After posting some random gems a few weeks ago, the comments on that post about one of the photos made me go back and have a look at the master version of the file.
The photo in question is of a heron in the process of jabbing its head into the water to catch something. The image in the post had been taken in May of last year.
I love the heron shot (and you even knew what kind of bird it was). You could wait days to get a shot like that. Or a lifetime.
Now, a comment like that made me go back and look at the photo again. I had always liked it, for sure, but something about it had always bugged me. And then I remembered, the shot itself had been cropped from the original master, and I was also not quite as versed at adjusting images back when I last actually paid it any attention.
So, I went back and looked at the original master…
One of the things that always bugged me about the original image was I felt it was a little cluttered. Not so much the plant life in the foreground, but the traffic cone on the right that would constantly serve as a reminder that this image was not taken in some romantic idyll somewhere but in a flood trench next to the Thames. I also wanted to get up close to the action, so I cropped out the fluff to bring the attention to the bird, and left it at that.
On returning to look at the master image, however, I realised that with the crop I made last year, I had removed some of the lovely blue reflection on the water. I also hadn’t made good use of the Rule of Thirds, and so there was something not quite right about the heron’s position in the frame.
So, I went back to the master and started again. This time I adjusted the exposure in order to bring back a little detail into the bird’s plumage and re-cropped it. I do think the end result is certainly better, but what do you think? Let me know in the comments.