To Tell a Story (Before and After)
Fresh off my cold windchill enhanced photo shoot on January 3rd, I chose the shot With the Past Behind to tell a story of my intro the New Year. To show that my vision in the street differs from the reality of the capture I wanted to share the before and after versions of the completed captures to give you an idea of what I envisioned during while waiting for the scene to unfold how different completed version is.
Some may argue on manipulation, as an artist and someone who tells a story visually I find it important to bring forward the vision I wanted my viewers to see. As you can see the before shows the capture as one half of the story. Getting the right subject and imagery to play out in front of you takes time and patience, the second and most important part would be to ensure the viewers follow that story without losing their interest.
Some of my favourite photographers have been no different in presenting their final renderings. Negatives or digital captures aren’t any different in their original forms, the captures final presentation becomes everything. The original capture is about gathering the information, then the wet or digital darkroom becomes the place where the magic really happens.
The original foundation conversion lacked contrast in key areas and I really wanted to ensure that my viewers stayed on the subject running through the steam vent. So I enhanced contrast overall using some Adobe Photoshop techniques I share here, I darkened the top and bottom of the image while dodging the areas of the steam to enhance the highlights. The enhancements are strong keeping you in the center without destroying the overall capture.