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.