Moderation in all things, even (or maybe especially) in post processing.
I appreciate being able to correct a slight tilt.
I enjoy playing around with colour a little bit.
But mostly, when the file size allows it, I love being able to crop a photo to focus on something I couldn’t or didn’t get close enough to in person, filling the frame or removing distractions.
But sometimes, I get a photo that I don’t want to process in any way. That I want to leave exactly as is, to remember the experience.
Last week, our day sail on the HMCS Calgary out of CFB Esquimalt included a helicopter demonstration. Standing on the forward deck, we saw it in the distance, and then its flight pattern lined up with the ship, hiding it from view on its final approach. But you’d think you’d hear it, right? Helicopters make a lot of noise: whuppa whuppa.
But when the helicopter practically exploded from behind us with no warning, flying just above water level and right alongside the ship, it seemed almost close enough to touch. As it veered up and away, I snapped off a shot with no zoom. Now why would I want to crop that?