Take the Time

The last Sunday, while I was tiding up my hard disk(pretty messy), I found an my unfinished project.
It was an typical architectural image(captured in Oct. 2014), and I stopped working for it many years ago for some reason.
When I saw it I got strong feeling “I had to finish this right now”.
So allow me to skip “Workflow” this week, but I’m sure you’ll find some tips from this.

Captured in 2014, Oct. D800E, 14-24 Umeda Skytower, Osaka

Procrastination?

This is not a rare case for me.
This often happens: left the project, and hop to a new project.

The common reasons mostly:

・I could’t see the clear vision with that image. I felt it would not be good.

・ I had a more prior project than that.

・ I lost interest for the subject.

・I already did a similar work in the past.

・Just sick of them.

Anyway I have a lot of “unfinished” project;

I did not abandon them, I’m just leaving them.

This is called “Productive procrastination”.

Mona Lisa

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“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci (BW conversion)

It had been believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa

This indicate that Mr.Leonardo took his time for “Mona Lisa” for 14 years from start to finish.
Long time? Maybe.
But the “Mona Lisa”, one of the master piece of art; lives long after the creator’s death for more than handed years.

how much time will you take?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want or will not compare myself with the master of the art.
I just want to say that it’ll take much time for finishing a fin art picture.

here is my case:

I used to take around 30-60 hours for finishing one picture.
Of course it depends; larger pictures, like panorama, take much longer, the smaller ones take less hours.
The time is included not only actual post processing period, but also the time just about I
I don’t nothing about for it. I just leave it.

I don’t count exactly, but one thing for sure; they won’t be finished with a day or two.

Actually I can, but I don’t.

Because I know the image will evolve.
For the evolution, proper period time needs.

The detail matters

Honestly speaking I tried to finish it with a day or two.
But after all, it took a whole weak to finish.
(Still fairly a short period of time for me)

The 1st day was over, and I felt:

” Yeap, I’m done. let’s publish it.”

But I did not.

Watching it on the next day morning, I felt,
I need to tweak some areas.

then the next day same thing happened.

There’s something I should fix.

This continued until the image stop telling me that:
” you can improve more, can’t you?”

I captured the image while I was editing; time to time when I tweaked the details.
It took around 7 hours postprocess, of course the video shortened to just 1 minute.

B&W fine art picture "Dark Tower" : post-processing [Start to Finish]

Take your time

when you get tired, just take a rest.

when you don’t know whether it’s gonna be good or bad, just leave it.

You can take a walk, you can have a cup of coffee.
It’s totally OK to stop doing it for a while, and start a new thing.

Then back to the picture again with the fresh sight.

The rest might to 5 minutes, or may be a years.
Either way, I’m sure you’ll find something new on it.

It’s time to finish.

Date made:2014-2020
Dimensions: 3:2
Gear: Nikon D800E, NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED(14mm)
Filter: Formatt hitech ND filters:16stops
Filter holder:Lucroit Wide Angle 2-Slot Filter Holder System with Adapter for Nikon 14-24mm Lens

image capture:10/4, 2014.
Image fix: 5/30, 2020.
working hours: 1st (2014) 20 hours, 2nd (2020) 7 hours.

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