Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Theme Thursday: Pure



Post processing can be such a great thing, regardless of whether you are simply adjusting the contrast or doing a small crop or tackling major editing to create an effect or rescue a photo.  After my disastrous basketball shoot last weekend (see my BSM post), I thought I'd post a before and after of a shot that I rescued from oblivion.  This is more editing than I usually do: levels, noise reduction, B&W conversion, sharpening, and of course, the splash of original color. (I may have tweaked it even more than I can remember.  I started in iPhoto and finished in PSE4.) But in this case, the effort was well worth it, and I was able to make a mistake into something more presentable and preserve a fun memory.  Here, the desire for a better image definitely won out over "pure" camera technique.  

12 comments:

Jessie's Attic said...

I love the shot, and your post processing. My daughter plays basketball as well and I have an abundance of sports shot, I never thought of doing that type of effect with them :) Thank you for sharing.

Jessie's Attic

Stacy said...

Great save on the photo! You did a very nice job on it. :)

Bonnie said...

I soooo need to learn how to do that ! (processing, not shooting hoops !)

Killlashandra said...

Wonderful edit. I really like the way the yellow pops out. His technique looks good too. :)

Christina said...

Nice job rescuing it! that's quite an action shot. :o)

chaoticfamily said...

That is fantastic - I love how the yellow stands out so nicely against the black and whites. It's very fun!

Maggie said...

I LOVE the editing you have done -- it really makes it fantastic!

Golightly said...

Hey great job with that! I love what you did with the processing.

Head Gaggler said...

I love the processing on that second shot. Very nice.

kristinlark said...

even a a non-photographer, i can see the nice save you did on the picture. looks great! and H has got some jumps! :)

Mandaroo said...

that's an awesome action shot, and I really like your edits, they made it even better!

chickadee said...

i think that is very cool! i love the punch of the yellow shirt in the photo. great job!