It’s safe to say that my understanding of digital photography has improved over the years, as has my processing skills. Those that interact with me on a regular basis know that my background is in film cameras and I am a relatively recent convert to Digital.
I was constantly disappointed with my early digital shots; they lacked depth, contrast and a degree of clarity and saturation that I had got used to shooting Fuji Velvia Transparency film.
Looking at these shots from 2009 I noticed two things:
Two of the unprocessed shots are below for comparison.
I could not remedy the first point although I only shoot RAW these days, but I could look at the processing and I did. All of the shots above were processed in Adobe Lightroom, using basic colour Temp and contrast adjustments followed by graduated filters to bring detail back into the sky and sand, some adjustment to saturation and a bit of brushing in local adjustments.
The end result is that shots I had discarded as flat and lifeless now have a new life. I’ve said before that it’s worth looking back at old files and trying to reprocess them with new techniques and I think the images above show that to be a valid view.