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Sunday’s Best: Third-line level tinkering with hockey photos


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Nico Hischier avoids Casey DeSmith in a cloud of snow. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Because of the nature of existing on the internet, I do a fair share more 'tinkering' with my processing of photos than I used to working at paper-based outlets.

The reasoning is less about the freedom to work for a computer screen than it is about the restriction of creating for a recycled paper. When shooting for newsprint, the image has to be a bit more flat, unflatteringly oversharpened and it exists in a printed colorspace.

In our case, with most viewers seeing photographs on phone screens, a more contrasted, saturated, 'punchy' image seems to work best in the online colorspace viewable in HTML5 and on an Apple/Samsung/Huawei/etc. device.

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The result ... well, it's consistent from game-to-game ... sometimes. But, it allows me the freedom not to be consistent and to constantly be evolving or generating a better look depending on the opponents' jerseys, the lighting, etc.

Tonight's game is definitely more contrasty and I tried to darken the blacks while maintaining facial integrity. I've been looking a lot at image styles online lately, and processing images in this fashion was something I've been thinking about since I got back from Florida.

Now that I've gotten back to the rink, let's take a look at how it turned out:

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