My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit. —Pierre-Auguste Renoir
There are a lot of times I have thrown away the RAW files for images that we’ve chosen to not process. Keeping all those files would take up huge amounts of space and 98% of them we would never consider processing. The same applied to negatives back when we were using film; only those perceived to have some value were kept.
Not everything gets thrown in the bin, though, and as technology changes sometimes it is interesting to go back and take a second look at some of the images we turned down the first time. In some cases, they were simply too much like another image that was chosen. Others were victims of coming at the bottom of a set full of strong images. For whatever reason, we have a large number of unprocessed images that have never been seen.
So, since it is Saturday and not too many people are paying attention, we thought we’d dig a few of those extra images out and see what we could do with them. We chose ten nudes that were shot sometime in the past seven years, so they all come from the same camera, then processed them as we felt was most appropriate. Why nudes? Because that’s where the creativity of our processing methods are most noticeable. And, let’s face it, you like nudes. We’ve seen the numbers.
We tried to keep the number of alterations to a minimum. None of the images have been cropped, so you’ll see some backgrounds we would normally eliminate. We did apply new noise reduction filters to those shot with natural light, and fixed any obvious skin blemishes, but there is no other skin smoothing technique applied to any of the pictures. We utilized film emulation methods on all the photos but changed some details to keep highlights in check.
Yes, there are some flaws. A couple of the pictures were behind-the-scene shots in the first place. There is some motion blur in a couple that, while slight and arguably artistic, probably wouldn’t cut the mustard if we were looking to curate an exhibition.
Still, there are some interesting pictures here. You’re the first to see them. Enjoy.