The run-away winner of the 2015 favorite landscape photo was “rainstorm over Pinedale, WY”, which garnered almost 25% of the votes (14 total to 10 for Lake Superior island, the runner-up). Thanks to all who participated for helping me learn which images make the best sorts of landscapes.
As we go forward in the New Year, I am actually looking backward at some of the landscape photos I’ve taken in years past — way back, before digital cameras, when I shot with slide or print film. Now that I know more about photo editing, I’ve discovered I can reclaim/restore some of my poorly exposed images from previous travels to exotic locales to more accurately resemble the scene that I remember.
Here’s an example of what I mean — a photo I took on a visit to Torres del Paine National Park, in southern Chilean Patagonia, was washed out with all the haze in the valley. The “blue towers” were indeed blue in the haze, but were actually more of a sandstone color up close. The camera definitely didn’t do justice to this magnificent scenery, and this wasn’t a photo I was particularly proud of.
A few touch-ups in Lightroom later, and a more dramatic rendition of the original scene emerges…
I’m looking forward to rediscovering some of the wonders of my previous travels with a slide scanner and some photo editing this year.