Revisiting old photos

Re-editing old photos can produce spectacular results.


During a walk near Dymock in the Forest of Dean this tree shone out from all the others but the image I captured didn't seem to do it justice as the image just looked flat and uninteresting. However by carefully analysing why the image didn't initially work and then making some careful edits (cropping, some dodging and burning, and some increased colour in the reds and greens) I have created a representation of what I saw and not what the camera recorded for me.

 

Understanding the subject and story

Stuck inside my narrowboat during heavy rain storm my eye was caught by this leaf floating by and the contrasting colour. However the image never really worked for me.

The image lacks impact, but why? I think it's because there are two focal points (the leaf and the drop of water) so the eye flits between them and there is no clear subject or story. But what if the subject is the intense rain falling on the canal, could the image be reinterpreted to convey the story of a summer storm?

Well I think this conveys the story of a heavy rainstorm. By simplifying the image to a degree that almost makes it abstract it creates a much more powerful image.

One never stops learning and I'm currently working through a book on Advanced Composition by Kent DuFault from Photzy. By applying these new skills to some old, somewhat mediocre, photos I really feel that I have created something artistic and with much greater impact.


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