Here we have another remix, this time of a panorama photo from 6 years ago.
This remix is different than some of the ones I’ve been making recently in that I actually like the original a lot. I feel it is a successful example of the style of photography and post-processing I was exploring a few years ago. At the time I was really focused on color - hammering in vivid color, extrapolating color from every available area, really wanting the picture to scream.
The problem with this is that it doesn’t hold up as the quality of the viewing medium increases. It was one thing to upload a 800x400 photo to flickr a few years ago - all of the shortcuts and artificiality of my old technique were masked by the small size. It is quite another thing to design bigger-than-HD retina quality graphics. When mastering my photographs for the more modern displays of today (not to mention print), all of the shortcuts of my past techniques become far more apparent.
So I’ve learned new techniques, and taken a different eye towards how I create photos. They don’t scream as loudly in thumbnail for as my older stuff, but when viewed larger and at higher resolution, theres a lot more to see.
It’s also hammered home the point that you should always shoot at the highest possible resolution you can, always shoot RAW files, and always save your original photographs - you never know when taste or technology will encourage a revisit to those original files…