The Evolution of an Image

I’m not sure why, but I was feeling somewhat moody with regards to image processing today. This is an image which wasn’t really that spectacular when I took it. I was literally standing on my front lawn when I snapped it. Today, I found the urge to edit it.

NIKON D50 @ 62mm — ¹/160 sec, ƒ/7.1, ISO 200 | zoom in

Of course, the power lines had to go.  It also had to be straightened.  The shot was taken just before a storm.  The wind was starting to pick up and there were some very threatening clouds approaching.  So I decided to try to re-create the mood that existed at that moment.  Granted, I didn’t really capture it in the original, but thanks to the digital era, I was able to take some creative license.  The next few steps really just sort of happened and with a little selective burning and dodging, I ended up with a moody shot which I believe captures the feeling that day.  Click on the image to see a larger version as I don’t think the small version does it justice.

NIKON D50 @ 62mm — ¹/160 sec, ƒ/7.1, ISO 200 | zoom in

Let me know what you think.  I submitted it to a couple stock agencies so we’ll see if they think it’s sellable.  All comments are welcome!

2 thoughts on “The Evolution of an Image”

  1. This is a great editing job. I only have ps7 and have had a hard time fixing skies. And I’ve just about given up on deleting areas of a photo, like electric lines.

    You’re blessed with a talent.

    By the way, I found your website through the Alamy forums. I just got my first four images accepted today. I was really excited about that.

    Keep up your great work!

  2. Brian – Thanks so much! I am still learning Photoshop and frankly, I usually don’t have such great luck. This edit just took off in a great direction and I was really pleased. I also did some selective burning and dodging on the corn and foreground grass. It seemed to give it just that much more depth.

    Also, congratulations on being accepted to Alamy! I don’t have a ton of photos online, but I have high hopes that I might make enough to pay for some new equipment!

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