Sometimes I like to go back and revisit photographs I have taken. I like to put a fresh set of eyes on a photograph and edit it to my mood that particular day. Does anyone else find their mood influences their editing process?
Here is a short photo essay from 2016 when I twice visited Lake District National Park in northern England.
Wast Water, Lake District National Park: I like this photograph for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was taken by one of my favourite spots in the Lake District, Wast Water. Secondly, I usually like to photograph early in the morning as the sun rises, and in the evening as the sun sets. Yet there are times when shooting with a blue sky has its advantages, I feel that this photograph is one of those times. The clouds break the harshness of the sun and offer some nice contrasts on the Fells. Photograph details: 1/160th sec, F9.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Sunlight on the Fells, Lake District National Park: This re-edit is also from the Fells above Wast Water. The light in this photograph is what makes it work for me. Shooting full at 150mm on my old 40-150mm is not ideal but in this instance, it, for me, works quite well. Sure, it would have been nice to have a bit of colour in the sky behind the Fells but you can’t control the weather. Photograph details: 1/500th sec, F5.6, ISO100, 150mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Last light over Wast Water, Lake District National Park: I remember taking this photograph in great detail. I climbed up an incredibly steep path, blowing out my arse the whole way up. This vantage point offered great views of Wast Water, looking towards the West Coast. I set up the tripod and readied the camera for a long exposure. This allowed for the clouds to streak. I decided on a black and white conversion for this particular edit, while there a great bit of colour in the sky, the highlights were slightly blown in the sky on the right-hand side of the frame. This is not to say that a black and white edit is only to used when the light is not at its best, it just worked in this situation. Photograph details: 60 sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Calm at Wast Water, Lake District National Park: This is one of my favourite scenes. Wast Water on this particular morning was calm. This allowed me to get these fantastic reflections, highlighting the lush green of the Fell opposite me. Photograph details: 76 sec, F11.0, ISO100, 58mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
While I haven’t made any of these photographs available to buy, you can check out my new photography shop, here. Try and find the original edits of these above photographs, and let me know which you prefer. If you are interested in purchasing these edits, shoot me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org