So you just returned from your Costa Rica photo tour with Foto Verde Tours and begin sorting through thousands of images from the past 11 days. Of course you delete all the obvious failures, sort and flag the rest and begin post processing your favorites. So what do you do with the rest? Where do you draw the line between keeping files and simply deleting the ones that didn’t make the final cut? I will confess that I am one of those that have a hard time hitting the delete key. Every now and then I get determined to do some “house cleaning” and decide it’s time to clear up some much needed space on my hard drives. As usual, I end up spending more time processing images that I once deemed failures and resurrecting them to be some of my favorites.
This image above was captured with my little Nikon D80 on one of my trips with Greg Basco and Foto Verde Tours in 2009. Initially this image did not make my final cut back in 2009. I don’t quite recall the details but I imagine it was a quick snap judging by the odd choice of f/16 and 1/1600 sec exposure. Looking at this image several years later, I’m liking the mood, colors and layers of this view from a boat ride on the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica.
In 2010, Greg and I headed off to Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica to scout some different views of the area. The morning clouds formed the perfect elements for Greg and I to spend the morning photographing this display of light, shadow and texture. I do question the use of ISO 1000 in some of these images and that may have been a factor in my decision back in 2010 to not include them in my final selection. Working with them now, a little noise reduction did the trick and I am pretty pleased with the results.
So here I am…back at square one. So much for house cleaning! Delete….later….much later.
Until next time…