About Hopeless Pictures

Hopeless Shot, after the metamorphoses

Sometimes I shoot pictures and I know “this one is not going to turn out…”. “So why are you still shooting it, then?” you might ask. Well, good question. Maybe I just have the itchy finger…maybe I’d like to experiment, and somehow I live by the motto: Better having one shoot too many on your card than thinking later “I should have taken that shot!”. And then sometimes, these “hopeless shots” develop a life of their own, turn into something very unexpected. This is what happened with the shot discussed here.

Hopeless shot, as seen on location
Hopeless shot, as seen on location

I had been shooting all evening at the Hero’s Place in Hungary, and, since we were already in the area, we also went by the SzĂ©chenyi Thermal Bath. Well, turns out they were already wrapping things up there, so we couldn’t get inside. While figuring out the opening hours, I saw this statue in the entry hall, but it really terrible lighting. No contrast, no colors to speak of, so I knew the picture wouldn’t turn out. But, blame my itchy finger, I took the shot, and then at home I started experimenting with the picture. The first picture on this post shows the image how it came out of the camera. Not much of a surprise. Low contrast, low color, lots of noise. Then I thought “why don’t I experiment with the Lightroom Presets a bit on that one?”, so I used the “Cold Tone” preset. Hm, quite interesting. Still not much color though, so I converted it to a Black & White. Increased contrast, reduced noise, introduced a nice, aged-looking vignette and, voila, you see the result in the second picture. Not all that bad, definitely not hopeless! So, give your hopeless shots a chance (but hey, this is NOT an excuse to go and shoot everything now…)!
Hopeless Shot, after the metamorphoses
Hopeless Shot, after the metamorphoses

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