I have said before that I am definitely an amateur when it comes to photo editing, but I do try and fix the basics before I post a photo to my blog. I always check the levels, eliminate colour cast, remove shadows and highlights, and last but not least I sharpen.
Have you ever been in the situation though where you do all the basic editing of a photo and then you look at it and realize that there is something not quite right. Sometimes something is lost when you mess with the original. That’s what I think anyway. Such was the case with this photo. It was taken at Sauble Falls, near Sauble Beach, Ontario where the salmon climb the fish ladder to spawn. I got down level with the water and zoomed in and was very happy with the result.
During my exploring of WordPress sites, I have admired many photos of water with various effects achieved either in camera or post processing. You know the ones – where the flowing water has that dreamlike, sort of blurred quality. They definitely look amazing, but when I tried some editing techniques on this photo, I realized that it just didn’t move me the same way as the original did. The first thing I did was get rid of the shadows, but the shadows actually give the photo more atmosphere I think. I sharpened, but then it looked too harsh. So, I cancelled the changes and am sharing the original with you. I’d love to hear what all of you think – do you ever make changes and then revert to the original?