A second revision of an old favourite, re-processed from the same digital
With the first version, I processed the sky separately and combined the
two parts using a layer mask, in doing so softening the ridge slightly.
This time round a better understanding of raw processing meant that I instead
worked with exposure controls, HSL sliders, and graduated filters to bring out a
more pleasing sky without needing layers. Along with better colours, contrast,
and removal of unnecessary distractions, it really reinforces the benefit of
returning to past work with new tools, skills and experience.
It should be clear that I don't see photography as being restricted to producing
only pure photo-realistic images, but that doesn't mean completely doing away
with realism either. Even with a traditional landscape, a romanticised memory
can be worth more than the dreary "reality" of the moment captured by the
This often brings up the question of how far to go, and at what point does too
far instead turn into not far enough.
Whether you know the name or not, there's a good chance you have seen Eileen
Donan at some point - it is often described as the most romantic and most
photographed castle in Scotland. The vast majority of pictures you see tend to
be similar to this:
So, of course, when I visit it I am immediately looking for ways to be
original; to take a picture that doesn't simply not look like the one above, but
that goes completely against what people expect to see.