Often, I will take the same or similar images and process them in more than one way to compare the results. It has turned out to be a great learning tool for me. After a little practice with any given technique, I can more easily visualize the effect an editing decision will make ahead of time. For me, that had lead to more efficient shooting, as I can create a RAW image that falls more in line with the finished product.
Yesterday’s post was an image of abandoned gas pumps, to which I added texture and a vintage color balance.
Today, I tried the same pumps from a different angle. This version was processed as an HDR image, and the colors were destaurated. The end result is slightly different, but still has a nostalgic feel to it. Obviously, it had a bit more in the way of tonal range so will have less of a “Polaroid” feel to it. That being said, the desaturated colors still remind me of a time when black and white TVs ruled the world. =)
When you take an image for yourself, editing choices become a matter of taste. So I wonder, which one do you guys like better?