One Photo, Three Edits {Project 52}

This past weekend we had big plans to visit a "famous" farm out in Virginia. If you are interested in organic, pasture-raised meats and farm-to-table foods, then you may have heard about our family's favorite celebrity, Joel Salatin, and Polyface Farms. Simply put: he farms the way other farmers have forgotten how to farm. I could go on and on about how natural, how amazing, how much common sense it all makes... but for now I'll point you here and here and here

Anyhow, due to a number of circumstances, we had to cancel our trip. The silver lining was a trip to our local version of Polyface. We headed out to Meadow Haven Farm in Sheffield, IL for their Open House day! We had a fantastic time on the hayrack ride, feeding chickens, collecting eggs and just walking the land. 

While we were there, I fell in love with these huge bales of hay. They were so big - maybe 7-8ft in diameter? And lined up one after another for half a block (okay, that's city talk now isn't it?) I took a few images but wanted to show you the amazing power of post processing editing. Here's (basically) the same image but processed three different ways.

My point is this: a digital photographer will do her upmost to get the image right in the camera, but the photo doesn't stop there. Post-processing can make a great image better, and it can make a so-so image fantastic. It's something to think about when you choose your family photographer...

bale & tractor - edit 1 bale & tractor - edit 2 bale & tractor - edit 3

Which one is your favorite?


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