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 . . .
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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