A Surrey landscape: Same photograph, four different edits

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Earlier this week I travelled into London to attend the Internet Marketing Show. Unfortunately the early stage of my journey was beset with problems and I found myself unexpectedly stranded at a very rural train station surrounded by the glorious Surrey landscape with 30 minutes to kill until the next train.

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What looked like a natural, tranquil landscape became very dramatic when converted to black and white.

It was a wonderful day and a superb location to find myself stranded, but the timing was rather poor. A small gang of tree surgeons was working on trees metres away from the station and the constant sound of their chainsaws and wood chipping machine was disturbing the peace in spectacular fashion.

It was so noisy I could barely think but, as luck would have it, I had my DSLR camera with me. To escape the noise, I took myself off to take some images of the landscape.

Presented here is the same image, but I’ve edited it in very different ways. The first image is my personal favourite. I have used the dehaze function and flipped it to black and white. I think this looks quite dramatic.

The second image is entirely untouched. The mist around the trees is what initially caught my attention. In my opinion, it doesn’t quite work as a photo. It doesn’t help that I over-exposed the shot, but in real life, it was a stunning scene!

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The same image, but entirely unedited.

In the final two images, I have tinkered with both the vibrance and dehaze functions. In the final shot, I just ripped up the rule book and altered all manner of settings! I was very surprised at how much colour I was able to eek out of the picture in the editing process.

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A third version of the same image. In this picture I have changed the vibrance and dehaze settings.

Which of the images do you like best? This was an experiment for me so I’d be equally interested to hear of there is anything about the edits you don’t like.

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In this version of the same image, I have changed all manner of settings.

Over the years I have become increasing interested in photography. As a busy dad, it is one hobby I can lose myself in and remove myself from the stresses of day to day life. I really do like getting honest feedback on my images because it helps me improve.

I shall be adding this to the #MySundayPhoto linky. This linky is hosted by Darren Coleshill’s photography blog and it’s a showcase of imagery taken by a range of bloggers. It’s definitely worth clicking on the badge below if you like photography.




30 thoughts on “A Surrey landscape: Same photograph, four different edits”

  1. They all look amazing love the way you have changed the same image my personal favourite is the third one reminded of the glorious summer we have just had #mysundayphoto

    1. I hadn’t thought of it like that Nigel;. I guess that third image does look more summery doesn’t it? Wasn’t my intention but I’ll keep that edit in mind for future. You never know, I may have to change the seasons one day!

  2. The first is my favourite too but they are all great. It looks so peaceful, its hard to imagine all the noise. Sorry your journey into London was rubbish. Hope you had fun anyway. #MySundayPhoto.

    1. It was a very peaceful spot…..apart from the chainsaws. Then again, if they hadn’t been there I might have spent 30 minutes mucking about on my phone!

    1. You’re the second to say it looks like I messed about with the seasons! Wasn’t my intention but I can see why you say that.

    1. Thanks Emma. Yes, it is a very seasonal image I think. For some reason the B&W really draws out the mist I think.

    1. The black and white image gets my vote with the last one a close second. thanks for hosting #MySundayPhoto. My photography has improved massive as a result of it.

  3. Hi John, it looks like someone else has been fiddle-farting taking pictures this week too. Thirty minutes to kill in a new location with a camera at hand, who wouldn’t have?… I like both the top and bottom photos, it’s hard to choose between them. I like the dramatic feel of both images.



    1. Fiddle-farting, yes, I like this phrase. That was definitely me. The more dramatic images are certainly the better ones I feel.

  4. The type of scene with the mist rolling in. The Black and white shot definitely suites. It’s a great capture with lots of contrast and mood. Great shot mate.

    One tip I must give you though. Well its not a tip really. Download a program called Nix collection. It was built by google. It is now a free download and use silver efex pro within it. It’s a specific black and white editor and it will give you even more effects to play with. #mysundayphoto

    1. A vote for the original picture no less! I confess it looked better in real life but that may have been down to the lens I used.

  5. I like the black and white version best. Mist is definitely one of those things that tends to look better in real life than it does on a photo.
    And there is nothing worse than the sound of tree surgeons. There seems to be someone having their trees cut around here every week and it drives me crazy!

    1. The landscape just looked amazing in mist but I confess the unedited image was a bit of a let down. As for tree surgeons, is it the time of year? Loads in our area at the moment.

    1. Yes, in B&W it does look a bit more dated doesn’t it/ Editing images is great, but I am constantly learning. You’d imagine with computers it would be easy but it’s quite a skill!

    1. thank you Mohit for your kids words. Do come and visit the blog again and check out my photography category where you will find lots of my imagery.

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