(2011-02-12) One photo - many stories

Two days ago, Stockholm was caught in a snowstorm and went from "spring will soon be here" to "winter wonderland". People trying to go anywhere didn't think it was so wonderful, though. But that's not the story here. At about 11pm I looked out my kitchen window and felt that this was pretty as a picture. Having returned to my long lost hobby of photography, I could not resist bringing out my new camera. The picture above is the result.

I have not tried to do any processing except cropping and it's all for a good reason. What you see above is a picture taken in the dark night with a very long exposure time. The shutter had to be opening 30 seconds to produce visible light from the darkness of the night.

Using this picture as a template, let's see how small adjustments makes soo much difference.

The only thing I did here was desaturating the picture which made it black and white. It looks a bit under exposed, but my point is not to make more than one correction at a time, so it's not that I forgot to brighten it. Black and white photos are often very expressive. When I look at such a picture it feels "cleaner" and more distinct to me. I believe its a psychological thing. It also feels sharper and more "artsy". As a bonus, I don't have to think about color correction. :)

Here I have tried to correct the white balance and give it a bit of warmth. Given that I don't have much in the way of good digital processing software yet, I wasn't able to make it work as well as I wanted. I'm not too happy about how it turned out.

Is it day already? If you only saw this picture, you would have had no way of knowing it was taken in the night. And I've taken this liberty to brighten it a bit as well.

Ok, I know full well that I haven't done enough digital processing on those pictures, but my point was to show how different the same photo can look with just some minor adjustments. The original picture is at 10.1 Megapixel and has been scaled down for the web.

Here are the stats for the original picture if you're interested:

Shooting Date/Time 2011-02-10 22:57:49
Shooting Mode Program AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 30
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Focal Length 18.0mm
Image Size 3888x2592
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Off
File Size 9358KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode Continuous shooting

Tags: Photography
Posted: 2011-02-12 by Erik Zalitis
Changed: 2011-02-12 by Erik Zalitis

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