31 Dec 2012

Evolution of a Mistake

I’m not the sharpest tack in the box first thing in the morning and before coffee and it shows on occasion.  In this case I had totally forgotten that I reset the white balance on my camera to take pictures indoor the night before, so when standing on the river front under the bright sun taking a picture of the Cargill plant with the thought of maybe converting it to HDR I failed to notice that my photos were totally blue.

cargill in blue

 

I was pretty upset with myself when I got home and saw this.  But I don’t give up easy.  I decided to desaturate all 3 photos and just convert the black and white to HDR and hope for the best.  It turns out this wasn’t a bad idea at all.

cargill b&w

 

After a couple of days I decided to go back and see if there wasn’t more I could do with the image.   Manipulating the HDR itself didn’t give any interesting results so I went back and played with the brightness and contrast in the source files and finally got the result I was looking for.

cargill redo 2

 

Not bad for a screw up, eh?

Comments

  • arnoldthearmadillo
    December 31, 2012 Reply

    I took a whole bunch in jpg with the iso set quite high once.. Camera, check, tripod, check, brain.. Oh well. 🙂

    • idiotphotographer
      December 31, 2012 Reply

      We once it made to our shooting location, a hour away from home, when my friend realized he forgot his tripod. Once we got home I realized I had forgotten my cable release and flashlight. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.

      • arnoldthearmadillo
        December 31, 2012 Reply

        I am used to being bear food:)

  • dignad
    January 1, 2013 Reply

    Sometimes it seems some of the best pictures are the result of a little screw up.

    • idiotphotographer
      January 1, 2013 Reply

      Agreed! Perhaps I should stop trying to be a perfectionist and just go with the flow eh? This has given me some ideas for other photos that turned out less than spectacular.

  • tabularasa88
    January 24, 2013 Reply

    I still love this shot. As always in these situations, I’m kicking myself for not seeing the potential you did.

    • idiotphotographer
      January 24, 2013 Reply

      Hey thanks, though in fairness it was more of a “I wonder what will happen if” moment. You never get to see my (numerous) failures.

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