I am one of those photographers who believe that an image is only half finished when the shutter is clicked. It was time to create a finished image. With the image in Photoshop, I proceeded to process it according to my style and taste. As the image developed at my fingertips, I grew more excited. This image had 500px written all over it. As I finished the image, I posted it to Facebook and then created a larger version for 500px. Then, because I couldn't resist, I printed a 19 inch version to put up in my office. The print came out stunning!
500px is the photography community for which I have the most respect. Its six million plus members post some of the finest photographs in the world. I was anxious to see how this Snowy Tiger would fare against the best animal photographs of the day. I submitted it to the Animals category.
# 8 worldwide in the 500px Animal category!
Fast forward 24 hours and I was very satisfied with my results. Above is a screen capture of the final position of my tiger image in the Animals category. I scored a 98.1 out of 100 which is very respectable. In fact, I reached the 8th most popular image in Animals. Considering that roughly a million images are posted daily on 500px from Photographer's all over the world, to reach top 10 in a popular category is nothing to sneeze at.
An initial vision, a little patience and planning, a little more execution and some judicious finishing and I have an image that makes me remember why I am a photographer.
I enjoy showing you the before and after of an image and discussing how and why I took it where I did. From modest capture to wall hanger is only a few short steps if you are willing to take them. By all means, I admonish you. Take them!
Note: This is my first Adobe Slate project executed on the new iPad Pro. It worked quite well as a Slate platform