The photo has a filter on it, but the reality is that it was a very rainy and dreary morning in my office. I liked the photo though, mostly anyway, so I decided to pull out my larger camera to see if I could create a photo that was more exactly in line with what I was thinking. Here is the photo, taken with my Canon 50D, as it was before being edited:
One of the first things I did when shooting this version was to turn the red candle around so you can’t read the label. Also, with this being a standard photo, I can allow for more space around the candles, something that Instagram is not set to do. I set the f-stop to f/18 because I wanted the photo to be in as much focus as possible. This of course means that there is less light for the exposure. You will see that my shutter speed is a full 5 seconds. So this photograph does require a tripod to be in focus. In this case though, I just used my desk as a tripod, it just happened to be perfect for the angle that I wanted for the photograph. Here is the final version:
I suspect the first thing you will notice is all the blur that has been added into the photograph. You might find that odd considering I just made mention of how in focus I wanted the shot in the camera to be. What I was thinking here was that I wanted the unedited version to be as close to reality as possible so that I could then decide what reality to keep in and what to edit out. I’ve used the field blur feature of Photoshop to blur this image while keeping most of the candle sharp. I’ve used the healing brush tool to remove a few marks and dust on the candles.
The final image is what I had in mind when I was originally looking at the scene. It retains a lot of the reality of the scene but is a more subdued and meditative version. It is the version that I added to my Picfair portfolio.
What do you think of my various versions? Feel free to leave a comment below.