One of the issues with digital photography is simple and obvious: what does one do with too many images? I have decided to create a new series focusing on an image (or set of images) that I haven’t previously processed in Adobe Lightroom. This is…Unprocessed Sunday.
The Image: LM108
Thoughts On LM108
I created this image from one of my favorite locations in San Diego County, Kwaaymii Point. The “Point” is a misnomer. The location is the former road bed of Sunrise Highway before it was bypassed. The old road is also the walkway of a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Kwaaymii Point is the location of what is probably my favorite personal image of all-time: Kwaaymii Point Monsoon.
This area is one of the windiest spots in San Diego County. It can sometimes be a challenge to just stand upright. Although I never got around to processing this photograph for close to a year, I distinctly remember my Ford Escape shaking while parked.
Storms that are powerful enough to blow over Laguna Crest and into the desert are a real treat. I waited several minutes trying to get a full rainbow. Light was to my back, and I was looking down. However, a full bow never materialized, not least because the clouds to the South were letting loose rain into lower Anza-Borrego. County Highway S-2 (Imperial Highway) runs through this area, and I am sure there were a number of washes that made parts of the road un-passable.
This image had to be taken dark. As you can see in the storm clouds, some were quite bright. Keeping with the idea of exposing to the right, I made sure to keep those areas from blowing out. I left much of the foreground dark, simply because those areas were dark. I did up the shadows as a local adjustment in those areas.
I think LM108 is a good start in the quest to get more images processed or culled.
This blog series came about for a couple reasons. The first is that I have too many images I haven’t touched, going back 15 years! As I struggle to corral an image catalog that is busting at the seams and filling my backup hard drives, I find images worth keeping that I haven’t done anything with.
Speaking with some friends, several of whom have found interesting ways to write regularly about photography, I wanted to find a workflow for going through old work. I picked Sunday for reasons of practicality. I work during the week, and Sunday is the day I am usually getting ready for the next week.
I can’t guarantee I will blog every single Sunday, but I hope to be more productive and write more.
T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.