Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6:00AM
The time I spent not shooting recently gave me time to reflect. I thought about how post-processing, especially when tonemapping an HDR image, can have as much (possibly more) to do with the final image than the actual image captured in camera. The photographer and the post-processor are usually one and the same. But I thought I'd try to separate the two. I took an image of mine as reference point so we could celebrate the differences that post-processing can make to the exact same set of pixels.
I proposed that a fun little experiment to some friends. I offered up an eight-image bracket set of one of my photographs for them do their magic--whatever that may be. They processed the images according to their sense of aesthetics. This is not about who's processing is "better," but rather about seeing how each of us interpret the exact same image. Keep in mind that some of the players in this little game of ours might never shoot an image like the one handed to them, so they might be out of their element with what they were handed. Regardless they all did an impressive job. I'm glad we did this exercise. It gave me a different perspective on my own work. I hope you enjoy this little experiment. Here's what we came up with. Click on each image for a larger version.
Post-processing by Tod Grubbs http://BeeCreekPhotography.com
Post-processing by Van Sutherland http:\\exileimaging.wordpress.com
Post-processing by Jim Nix http://www.nomadicpursuits.com
Post-processing by Michael Connell http://www.txshooter.com
Post-processing by Rusty Jackson http://www.terra360.com
Post-processing by Andy (ATMTX) http://www.atmtxphoto.com
Post-processing by Peter Talke http://places2explore.wordpress.com
Post-processing by Yves Vandervennet http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvdv/
Post-processing by Dave Wilson http://davewilsonphotography.com
And my own version of this image is