The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Rail Way 2

So this is what it has come to… It’s a choice at the moment (because of work and the winter weather) of re-working some old shots, or taking photo’s of the kiddies toys… and tonight the kiddies happened to be busy with their cardboard boxes and paper bags (they are so spoiled), so re-working old shots was the only option…

Fortunately I still do have a couple of old favourites that I can use a smidge of the extra familiarity I now have of photoshop since processing the original… I was going for a slightly more natural feel here than with my original processing…

In addition to spending an awful lot more time on the processing, which involved countless colour filters / blends / layer masks / overlays / blending of the original RAW / secret sluggy sauce / chewed finger nails / eye of toad / lesser spotted mermaids tail…. etc… I also adjusted the crop too, which hopefully balances it a bit better too… So the original image probably took me about 15-20 mins to process just over a year ago, and the rework probably took me a good hour or so more… starting completely from scratch again… I guess to appreciate the difference though you’d need to see the original images… Hopefully the extra work was worth the effort….

The SOOC untouched shot

The original processed shot

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11 responses

  1. troy

    That’s pretty nice! Although, I do like the clouds/sky more in the prev. processing.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    • I know what you mean… The original shot was more dynamic with regards the clouds, but this time I was deliberately trying to restore a bit more realism…

      January 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  2. aswirly

    Well I have always loved this particular shot and it is amazing how you acheived a different feel with a new processing approach. I honestly like both versions alot. The new approach is neat how you managed to keep the realism of the scene while bringing out such range in color and detail. It looks awesome!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    • Cheers A… Well I’ve always loved the original too, but you know how I tire of shots… lol… and I’ve always thought that maybe it edged a bit on the strong side so decided a slight toning back was in order… Plus I was bored… ;)

      January 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

  3. Marvellous processing sir – it’s not until you see the other versions that you can see what you’ve done. Top composition too.

    January 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

    • Thanks Bri… It’s a great place round there, and once the weather picks up I’m gonna get me back there to add to the collection hopefully…

      January 21, 2010 at 7:52 am

  4. Stunning treatment FS, it was good before but now even better. What’s in that secret sluggy sauce?

    January 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    • Cheers Graham… Well if the weather doesn’t imrove soon I’m gonna have to rework a few more shots I think..

      January 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  5. emzoler

    Very nice, great clouds and composition. I tried to take almost the same shot but it wasn’t that interesting so I didn’t publish it. I published the following one instead: http://martinsoler.com/2010/01/27/london-city-hall-and-tower-bridge/

    February 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  6. Stunning HDR. I love the colors.

    February 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

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