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Before and After

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 9 February 2012 in Cityscape & Urban.

Gerard had a great request that I show the before and after of this image.

The "Before" (original shot) is on the top. And the "After" (Snapseed version) is on the bottom. I am very Sorry about the smaller size of these comparison images. I used Collage Creator to do this and it is a VERY basic and limited tool (and I am not very skilled with it yet). But, the price is right - it is a free (no charge) App .

Anyway, as you can see, the edited/processed version just has a litlle less highlight in the glary sky and some toning correction, and less shadows in the darker areas so we can see better, and a bit more detail. Anyway, that's it. The environmental color that day was really just like this - kind of a hazy but mellow sky.

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Bill Brown from California, United States

The post-processing definitely added some snap to the image.

9 Feb 2012 5:27am

@Bill Brown: Thank you Bill - Really enjoyed your note today and post - All th best ;-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I'm with Bill on this one.

9 Feb 2012 7:44am

@Nigel: Thanks Nigel ;-)

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I'm with Bill too. (Sorry for the lack of commenting. . .work has interrupted my life somewhat. Normal service will be resumed soon)

9 Feb 2012 7:57am

@Richard: You know the song: "Don't Mess with Bill" :-) No worries on the absenteeism, dear freind. The weekend is coming up adn I'm "fixin'" to be absent myself ;-) All the best ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

It's obviously an interesting tool, the improvements seem not to give a caricatural result.
Thank you for the sharing, Denny.

9 Feb 2012 8:37am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you Gerard....I tend to exaggerate in my speech sometimes, but I like to keep my images close to the "natural", so thank you ;-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

It certainly has added something to the image, Snapseed seems a useful tool

9 Feb 2012 8:41am

@Doug: I am not exactly skilled with processing but I like to keep things simple. You know: Simple Mind, simple tools...:-) Thasnk Doug :-)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

It has added clarity, isn't technology wonderful :)

9 Feb 2012 11:32am

@Christine: I love it when you talk technologically! Thanks Christine ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Interesting - the processed version certainly pops a little more. Great result!

9 Feb 2012 1:07pm

@Stephen: Hi Stephen -Yes I think so too....sorry I have been missing you - I'll be back - I promise - Stay Well, sir ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I agree, the processed image reveals more light in the foreground and balances the brightness in the sky.

9 Feb 2012 1:23pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks Judy - That Bluebird of yours is the most gorgeous image. I just love it :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The processed image looks much better. I find that even small adjustments can do a lot for an image. Nice work, Denny.

9 Feb 2012 1:34pm

@Steve Rice: I quite agree...Thank you, Steve ;-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful comparison Denny! It truly shows the improvements that your pp treatment has achieved! Well done! ;-)

9 Feb 2012 1:51pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks very much, Eric ;-)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Yep, I agree, the original was a lot more lifeless. The PP has put "punch" where it's needed

9 Feb 2012 2:15pm

@CElliottUK: Absolutely! Thank you sir ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic edit on this photo, thanks for sharing the before photo as well.
As for the snow ~ I like the snow as long as it doesn't fall on the streets :) haha; this snow mostly melted here today. Have a nice day Denny!

9 Feb 2012 4:15pm

@RBL: Thansk so much, Ruthoe...Our snow is basically gone too...but it was gorgeous this morning - I stoped and took some shots of the moon going down over the trees and creek -I am hoping they came out,,,the trees all had sugar coatiing frost on them.. OMG it was awesome!!

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

You invent the light ! Nice and well seen processing , Phil

9 Feb 2012 6:09pm

@Phil: Hi Phil - Thank you very much for your kind comment ;-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Yes sir, much more detail and fill light in the processed shot. The improvement is obvious, and very cool of you to post the before and after images.

9 Feb 2012 8:36pm

@Rick: Thanks sir - I ain't got nuttin' to hide, Rocky!! ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I really like how the trees were brought to life in the lower image, bringing them out of the darkness.

9 Feb 2012 8:37pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven - Yes I did too..thanks very much sir ;-)

James Guillory Photography from Garner, United States

Denny, Ya gotta love the digital age. Most of the time. You did a nice job of processing the image...

9 Feb 2012 10:32pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The PP worked well in this image, Denny. Nice work.

10 Feb 2012 1:43am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The PP definitely added detail. Nice comparison!

10 Feb 2012 1:51am