Stampede Wstern Gallery show – need a little help from my friends

Since I have to stay in town for this long weekend in Canada, I am (re)- post processing images for the exhibition at the Western Photo Gallery at the Stampede. These images were taken in Lake O’Hara area last year at the same time, and each image is stitched with 5 images by Photoshop CS5.  The first one shows reflection of mountain in the pond. The 2nd one does not show such a static reflection due to wind and wavy surface of the water. But reflection of trees has a more painterly charactor and impressionism kind of feeling. Interestingly, I did not notice this, until comparing the two images side by side, that the top image is more contrasty and more saturated. The top image, itself has a kind of strong character so it may lead me to add more contrast and saturation unconsciously. On the other hand, the bottom image a little more subtle so it may have made me process the image toward more soft side. What does this tell ya? Although we use many techniques to control conditions of light at a scene, the images opened on a computer monitor first time is kind dull. So we take a lot of time to make photos more attractive. To me, it is not different from wet dark room. My point is this process is strongly affected by mood of image as well as one of a photographer at the location and on a computer. It can be consciously or unconsciously. Don’t you think this is really artistic process?

Actually, I am supposed to submit the 2nd image since it is the one accepted by the gallery. I do not know which image I like, more precisely to say I do not know which one appeal to viewers. If you were me, which would you pick? Any comments are appreciated.


Impact of Photography, and Tone – Lisa Mercer

3 thoughts on “Stampede Wstern Gallery show – need a little help from my friends

  1. johnfuji

    I usually tend toward the contrasty with bold colors myself, I find that I’m liking the bottom version. There seems to be more detail in the foreground, like you are looking through the water.

  2. GL

    I can undersatnd why someone would pick the first photo. Likewise, I can undersatnd why someone would pick the second photo. Technically speaking, these are very good images. I like the composition and light. Most importantly, they are very realistic, inviting, emotional – qualities the the Stampede folks will love. Makes me want to pitch a tent there (and I’m not really a camper)! If you twist my arm and force me to vote, I prefer image #2. Good work, Hiro.

  3. Hiro Post author

    Thank you so much your comments, John and GL. At first glance, I thought 1st image had more WOW factors, but now I think 2nd image may require viewers to look around forground to infinity. I am more toward 2nd image.


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