I love doing before/after, because it illustrates how important processing is to making a photo the best it can be.
After stopping for gas, I explored a road I hadn’t traveled before. It ran along a different part of Lake Clay than I usually see. There was a boat ramp, and I stopped. It was chilly, and the sky was overcast.
All casual photos taken on overcast days look like this. Nice, moody, but nothing special.
Here’s what it looked like after I ran it through PS and Luminar4. This kind of processing may not be to your liking, but I love color, which is there even on gray days. I can’t add what isn’t there, but I can bring it out.
I swung by a boat ramp I visit regularly because it’s close, and a man swathed in material, head to foot, was sitting on the dock, fishing. He’s visiting from Ohio, and turns out he was chatty. He’s in Florida for three months, he’s sixty and retired, and he’s had skin cancer three hundred times, hence the mummy look. After listening to him for twenty minutes, I surmised I’d already learned everything interesting there was to know about him, and that wasn’t much. Boring!
Phoebes must be migrating through. I’ve been seeing a lot of them the last couple weeks. One flew in and landed on a bush along the lake as I was leaving. I continue to be amazed at how much detail the 70-350 lens picks up from so far away.
See you next time.