Photography Archive Invasion Project – Week one

As a photographer I have many images that have never made it off my hard drive after I have shot them. Whether it is a snapshot of my kids or something I shot because I thought it would be cool, it just sits there. I think this is a problem that most photographers have!

This project allows me to take a mediocre image (at best) from my archive and try to edit it so it looks good. I plan on doing one image a week for now and see how things go. This project forces me to go through all of those old images in my archive and sharpens my editing skills.

I have tried to come up with an original personal project for some time now and believe this is the one for me. If you are a photographer reading this hopefully it inspires you to attempt an original personal project of your own.

Here is the criteria I am using for this project:

  1. The original image must not be from a client shoot
  2. The image must look ok, not great
  3. I only get 10 minutes to edit the image (In one program only)


Here is the first image I have chosen for this project. I snapped this in 2010 on a family outing and apparently have not thought about it since. I must have seen something I liked or I would not have taken the picture!!

Leave a comment and let me know if you like the original or the edited version better.

Posted on December 2, 2014 in Blog, Photography Archive Invasion Project

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I am a freelance photographer and web designer / graphic designer with a flair for creativity and a passion for anything digital. I love to learn about new and emerging technologies. I currently reside in cambridge, ontario with my beautiful wife and 2 (mostly well behaved) children.

Responses (3)

  1. Maxinne Ball
    December 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm · Reply

    love the edited version….

  2. Scott Barrie
    December 3, 2014 at 12:01 am · Reply

    I like what you’ve done here. It seems to me the picture is all about texture and depth, and by converting to black and white you have emphasized both those qualities. It also gives it a sense of timelessness. It looks like you’ve tweaked the horizon line and that seems to add strength to the image. The sharpening on the leaves adds punch and draws your eye along the tracks. It’s good that you got rid of the yellow distraction on the right hand side although the material you replaced it with seems a touch soft. Nice image. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tim Piche
      December 3, 2014 at 9:34 am · Reply

      Thanks Scott. You are right about the material on the right I used to replace the platform, it is a little soft. But I had to keep in my 10 minutes window!! Thanks for having a look and providing a great critique.


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