bad editing is OK

As I sat on the Levee early this morning under an overcast sky looking to be on the cusp of rain I searched the panoramic view for a sign of life. None was to be found, except of course for the Cormorants and Seagulls. I returned to the house to continue my morning reading returning out after noon. I was thinking during this go-round about the plastic looking pictures I spoke of in my blog last night. I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the Gulls and whatever else swam, flew or ran past. I succeeded in replicating the bad editing, I’m glad I did it.

I succeeded in editing this photo to look plastic like, it is over edited. To be a bit more accurate it is caused by over coloring. Which makes sense in light of my new photographing attitude, “Good out of the Camera, if not don’t use it.”

The Green Heron is totally unedited directly out of camera. They are tough to get a good picture of which tells me to plan each photo better. I cropped the next image just for comparison it’s the same full picture.

Because it was planned well the detail is good as is the coloring and focus. I used three different focus modes merely for practice, I am good with the results.

For comparison I snapped this feral Cat, it is also right out of the camera. I touched the green a bit but the Cat is so ugly there is not much I could do for it regardless. Editing is a lot like speeding in a car, take your foot off of the gas Jacques. In other words take it easy on the coloring.

Now it’s the editing learning curve, a few YouTube how to videos and a bit of reading followed with weeks of practice. I believe the real skill is knowing when to stop “improving” the pictures.

Jacques Lebec Shutter Flutter

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