Generally speaking, I usually don’t do photographic “sequels”. Once I publish images that I want to share, images relating to a certain time and place, I rarely go back to pick out a second group from the same set. If I didn’t pick them at the outset it’s likely that I didn’t think they were as good as the ones I did pick. And even if I do change my mind I probably won’t redo the same post. It just seems to me that doing so is just a tiny bit redundant.
But there are always exceptions – to everything. For about a week now I’ve been going through images from the same fog event, especially looking at the ones that I initially thought were really bad. The reason I didn’t like them is because they were dominated (tonally) by a bright white background. The fog, that is. And I’ve always hated “white skies”. Uniformly blue skies aren’t my favorite, either, but white backgrounds, for me, are pretty much intolerable. In this case the fog was brightly lit, by the sun, from behind. Which kind of turned everything else into dark silhouettes. Straight out of the camera the image above looked like this:
In my opinion, that’s just ugly. There’s very little color and worse, there’s almost no texture in the rock formations. And honestly that’s not what I remember seeing. It is, however, what the camera’s sensor saw.
Fortunately, all of the detail is still hiding there in the original RAW image. I just needed to coax it out. And I do like the resulting, edited image. It almost looks like a scene from one of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Every time I look at it I expect to see an Orc or two peering back at me.
Here’s another resurrected image:
And one more:
Again, all of these photographs looked very dull and very bland straight out of the camera. If I’d exposed for the orange hoodoos I would have blown out all of the white snow and fog. My only option was to make sure I was capturing in RAW file format and then make the necessary adjustments in post. Which is what I do all the time.
Not that any of this is news. I think most photographers do exactly the same thing. But it would have been a different story (for me) if I’d only captured JPEG’s or if I’d only had my iPhone. Just sayin’………….