Visiting Luna Park after tea on Toorak Road, we stopped for a while to watch a posse of photographers take part in a night-time bridal photo shoot with two “wedding couples” outside the Luna Park entrance.
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The image of roses in a blown-glass vase against a dark background, above, had some vignetting applied in Picasa, then a colour effect and border applied in Pixlr-o-matic.
The image above was quite unremarkable, until I tried applying the infrared effect in Picasa; suddenly, it reminded me of early photographic processing styles I had seen in books. I scaled back the filter, so that some colour remained, then applied an effect in Pixlr-o-matic to warm the colours slightly.
Finally, the grainy black and white shot – also unfocussed – is straight out of the camera. I kept it because I like how the grain works in low-light photos where there is good contrast between the light subject and the dark background.
Often in my personal photography, there is an element of self-confidence – or rather, the lack thereof – and comparison with others that is quite destructive. Sometimes I find, most usually after spending hours taking photos, that when I get home and download them, I am quite disappointed. Any confidence I may have had in my work during the shoot quickly dissolves into misery.
Two nights ago, as I feverishly downloaded photos I had just taken at a friend’s wedding, I realised with growing panic that I had chosen inappropriate settings for many shots – while they looked great on the LCD screen, they didn’t translate well on the laptop’s screen. Despondent, I began to do some basic editing – cropping, black and white conversion, adding some vintage effects. But as I worked, I began again to feel a connection to my photos and the events of the day. Now I was beginning to feel buoyant again, even though the amazing treasure trove I had hoped to return with seemed to have lost some of its glimmer. It was like gradually falling in love again with something I’d once discarded.