Little House in the Valley
|In the Valley|
In processing the shots I took a very different turn. I took both of these shots in the middle of the day, so not the best lighting. In the original shot it looks like I made HDR brackets out of the DNGs that my SX10is was taking back then by just pushing the exposure sliders up and down respectively, then running it through my usual HDR routine. Doing HDR was my "I don't know what else to do so I'll HDR it" to get more out of my photos. Some parts of that original photo worked well, and others didn't. For this photo I did not HDR the photo and did some careful work in Topaz Labs Clarity and Detail and feel I got a more natural looking photo, though I'm still not happy with my skies.
It was fun to revisit a shot taken two years ago and to unknowingly seemingly take the exact same shot with a different camera, a tripod, and a more experienced approach to post processing. I think it's really helpful to a photographer to do this exercise every so often to see not only the differences a better camera can have but to see how their post processing tastes have evolved.