This is a shot taken from my last trip to Feeley Lake, months ago (and long before both the most recent slide into depression and my latest compositional instruction from a RB pro). The shot wasn’t very good and both Cathy and I were disappointed that the reflections that were so perfect last time were so rippled for this trip. Anyway, ‘have camera, will shoot’ since all is fair in digital “developing”. :-D
There’s not a lot you can do when you’ve learned enough to know a shot – or an entire series of shots – wasn’t taken well. Deletion is the obvious option but I still have room in my 1TB external storage hard drive. The only other thing you can do is make the shot “worse” and see what comes of it. What came of this grabbed me instantly and then whipped me around unmercifully.
I tried three different programs to get the sky selected automatically since my hands shake too much to do it with a mouse. Corel got close as long as YOU didn’t look too close. PhotoShop Elements 3 did it the fastest but I couldn’t fix the errors it made either. And LightRoom was the easiest to manipulate but the tedium for a depressed person was enough to force me to come back to this edit over the course of 2 days. It’s still not perfect so I didn’t upload a large image.
Then there’s the lurking monster of being colourblind. The first edit turned 3/4 of the image that cool inverse effect but it made the sky look like crap where the clouds were thinner. Enter the postman. A fabulous gift of PhotoShop Elements from previously mentioned pro tutor make the ability to layer adjustments much smoother to understand. So about 20 adjustment layer errors later brought me access to the sky without losing the clouds. At that point I quit because there was no way I was gonna be able to add a complimentary comparison colour from scratch. This set of hues seemed putrid enough to make the overall image seem like a horror scene from a Tolkien or Donaldson book. Sorta like a nauseous sky portending the arrive of Big Baddness.
Too many words for one crummy shot, ruined by multiple editing programs, then salvaged as a nightmare. But now you know.