The Power Of Photoshop. Actually I should say the power of digital photography. First things first. Desperate for some new images Jeanne and I set out at 6:00 pm last night to capture some new material. We went to the Dubuque Arboretum and walked what seemed like a considerable distance for NOTHING. Not one thing did I see that was even close to being worthy of a capture.
Another few weeks and I’ll go back and get some fantastic flower shots. Then we drove out 52 highway and still I couldn’t find anything. So we spent 2 and 1/2 hours and have nothing to show for it.
This morning I was browsing through my archives looking for something to post and I came across a photo shoot I did last June at the “Wood Carvers Convention” that was held in Maquoketa. Phenomenal display of talent and carving skill. What these folks can do with wood is simply AMAZING!
Anyway I was looking at some of the shots and wincing at the terrible composure, lighting, and exposure I did on most of the images. They were in a word terrible.
As you can see from the snapshot above I’m not being over critical. I have learned a lot over the last year and would hope that I wouldn’t take a picture like that again. We’ll see, as the Wood Carvers will be back this June 2011 so I’ll get another chance.
Then I got to thinking. Maybe I could fix this in Photoshop and make it at least worthy of display. So with about 15 minutes of work, the image below is what I came up with. Not great but certainly worth looking at. I can tell you today I work very hard to get it right in the camera. In fact since I shoot in the RAW format, if I have to do more than white and color balance, sharpen and crop a little I consider it a mistake.
Having said that it is nice to know that you can fix some of your errors with this wonderful program called Photoshop. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.