We're over half way through 2010 and I'm realising last time I updated the journal, the Christmas decorations were up and we were in the grip of a mini ice age. Thankfully nature is back in full swing, with only a couple of casualties in the garden (ironically the more exotic plants). I have been out and about with the camera recently, and my sunset shot from the top of Scrabo Hill briefly made it onto the local TV
Anyway, recently I was reading a few articles around dA about improving photo quality (I think from John aka kkart - check out his gallery if you haven't already!) and something I read about sharpness made me want to go back and re-work my entire gallery. So after a couple of hectic weekends, I've updated the most recent 120 shots. Some of these have had a "light touch-up" and others have been re-worked from the RAW file. In the process I have realised that many of my shots were a bit noisy, contrasty, dark, soft and over-saturated. (It always amazes me how they seem to look OK at the time, but months later I wonder what I must have been thinking!
). I'm particularly pleased with how the re-processed Scrabo shots worked out - the difference in some cases is like night and day! - below I have included a selection of what I think are the "most improved" shots.
I will continue working though my gallery to polish up the remaining shots. I have started using Exposure 3 into my workflow - this provides a "real film" effect. Hopefully I have tried to be subtle. I experimented with Exposure before but it didn't seem to do much, however version 3 is really good, and worth downloading the demo. I was using DxO FilmPack, but in hindsight I think the effects are better and more subtle in Exposure.
Finally, thanks to everyone for your comments, faves and watches. I do read every one and hopefully very soon I will get around to replying to most of them and having another look around your galleries.