The Action of New York City

Reworking old photos

Today’s photo is not a reworked older one, btw… but I was wondering if you sometimes do that. Will you go back and re-do an old photo?

Daily Photo – The Action of New York City

I just finished working on this photo. It was a difficult one, but it was a lot of fun. Shots in Manhattan are often filled with all kinds of complex activity, and Times Square amps that all up to the next order of magnitude.

The weather was perfect this day, and I know that isn’t always the case. Since everything was more or less idyllic, I decided to make the most of it and see how many compositions I could squeeze into the afternoon. The only time I spent waiting around was watching for a few Yellow Cabs to streak by.

The Action of New York CityI just finished working on this photo.  It was a difficult one, but it was a lot of fun.  Shots in Manhattan are often filled with all kinds of complex activity, and Times Square amps that all up to the next order of magnitude.The weather was perfect this day, and I know that isn't always the case.  Since everything was more or less idyllic, I decided to make the most of it and see how many compositions I could squeeze into the afternoon.  The only time I spent waiting around was watching for a few Yellow Cabs to streak by.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    I’ve read before that you don’t go back and re-work your old photos. In most cases I don’t, but I’m not against it. As I learn new techniques, I start to imagine how they could improve some of my favorite old photos. Maybe that’s why George Lucas keeps tinkering with Star Wars.

  • Susan

    Awesome shot Trey – so lively – lots of action!!

  • http://www.MDSimages.com MIchael

    Wow…I LOVE this one! Cool sky and action too :)

  • http://goo.gl/813LS Bill Dodd

    The arrow and the motion here just work so well together. Speaking of arrows and almost completely off topic, did you know the Arrow formed in the FEDEX logo always points forward? In fact, in that spirit some marketing freak reworked the John Deere logo so the little Deer would be jumping up versus down. I bring that up because I foresee in my crystal ball all sorts of commercial licensing requests for this very awesome, very “the speed of business”-esque, shot.

    After your webinar and after getting new tools, I’ve definitely been spending some time in this year-end reprocessing older photos. In many cases, I see the old results and think “what the heck was I thinking?” So, yep, I’ll absolutely redo a shot and get some more mileage from it.

  • http://gibsonvisuals.com Jess Gibson

    I do on occasion. Sometimes I will go back and find an old shot that I like and want to update. My processing techniques in general are far better than they were a couple years ago. So sometimes its fun to go back and re-edit pictures that I just lazily moved some sliders around on.

    Nice shot btw.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/35422436@N06/ George

    Oh yes. I do go back and dig out some of my favorite negatives mostly shot on medium format film.
    Today’s digital programs can bring so much more out of a photo than I ever could in the darkroom. Amazing photo. At first glance the cars seem to be moving away, but on second look, of course, the arrows showing a one way street coming at us, and the headlights on the cars prove that our first glance was wrong. Dynamic composition!

  • Andy Bird

    I don’t have the capacity to store all my old RAW files so I can’t go back and do them (as much as i’d like to) so once they are done, they are done.

    As you know this was my favourite place in NYC and I managed to get some ace images of Times Square. I couldn’t quite get the cars zooming though as they have pedestrianised half of the area since this was taken so the traffic on the non-pedestrian side was much denser and thus much slower.

    Alas my Flickr pro-account has expired and I don’t have the £££ to upgrade it so I can’t share all of my best TSQ pics as i can only view my most recent 200 pics – this is the only one I can find to share just now. I’ve chucked in a nice Chrysler Building shot just because I feel like it…..enjoy!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5585316343/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5280932282/

  • http://www.thenightboat.com Pete Halewood

    Fantastic shot Trey. I take it this is a single RAW image or have you used elements of 3 different exposures? The details and features are simply amazing.

    I used to think I would never go back and re-process pictures I’ve already done but now I feel I have moved on a bit with my post-processing technique, I do like to go back and see what I can do with a picture now. I’ll just leave a couple of Flickr links below to show one picture I originally processed and how it looked after I went back to it 6 months later:

    1st version: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50683618@N02/5550277311/in/photostream

    2nd version: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50683618@N02/6051075374/in/photostream/

    I’m much happier with my 2nd version but it’s each to their own. It’s not common for me to reprocess a picture but yes have done it on occassion.

  • michel latendresse

    As I develop new post processing skills or acquire/update software, i often go back to my old images and try and see if i can improve on them with the new “toys”. Many times i find the new version more interesting that the old one, and the image gets a new lease on life.

