Vision vs Skill

One of the biggest challenges I have when taking pictures is fully capturing what I see and feel.  Sometimes, it can’t be done and other times I don’t know how to do it.  This is a shot I took in spring 2010, and was one of my favorite pictures at the time, not for technical reasons but for personal ones.  It was the first time I used my SB-28 flash to enhance an otherwise lost scene.  Not my best work.  Would I put this one in my favorites folder now if I took it yesterday?  I don’t know, but I doubt it.

I’ve learned a bit more about white balance and colour casts since then, so I decided to re-process this picture.  It’s still not quite what I saw and felt, but it’s closer.  Which one do you like better? I still have a soft spot for the first.

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10 thoughts on “Vision vs Skill

  1. Charlie, I am a beginner so I offer NO advice. All I can say is that all 6 pictures on this page speak to me. I think they are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Charlie, the first picture is more photography. The second picture is more art. Asking which one we prefer is as good as flipping a coin, meaning it is just an opinion that is neither right or wrong. But, I will give you my opinion because I have a big mouth. 🙂

    The first picture is very contrasty and has natural hues. But the dynamic range on the grain elevator is very small (giving it that contrasty effect). This makes me think about your light source more than absorbing the photo itself.

    The second picture is more neutral and has an artistic post-processing to it. The dynamic range on the grain elevator is much larger and so it doesn’t bring as much attention to the hot spot produced by the light.

    My preference is the second one, with about 25% hue change closer to the first so that the blues and greens are more prominent. Also, if you could brighten up the dark areas behind the building, it would add some depth to the photo and make your eyes wonder deeper into the photo and stay there longer. 🙂

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  3. I agree with Melvin’s comment above about the first one being more photography and the second one being more art. Both are beautiful. If I had to pick one, I might go with the first one, since the blues of the sky are colors that have more resonance for me.

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