Don’t Duck the Question!

I love “before” and “afters” — I suppose that’s the reason I enjoy the Home and Garden Network on TV so much!

So, regarding the picture I posted yesterday (btw, this is one of the spring-fed ponds in our addition and it occurs to me that I should assure you that that isn’t oil on the surface.  This was taken in late afternoon  and the design on the water comes from reflections of near-by homes), here is the “before”, straight out of the camera:

and here is the “after” that I posted:

Have I ever mentioned?  I love color!  So when I adjusted the saturation of the colors in the original, I was delighted with all the vivid color that showed up in the “after” that reminded me of an abstract painting.

But later I looked back at the original and second guessed myself (another hobby of mine) that maybe it was the best version after all, because the duck is the most colorful thing in the photo.

And, if I crop the original . . .

. . . it puts more emphasis on the duck .

I have many other variations of this picture that I won’t bore you with.  But let me just say that when I get a photo that interests me like this one does, it pays for itself in entertainment value, in the fun time I have playing with it!

Now … the question.  Did I post the right version of the picture?  Or, to be perfectly honest, should I have posted it straight out of the camera?  Because I’m fairly new at this, I’m never sure of the ethics of photography.  In order to be completely truthful, should I always post pictures “as is”?  I really don’t know.

I’m not sure I can ever be cured of my addiction to color, but I will certainly take to heart any opinions you have!

Okay, I do have to share one other variation that I really like …

Oh, and I forgot this one — I really like it too …

Stop!  Get a grip, Sandra.  Just step away from the duck picture and go do something else!

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5 Responses to Don’t Duck the Question!

  1. Hilary says:

    Photography is an art.. and that art does not have to stop with the “straight out of the camera” image. Especially when it’s obvious that you’re playing around with saturation and hue like that. Occasionally, I’ll deepen the saturation slightly, increase contrast a tad or sharpen the image if need be. It can sometimes be the difference between whether or not I find an image post-worthy. I don’t find myself making it abstract too often but it sure can be fun to play with them that way. There are also ways to brighten up just the duck in that photo, and keep the water as is. Whatever you do.. just have fun. 🙂

  2. C. Beth says:

    I agree with Hilary!

    The one you posted earlier was just amazing. And I really like the cropped version (without color adjustment) too.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Thank you for your wise words regarding the ethics of photography. I have to say that I have NEVER looked at one of your photos and had it occur to me that you had in any way manipulated it, so you must have a very light, subtle touch with the editing tools. And, yes, it IS fun. I’m so glad I developed the interest, and it’s just an added blessing that it is an interest that I share with you, friend. 🙂

    Beth — Of course you agree with Hilary. Which of us wouldn’t? She is a terrific photographer!

    btw, my new favorite is the next to the last — I think it makes the duck look like he’s swimming into a pool of mercury! What a great time I’ve had with just this one photo. Thanks for joining me in my journey through this temporary obsession! 🙂

  4. Mary Bowlin says:

    Sandy, I love all the “duck pictures” but, the last one I really like. You should enter it in a contest. It is really neat…. I would buy it!!! 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    Well, that is the supreme compliment, Mary! Thank you! It made me look at that picture with a new eye, and think maybe I should make a copy and frame it!

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