Post processing can be fun, or it can be a chore. Lately, I’ve been enjoying it more. I think this is because I’ve been experimenting. Here’s an example:
The image above is what I ended up with after some careful consideration as to what I was actually trying to take a picture of. Not only did I do some heavy cropping, I also tried various ways to place even more emphasis on the actual subject, the net.
Did I know exactly what I was doing and how to achieve it? No. This is where the experimenting comes into play. While I was adding the vignette, I also tried adding some blur to everything but the net. I think it worked out ok. It kind of reminds me of what I’ve seen from the Lensbaby products. I’ve been intrigued with the Lensbaby Composer Pro and 35mm optic, but just can’t seem to pull the trigger and buy it. So, here’s the next best thing, an experiment that sort of simulates that lens.
This is the original image:
I used my trusty Olympus E-P3 and 14-42mm lens for this. Instead of a tripod, I brought along a monopod. The sun was going down, but I had plenty of light. This is a very busy photo, lots of distracting stuff. So much stuff that it can be confusing as to what the subject of the photo is. It could have been anything from capturing the boat tied up to the dock, all of the junk lying around, or the nets on the back of the boat.
Looking back, it was the nets on the back of the boat that caught my attention. The shape, color, and texture all jumped out at me. Once I remembered that, I got busy cropping out everything else. I think this also helps you take something that could be looked at as just another snapshot to something more. Don’t get me wrong, snapshots are ok! But sometimes there is more to a picture, if you could just remove all of the other distracting elements. That’s what I did here.
Ansel Adams summed it up with this – “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
While the photo of the entire boat and all of it’s clutter is ok, what I was trying to express was the striking way the nets jumped out at me. Maybe it was the late afternoon light, or the color. Whatever it was, my experiment brought the image much closer to that moment when I first noticed the nets.
Maybe you wondered, why I didn’t describe in detail how I created this image? That was on purpose. As the title suggests – experiment! It doesn’t matter which camera you use, or which software you have. Turn the TV off, turn on some inspiring music and have fun!
That’s it for this post, until next time – Happy Shooting!