Just over 10 years ago, we rented the cottage of a friend of mine on Little Bob Lake in Minden, Ontario. Back then, I sported a Nikon D70 and shot in jpeg more often than RAW (shudder). Well, I recently re-discovered those photos in my Lightroom catalog and they brought back some fond memories of that vacation. But my critical eye realized that I'd done very little in the processing of these files, and I thought I breathe new life into them by going at them again. In some cases, these new versions are more stylized than my usual image processing, but when one looks back through the filter of memory, our minds tend to do that to us, don't you think? Coloring the world of the past with the experiences of today.
At any rate, I hope you enjoy this series and for as much as I prefer shooting RAW these days, I hope to show through these images that a lot can still be done with a jpeg file.
Note: for a few shots, I've included the starting images. Back then, my processing was entirely in Photoshop, so these images were likely already processed to some degree.
Another After and Before set. In this case I know the sunset was richer than the original, but I managed to pull out a glassy sheen in the reworked image that I'm pretty pleased with.
This final image seemed to me at the time - and even now - so penultimately symbolic of cottage life.