“Just a simple touch in this week’s edit. Boost of color, adjustment of exposure, my goal was to make the original a little bit richer, without going too far.”

That’s what I wrote as a comment to this week’s ABF entry on Stacy’s blog Visual Venturing.

What was I thinking?
Loré Dombaj ABF44 afterI finally got around to finish this week’s post and as I opened the file with the photos, I was puzzled. What was I thinking? The After is horrible, too bright, too soft, too much of everything. So, I went back and created another After, which I like much more.


It was too late to send Stacy this new version, but to be honest, I don’t mind showing both afters. It is another lesson how tin is the line in post-processing.

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As for the title, Tulpenmanie was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. Tulip mania reached its peak during the winter of 1636–37, when some bulbs were reportedly changing hands ten times in a day. No deliveries were ever made to fulfill any of these contracts, because in February 1637, tulip bulb contract prices collapsed abruptly and the trade of tulips ground to a halt.

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20 thoughts on “Tulpenmanie

  1. I like your 2nd After, but your 1st After wasn’t bad either. There is a condition that we sometimes get while post-processing our images, my classmates referred to it as ‘Photoshop Eyes’. You keep editing and editing without looking up and when you walk away and come back some time later you realize you’ve gone too far. But at the time you were editing it, it seemed perfectly fine. The best solution is to put the image away for a bit and then come back to it with fresh eyes, and to, of course, have a way to back out of some of your edits if you need to. 😛

    I like how your 2nd After has details in the bright spots of the tulips, I can actually see the ridges in the petals. Very nice. 😀

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  2. Nice edits Loré, the second after is definitely an improvement on the first. A really good idea to look back on your images the day after (if you have time!) sometimes though it’s knowing when to stop! You did a great job with these tulips, really brought about their beautiful colours and form. Thanks for the little bit of history too. 🙂

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  3. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I agree, the second “after” is better. I try to do my editing, then walk away for up to a day before revisiting to avoid that “what was I thinking” syndrome. Not always successful, though!

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  4. Ha, the dreaded “what was I thinking” issue 🙂 Seems everyone is in agreement that it’s best to edit and then revisit later. I’ve had so many that I’ve done work on, only to later come back and start all over again! As for your revisit, I do like the second edit better – more of the beautiful detail and much nicer color. Thanks for sharing both, as it, and the discussion in the comments, is a great reminder to us all. As for the history lesson, lovely bonus!

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