In my last post I wrote about a recent trip to Vancouver Island. It was a trip I had anticipated and prepared for with great enthusiasm. Three mornings of rising well before sunup brought with it the hope of great light and wonderful images that ‘popped’ off the screen.
My feelings of success built when I reviewed the images on the camera’s screen. However, after transferring my images to Lightroom and examining them one at a time a feeling a disappointment built within me. Images I thought would look great look, did not. They were bland and uninteresting. I closed Lightroom and shut down my computer. I had the After Shoot Blues.
Five weeks later, I opened Lightroom and navigated to my Vancouver Island file. On second look, my images looked a little brighter than on my first viewing. Perhaps I expected more from my initial image review.
This time I saw potential. Image capture was only the first step. I needed to apply the power of the Lightroom’s Develop Module to make the most of the image.
Looking back I think I’ve felt like this before. Time away from the results of a shoot brought back that creative determination. A good reminder for future shoots.
Log strewn beaches, fog shrouded islands and tree covered slopes reaching to the water’s edge can be found up and down the British Columbia coast. This image was captured near the Crofton, B.C. harbour. Initially, it showed very little punch. A small exposure and clarity adjustment combined with a slight shift in the blue and yellow color channels resulted in the image I imagined.