Posts Tagged: Revisited

Revisited #6: Tamsui Sunset from 2007

The next in the revisited series. This one is from much further back and was actually posted on my old blog way back in 2007. I posted this shot. The crop edges were a thing then, I do apologize!


“I thought I’d just include this picture of the Tamsui river. I love the rolling clouds counterpointed against the brighter sky. And I didn’t photoshop this picture at all.”

I enjoy revisiting old images to see what I can make of them with my new insights. This one turned out to be more interesting because I was able to play with the Paintbrush tool and add a little orange to the sky to reflect the late time of day.

The first and most obvious change from the image was the straightening. I can’t think why I didn’t see that before. Then, of course, I cropped the image to hide more of the shoreline. I’m still debating whether to crop more on the left.

I also adjusted the clipping, added a filter then made some minor adjustments before adding brushing all over and updating the toning hue and continuing to brush with a dab of orange. While it probably wasn’t as orange as the sky was, we often see orange sunsets later in the day that can be quite dramatic. It’s not unrealistic.

Gallery: Original, Lightroom, 2018 Edition

1/160 sec @ f2.8 on ISO100 shot on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30 in 2007. 1st Export at 250Kb showed a softer focus, some bleeding and some pixelation. The image was sensibly exposed but saved in JPG format, so some data has been lost. I present the full edit here. Enjoy!

Revisited #7: Disaster Tourism in Taiwan

The next in the revisited series. A topical photograph that was critiqued way back in 2015. I don’t remember the critique comments, except that it seemed lacking in focus, photographers were puzzled why I took it, I think! I realize that this photograph’s composition can’t be redone, but I think some cropping can improve it.

Disaster Tourism: Ship on the North Coast of Taiwan

So that was the original image. I was intrigued originally by how people were interested in disasters, so my subject was actually not the disaster but the bystanders. Some were chatting, watching, playing, and feeling hungry. On subsequent thoughts, I realized that I should have stayed a little longer and taken more photographs of the scene. Anyways.


The ship had run aground during bad weather in March 2016. Taipei Times reported the story several times. First here. The disaster caused pollution, a helicopter accident with several unfortunately killed, and affected fishing grounds around the area. The image was taken in early June, when the weather was much better, and after salvage operations had already begun. The process took about 5 months, according to the Taipei Times.

The most obvious changes to the image include a lot of cropping external elements to tighten the story. I’m happier that the result focuses a little more on the original intent of capturing life against a disaster: one normal one abnormal! Throughout the workflow, the only notable changes were a more aggressive reduction in exposure of almost 1 stop, more aggressive shadow reduction, and playing with hues to get the image brighter.

Gallery: Original, Lightroom, 2018 Edition

1/125 sec @ f9 on ISO100 shot on a Fujifilm SL-260 in 2016. 1st Export at 250Kb showed issues with blown out clouds, 2nd export (above) showed unnecessary purple in the clouds. The image was slightly overexposed and saved in JPG format, so some data has been lost. I present the updated edit here.

I really have to thank Kenny Paul for teaching me about white balance. I’d come across the concept but didn’t know how to really work it… so my experiments had failed initially. Thanks, I owe you a tinny!

I also owe Craig Ferguson a big thanks for highlighting a very good way to improve the composition! Can you guess?


White Balanced but imperfect!


Revisited #5: Zhonghe Street – Cosplay Character with Man

The next in the series:

Can you spot the differences? The first image was completely unedited before export, but the 2nd was lightly edited in Lightroom. I boosted a lot of features in the 3rd, can you guess which? Follow the discussion on FB Photowalkers.

Revisited #4: Temple Donors – Honored with a Painted Inscription

The next in the series:

Can you spot the differences? The first image was taken without much regard to the garbage on the left. I thought I could crop it out… but it took two attempts to get the crop right. The first one cropped near the vertices kind of ruined my original vision of symmetry, though it kept the orange hues more. The 2nd crop was true to the original intent. I managed to improve a little… so here’s what I did.

I used auto balance to correct the light; then added a little bluish note via the temperature option. After auto settings to set some basic blacks/whites and so on, I adjusted a little clipping to strengthen the blacks/whites and then a slight orange tint. Then final radial filter with inverted masking emphasizes the center of the composition. Overall, I believe the composition is now stronger, closer to what I originally envisaged, and creates a better experience for viewers.



Revisited: Osaka Castle, Osaka Japan – #3 of 10

Both photographs were cropped to remove a tourist’s right arm on the left, though I cropped the 2nd more. Unlike the first which was edited in Picasa, I had a lot more control over clipping, colors and saturation. So for the 2nd attempt, I boosted the yellow and orange saturation to bring out the colors in the later afternoon sky and the gold of the bird to emphasize the wings flying over Osaka.

There’s also a lot of brushwork on the top right to add blackness back, and on the city area to recover highlights. The color palette is relatively similar, no reds or bright colors to distract. So overall, I think I improved the original a little. There are slight variations on the final edit.

As you can probably see, it’s actually a reflection of the city on a black surface; there are also areas where the tarnishing on the bird’s wings are affected by surface, the sun, and the clouds.

Third Edit 4/11/2018

Lastly, the image was taken on a mobile phone; so the original is, of course, JPEG and only 3.1mb in data. So there are limitations. I’m not awfully sure that I did any better than using Instagram to edit. I’ll add a comparison later! Overall, I’m not wildly convinced editing mobile phone photography esp. on lower res shots is really worth it. However, it’s as good a place to practice the basics of LR wiggle technique.

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