In the morning, you can often find me outside. I love being out in the light and quiet of the early part of the day. I’ve just moved over this summer, and so my landscape has changed. Meet one of my new neighbors:
Between the two lakes I visit in the morning, there are five adult swans. There are plenty of other birds and the beautiful haze of morning light. I don’t usually take my camera with me first thing, I’m out for my morning run or walk just soaking in the day, not yet photographing it. Yesterday morning, I made an exception, I went out with my camera before going out for my run. I got a few photos of these swans, I took them from several angles so the light looks different in them. This particular one, I shot into the sun. I wanted the saturated light of the sun to be in the photo. What I lost by doing that was detail in the swan. To bring back some of that detail when I was editing in Photoshop, I duplicated the original layer. The bottom layer I sharpened. The top layer I put a mask on and then masked back in some of the details in the swan. This meant that the more hazy feel of the light could stay in the photo. Then I cropped the photo, because as you will see below, this swan was not by himself:
To me, these edits made a pretty radical difference. To be honest, I’m not sure which I prefer. The second seems more like a snapshot and the green near the second swan just kind of bugs me. But the overall feel of the light I do like in the second photo. There is another photo from this series that I am editing that I am having a similar struggle; I’m just not sure which version of the photograph I prefer.
Do you run into this with your photography, having difficulty picking between two versions of an image? What do you think of my versions, do you have a preference? Feel free to leave a comment below.