I have great respect for painters who take a blank canvas and create wonderful images. Sometimes I feel photographs and photographers are discounted because “all they do is click the shutter.” So let me confirm that is not how I develop and create my photographs.
Many of my photographs only start out with a click. So often what I see is rarely recorded on the memory card. The shadows, highlights, and colors are not there. When I get home I use Adobe Lightroom to develop and edit the image. I put in a great deal of effort into developing the image I saw when I clicked the shutter. I rarely if ever use Photoshop to “airbrush” the image. I use simple and exact dodging and burning, the same techniques Ansel Adams used when he developed his photographs. Below is a rare look at the original image and the developed image. I hope you now have a better understanding of the effort I put into my work, my photographs, and that they are one-of-a-kind.