For years and years I’ve been working on my photographic skills. It all really started back in 1994 when I started wandering the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a backpack on. Then a Pentax K1000 rode around in my pack. Man, that thing was bomb proof. What I tried to achieve back then is the same thing I try to achieve now…..recording amazing places and sharing those places with others through the images I capture.
Back then I sucked. Sometimes these days I suck as well. But I’m always trying to relay a place as I saw it. I’ve used many techniques. Filters, HDR, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz, OnOne, and more. Anything that can help me relay a place and make a memorable image.
I know what you’re saying…… “Rich, you’ve made some pretty surreal images over the years. HDRs with halos, extreme edgy shots, etc, etc……”
Yes, you’re right. But since I really got serious with my photography years ago my one goal was to create inspiring images of cool places. I really want folks who see my work to feel as though they were there, and also inspire them to visit cool locations as well.
As I’ve been sorting images today I realize that I’m getting more and more picky when it comes to landscape. I really want those outdoor scenes to relay what I experienced. HDR for some, PhotoTune for others, Lightroom for a few, and in the case of a few select images, no post processing at all!
I don’t know where you come down on these images, but for me they certainly remind me of where I was when I was. Satisfied that I really do have a good feel for dialing pieces into how I remember them. And yes, sometimes things are a little edgier or slightly more saturated. Why? Uh, when I wander in the desert I see the world through polarized glasses. Ever look at the sky with your polarized lenses? Yeah, bluer than blue baby! 😉
In the coming weeks I’m going to attempt to create a few new podcasts of my selection process and post processing techniques. You know, getting a little more informative again. After all, I’m now 5 posts away from number 1000! That’s right, this blog is about to hit 1000 posts! Any suggestions for post number 1000 will be seriously entertained. Just pop a note up in comments sooner rather than later!