f/3.5, 1/30, ISO-100, 18mm

I’ve complained to friends of mine that my old photographs are getting out of hand in terms of the amount of drive space it takes to store them all. “Well, how many of those photos do you actually think are any good? Keep those and get rid of the rest,” I’m told.

But I’ve had too many examples of shots like this one. It was taken nearly two years ago, and immediately discarded as having nothing of interest to show or say. I haven’t looked at it again until I was doing the other day’s Rework Wednesday, and something struck me about it that something could be done with it. I fiddled for a long time with framing and cropping, trying to understand first what I wanted in the shot. What was extraneous to the message or mood I wanted to convey? I wrestled quite a bit over whether to include the out-of-focus leaves in the foreground, for example, but included them in the end because I think they add needed depth to the image.

I worked on darkening and shading, effective vignettes, and applying all sorts of filters in Lightroom and various plugins. This is the final result, and I’m very glad I didn’t throw it away for lack of drive space.

Rework Wednesday – Emerald by Anthony Bopp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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  1. Bella Remy Photography April 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    So the question is..do you know why you took the photo in the first place? For me, I feel like I’m in a tropical jungle. You can always easily get an external hard drive to help ease your growth pains.

    • AJBopp April 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      I have 2 external drives now 🙂 I took the shot I think for real reason, just liked the look of the rock a nd the path beside it. Cropped out most of the path which . improved thing tremendously.

  2. Stephen G. Hipperson April 26, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    In this particular case, I find the oof foliage in the foreground acts as a break to me entering the rest of the picture. It’s unfortunate that it’s so out of focus because the ground level in the same plain is less so – the foliage thus appears as a blob. The oof foliage is also the brightest point in the picture so it tends to drag my eye too. You could try darkening that part which might lessen its magnet like qualities – if you can manage to darken the brightest parts to something like those at the left lower corner the viewers eye would be drawn into the picture by the brighter background.
    Without those leaves, I like the diagonal line of the fallen trees leading our eye from the lower left into the counter line of the strata of the rock and natural line of the brambles.
    You might also try a little vignetting to the top left corner, which tends to lead out of the picture.

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