Over the years, I have taken a huge amount of photographs. At the same time, I have also developed as a photographer, and my view on photos has changed.
Many of us probably know the feeling of going through our portfolio and thinking: “what was I thinking when I made this photo?” As we change and develop our style, what we look for, and hone our photographic skills, our perception of our own work changes. What you once thought to be an amazing photograph is now mediocre at best. This is a very normal side effect of your growth as a photographer. However, with this change, you might also see some of your unprocessed raw files in a new light or perspective. This has happened to me on several occasions. The latest example is the one from the video above.
Back in 2017, I visited the Faroe Islands for the first time and went to one of the more iconic locations. I went there mainly to get the epic photo of the mountain, as seen in this photo:
During the same visit, I also tried some other perspectives from another vantage point, a perspective and photo I had not seen before. I got some pretty good photos due to the amazing light we had.
Fast-forward a couple of years, and I am here again, hosting a workshop. I set up my camera, used the built-in intervalometer of my Sony a7R III, and made the 3-4 minutes’ walk away from my camera and the group to pose for them. After some processing, it turned out to be a good photo, despite the conditions and light being a bit “meh.”
Knowing this photo turned out so well inspired me to revisit my old folder where I knew the light was better. In the above video, I show several of the unprocessed photos I took that day, share my thoughts on them, and show how I processed the photo, which you can see here:
Have you experienced the same? Maybe even just browsing your old photos and stumbling upon something you did not see before?