Remains of the Day

Sun glow in The Quarter
Sun glow in The Quarter


What can I say? This is the light I live for. This is the light I rarely see. But, I work for it. I wait for it. When it happens, I photograph like crazy.

No. I don’t machine gun. I work the scene. Short lenses. Long lenses. Different exposures. Different angles. To make this picture, I probably made 30 or 40 exposures. But, I didn’t hold my finger down on the button. If you looked at this entire take, every picture would be a little different. The people would be in different positions. The angle would be a little different. The depth of field would be different. The exposures would be a little different. All of that stuff. So pictures might even not be sharp. Oh well. That’s the joy of working in real life.

Here’s the thing… for those of you who are still in the earlier stages of your picture-taking careers. And, as a reminder to the rest of us. Me, included. This picture has been worked on in post production. But, it didn’t have to be saved. Or fixed. Or, even worked on beyond saving it from a RAW file to a tiff or jpg.

The original picture is good enough for online publication. But, I want it to be better. Improved. Not saved. And, we all have to account for digital compression that various social media use on our files. For instance, Facebook compresses everything to the point that it images are often muddy (a lack of contrast), may lack color fidelity and are not as sharp as they appear on Storyteller. Or, anywhere else for that matter. I can compensate for that some in post production, but they change their software frequently.

One more thing. Unless you are using something like a smart phone to take your pictures, you should be working in RAW. That’s a full digital file. Nothing is changed, deleted or modified. There is no in-camera processing. There is no compression. If you shoot in jpg, the camera does a lot of processing for you. It leaves out a lot of data. That’s compression. It’s ready for publication. But, the image may not be as you intended.


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