St3v3M wrote:I was challenged to take a second look at a photo I posted to another site several years ago and thought I'd post the before and after here.
I'm posting these for you to evaluate if my editing style has improved or gotten worse, but mostly to have you critique the Re-edit.
* The original is a slightly in-camera cropped version of the re-edit but was shot seconds after
This image means something to me, but I have thick skin and love to learn so please be brutally honest and say anything you want. S-
Graham Smith wrote:Steve, your second version is the one that grabs my attention and it's the one I would look at for a longer time, so yes, your pp'ing has come along in leaps and bounds.
minniev wrote:I am biased with this image because I saw the first version of it on the other site, before I knew you at all, and loved it the minute I saw it. It's an image that has stuck in my mind because of its beauty and the feeling it conveys, and that sense-of-place feeling overpowers any particular processing approach.
That said, I think your new version is much more polished, more detailed, and more professional. It lets me visually appreciate the valley and river as much as I appreciate the mountain and falls and sky. I agree with Graham that your journey into learning PP has been a huge step forward in getting your images in a final form that does them justice.
PietFrancke wrote:there are aspects to both that I like - do you still have the original? I can see why this is a favored spot.. The first has a magic and mood that draws me in. The second I like for the low hanging cloud study and the trees feel properly cold.
LindaShorey wrote:Similar to Piet's comment, I feel more "mood" with #1. For me it's because of the softness and lack of detail, which I find to be positive aspects of this scene: a gentle and dreamy feel.
I'm interested in Minnie's suggestion of #2 looking more "professional" and I'm going to infer that's because you've pp'd to bring out the details. From my amateur pov, your work is very well done, but the result is not memorable insofar as vision or originality.
For me these are two different images and have nothing to do with good/bad, improved/worse. You mention a personal connection to the photo and/or scene, so as is usually the case, the final story is your own to tell.
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