The creative process is wonderfully mysterious don’t you think?
Take this image for example. When I began, to edit the raw data I had the intention of completing this as a very sharp and realistic image. One that would demonstrate the wonderful natural phenomena I recently witnessed - heaps of ice stacked up along the shore of a very frozen Georgian Bay. Millions of beautifully shaped, glacial-hued ice shards back lit by the pink setting sun. Divine! But somehow when I finished the processing yesterday, the resulting image just didn’t seem to convey the “magic” of the original scene.
I had a hunch this was due to poor composition choices in the field but of course I couldn't change that now. I decided to leave it for a bit, hoping that perhaps all was not lost. It percolated in my mind overnight and when I sat down again this morning I allowed myself to explore other options and play around with applying a few filters. I used Topaz Lens Effects motion blur filter selectively on the edges of the image to remove some of the distracting details and discovered the sense of movement also eluded to the power of nature to create and shape the liquid of the bay into something so solid and immense. Bam - suddenly I felt the magic come back to the image. The magic is the feeling and without it the image is flat.
I love that so often that creating the magic in an image is the result of play and unplanned discovery.
Ahh - the mysteries of the creative process.