December (2003) saw me on my first business trip to Australia. I had a lot of fun taking obligatory shots of the Sydney Opera and the harbor bridge and just walking the streets. I got a lot of very colorful shots of unfamiliar flowers in the Conservatory Gardens, which appear to have been helped along by some injudicious use of the contrast and saturation sliders, their history lost to my early Photoshop zeal.
More high-contrast, high-saturation fun with the 5-MP Konica-Minolta Dimage in November, 2003.
One of the joys of my early days with that 2MP digital camera was taking shots of collections of brightly colored objects. This is one of many I took at a street fair on Broadway that first, digital Summer.
Another good example of how not to play with jpegs in Photoshop. This was a leaf on someone’s deck with water beaded up on it and a little mold or fungus between the planks. It looks like I boosted the contrast, saturation and sharpening way up. It’s an interesting effect but doesn’t look like anything in this world, nor is it abstract enough to escape its representational roots.
Another beautiful image that is over saturated, over contrasty and over-sharpened. Don’t know what I was thinking but I still have a soft spot in my heart for this one. No doubt the source of the artist’s advice to “murder your darlings.”
I must also have discovered the saturation slider in Photoshop around this time.