I took this shot after grass volleyball last Wednesday:
I got the composition right, with no need to crop, but the umbrella that originally caught my eye was overwhelmed by the busy highrise all around it, already coloured goldish by the setting sun. So I did something I’d never done before: actual post-processing. Nothing too elaborate, I just oversaturated the umbrella and blue sky, then desaturated the rest of the building. (Update 28.07.2008: And then a bit of perspective correction)
Still, this was a big step for me. I’d always felt post-processing was a kind of cheat—maybe because I never really learned how to do it? But the fact is, cameras doesn’t see in the same way people do. And I realize it’s worth the time to learn more tricks of the trade, to create photos that look like what my eye sees.
(This post was inspired by Seriocomic, an amazing photoblog I discovered recently.)