Another Do-Over

Monochrome Winter

The other day this image popped into my FB stream as a memory from 2012. I cringed when I first saw the post. It was from a very early time in my journey as a photographer. I was about a month away from purchasing my first DSLR (Nikon 5100) and was at the end of my time with the Sony DSC-H20 point & shoot camera. I had been learning about photography for about nine months and was only beginning to understand all the tools at my disposal. I had discovered an interest in monochrome images and was also experimenting with different toning processes, this obviously was my attempt at Sepia toning.


Into the Unknown


I do like the image. It definitely is something I would capture today. I know though that my processing would not be so heavy-handed. I thought it would be good to re-process this one with the knowledge and (hopefully) skill I have today.

As much as I read about “filling the frame”, sometimes an image needs breathing room. I like the lines of the tracks in the original but I feel this version is not conveying the mood very well. I didn’t modify the original crop scale (4×5) but I did bring more of the foreground into the image. This “pushed” the vanishing point farther back into the image and enhanced the mood I was originally going for as evidenced by the title, Into the Unknown.


Into the Unknown, Again


I decided to keep the sepia toning but turned it down a little. The subtle approach works best here, in my opinion. In the original the amount of toning overwhelmed the white of the snow and actually distracts from the image. I also adjusted the tonal range within the image. I allowed the variations within the trees to stand out better which increases the feeling of depth for this image.

I like the revision, you’ll have to let me know your thoughts…

Make Your Own Path

Monochrome Winter

Make Your Own Path
Olypus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100


Monochrome Winter
Bellamy Harbor Park

It feels like forever but in reality it has only been two weeks. I suppose when you generally capture an image every day, the long, silent stretches can feel like an eternity. I wish I had a better reason for the silence other than “I wasn’t feeling it.” But, that is what it amounts to. There were opportunities but I chose not to engage. Maybe I needed it, maybe it is the excuse I keep in my head…


Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1.3s, 25mm, f/11, ISO 100

Long Shadows

Delta Lake State Park

I want to blame the weather on my lack of photography motivation but that would not be one hundred percent true. There is a picture to be found no matter what the weather is doing. But I apparently have decided I would rather be warm than brave the cold. And when I do get up enough courage to go outside, a little wind drives me back home… OK, a lot of wind. And blowing off the lake last night, it was damn cold. Before I froze my ear off I managed to capture these long shadows working their way across the snow covered water near the entrance to Delta Lake State Park.


Long Shadows
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/250s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200