    My question about your photo above is how did you manage to take several exposures while apparently standing in the street on Time Square without being hit by a vehicle?

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    This is a good one! And yes, I redo old photos… when I have time and they strike me. But it’s not often. I do like seeing how my processing has changed over time, though, and using new techniques to achieve what I was struggling to do in the past!

  • http://www.aaronhockley.com Aaron

    I think the big Kodak advertisement in the left foreground works really well in this photo.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Interesting that so many people go back and re-edit photos…

    Bill – thx for the Fedex/Deere trivia ! :)

  • http://mike.heller.ca Mike

    Trey, did you post the old one in the past? I would like to see how the old processing looks compared to the new. Thanks!

    Mike

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    No — not for this one Mike

  • http://danabuswell.com dana buswell

    I go back all the time and re edit. As I progress and software changes I like to see if I can do better.

  • Anjali

    Trey, I am a photography lover, a student inolved in the Life Sciences.. saw you portfolio for the first time today!! and I m spellbound!! Just amazing work you do!! had a gala time while going through each one of the photograph, and wondering the expanse of your travel!!

    would keep browsing you website more often now!!

  • Anjali

    Trey, I am a photography lover, a student inolved in the Life Sciences.. saw you portfolio for the first time today!! and I m spellbound!! Just amazing work you do!! had a gala time while going through each one of the photograph, and wondering the expanse of your travel!!

    would keep browsing you website more often now!!

    Great work!!

  • http://kirantarun.com/lens Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I’ve been on a hiatus for a while – we got our greencard a month back, so that would explain why!

    Anyways, I am gobsmacked at this photo – how did you take such brilliant shot?!?

  • http://catchthejiffy.com Adam Allegro

    Trey, just saw this on G+. I have to say this is one of my favorite images you have ever done. That is saying quite a bit since I think I have perused almost all of the images you have ever posted!! The processing is just perfect. I love the light blue tones of the sky, thrown in the mix with the colorful adverts of Times Square. My eyes go to that biker right away and then continue to dance all over the shot. Tremendous shot my friend!! As far as going in to old photos, I love doing it. I feel I have crossed a barrier in my photography career… Not to sound to dramatic, but I really feel it. I look at the stuff I am producing now and the stuff I produced last year at this time and I am blown away! Because of that, I feel I owe it to myself to go back in to old archives and take a new approach to some of my old shots. Anyways, sorry to go one and on, but I really dig this shot… Time to go post a new Black and white on G+ and then share this one!!!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

  • http://www.rodmelotte.com Grinder

    Since taking the webinar(sp?) I’ve been going back and reworking some old images. Excellent shot(s) Trey. One of the things I’m surprised at with the webinar is just seeing how sliders are used. Weird that that would be so interesting but when you have never seen anyone else work on an image it’s rather enlightening.

    Bravo! Rod

  • http://www.stevekalman.com Steve K

    I absolutely go back. After I finished your HDR tutorial course I went back and made a lot of my images a lot better.

    Also, when CS5 Content-aware-fill came out I was able to remove another photographer-with-tripod from a scene that I otherwise loved but couldn’t do anything with. Even with that it took a lot of cloning, but I guarantee you can’t tell where she was standing. (the cherry blossom picture in my top 12)

  • Kaz

    I’ve been scanning B/W negatives and color slides that I’ve taken over the past 50 years. I’ve re-worked B/W photos in the darkroom using different papers and filters to achieve different effects. Now with digital processing, I’m still doing the same but getting many more options and much better results. I really enjoy viewing the effects that you come up with. You really have a great eye!!!

  • http://www.martinrayvaughan.com Marty

    Amazing! Trey you have become a true inspiration to me! I am dangerously close to cyber stalking you and only a whisper away from a full blown bromance! :) What I would love is more technique info on your specific shots. I have seen your tutorials and have read most of your site, so I get the concepts, but on specific shots like this I’d love to know the specific workflow. For example, “shot at f2.8 1/8, AWB, bracketed, and then in post I used Photomatix and Topaz adjust” ect.
    That might be giving away too much? I don’t know, you are such an “open” artist (note the lack of watermark), and I’d bet you would just love to share the specifics of your work.
    Keep it up!

  • http://500px.com/PaulGarrett Paul

    Your shot really captures the vibrant and kinetic spirit of Times Square! Great job! As I learn better processing techniques, I sometimes go back to my older photos and rework them.

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