This image if the Seine and the Conciergerie in Paris has generated a fair amount of interest and a few questions on how I handled the post processing. The video tutorial below explains the process but first a little background might be helpful.
When you see the original raw image, straight out of the camera, it was so markedly different from the finished image. So I thought it might help to articulate my philosophy on the matter of post processing right out of the gate.
Photojournalism is, by necessity, an unadulterated record of events. Media outlets have very strict rules around how much post processing can be done to an image. This protects the media’s credibility and ensures honest reporting.
Art, however, is not photojournalism. In the context of travel images art is an impression of a memory…perhaps how you want to remember the scene…perhaps because atmospheric conditions at the time of capture were not ideal…perhaps, as in the case of this image, both.
I’d like to say I staked out this location for days, chose my position on the bridge carefully and waited hours for the light to be right. But the reality is that the image was a simple click while on a family walk after dinner. We were headed over to Notre Dame on the Pont Notre Dame as the sun was setting. The light was OK but not great, I largely shot from the hip and I knew then and there I would have to find a way to make the image “pop” in post.
So the good news is that nice land and cityscapes don’t always require methodical planning and tech…often we can capture them on the fly…and that’s great news ‘cuz life doesn’t stop while we play with the camera.
Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5 – 5.6, at f8.0
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