I had another early morning visit to Warrens hall Park today…30 minutes there and back, so I didn’t shoot a lot, but did get these two images from the partly frozen pool which I quite liked. I hope you like them, (or if not I hope you hate them), because as far as I’m concerned the point of photography is to find some way to stimulate an emotional response of some kind…If an image manages that, (by whatever means), I reckon that to some extent it’s a success, and that brings me to the point of this post…
I spent a few hours this afternoon with another keen photographer and ended up having one hell of a row. He refuses point blank to do any post processing whatsoever to his shots…if he can’t do it by lens and light alone, then he’s not interested. I think this is a perfectly valid discipline to adopt, and because he’s extremely accomplished he produces some amazing results. I really admire a lot of the shots he takes.
Unfortunately however, my good friend Tony is a patronising, opinionated, self important, blinkered Luddite..
( Yes, he does read this, and I’m only repeating what I said earlier, before he hit me…)
He reckons that any shot that’s been post processed is dishonest…that it’s a sham, and a cheat, and a fraud…and he maintains that ‘Bloody Buggerin’ Digital’ is killing photography….
I myself switched to a Digital camera relatively late in the game, and only discovered ‘Photoshop’ and post processing at the end of last year, but as far as I’m concerned if it gets people shooting, creating images, whether ‘real’ or adapted/distorted/embellished, then I think its a good thing. Sure, sometimes it’s great to know that the image is a completely pure recording of a moment, but as long as you try to approach something creatively, is it really that wrong to ‘reach into the tool box’?
Both of these were taken on my Nikon D5000, handheld, and both have been tweaked in Photoshop Raw.. A little bit of sharpening, adjustment of levels and some added vibrancy…So sue me.
All ‘Fake’ Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde.