Trunk Detail, originally uploaded by jjvornov.

This image was pushed very hard in post processing The right side of the image was in poor focus compared to the center/left. I assume it was mostly due to the angle that I captured it at and a wide aperture.

Instead of throwing it out, I took the image way down with what Vincent Versace calls a dark to light curve- a heavily convex curve that pulls the values down. I then selectively lowered the effect on the sharp portions of the image, illuminating the areas I wanted the view to see. If you look, the out of focus areas are still there, but they are not where one looks first.

It’s not a great image, but I like the idea of painting with light well enough to create one that is at least passable and reads as a believable reality.

Leave a Comment