Second Editions

I was listening to a podcast yesterday in which a photographer was talking about his approach to printing, and specifically his means of differentiating prints made at one time from those made at another time. His method, which I thought very smart, was to take the idea of 'editions' and 'printings' from the book world. An edition is one particular treatment of the image which may be printed in several different batches. A new edition is a reworked version of the image.

That led me down a long old rabbit trail of looking through old photographs, and I came across this one from a year or so back:

Church Door

Church Door


I started to have a go at re-working the image in a different way, starting with re-cropping it to focus tighter on the door. The door was always the centre-piece of this image, and the thing that does it for me is that the door is slightly ajar. I kept the Monochrome adjustment on the image, but then also added Aperture's Color Monochrome adjustment. By default, this adjustment has a strong sepia tone to it. I dialed back the intensity of the color monochrome from 1.0 to 0.4, which was about the lowest level that left the effect perceptible. I also removed some of the rubbish on the ground with Spot and Patch.

I"m really happy with the result:

Church Door II

Church Door, Second Edition

Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10

1/80th @ f/5.6, ISO 100