While looking at Kottke’s pictures from Paris, I immediately noticed that he’s got a good eye. But here’s why photography, in my mind, is not just about taking good pictures, but also about solid editing.
Here’s one I particularly liked:
I spent about 15 minutes with this, adding sharpening (big difference!), tightening up the color curves, and cropping a little. Granted, I’m making some assumptions about what the day looked like, but I didn’t get the sense that it was really hazy there.
In this particular case, the yellow hose here is such a defining factor that I might even go one step further and give it a real focus:
But maybe that’s too much.
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