Playing With Different Renditions

In experimenting around, I often find it helps to ignore what should be. When taking a photo I often have an idea of what I want to come about on the computer screen later and thus was the case with a recent photo of the side wake from a Washington State Ferry. This is the raw version:


I used a slow shutter speed of 1/6th of a second in Aperture mode, using f/40 and zooming to 300mm to achieve some blur. How else to show some movement in the waves?

Once in the computer I ran it through the normal paces to get it where I wanted it.


Here’s a quick run down of all the pertinent edits I made in Lightroom:

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I was happy here but curiosity crept in. You can note from Lightroom that the white balance is 4900. But what if I swung this way out of whack? I’ve done this before and liked the results, so let’s give it another go to the left and right.



As with all things arty, some people like one more than the other. This can be because of mood or color preferences, but whatever the case it’s a friendly reminder to try something different.

Personally, I have been collecting a few images like this that I think work well when pushed WAY too far in one direction. What I will do with them, I’m not sure. But I like the gold one here personally and decided to keep a virtual copy of it for later use.

Where has your experimentation taken you?


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