A little before and after...

So once in awhile I like to go back to an old folder and click on an image I edited back then and re-edit it.  Today I chose the moose that walked through my front yard.  

For those of you who know me...you know my love of moose.  They are my favorite animal.  I have always wanted to see a live one in the wild.  My husband and I take a trip to Vermont every year to increase the percentage of my chances of seeing a wild moose in it's natural habitat.  My oldest and I are avid hikers...we go frequently and my expectation is to see a moose...never has it ever happened...until this day.

When I saw this moose...I was working full time teaching online from my home.  I was teaching first and second graders for Massachusetts Virtual Academy.  I loved that job.  I loved those kids.  And teaching from home was such an experience.  One thing I'll never forget was sitting at my kitchen table teaching my second grade students how to dissect mathematical word problems and search for keywords that tell you what you need to do...when out of the corner of my eye I saw a massive hairy animal walk by my living room window.  Now mind you...I'm in the middle of a class.  I unplug my lap top and run to the window immediately assuming that someone's horse was loose!  Now I live in a very large farm town that is heavily populated with horses, cows, goats, and honeybees...so the chances of this happening are very high.  I opened the door and there...in all of her sweet glory...was a baby moose looking back at me.

I took my headphones off...shut my laptop (in the middle of my class) and ran to get my camera.  I prayed she didn't run away while I did this.  I had my 85mm on at the time and didn't have time to switch it...I ran outside and snapped a few of this little baby girl in the yard.  She then headed towards the road and towards town.  (Or what we would consider the center of town...)  Before she dipped into the woods...she looked back at me...giving me this memory of my first ever wild moose sighting frozen forever for me to keep.

When I first edited this photo...I'm not sure what I was thinking...I certainly didn't have the skills I have today...and I edited that just 9 months ago. The top image lacks definition and contrast.  It's cool and warm and there isn't a balance between the two.  I always favor warmer images...but I definitely fell short there.   My second image I re-edited yesterday with skills I have learned in the workshops and classes I am currently participating in and have participated in in the past.  I am drawn to images that are vibrant...I want my work to reflect the qualities I love in images I like to look at.  I want my images to be good to look at.  I want my clients to see consistency in my work so that when they come to me they know exactly what to expect out of me.

Those with the eye for photography may notice that I didn't edit out the guardrail again.  I did this because I plan on entering this photo into the photo contest being held in town.  They are requesting entrants submit photos of every season that represents our town.  I plan on taking a picture this winter to submit.  That way I have winter and spring submissions.  I want this image to best represent our town...editing out the guardrail would just be silly!  So it is there and it remains in all of it's ugliness. ;)

It's amazing how far I have come in just 9 months alone.  Eventually I plan on going back to see if I can find any images from 2013...when I first started working professionally.  I'd love to see the progression from that point to now. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below! =)