ISO400, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/200

San Francisco (CA), Water Lily Flower, Monochrome

ISO400, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/200
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Post processing (aka editing) photographs is not always easily done in one, two, or even three editing sessions.  Sometimes the photo-in-progress is left in the digital file folder and does not see the light of day for an unknown period of time because “it’s just not right”.  Then one day, months later, while searching for an image to work on and full of fresh ideas on an editing direction, the photo is finally ready.

While this long editing journey is not the most common occurrence for me, it did happen for this particular image.  I had narrowed down possible competition entries back in February or March.  I was convinced this image would turn out great in color, but the flower just did not pop out the way I wanted it to against the green background.  So the image was shelved…until now, 6 months later.

Maybe the advice here is to not give up on your photographs and take some time to go through some of these “discarded” photographs.  If your mind’s eye clearly spoke to you to take the shot and you didn’t actually flub the shot, there is a good chance you will get that photo “just right” even if it takes a few processing sessions or some time to let the image rest before you come back with either a clean slate or some new ideas on post.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO400, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec

San Francisco (CA), Water Lily Flower.  San Francisco, CA. February 28, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.