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Purple Mountains Majesty
San Juan National Forest, Colorado
I took this photo right on the cusp of spring. At the time, there was still a considerable amount of snow in the forests, especially on Sunshine Mountain in the background. The resulting photo out of the camera was rather dull, underexposed and lifeless. As a photographer, I messed up by shooting the image too dark.
However, the scene itself was quite stunning, so I knew there was still a great photo hidden within the file. This is where the magic of post processing comes in, or as photographers call it: the digital darkroom. Sometimes a photo exudes beauty right from the camera and these are often the most exciting images to capture. However, in most cases, snapping the shutter is simply the first step of the photographic process. Post processing is often where the most creativity is poured into the final image.
I spent a great deal of time working on this photo in Photoshop and Lightroom, drawing out the color in the clouds, correcting white balance and adjusting the exposure. The end result was dramatically different than what I had initially captured!
This is one of the things that I love so much about digital photography. Most times the image can stand on its own without post-processing. But sometimes the photographer has to know when to peel away the uninteresting layers of the digital file to uncover a beautiful photo underneath!
Image Code: A025