As it says here, I decided to return to this image in order to recharge after the 840 Poster. Well, today I did just that. It quickly became evident that returning to the original file was a waste of time, and so I picked up where I had left off and tried to fix some of the extreme over-processing. Four hours later, I think I have succeeded. This is the new, more color-correct, easier to look at, version. Without going into the details, I’ll jut say that I used the new blending mode mentioned here and some improved features in Camera Raw, and did a whole bunch of content-aware spot-healing (about two hours actually). After four months almost to the day, I am calling this image edited to the best of my ability. It isn’t finished, but you all know why.
While I was in the mood for some heavy-duty road work, I took the content-aware spot-healing brush to this image as well, and with a little more Photoshoping, a new blending mode, and some other stuff I can’t remember, I got this image. Also almost four months old, this image has now been taken as far as I am willing to take it. There is a point in time when it is impractical to keep returning to old work when you could take up new projects, and for me that time has arrived. For now, I will try to move on and produce new work.
A couple months ago, I asked Mr. Skocko to print this image, the previous version of this one, and he told me that I should wait and see what I could learn to make it better. Listening to his advice, I also held off on asking this old version to be printed. For both of these images, waiting turned out to be the right thing, as they both were made much better with new skills and new tools in CS5. But now I have decided that sense I will not be working on them any more, I think it is time to ask for them to be printed. What do you think?
That is it for now. I am off to add a new sky to the 840 Poster.
P.S.: I didn’t put either of the new versions as a featured image because they both have been featured multiple times before and I felt like it was getting a little repetitive featuring the same images over and over again.