Saturday morning I took my wife to the airport for her trip to Tokyo. I decided I would stop by and see the Manko Bird Sanctuary since it was nearby. Unfortunately, the place is closed; not sure if its permanent or temporary but there was a lot of construction vehicles in their parking lot. Despite the closure, I decided to explore the area and ended up focusing on this bridge structure for all my shots in this area. The skies were fabulous with big puffy white clouds and deep blues. I don't normally shoot big landscapes outside of the sunrise/sunset timeframes, but this morning was an exception.
Did a quick look back at some photos from 2009. I am starting to look at my really old files to see if any can make it into my print gallery. Here are a few of the shots that I've looked at so far.
I decided to go back and bring down some of the crazy on this photo I took while at Iwakuni, Japan and the Kintai Bridge. When I took this photo I had been a recent adherrent to Nik Software's filters and was doing a lot of experimenting with different looks. I was recently going through my 2011 picks and saw this one and went, "what was I thinking?". Today I decided to invest the time to bring this photo back to reality, well my own reality of course. I probably spent about an hour or a little more on it; far more than what I spent on the previous version. I think I spent 10 minutes maybe on the old one, and I saw some lazy editing on my part. Normally I won't spend any where near 1 hour on an image in post-processing, but I was trying some new techniques so I was learning as I went along. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think between old and new. New one is first.
What was I thinking...?