As I mentioned before, last month I finally managed to go to an event I’ve been wanting to go to ever since I moved to the UAE – the camel festival in the Western Region of the country. One very early morning just before sunrise, while waiting to meet my friends Katarina and Mohamed (they had arrived a day earlier than me) I noticed these power lines disappearing into the foggy dunes and I quickly rushed to grab my camera and tripod to grab a few shots before the sun would get above the horizon and start burning off the fog. This was definitely one of those lucky moments when you find yourself in the right place at the right time and I definitely photographed this with post-processing in mind.
Knowing what you can get out of an image in post-processing is sometimes as valuable as knowing how to use your camera. I think this does not have anything to do with the overuse of Photoshop debates, but simply with the fact that cameras sometimes cannot capture a scene just like we see it. Just like in the old days when you had to know what to do in the darkroom with your negatives in order to bring the best out of them, I think it’s as valuable nowadays to know what you can achieve in Photoshop (or Lightroom or whatever software you’re using). If you hover the image below to look at the original straight out of the camera, you will notice that I’ve pushed the contrast and colours quite a bit and I feel that this only made the image closer to what I remember seeing that early December morning.