old Olympus D-550 and clouds. I carry it nearly everywhere in the hopes of getting an interesting sky shot.

The other morning I was in the parking lot at the grocery store when I saw the rising sun illuminating an interesting weather front moving through.

My first shot was this:

D550_clouds_005_Medium_.jpg


Today, I cropped it, fiddled the exposure and color temperature to produce this:

D550_clouds_005-001_Medium_.JPG


Finally, to take everything to excess, I converted it to B&W and stepped on the contrast, producing this:

D550_clouds_005-003.jpg


I started with jpgs and manipulated them with Picasa and Picnik.

Cheers, Jock
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
I would suggest that this is a good analogue of manipulating a film negative in the darkroom, something that many practiced in order to bring out the latent potential hidden in their negative. I know that I'm guilty of skimping on the post processing, not to over process which I find false and the ruination of a shot, but to extract the most of what is there and use it to show the mood of the scene that encouraged us to press the shutter in the first place.

Barrie
 

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