Do you ever go back and re-work images that you've taken a few years ago?

I've spent a few fun hours reworking some of my images of Jana in a program called SnapSeed. This one started life as a color image from a Canon 5Dmk2 but now it's taken on a life of its own as a black and white image.

I like the idea of letting images "rest" for a couple of years. Like aging cocktails in an oak cask. Then you get to like them all over again and you start to get a feeling for the threads of continuity in your work and it makes you understand that the art you do is a building process and that time is a critical element...


  1. To me, SnapSeed is to image processing software as my Nikon V1 is to actually shooting pictures. If you're used to conventional user interfaces, there's nothing intuitive about either of these at all. However, if you just want to have some fun, and can rationalize yourself to the "I'm not sure what I'm looking for, but I'll know it when I see it..." both SnapSeed and the V1 experience are pretty nice.

    I think, at least running on my new iPad, that Nik Software really got SnapSeed right for that platform. I have no experience with it on a computer.

    It blows my mind that Nik can do so well with their implementation of SnapSeed, but Nik's Nikon Capture remains such a kludge.

  2. Mostly I just find myself asking "wow, what the **** was I thinking?"

    Hopefully that means I'm improving...

  3. I like to revisited old files because the capabilities of my software has changed so much. Lightroom 4 allows one to manage highlights in a way not possible before.
    Also, we do look at images differently when we revisit them over time. I am sure Ansel Adams felt that way as well.

  4. Absolutely I do. When I was wet printing I learned new skills from making better prints and new papers came along. The same is true of digital, new skills, new software and new material. I'm always open to doing things better than before.

  5. I have started to revisit old shots quite a bit. I find myself repeating Paul's "What was I thinking" comment often. But, sometimes with a bit(or a lot) of a crop, a little color adjustment, or monochrome conversion, I am pleasantly surprised. It's what I do when I can't get out to shoot.



  6. ...constantly... i am a processing maniac
    i think i have a daido, a sharp sepia, and an attempt and a 3D COLOR POP for every photo... eventually... lol


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