Moving up to 2012 I want to share three interpretations of the same image. By this time, I was becoming more competent with my photo editing skills. I was fortunate to have access to work with the local Photoshop Users Group, and with the Redwood Camera Club. Both venues provided me with the tools to unlock the potential within my photographs. There were (still are) many challenges with learning and practicing the seemingless unlimited potential these tools provided.
I practiced what I learned in the actual taking of the photographs, and with the tools available for editing and interpreting imagery. The first photograph is the “digital negative” from which the following three interpretations are made. I did clone out some of the reeds in the foreground, and the backside of a sign (in the tree on the right).
Strongly toned black and white.
Heavy on the yellow, but does it work? Can it stand alone, and does it set a mood?
Here I was working toward an old time “hand-tinted” look. How does this affect the emotion of the image?
I ask myself “which image is the best”, or is it possible that all three have their own special appeal?