The following photo was taken during a rainy night in the Windy City (Big Onion :P). The only difference is in the post processing. As a photographer to be patient and wait for the ideal circumstances to press the shutter button is crucial to capture our dream shot. We can wait for the people to be out of the picture, the light to be ideal, the sunset to reach its peak but our patience shouldn't end there.
The picture on the left was posted by me on the same night I took the photo. It wasn't easy photoshoot. I was standing about one our in pouring rain to get one lightning over the Trump Tower. I took about 300 photos until I got one in my exposure. I was so excited, that i rush back to my hotel room and start editing the photo. Nothing else was interesting just the lighting. I focused on one thing and let the other important details insignificant.
About one hour later my photo was ready, I was posting it online and admired my patience of capturing the awesome lightning over the building.
It took me a few weeks to realize that i can do much more, i can make the photo much better. During and after our photoshoot we seem to be so excited about the environment that we forget to pay attention on the details.
The second photo on the right was edited a few weeks after I returned from Chicago. I already didn't hear the rain, I don't feel the cold anymore, I could not feel the shaking of the bridge when the subway passes. I'm sitting at home next to a coffee and i can really pay attention on the details. I realized that I have about 300 photos of the same place, with the metro going back and forth. How cool it would be to make some awesome light trails in front of the tower.
Looking back to the first photo I edited I think there are many ways to improve it. I tried to add a few the second version.
What I learned that it is always good to wait a few days until the excitement goes away and we can pay attention on the details. Remember to look back to our old photos because our style, our experience is changing and we might can find a gem between the old dusty photos which now can make it to our portfolio :)
Photos taken during my travels in the US and abroad. Enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being at the locations