At times like these, I wish I had the kind of job that could be blogged about. I say this only because I have been spending way too many hours working the past few weeks and, as a result, am running out of more universally interesting things to write about.
Normally, I would have done enough shooting over the weekend to have brand new photos for you and stories to tell about them for the next five days. Unfortunately, between my photography-free road trip on Saturday and working all day Sunday, I am out of new photos.
Even more frighteningly, I am nearly out of old photos I haven’t previously shared as well.
So, for today’s blog, I thought I would experiment with some old photos from our second trip to Mt. St. Helen.
It’s pretty amazing what can be done with a photo in even relatively simple photo editing software like Aperture, my personal favorite. In today’s gallery, I’ve posted a series of photos that are quite similar. I processed 3 exposures using the Photomatix HDR plug-in for Aperture and created two unique exports from Photomatix. In the one, I used more natural-looking settings. In the other, I used an “artistic” lighting effect that made the foreground and sky look lit differently.
Then, I used my standard post-processing adjustments on them in Aperture. Mainly, I played with highlights and shadows and the levels. Once this was done, I made a duplicate of each version and then tried something new.
The first image used a built-in effect for black and white with a red filter. I also pulled the black point up–many greens disappeared into the shadows. I experimented with different combinations of lifting the shadows and then raising the black point and finally settled on this one. It’s dark and gloomy. I hope it shows up OK for folks–sometimes photos look brighter to me on my iMac than they do after posting to my blog.
The other crazy thing I did was with the second duplicate. I played with tint and saturation and took the photo to the point where I thought my eyes would bleed if I looked at it any longer. Then, I backed it off to the brink of pain.
I have no explanation for why I did this. It just looks too purple when I look at it now. Perhaps I thought it was time to start exploring the possibilities instead of remaining stuck in reality.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it only took a slider control to add saturation, luminance, and vibrancy to real life?