Road to Nowhere

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  • Road to Nowhere
  • Road to Nowhere

    Old photo, edited today! I’ve always liked this one but had no idea what to do with it when I took it, two years ago. I found it again today and after looking at it for a while, two thoughts popped in my mind… the first one was coffee, the second one was that there’s something here! I saw the road, the fog and i thought “Hey, maybe we can turn this otherwise crappy photo into something mysterious, intriguing and dramatic!” I high-fived my brain and started to work (I made a cup of coffee first!). 49 minutes later, this photo was born and I really like it now! πŸ™‚
    I’m not a huge fan of the complete white sky but i don’t like to merge two photos to create one, I’ve done that once and while I thought it looked good on my laptop, when i saw it on a friends computer I noticed that it was horribly done! Lol

    I think this photograph is a good example that sometimes we can use Photo Editing Software to actually make an otherwise boring photo look good and interesting! Photographers always say that they leave the house with a photo in mind, and then they shoot in order to create that result, but I don’t think that’s the best way to create something nowadays, will all these tools we have available. What I do is, I go out and try to take the best photo I can under the circumstances, sometimes i know exactly what i want to create, sometimes I don’t! And when I don’t, I analyze the photo and create something with it. (There’s tons of examples in this blog lol) What software can’t do is turn a bad photo (bad composition, blurry, low res, noisy, bad expo etc) into a good one, and when that happens it’s better to just go out again to the same place and shoot it once more.

    Anyway, below you’ll find the original photo and the edited one for comparison! πŸ™‚

    You’re probably wondering why I’ve made such a long post! Well the answer to that is: I felt like writing today! πŸ˜€
    And believe me, i could go on and on about this!

    So what do you think?? Do you think that using photo editing software is cheating or should be encouraged? Let me know in the comments below! ( oh wow, what a lame rhyme! Lol)
    And don’t forget to let me know what you think of the photograph as well! πŸ˜€


    Location: Paul da Serra – Madeira island – Portugal
    Shutter speed: 1/2000 seconds.
    F: /3.5
    Focal Length: 18mm
    ISO: 100
    filter:Β no idea
    PS: Yes, it’s okay if you like the original more! I won’t get mad…
    PPS: Well… maybe just a little!

  • 38 thoughts on “Road to Nowhere

    1. Nothing wrong with the original! However, the edited photo has a lil bit more mystique about it, in my opinion. It makes me want to travel that road be a use I sense a story or history down that path.

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      • Hehe I don’t think the original is anything special, I wouldn’t upload it if i didn’t like the end result! πŸ™‚ Yes it definitely is more intriguing and mysterious! But this really is in the middle of nowhere, it would take quite some time to find a town on foot! Thanks for commenting! πŸ˜€

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    2. The picture is wonderful, and I enjoyed reading the kinda insight into how you take and edit a photo (definitely not cheating, just adds to the fun!). I’d love to read more of these posts if you do any β˜ΊπŸ“·

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      • Thank you very much! I’m really not sure if i have another post like this, but i will write more like it, that’s for sure! If you’re curious, you’re welcome to look through the blog, you might find some posts with more information! πŸ™‚ The one called “Dead Sea” was about an inspiration block I had for quite some time, the one called “It’s quiet here” was inspired by horror films. There are quite a few, you’ll just have to look for them πŸ™‚

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      • Exactly!! When people ask me why i use photoshop so much and HDR’s and all that, i say because i’m not a photojournalist. I’m not here to photograph reality but to create a new one with every photo, or I simply say that it was what i was seeing at the time. Some roll their eyes, others understand lol πŸ˜€ I’m glad you agree with me!

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    3. I took a great liberty and borrowed your original image to see if I could get a similar effect and not lose details in the bushes. I processed in in Lightroom. Added graded shading top and bottom, pulled up the curve in the middle, took it in into Photoshop and used Silver Effects by NIK and made that layer luminous. I left some color in it. A very similar effect to yours. I love what you did and wanted to experiment replicating it a different way as an exercise. Lightroom and other apps are today’s darkroom and acceptable as long as the photo is not for the news or some other organization that has rules about what sort of editing is acceptable. Wish I could send it to you.

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      • I never delete photos, I always keep the original and save in a different file, that way no file is lost! Of course, it takes up a lot of space but it’s worth it πŸ™‚ Thanks Paula, it really looks good in black and white, I printed this one today and it looks awesome! πŸ˜€

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      • That’s a good point of view! Although some photos can be improved by taking more photos of the same subject, editing can also make them a lot better, this was the case here. At the time i didn’t think the photo was anything special, one year later and after some editing i think it looks great! πŸ˜€
        I’ve been meaning to watch that film but never did! it’s been on my watch-list for quite a few years!

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        • I agree completely. I often go back through my photos and see those I never bothered to edit because I thought they were crap, but suddenly they take on new dimension and I play around with editing tricks that bring out the really brilliant beauty in them. Another part of growth I suppose. You really should watch that movie-the original though. It is funny while still being frightening. Zombies always frighten me. They just keep coooominnnng…..lol

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          • Oh story of my life, that happens to me every time i do a global search to find every photograph i have in my hard drive! (yes this is my idea of organization Lol) πŸ˜€ I think it’s a good sign that this happens though, it shows how much better we are as an artist when we can see things we didn’t see when we took the photo! πŸ™‚
            Hehe I will! πŸ˜€ I rarely watch remakes, I always stick with the original! I think that’s the scarier thing about zombies, they never stop and we’re left wondering where they came from! In the Walking Dead for example, there are hordes of zombies/walkers in the middle of nowhere, i always think about what these people were doing before they became zombies, maybe they were having a giant bonfire? Lol

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            • To me the scariest thing about zombies is their “deadness” as in, no reasoning with them. Just onward and dogged. Like Frankenstein kind of. Or a stubborn cow. lol

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            • Lol yeah with zombies it’s either kill or be killed! Haha you mean when cows lay in the middle of a road and they refuse to move? that can be very funny but when the road is narrow, it’s such a pain in the ass!! Lol “honk honk move you stupid cow, don’t make me get out of this car!!! well you do have horns, i’ll just make a U turn…” lmao

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            • Right or when they are coming at you like a freight train and you know you have no choice but to run! lol Their eyes are so dead looking. I cannot fall in love with a cow.

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            • Lol thankfully that never happened to me! πŸ˜€ but i bet it would be scary! You could always punch the cows nose, i heard they don’t appreciate it lol but i wouldn’t risk it! πŸ˜‰

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