Another digitally altered photograph from the April trip to Queenscliff. This time I didn’t use a preset. The photograph is taken from the deck of the ferry, looking down into wake created by movement through the water. I wanted to achieve an abstract effect and to do this I have deepened shadows and brought out a range of colours. I like the swirling effect which reminds me of the atmosphere from space.
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Tonight I am contemplating the effects of Adobe Lightroom’s digital presets, using a photograph I took of the Queenscliff Pier in April. When I took up photography, I was determined to learn how to capture a good photograph through good camera technique. The idea of using software to alter the image did not appeal to me at all. However, digitally altered photographs are so prevalent, I decided that my views should come from an informed position rather than one of ignorance.
Tentatively, I adjusted setting after setting, eventually settling on the ‘Punch’ preset for this photograph. It feels right because I grew up holidaying in Queenscliff with my grandmother. As children, we played on this beach, walked on the pier and swam in the sea. I recall faded photographs and postcards kept by my mother and my grandmother. This particular preset brings so many memories to the fore, and I find myself drawn to it in a way that is quite unexpected.