I’m not quite sure how I should address this week. Quite frankly, I didn’t take any photos. To be honest, I had been so focused on a trip to Seattle with my wife for a conference she was attending, and a day of photography with a fellow motorcycle rider and photographer, that I never took my camera out. To try to make up for it I decided to go back and chose a couple of early images I did for the project and “re-do” them. I’m sure if you have been following the progress, you’ve noticed a change in how the images look. The early ones tended to lean towards surreal and the later ones more natural. I admit that I really like some of my early surreal images from an artistic view-point. I’m not sure if I took the same images now that I would have ever come up with those results though.
Let’s take a look at three images I’ve reprocessed.
From Week 1
From Week 6
From Week 7
Of these three, the Port Cranes from Week 4, I prefer the reprocessed version. For the other two weeks, I’m not positive I would have used either image in my current creative process. I really like the “other worldly” feel of the Week 6 and Week 7 original images. Perhaps if I continued to ‘tweak’ and ‘adjust’ both of those, I would have come up with usable images that differed from the originals.
The thing I find the most interesting about this exercise is, I figured I would lean more towards the newer way of processing the images, but realize it is less about the processing, and more about the creation of the images. I have changed how I do the processing, but more importantly, I am creating the images differently. I spend more time with composition, paying attention to the lighting, and getting the camera settings adjusted to fit what I want to capture. I think that is the real difference.
I hope no one feels “cheated” with this week’s post. I feel somewhat like I failed to meet my own expectations, or that I cheated, by going through this exercise. After having done it, I’m really happy that I decided to post something, and specifically, that I went through this process. It tells me more about my progress than I thought it could.