Edit, Then Edit Again, And Then Again . . .

by George on February 18, 2015

Ferry Operator on the Brahmaputra River

Ferry Operator

Photographs © George A. Jardine

When I’m traveling with a workshop group, I almost always have to download and edit each evening, and pick out some of my better photos to use during class discussions and presentations. And for better or for worse, those in-the-field picks generally end up in my final gallery that you see here on the blog.

And so I’m making my initial corrections on a laptop screen—which is way less than optimal, and at the same time I’m making those corrections while I’m tired and in a hurry. To make matters worse, I might be inclined to pump things up a bit more than normal to post on Facebook, or whatever. It’s only once I’m home that I have time to start rethinking some of those picks and corrections.

Once I’m sitting in front of a much better display, and with the time and patience to really look carefully at the entire shoot as a complete body of work, it’s time to begin finessing things. This is a shot that I loved from the beginning, but I had a really hard time cropping it because I didn’t want to end up with the boat operator right in the middle of the frame, horizontally.

The Majuli Ferry

There were certain elements on the right side of the frame that I felt I wanted to keep in the shot, and I guess I was probably using those elements as a justification for my original crop, which was cutting the bicycle in half, and putting the boat operator much farther to the left. Those compromises left a giant hole right in the middle of the composition, when the boat operator was really the center of interest. Nevertheless, that was the way I originally posted it on this blog. Now that I’ve looked at the photograph a few more times, and had time to really explore the processing, I feel this is a much better crop.

The pied kingfisher was another shot that I was not really sure about until I was home with time to really make a good correction of it.

Pied Kingfisher

This is an extreme crop—only about 1700 pixels across out of the 5D MKIII’s native 21MP (reduced here to 480 pixels across). And despite the fact that it was shot hand-held with a 2x converter at 400mm, it is a very sharp capture. But my original processing didn’t account for the fairly extreme chromatic aberration and fringing, which I have finally corrected here.

Most of Lightroom’s incredibly strong Lens Corrections are seldom used, frequently misunderstood, and generally not taught very well. But they’re not rocket science—they just take a little time and attention to detail, that simply spitting out to social media doesn’t require… or reward.

The idea of going back and looking hard at your edits and corrections over and over and over again, is one of the most difficult things to convey during the brief time you’re together in a workshop. It’s sort of like library organization—it really only starts to work for you once you’ve spent a bit of time on it. But in the end, it’s that extra effort that makes it all worthwhile.

Then… there’s content, which is an entirely different conversation. When I’m leading a workshop I always try to encourage the group to think about how they are going to tell the story of their experience with their pictures. Not an easy subject, but one that revolves around basic storytelling techniques, and making sure you are getting the small detail shots, along with the obvious, larger landscape (establishing) shots. Basically I try to encourage the students to shoot everything, because when you’re back home piecing it all together, you’ll find it’s those little detail shots that really help you recreate the texture of the place.

Tea Picker

Here’s an example. Near the end of the India the workshop, we boarded a slightly larger ferry with a crossing on the Kamalabari – Neamati line. That particular day was much hotter than our first ferry ride, and everything just seemed washed out to me. I couldn’t see pictures anywhere. But as we were crossing, a guy walked around the boat and handed everyone a pass. I stuffed mine into a pocket thinking I might keep it with my travel stubs and other memorabilia once home.

Ferry Pass

I kept this crumpled paper around on my desk for a few weeks while I was editing pictures, and finally found a way to photograph it and get it into the final gallery. Many of the photos have been updated with better processing, a few have been removed, and this one final detail shot helps me remember that crossing of the Brahmaputra.

The updated gallery can be seen here.

For those of you who are prepared for a real travel adventure, we still have a few seats available for this extraordinary photo workshop coming up again in late November 2015. Click here for details, and remember to get your India visa right away!

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Arctic tern

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Coming up for 2015, we have two exciting workshops planned with Wild Photography Holidays. Photographing Iceland in early June is an incredible opportunity, with the air still crisp from spring, and the long, long 20+ hour days.

During this intimate photographic journey, we will visit glacier lagoons and beaches along the southern shores of Iceland, photograph puffins on the cliffs of Cape Ingólfshöfði, as well as explore some of the very best areas of the Snæfellsness peninsula.

Diamond Ice

Photograph © George A. Jardine

You can see a small selection of my photos from the 2014 Iceland workshop here.

Arctic tern

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben

Then in late October we go shooting with Geraldine and Martin in Spain. Come join us to explore the magnificent Picos De Europa, its villages, autumnal forests and coastal scenery of northern Spain’s Costa Verde. This workshop will be an ideal opportunity to learn how to get the very best images out of your digital camera including developing/processing your images.

Click here for more details on this workshop.

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Seattle On A Perfect Evening . . .

by George on January 16, 2015

seattle

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Need I say more?

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Got A Canon 5D MK3?

by George on January 16, 2015

Really Right Stuff B5D3A

I have been a big fan of Really Right Stuff for many years, so I’m not selling this because I don’t think it’s a great accessory. After I purchased it I decided I wanted the L-bracket, and replaced this smaller/lighter/more compact one with one of those.

I highly recommend this bracket for a Canon 5D MK3, if you don’t want or need the L-bracket. Here’s the link to the RRS page that shows this item. Fully compatible with any Arca-Swiss style quick-release system. It’s in great condition, and I’ll pack it up and handle the shipping for the first person (inside of the US!) who sends me $35 via paypal. Just send an e-mail to me at georgej@gmail.com, and let me know that you want it.

P.S. This plate works incredibly well with the Camdapter ProStrap. Also, this is the manufacturers’ photo. The unit I have is in perfect condition – with very minor handling wear – but it doesn’t look this shiny. :-)

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A Few Pictures From India . . .

December 21, 2014

Photograph © George A. Jardine Finally back from the Assam and Nagaland photo workshop with Geraldine and Martin of Wild Photography Holidays. A completely unique, and one-of-a-kind workshop. Check out the new photo gallery, here. If you missed this workshop, click here to check out the long list of fantastic workshops offered by this super-organized […]

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If You’re Purchasing Videos . . .

November 26, 2014

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben If you’re thinking of purchasing online videos via Paypal sometime between now and December 15, please understand that I am traveling in Northeast India with Geraldine and Martin from Wild Photography Holidays. I will have occasional access to e-mail, but my responses probably won’t be instantaneous. If you purchase using Paypal, […]

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Coyotes Are Active In This Area!

November 18, 2014

Photograph © George A. Jardine Ummmmm . . . you don’t say. Driving around south Denver yesterday, I stumbled on this. I didn’t have a “real” camera handy, but I snapped a frame or two with a OnePlus cell phone, that has 13 megapixel camera. And… it shoots raw. This is the full, un-cropped frame […]

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Now Accepting Bitcoin For My Image Correction Master Class Videos . . .

November 10, 2014

Want to get a 15% discount on my Image Correction Master Class videos? Buy them with bitcoin. I’m eventually going to get some better integration going with CoinBase, but for now this is my first experiment in taking bitcoin for online video purchases. Go to the Image Correction Master Class page, scroll down and click […]

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Two New Lightroom Workshops Coming To The Lone Tree Photography Club

October 8, 2014

Photograph © George A. Jardine Coming up on consecutive Saturdays, I’ll be leading two, short 4-hour workshops on special subjects in Lightroom. Our Saturday, October 25 workshop will be focused on Keywords, Collections & Metadata, and in the November 1 workshop we will take a deeper dive on working with metadata, covering Virtual Copies, The […]

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