House Cleaning

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.

Nikon D80, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR I, 1\1600 sec @ f/16, ISO 200, handheld

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.

Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I, .8 sec @ f/8, ISO 200, Manfrotto Tripod,

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.

Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I, 1/800 sec @ f/8, ISO 1000, Manfrotto Tripod
Arenal in Black and White
Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR I, 1/250 sec @ f/8, ISO 100, Manfrotto Tripod
Arenal Cloud Forest
Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR, 1/640 sec @ f/8, ISO 250, Manfrotto Tripod

So here I am…back at square one. So much for house cleaning!   :grin:   Delete….later….much later.

Until next time…

Fab   :cool:

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  1. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. The images you choose to display and blog about certainly reflects the kind of person you are. We learn about you based on your images you post. In the case of your “deleted” batch of photos the images allow me, the beholder, to fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty. Although the photos may not make your “cut” it is nice to see you didn’t deprive the rest of us from the experience.

    Great work as always.

    1. Thanks very much Gord! I find it interesting to revisit files/images several years later. Sometimes you find images that when viewed with a fresh perspective seem to make the “cut” the second time around. I suppose I will hold back on the delete key for now! :smile:

      Thanks for taking the time…

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