So with my plans to be in Japan for the Winter well under way, I thought I would go back to some old RAW files. Specifically I wanted to see if there were any past shots from Japan that I felt like processing. I’m also going through my catalog to see if I’d like to re-shoot anything while I’m there. I’m much better with photography now as opposed to my past visits. So naturally there are some spots that I’d like to shoot again. And while going through my old RAW photos I came across this one. It’s a simple shot of a crosswalk. And if I remember correctly I kept my shutter speed slow because it was nighttime.
With more experience under my belt I know that I could have kept my shutter speed faster. Not only was I was a Nikon D3s for this image. But there was also plenty of street lights in the scene. But the inexperienced me from years ago didn’t have think about it. The result I did get though is this image which is quite interesting to me now. The blur in itself can make a frame interesting. But with the shutter speed I had it made it seem like the cyclist had two faces. I just found that to be pretty fun to see. So naturally I processed it and now here it is for the world to see.
Always Going Back
This image isn’t the first time I’ve gone back to an old RAW file. In my personal opinion, one advantage of digital photography is being able to go back to old RAW files. I don’t delete RAW files from any shoot. Because just because it may look like a miss and/or uninteresting at the time I shot it, it doesn’t mean that I won’t find it interesting at some point in the future. And sure enough I found this interesting enough to process and share it now. I’ve found it to be good practice as well. Not to mention that it helps me see how my taste has changed. Because I know for a fact that I process photos differently than I would have in the past.