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Editing recent photo sessions…

April 10th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/2 sec at f / 8.0__ISO 100

I am trying to catch up with processing all the images I’ve made in the last few months.  It has been a very productive time for me! Here is one taken on February 2o. I have already posted another image from this session, but I made a quick edit initially so I felt the need to dig back through the captures to see what else was was there.  This is an important process for all of us photographers, because we can generate so many versions of any given composition that we can’t digest them all in one or two editing sessions.

I will post two here for your review and comparison.  The  top image is newly post-processed, and the bottom photograph was posted on Facebook in February.  For both images, I used my trusty Singh Ray Vari-ND in order to use slow shutter speeds.  Your thoughts are welcome.

Enjoy,  William Neill

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  11. I take a lot of movement abstracts, and I find them extremely tricky to evaluate. Often the ones I like most when I’m whizzing through small previews (probably because they’ve got more definition) make me feel rather queasy viewed full size. I think both of these work, but I prefer the lower one – the colours work really well, and I’m addicted to thunder grey and lime-green. I also suspect I’d prefer it close-up – since it’s sharper movement shots that can be tricky on my eyes. Most of the time, I find more blur preferable: enough so that I don’t try and resolve the image. But every time I think I’ve come up with a ‘rule’ for these blurs, I veer in the opposite direction. Which is why, of course, they’re such fun.

  12. Thanks for the comments. Ultimately, even I couldn’t fully judge the two unless printed and viewed side by side. Onscreen viewing is just one step towards full assessment by seeing a fine art print!

  13. Simon Gulliver says:

    I initially was drawn to the top one but the more I look the more I prefer the “dreamier” quality of the bottom one. I’m going to have to go against the trend here!

  14. EllenK says:

    I prefer the top one for the following reasons:

    – greater definition in the clouds
    – more emphasis on the dramatic sky by not having as much green grass at the bottom
    – more color in the trees

  15. Thanks for the feedback!

    Of all the composition rules I dislike, the “rule of thirds” is the one I like the least. Never have used it intentionally. However, when judging in retrospect, sometimes the best possible image design for a subject follows that balance. As a rule to follow while creating a composition, it is highly overrated and limiting.

  16. Marshall says:

    Although the top one has a little less dynamic interest in the deeper gray areas at the top, it has much more life in the trees at the bottom, and the energy there makes them more compelling and also accentuates the inverted sky/ground contrasts in an effective way.

  17. Erik Bishoff says:

    I also like the top one better… initially I thought this was simply due to the illustrative look of it vs. the bottom one that is a little less crisp and geometric. However, after a 2nd look I think it is also because of the light and color. The top one has more blue-and-white-puffy-clouds and lighter green at the bottom. The rule of thirds may also be coming into play as the top of the trees create a horizon line. The trees on the top image are also more “treelike” in that you can see the trunks and individual trees descending into the distance. The bottom images is a bit flatter. Beautiful work. Inspiring!

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