When I first started in photography, at least as far as taking it seriously was concerned, I found myself traveling to many locations. Whether it was within my home state, somewhere else in the country or even to foreign lands I had my feet on the ground. Ready to find a beautiful scene and ready to take what I would hope to be a great shot. Of course, as Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” So as much as I’ve enjoyed each and every photograph that I’ve taken, processed and shared, I still consider myself very much the student and I’m always willing to learn more in order to continue to improve on an art form that I love.
Composition is something I’m always trying to improve, but one aspect of modern digital photography that I’ve been examining for myself for the past few weeks is how I post process a photo. When I first started with processing tools, my goal was to keep things as simple as possible to be able to present an image that properly showed the scene that I witnessed with my own eyes. As I got comfortable with using the tools, I settled into a style that I liked and figured out things that I liked and admittedly, more often than not I end up going to my go to processing methods for many of my photos. I like the look it’s simplified to minimize my time behind the computer and I’ve had a lot of practice with it. But I’ve decided to get back to basics. I’m taking a break from my presets and actions to get back into processing a photograph from scratch without my go to methods. I recently saw a processing tutorial video from a friend of mine that had me saying things like, “oh yeah, I remember that method. I haven’t used that in a while” or “whoa, I totally forgot about that”. Simple techniques that I learned years ago, but hadn’t really taken the time to use them because I had settled into a routine. So with this image, another of my many from Mono Lake, I processed it just as I would have when I first learned to photo process. So with the experience and practice over the years combined with many basic post processing methods, I came up with this.
It might not seem like it’s much different from some of my other photos from the past, but believe me when I say it is. I still have a lifetime of learning and practice to get through and it’s a lot of fun for me. And if this image is any indication, then my evolution as a photographer is on the right track. Then again, I’m totally biased to myself so I think I’m improving. He he. ;-P