Photography Archive Invasion Project – Week two

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)

I snapped this in 2012 during a business trip to the U.K. I did not have much time as we were literally just walking by this old church. Something about the architecture just caught my attention and I took 30 seconds to get the shot ready.

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

Posted on December 8, 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 (4)

  1. Scott Barrie
    December 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Reply

    Hi Tim, Again, I prefer the edited version over the original. Straightening the horizon is an obvious improvement. The colours in the original are appealing, but the image is essentially about the texture in the stonework, so the monochromatic approach works. I like how you have increased the contrast/detail in the tiny pains of glass in the windows and how that complements the increased detail/sharpness in the masonry. It would have been nice to coax some information out of the blackness in the entryway. It looks like there is something there in the original, but perhaps not much. I think even a very subtle outline of a door would have added quite a bit of interest. Nice work.

    • Tim Piche
      December 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks Scott! You are correct about the entryway, I had to black it out. There were actually people in it, so I blacked it out to try and create mystery in the image. I truly appreciate your comments as most people would just put “Good image” or “I don’t like it”. It is actually tough to get GOOD constructive criticism now a days!

      Thanks Again
      Tim

  2. Scott Barrie
    December 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Reply

    My pleasure, Tim. Glad they’re useful. By the way by spelling “panes” as “pains” was totally to emphasize how difficult it must have been….:-)

    • Tim Piche
      December 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm · Reply

      The unsharp mask in Photoshop made that the easy part Scott!

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