While i was working on my photos of flowering tulip fields and other typical Dutch low lands scenery, I stumbled again about the usage of the verb edit in photography. I am not a native speaker. I have the following phases when I come home with flash card(s) with photos:
        1.        storage: images are uploaden to backup(s) and imported in photo application (e.g. Lightroom); LR DNG files and catalog are also back upped,
        2.        Raw selection: the files are put in a collection and checked for total failures. These are deleted completely, not wasting unnecessary space,
        3.        Rating: I start rating = selecting by giving 1-5 stars. Lately, I abandoned a fine-grained selection and rather give 3 stars, meaning good/maybe and 4 stars meaning very good. I find this selection process difficult, I talk about that in another post.
        4.        The four star pictures are further processed in LR and sometimes PS, during which phase more photos drop out of the race.
        5.        The final images are set in a separate collection (called ‘select’) synced to mobile and distributed or uploaded elsewhere. Typically this is a ‘long list’ of 5-10% and a short list of 1% of the original set.
Which of these phases can be called editing and/or post-processing I do not know exactly.
How would you describe these activities?



What can be more Dutch than tulip fields? I feel a pity for the tourists that dream of seeing the tulip fields in full bloom: it requires either careful logistics and timing or luck. The flowers bloom ‘somewhere’ in spring for a short period, depending on the weather.Can be easily missed. Fortunately, there are the gardens specially for tourists, but nothing beats the real thing. I was lucky. Going for low-countries landscapes i found myself amidst millions of flowering tulips. Challenge: how not to photograph cliché postcard style photographs. Not having a helicopter, i choose the wide-angle option: on my knees in between the flowers, hoping to give a sense of being surrounded by flowers. I also did the more conventional pictures, all with wide angle and fairly high f stop. I started with f/8 and ended with f/16. Light was abundant.
If you really go for it, rent or borrow a ladder. I noticed that being at 1 or 2 meters high is probably the best. Next time.