When I return from a photo outing, I usually go through my images in Adobe Bridge and make initial selections. Back in the days film, I used to do my selections with a large wastebasket and pitch out the clearly “bad” images. The “select” images would go in a pile and then I would save the “unsure” images for a second, later review. With digital, the workflow is much the same, except that I probably don’t discard as many of the images.
We are experiencing the first “Midwestern snowstorm” of the season. Now the winter has “officially” arrived, today was a good day to start reviewing the “unsure” images from 2010. These are the images that did not have any obvious flaws, did not immediately impress me as an image worthy of website posting or other use. But experience has taught me that sometimes an image that you review again after some time and space, may be worthy of a second look. Here are a few images I found that had some merit.
On the first morning in Vermont, we started our day at a small, unnamed pond along the highway just south of Barton, where my good friend and talented photographer, Carol Smith and her husband own a vacation home. A small group of photographers gathered in her kitchen in the pre-dawn darkness that morning, and then carpooled to this roadside pond. While it is not, in my view, the best of my images of this subject, I like the fog rising above the water and hanging above the tree line. And of course, it’s a reflection!
We next went to Carol’s favorite destination near Barton, May Pond. We could all see why, but that morning, the sky was gray and I struggled to find any compelling images. I shot a couple, but was quickly ready to move on. On review of “seconds,” I thought this image was worthy of further work. The reflection and the steam rising on the water make the image interesting, in my view.
The Common Road, above Waitsfield, Vermont is a short road with some impressive views down into the valley. Weather and foliage were challenging this fall, but several images made the first cut. This image is perhaps not as compelling as the “select” images were, but it has some interesting elements.
In 2006, I stumbled on a spot on Route 100 south of the Waterbury exit on Interstate 89, on the Mad River. I spent about an hour there, but it was a magical hour. I vowed to go back and this past fall, I spent a drizzly morning standing in various parts of the river with rubber boots on photographing it. I was pleased to find several “second look” images that I think are pretty nice.
On the way home after a week in Vermont, I found this image along the road driving west out of the state.
Most often, the initial selections are correctly, the best images of a shoot. However, there is something to be said about a second, later, review that is done after some time has elapsed. I this case, there are several images I am glad I went back and looked at.