OK, we left our last post on workflow with a few bullet points about which files are worth keeping and which ones we can just throw away. Better than bullet points, here are a few examples to illustrate what I mean. Please note that these are just random shots from a one hour around the neighborhood trip, so don’t expect too much in terms of photographic art…
The idea here was to take advantage of the sun light hitting the back of the red leaves while the background is in the shadow. It was a bit tricky because on the left was an bridge (that would ruin the background) and only part of the river (at the bottom) was in the shade – again if the river is in the sun, it would make the background too prominent. Plus there is the fence, but nothing to do about it. I did half a dozen shots, that one is my favorite.
A keeper? Yes. A portfolio? Definitely not.
Here the light is again hitting the trees from the back. It creates an interesting transparency effect between the yellow leaves and the dark background. Obviously, the image would need curves adjustment and color balance (blueish background).
A keeper? Yes. A portfolio? I doubt it.
A variation on the previous one, with a larger framing. While the previous image was more graphic (near abstract), the shape of the trees is more obvious in this case.
A keeper? Yes. A portfolio? I don’t think so – the final version will need to be compared side by side with the previous pic’s final version.
That is the typical utterly missed shot where nothing works: there are light bits in the top and bottom left corner that distract from the image. The horizon is in the middle for no particular reason (maybe we should talk about composition some time…) and is not straight. The reflections are too green to be interesting…
A keeper? No. A portfolio? …
The idea here is to use the reflection to create a nice surrounding in which the shape of the ducks can evolve. I had to shoot quickly because I wanted the yellow reflection (a poplar tree) and the ducks were passing by quickly. So the top bit is here by accident and will have to be cropped out.
A keeper? Definitely. A portfolio? Again, let’s see a version with a bit of post processing…
For this last picture, what caught my eye was the ray of sun striking the algae and filling nicely the bottom half of the picture leading to the reflections at the top part. The sun was just hitting the algae with the rest of the water in shade, which makes the reflections a lot more saturated. Unfortunately, the algae point to the right and so make the eye leave the picture and the bits at the bottom left is not very aesthetic.
A keeper? Yes. A portfolio? No, but could have been.
OK, so that is an illustration for the type of things to look for in the keepers: they don’t need to be great shots, but they need something that makes them interesting.