While walking this weekend, I came across this ram:
Looks a bit forlorn don’t you think? He perked up a few minutes later though:
Why? it wasn’t because I told him how perfectly I thought his horns framed his face. No, it was because there was a working dog who was starting the process of getting the rams rounded up.
When I took these photos I used an f-stop of 22 to capture a lot of detail. I wanted to get the texture of the grassy and rocky ground as much as the ram. When I went to edit though, the color was a bit washed out. In this case, I used the levels adjustment in Photoshop to bring back the whites in the photo. It was a fairly easy fix, just a question of moving a slider. Once I had done that, in Lightroom I added a vignette. In this case, I used the sider to darken the corners of the image a bit. While a vignette can be used to create a very dramatic effect, in this case I used just a little bit of darkening to subtly draw your eye into the photo. It can be a unobtrusive way to frame a photo.
This ram caught my eye because I thought he was a beautiful creature. I think that happens a lot with photography, that some small editing tweaks are needed to bring out what I had originally caught my eye. Do you agree? or do you edit in a more dramatic fashion or skip editing altogether? Feel free to leave a comment below.