We photographers accumulate thousands of images as time passes and storing these requires lots of hard drive space. I use external units for storage but still, some purging of those duds and misfires is a necessity to preserve ample space for the keepers. One of the fun things about looking back over older photos is the fact that many will somehow look different now.
For a variety of reasons, many may have failed to get your attention during the time period they were created but as we grow as photographers and our post-processing skills advance, some will show a potential not previously recognized. Such was the case as I had another look at images from a couple of years ago.
Here is a look at the RAW file of an early model Pullman truck on display at a Harley Davidson Dealer in York Pennsylvania.
Needless to say, this is not a very compelling image. The truck itself is surrounded by a wooden frame to keep onlookers at bay, which makes it near impossible to photograph in it's entirety. But I bracketed this image (-2 to +2) anyway, figuring to extract a portion of the truck. Well, time passed and I never did process this, until now.
Using only the zero exposure of the 3-shot bracket I first applied a generous crop which allowed me to extract a portion of the image to work with. While in Photoshop CS6 I applied Nik's Define 2 for a bit of noise reduction before shipping the image off to Lightroom 5 for final cleanup and enhancements.
The resulting image, now rescued from the scrap heap, can be seen below.
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A side by side comparison below.
By the way, the Harley Davidson Memories truck is part of the museum collection within Laugerman's Harley Davidson, a motorcycle dealership in southern Pennsylvania.
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