Before & After

I recently took a business trip to Calgary, AB Canada and, of course, took my camera. I still plan on posting a few more pics from the trip, but in the meantime, I had to share this Before & After image. The image below was captured at approximately 7:30pm in a rural park. It was very dark outside, but I had a fast lens (F1.4) on my camera and knew I would be able to extract some light; not to mention I shoot in the RAW format and this allows me to drastically adjust exposure to my own liking.

The park was so quiet, calm, and even serene. Being born and raised in the desert in Southern California only added to the spectacle I was experiencing. I snapped the shot below and knew I had a decent image, but I knew I would have to wait until I got it onto the computer to really see what I got. I was able to extract so much light, that the ‘After’ picture looks like it was taken mid day with the sun out! Also, the processing I did gave the image a slight “painting” feel as a result which I think really added to the final result, kinda surreal.

In any case, I think the latter picture really ‘feels’ like December and I wanted to share!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!



BEFORE



AFTER



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2 thoughts on “Before & After

  1. cherokeebydesign December 22, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    You could have set light balance to Tungsten, mounted the camera on a tripod and had a longer exposure of 5-10 seconds and had much better results…

    Nice shot.

    Raven

    • Andy Buckner December 22, 2011 / 7:51 pm

      Yeah, I wish I would have had my tripod! This was an impromptu, ‘side of the road’ encounter and I did not have it. I was pleased with the handheld result. Thank you!

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