At least on the days where I don’t put much effort into getting a photo, I don’t mind having nothing to work with. I just took a few grab shots of junk while out running errands and I didn’t even do that well. Half of the shots were blurry due to camera movement. It was fairly dark and cloudy out and I didn’t really pay attention to my shutter speeds or ISO. That happens a lot and I certainly can’t blame the camera like some people like to do on gear forums. Nonetheless I ended up with a dismal selection of photos to pick from and they all needed some “help” in the digital darkroom.
One thing I have learned a lot about from doing my 365 is post-processing. My Photoshop skills have grown mostly from doing trial and error experiments. I still believe that digital photography doesn’t end with taking the photo. All digital photos benefit from good post-processing. Having the ability to perform “darkroom” work on the screen is not only amazing but you don’t have to deal with chemicals. I used to have a black and white darkroom when I was younger and, believe me, those chemicals smell pretty potent.
For the BMW photo I went all out in post to make the photo somewhat more dramatic. Some levels, curves, contrasts, Topaz, vignettes, and textures where all thrown in there. It’s still just a picture of a junk car but now it looks a little more interesting. I also added some textures to the “Bins” photo and played around with levels on the graffitit shot. All in all just a bunch of junk. Pentax K20D, DA55-300.