Sometimes, it takes a few photos and a bit of editing to get to what you intended to create. The first step is getting the photo. At first I walked past this photo. Then a few minutes later I thought, “Did I just walk past a leaf shaped like a heart covered in frost and not take a photo?” The answer was yes, so I backtracked and took this photo:
Hmm, ok, that was shot vertical, so then I tried a horizontal orientation:
Ok, better, but this final version is really what I had in mind:
This in my mind it is a sort of stock image. One you might see with text of some kind on the right side. I created it specifically with my Picfair portfolio in mind. When I was processing it, I started with cropping it using the rule of thirds. In the original photo I shot it with the leaf centered. I chose to do that in this case, because the background was all the same, but I thought when I took a closer look on my computer one of the sides might be more interesting. I also removed a little yellow leaf and a bit of frost below the stem that I thought were distracting. Those edits were done in Photoshop. I then put the photo in Lightroom and did some additional edits, adding a bit of clarity and warmth.
What do you think of the final photo? I often find that my final photo has several forms before it is finished, is that your experience as well? Have you ever walked past a photo, thought about it, and turned around and went back with your camera out? Feel free to leave a comment below.