What can I say? I can’t get enough of my own personal 2010 classic rewind. I’ve been spending a lot of time digging through the older folders not so much to scavenge, but more to see where I’ve come as a photographer. Make no mistake – there are plenty of my images that make me cringe when I look back at them. What was I thinking? Who would process so extremely? Why was I so compelled to tilt the lens on every. single. shot.?
But this is good. Cathartic. Chicken soup for the photographer’s soul. You need to audit yourself. Take stock of where you came from to try and figure out a route for where you are going… or at least would like to be going. Ultimately, there is no easy way. You still need to go out and find the images. You need to spend time molding that clay, as it were, into whatever it is that lets you feel comfortable calling your shot yours. We all have our heinous shots. But it’s so important to remember that at one time, these were real gems to you. Right, wrong, or indifferent – style is fluid and it’s ok to let it change.
In terms of processing
I’m not even going to lie. I don’t remember what I did to this image. It was processed back in 2010, likely in PhotoTools 2.6 (predecessor to Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software). What I do know is that there is Thermopylae on those panels there. Likely Cyberpunk on the junk on the ground. Can’t remember much else. Maybe Just Enough Darkness? That sounds about right. :)
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