Here's a before and after shot from Saturday. For some strange reason, I just really like the B&W version that I did of the church steeple. I keep coming back to it and I don't know why.
It was rather simplistic. The day way beautifully bright which is not always a good thing for photography. The light can be too harsh. But after I got done with a few shots of the Holy Trinity church, I did a 180 and there was St Patricks Church. I was using a polarizer to bring out the deep blues of the sky, but apart from that, what you see on the left is what my camera captured. It wasn't until I uploaded the image and started playing around with it in Lightroom that I saw some potential.
What is cool is how you can set the mood of a photo just in the finishing process. Looking at the B&W, you wouldn't know it was so bright and cheerful out. The finished B&W reminds me of a foggy, damp day somewhere in England. But all it took was a crop of the photo, a conversion using a B&W preset and add just a tad bit of grain.
The great thing about digital photography is that you really can play with no constraints. It's all your interpretation. It's all your imagination. Some people are real sticklers for no photo manipulation. And I do have my boundaries. If there is heavy manipulation, like removing or adding elements in a photo, merging numerous photos, etc, then I am really upfront about it. But it's something that I very rarely do (besides removing dust particles).
The other great thing is the planned and the unplanned. You might have an idea for a particular image and the story you would like to convey to the observer. Then you enter the playground and all bets are off. In the end, the process takes many twists and turns and you wind up with a drama instead of a love story!
It's my ultimate escape...