Little boy blue (before and after).

I’m posting an extra entry today, in response to a request from one of my viewers, Mark, who commented on the original Little Boy Blue image (please see the Comments section of that post, which also contains a detailed response from me).

Mark was wondering what the before-and-after images looked like (i.e., before-and-after post-processing was applied).

So Mark, this one’s for you.

Below, you will find the “before” image as it came out of the camera.  This is a DNG file loaded directly from my memory card and converted to JPG in Apple’s Aperture, without any intermediate steps on my part:

(please click on the image to view)

↑Little Boy Blue (before post-processing)


Note how “flat” the file appears, and how I intentionally underexposed the image at the time it was shot (one of my techniques when working with digital cameras).

Now, here is the “after” shot, following my customized post-processing.  This could have been processed an innumerable amount of ways, but I chose to do it this way:

(please click on the image to view)

↑Little Boy Blue (after post-processing)


I hope this helps, Mark.  If you ever make it to Toronto from Edmonton, I would be happy to take you on a Practical Photography Teaching session!



7 thoughts on “Little boy blue (before and after).

  1. agplatt says:

    Great that you did this. It is always so interesting (for me) to see how someone decides to post process.

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks Peter, I really appreciate it!

    Anyway, I was just curious if there was a lot of cropping and such. I am not really all that comfortable with the 35mm focal length…you are quite right in that it is all in how one perceives the scene. Anyway, it just goes to prove: when ya got it, ya got it!

    Thanks for your ongoing inspiration.
    All the best,

  3. calvininjax says:

    An interesting exercise. Thanks for sharing.

    Is the deliberate underexposing a throwback to the days of Kodachrome and Ektachrome to ensure more saturated colours?

    • Prosophos says:

      Sometimes. Most of the time I’m just trying to protect the highlights… the digital medium struggles with highlights but does well (especially the M9) with the shadows.

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