I was going to post about the Polar Vortex. But after 3 days of 'it' with incredibly cold temps and wind chills that were nasty, I'm really not too interested in saying any more than.
We survived. Cars started, animals were kept reasonably comfortable, and I hated it because I couldn't go for hikes.
Recently I joined a group of people on Google+ that are B&W photographers. I thought, cool, I'll learn things!
And I am learning a lot of things.
One of our requirements is to tell the steps of how we 'process' a photo and why we did it that way.
I've heard terms tossed around like ... Photoshop CC [on line Adobe Creative Cloud], SEP2, which I learned is Silver Efex Pro 2. This is part of the Nik Collection of plugins for Photoshop. This is not a Nikon product!
There are others like I use by Topaz.
But I am a basic kind of photographer. Black and white is my choice in the winter more often than not. The landscape just sort of asks for it.
These are pretty basic winter shots that I've done mainly because the color of winter asks for it in my own opinion.
Conversion was pretty simple. I used Topaz BW Effects ... Quick and easy.
For this group I did some more experimenting.
I took a sunrise photo that was so-so and converted to Black and White.
Foggy morning September sunrise. Simple edit. I even used an ancient Adobe Elements 5 for this. I ran it through the BW Effects from Topaz and viola. I was done in about 30 seconds.
Okay enough bout that.
Here is some of what I am seeing in some other photographer's shots....
First off. These shots are incredible. Excellent.
Maybe far superior than anything I can hope to do.
But when the workflow is listed for some it sounds like a 9 hr job.
Light room -- whichever current version there is.
Photoshop Creative Suite
and other programs I've not heard of.
One person discussed his work flow. The photo was incredible. He used 9 layers of edits in Photoshop CC to the original photo including SEP2 and Light Room.
Yes the shot was fantastic. Yes, it was artistic.
But at what point do we lose the photo and does it become a 'vision'.
One could argue and I would agree, that a photographer's photo is an expression of art of sorts.
Even I do that. I can't help it.
This is an age old argument and one that will probably never ever be solved.
Myself, I am learning.
Maybe I will like what I learn about these super processed photos and then again, I may just stay and do what I like best.
Do it my way.