As you probably can tell, this image is not recent.
It was taken in 2005 with my then new Nikon D70. It was also a JPEG. I was too new to the world of photography and didn’t know anything about shooting RAW and the power of post-processing.
It was one of those cold morning when I could not sleep and decided to drive my car, myself and my camera down to the shore to wait for the sunrise.
In hindsight, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. You see, my city has always been famous for not been a very safe place to walk around by yourself with a very expensive camera in the wee hours of the morning.
Thankfully nothing happened.
I love the way the tree branches seem to pull the light from the clouds and hence the name.
I have been playing lately with a bunch of applications: Topaz Studio 2, Luminar 3 with Libraries and my new favorite Capture One.
As such, I have been exploring old images like this one to see if the new applications can rescue photos from the depths of my archives.
Also, the idea is to learn new things and shorten the learning curve. Massage the old grey cells like Hercule Poirot used to say.
These apps have not disappointed. Even old images (the Nikon D70 had 6.1 Megapixels) seem to come to life with a little TLC.
This is one of the reasons why I almost never delete any photo. The world of photography has changed immensely and the applications we use to edit photos are becoming more and more intelligent.
When Kodak introduced their first camera, the world of photography changed for the hundreds of photographers that were using techniques like wet collodion and glass plates.
There is a big push for what is called computational photography, where technologies like machine learning can help us and the general public to make better pictures.
We now see a similar shift in the world of digital photography and it can only get better…