Post Processing As A Conversation - Part Two

The Drama Of Silence V2Point Halswell Lighthouse, Wellington

Building on the thoughts from my last blog post, conversations are fragile, tenuous things. They are influenced easily, by the people having the conversation, the environment or even the knowledge available. Can you think back to a conversation that you would wish to have again? One that could have gone better if only....?

From time to time I look back through my Lightroom catalog with just that goal in mind. With new eyes and a fresh perspective, it is interesting to see how the conversation changes. Now that the cooler weather has returned and things are a little less busy, I have spent the last few days going through my images.

Inevitably I find images, versions which fell short. For whatever reason, be it composition, timing, light or lack of vision, that image just didn't work. They are all stepping stones, experiments. Maybe they are versions from the same adventure or maybe they multiple trips to the same location. But they are all part of the creative process, without them your images will slowly go stale. For those images where the lessons have been learnt, their purpose fulfilled. These when I am sure I delete.

The reward of this process is finding images where there is more to be explored, more to be said and learnt. The image above is a great example, it's version three of this image. The first version was captured on our first trip to this location.

Interislander Ferry Passing Point Halswell Lighthouse v3Located at the northern end of the Miramar Peninsula, the Point Halswell lighthouse helps ships navigate the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

The second version was from the exact same digital negative as version three, but it was processed soon after I returned from the trip. I liked the image but the colour in the sky never felt quite right, nor the glow of the city lights in the distance.

The Drama Of SilencePoint Halswell Lighthouse, Wellington

In version three, I spent more time working on this colour aspect of the image. What do you think of this the latest version? Do you go back through your images from time to time, or once you have finished with an image, is it done?