The old Southern Railway bridge is still used by trains and leads from South Carolina (on the far shore) into downtown Augusta, Georgia. Usually the surface of the river is rippled by boat traffic or wind, but this day it seemed extra "smooth" and ready to be photographed.
Why Post Process?
When I started in photography and even digital photography I was completely of the school that post-processing was somehow "cheating" or bad. The idea was to get the perfect "Straight-from-the-camera" shot that accomplished everything you wanted it to.
Later on when I moved to Lightroom; I discovered Silver Efex, which allows you to create a variety of black & white conversion effects.
I use SilverEfex Pro 2 for 90% of my black & white conversions and often use ColorEfex Pro 4 on color shots or to pre-process before moving to silverefex to finish up.
I really like how you can control the amount of the effects to best come up with the results you want. Each image requires a different combination to end up with what you want. You get those options.
I've learned that I get the most enjoyment from photography by post-processing to make them "my own". Taking a RAW file and tweaking it to come up with an image that "says" what I want it to. Sometimes it is easy, but sometimes it can be a long process. But the end results are worth it to me.
The post processing takes it from photography to art. Nowadays I think the image is only half done in the camera.
That being said, you still have to take a sharp, well composed, properly exposed photo in the camera. Editing isn't going to help you much if it's blurry or the exposure is really wrong or you cropped out something important.
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