Lynn and I wanted another print for our walls and we both liked a photo of the Bass Harbor Head Light Station that I made on a trip to Acadia National Park back in August of 2014. Looking at the file in Lightroom, I wasn’t happy with the colors, and the resolution wasn’t quite enough for the size print that we wanted. I dug out the original RAW image file and reprocessed it with my current software and techniques. Here’s a comparison slider showing the full image (before is on the left):
In Lightroom, I used their recently added “enhance” capability to improve RAW details and upsize. I also did basic adjustments including a slightly larger crop, white balance, and exposure. Then I opened it in Photoshop for final edits – which included texture / clarity tweaks and a pass through the Topaz Sharpen AI filter.
Here’s a small crop showing detail down by the water:
Software has improved a lot since 2014. I’m glad I saved the RAW file in my archives. We’ve already made the print and it looks good up on the wall.
A higher resolution version of the finished photo is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrosack/51514669988/in/dateposted-public/.
If you’re interested, this link will take you to other blog posts I’ve written about reprocessing: https://edrosack.com/?s=reprocessing.
And I’ve collected some reprocessed examples in this album on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrosack/albums/72157622798164562
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Please take care of yourselves and each other. And if you need to – reprocess some photos!
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2 thoughts on “Lighthouse Before and After”
I’m so glad I received good advice when I began digital photography to “always shoot in RAW”.
Impressive results, Ed! What a lovely scene, made even lovelier since you followed the same advice!
I’ve also been digging around older images which might benefit from re-processing. Found a few “forgotten” gems which are now in line for printing.
(See my Sunflower Status update.)
Thanks, Wally. I’ve been saving my RAW files for a very long time and whenever I re-process an image I’m always glad I did.
Thanks for your Sunflower update!