Who Needs a Darkroom?

I think that to me probably the coolest thing about the 21st century besides digital cameras is photo editing software.  I have Photoshop Elements and sitting on my couch tinkering with it sure beats investing in a bunch of expensive equipment and spending an afternoon in a dark closet with open trays of smelly chemicals. Even for a complete novice like me, adjusting the basics is pretty simple. Then I just have to pick what I like best.

But I can be seriously indecisive, so I thought I’d get your help. Here are three different treatments of the same image of a leafless tree towering over an abandoned school. What do you like best?

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  1. Looking through an iPhone…I like #3. But they all have strong points.

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  2. I would say the first one. Monochrome dosent give much extra to it 🙂

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  3. I think the second one. The highlights in the tree make it for me. I love photos of trees.

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  4. Sherrie stringer

     /  July 7, 2012

    Third one. I like the dark tree…makes the picture feel older, ominous. The building is also a little darker and the broken out windows stand out more. The first shot is great but too bright and cheery.

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  5. U like the 2nd one-it brings out the old building and makes it more a part of the intended thought…black and white seems to have a nostalgic richness that I love. Colors don’t distract , “faults” seem less obvious. I would like to learn more about the computer editing of photos-tell me about what you use, how you learned about it etc. I have lost the book for my Nikon coolpix 6100 and it cost 9-20 bucks for a new one, but I need it so bad and have heard it is a good camera if you know the 101;s…I have also heard you can get a new digital”back for my old 35 mm camera and using an adapter, I can use all my lenses, filters, etc…I’d like to do that but it is expensive…any thoughts???

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  6. Thanks to everyone for the feedback! So far (including one response on Facebook), the tally is:
    #1 – 1 vote
    #2 – 3 votes
    #3 – 2 votes
    I’m hoping for more responses so we can get a definitive winner (because I still can’t decide).

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  7. After much deliberation between the 2nd and the 3rd, I’m going with the 3rd…..there’s more drama in it. 🙂
    Playing around with images is fun! I love it. Thank heavens for the digital age!

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  8. I love #2 for the highest creepiness factor.

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  9. I like the second one better. Like the highlights on the tree.

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  10. OK, I’m going with door no. 1 — I think there is enough creepiness in the world (and the abandoned looking school) that there’s no need to emphasize. And schools are used during the day.

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  11. I think I’m going with #2 — the manner in which the tree’s lighted matches the subject matter…. Lovely!!

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  12. You know me -reality man. #1 gets my vote. Love
    Daddy

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  13. Anita Gallagher

     /  July 8, 2012

    I like #2 ! It looks very moody.

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  14. Current tally is:
    #1 – 3 votes
    #2 – 7
    #3 – 3
    Looks like we have a clear front runner! Thanks to everyone who has spoken up so far (especially Mom and Dad).

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  15. Wow, this is a tough choice, and the kind of thing Sara tries to make me comment on every day. However, the 2nd and 3rd, I like more than the first. Beyond that, I can’t decide. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, Tori.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  16. I like # two

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  17. oh, the second. it has just the right amount of eerie in it, haha. peace! ^^ i also like the first ’cause it has colors. but the image looks a bit unruly, though. rather spread, say? hello! 😉

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  18. #2 – darker and gloomier

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  19. I would keep both the black-and-whites. Why not? They don’t take up space. I think the second is the best if I had to absolutely choose in general, but the third is more ominous, and good material for a creative writing prompt or some other occasion.

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  20. Current tally (including Facebook):
    #1 – 4 votes
    #2 – 10
    #3 – 4
    And 1 undecided. Thanks, ya’ll!

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