Going back to photographs I made years ago is something I rarely do.
I’m usually far more interested in editing the ones I made most recently, and looking forward to the images I’ll make next.
But this week I’ve been reconsidering a DSLR, so I’ve revisited some of the photographs I made with my first DLSR in 2014, a Pentax K-x, and various vintage manual lenses.
What I’ve noticed most is the processing.
Most of them were in black and white, which, as I was reminded of again very recently in my quest for colour, I favour far more than colour.
But five years on, my processing, er, process, has changed a fair bit.
Back then I think I was shooting JPEG, and aside from the in camera b/w conversion, was doing no further processing.
To my eyes now, those original pictures look bland and washed out, fifty shades of grey rather than strong black and white.
These days, I either set up a more high contrast and moody look in camera, or use Snapseed to process this way afterwards.
So I thought I’d use my current Snapseed process on a few of these older images and see how they turned out.
The resultant photographs are in this post.
I don’t plan to revisit old images frequently, but it has been useful to see how photographs made with a certain camera years ago, can be (re)processed using my current preferences and tastes, to give me far more satisfying photos today.
It also means if I decide to get a similar camera again, I know what I can achieve with it.
How about you? How often do you revisit your old photographs? Do you just look at them, or set about processing them in a different way?
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