Today’s image resulted from me being ‘let off the lead’ for half an hour in Milton Keynes centre while my wife shopped, without me fidgeting around in the background. A bonus for both parties – she got to shop hassle-free and I went looking for pictures.

Exoskeleton - click to enlarge

I was really rather pleased with how this image eventually turned out – click the image to get the benefit of the enlargement.

.It’s the back-side of one of the early Central MK buildings called ‘The Point’. Very modern in its day, but now sadly beginning to show it’s age and in need of a bit of TLC. What you see is the result of one of my voyages into the unknown: taking what was a rather lack-lustre image taken under dull light (but with some promising lines) and ending up with a crisp image with a bit of drama. The original un-edited RAW file is at the foot of this post so you can see the starting point.

Essentially it’s a solarised image, but there was also quite a bit of experimentation – additional ideas tried, some abandoned – along the way to get to this final image. What were the steps? The sad thing is that I really don’t remember exactly what I did and in what order. I’ve tried to reproduce this image so I could describe the process to you but I haven’t succeeded in repeating the clarity and the ‘snap’ of the image above.  Does that sound a familiar story?

Late in the evening, sitting beside the fire, quite often I will simply play around with an image in Photoshop and see what I can derive from it.  Repeatedly I’ve told myself – ‘record the workflow, write it down’. And sometimes I remember, but unfortunately it’s a rare event. More often than not, the creativity flows and I’m caught up in the process and forget. And then I end up frustrated, as I am right now, with a process and an outcome that I would love to re-use and, damn it, I’ve lost the script! Hands up – who else has done that?

Is there software out there that will record a series of quantifiable changes so they can be viewed as a crib sheet and then re-used? That would be gold dust; but in it’s absence I will just have to try harder and not make the same stupid mistake again.

the original unedited file

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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3 Responses to Exoskeleton

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    That’s quite a transformation Andy. Love the lines and tones in it. I know what you mean about recording the steps. There are times where I get a great effect but don’t always remember how I got there. It does pay to experiment though.


  2. You’ve done a great job with the processing here Andy. And I’m certainly in the same boat in terms of forgetting to document how I processed an image. However I did save my first custom preset in Photo Tools the other day for a series I’m working on. Makes a huge difference when you want consistency.


  3. seekraz says:

    Incredible transformation…your gold-dust changed the raw and fading into something crisp and new. Very nice, Andy.


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