Here are two versions of the same shot taken earlier in the week near one of my favorite hiking spots along the Boardman River in Traverse City. This is part of the river just south of Boardman Lake. In the Fall, the colors are here are spectacular. The first is what I would normally post after a little work. The second is a more dramatic version using Color Efex Pro 4 a second time.
Nikon D800E Nikon 24-120 F4 matrix metering 1/250 at f8
I've posted several shots from this area since I've been back and it seems each time everyone prefers the more contrasty version. For me there's a thin line between presenting something as it I saw it (with some touchup to improve the image) and "punching it up" to the point where it becomes an image rather than a photograph. Appreciate your input.
I'm finding that seems to be the case with a number of photos I've posted from the area recently. I'm always concerned about overdoing the post work on something like this and "overcooking" the image. But it's interesting to see the comments on each version when I post them like this. Thanks for taking time to comment.
And yes... the first is more representative of what it looked like. However the sky was more contrasty than it shows in the first shot so I played with it to make it more dramatic and closer to how it appeared. There's a fine line at times between a realistic presentation and something thats over processed. Interesting thing though... I showed both versions to a number of people and everyone liked the more dramatic sky. Go figure ...
There's a lot to work with on this shot. And with the software it's not that difficult to isolate various parts of the photo for touchup. I'll play around with this a bit. Already have some interest in it from a local business.
Nice shot! I'd vote for number 2... then again I really like Color Efex 4. The decision is probably centered around shooting for optimum accuracy vs shooting for the pure aesthetic appeal of the shot. Each has its place, but with the vagaries of Northern Michigan's weather, particularly this spring (!), I'm not adverse to giving nature some help!
As I mentioned above, the majority of people I've showed this to have chosen the more dramatic version. And I've seen some nice shots turned into something very nice and dramatic with a touch of contrast and saturation. Finding the proper amount is the key.