The Accident that Changed My Photography

   Check out my New York and New Orleans images (posted last week.) They're cooler than usual because I finally learned a little about shooting RAW. Why did I learn? Quite by accident. When we were in Albuquerque a few years ago, I was trying to get the shot below right at the end of the day. Because the lighting was funky and I didn't want to screw it up, I decided to shoot it RAW, even though I didn't like the format, in order to have a better chance of modifying it later to an acceptable image, where neither the highlights nor the shadows were lost. Then we went home.

   The next day, I'd forgotten that I had the camera on RAW, and that's where it remained for the next couple months. Because I had two months' worth of RAW images, I had to learn how to deal with the stuff. I'm now finding out that it's outstanding in what it can do, and wish I'd been shooting that way for years! All because of an accident. Just thought you might find that amusing. Here's the image, FWIW:

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