The weather recently has been uninteresting, and shooting the golden hours is difficult with the long summer daylight. The recent lack of shooting has given me the chance to relive previous trips taken. As I've reviewed these photos, I was thrown back into the memories from each trip. I not only enjoy seeing the each photo again, but reliving the experiences that each trip offered.
I frequently cull and rate photos within a week of a trip or a shoot, but in returning later to some trip's photos I've been surprised how many shots have caught my eye for the first time that had not the noticed the first time I sorted those images. I think this is due to at least two factors; my evolving creative eye and increased post processing skills.
Calling my eye creative is a bit of a stretch, I'm willing to admit that. Any creativity seen in my images has been learned, as my family knows. I'm am constantly on the look out for anything to give me new ideas and creative inspiration. As I make it a goal to continually learn, I sometimes come across an old image that strikes me. There's a flip side to this creative evolution though, which is realized more often than finding hidden gems in the archives, and this is seeing old photos that I once cherished and finding things horribly wrong with the photo's composition and the processing.
As a creative vision for a finished image grows, some old images seen on the monitor will show a new potential. I just recently processed what I think may be my best photo from this past winter's trip to the Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico, which I had completely passed over while first sorting these photos. I had previously not seen anything special at all in this raw image, and even if I had, could not get anything presentable out of the raw file.
This fun process never ends. The size of my archives seems to grow more quickly that I can even go back through them, and not long after I've taken the time to reprocess an old image, my post processing skills can improve yet even more. This will be an ever going and non-stop process, and we just need to let some images go and enjoy them as they are. But, finding an old diamond in the rough and processing it using today's software and your current skills can be as enjoyable as revisiting the locations and the times experienced in the capture of that frame.