Matching Your Mood in Post | Alberta Landscape

by on November 19, 2014

I have a block of images flagged for editing in the hopes I could process them in a simple manner, reflecting the mood in which they were made and how I saw them whilst in the field. The flagged images were made in colour, but that’s not how I saw them. For this particular image, it was an extremely foggy morning – pea soup foggy, and I found myself facing this Alberta landscape alone with not a soul to be found or heard. Even with a very bright rising sun, everything was black and white to me. I felt it inside as I clicked away, but had no clue if I could translate that feeling in post. It’s no secret I feel slightly rubbish whilst in post, so I knew I had to keep it simple; a wee dabbling in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and VSCO Fuji Neopan 1600 and here we are.


Foggy sunrise over the Bison Loop at Elk Island, early autumn, Alberta landscape.


The results definitely brought me back to that eerily quiet morning and I feel my mood and vision has been matched. I’ve mentioned a number of times on our podcast I prefer black and white photography for the most part, but obviously not all images can work in black and white, so ultimately the final test will be seeing this in print. The editing might seem too dark or muted for some, but when it comes to black and white, I go with my gut. Stay tuned …

When you find yourself in post, do you try to match your mood or vision? Are they always the same thing? Hmmm …


See you in the field!


UPDATE: I received the print and it’s very dark – probably too moody even for me, ha! I might try framing it with a very simple black wood and white matte to see how it looks.

Update 2: I LOVE IT now.



Photographer. Podcaster on hiatus. Edmonton Oilers lovah. Cinematic Star Wars fan. Fond of wildlife conservation, animal rescue orgs, and all things Johnny Cash. Gen X. 

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