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:


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


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


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

Cheers, Jock


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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.


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