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I normally like to display photos in a realistic way with most of my post processing limited to cropping, straightening and minor contrast and colour enhancements. Today however, being a “Weird Wednesday”, it’s a break from reality. As I was going through some of my Galapagos Islands shots, I opened up a rather ordinary looking “sunset over water” shot, in fact ordinary is being polite, insipid is probably more accurate. Rather than simply discard the image I decided to quickly throw a couple of Photoshop techniques at it to see if there was any potential there at all. Having done so I then thought, what the heck, I’ll pull out a few more stops and see what results. After a series of adjustments with masking, I decided to composite the frigate bird into the shot as well. I expect the image won’t be to everyone’s taste, but then again, neither is cheesecake.
This treatment of course gets us back into that old argument about what is a photograph and what is an illustration? In this case, I’ve moved far from reality with radical colour treatments and have changed the content with the compositing of the bird which wasn’t photographed at the same location, in fact not on the same day either. We are well and truly into the realm of photo based illustration.
As I’ve written before, I don’t think there is a strict right or wrong on this, provided there is an open acknowledgement of the process involved and there is no attempt to pass the image off as reality.
Recent website update.
As I wrote in a recent post, I have done a fairly substantial update to my main site with some new content there. For those who haven’t visited recently, I’d encourage you to do so, and check out the essays and articles section which I’m sure many of you will find of value. Over the last couple of months I haven’t updated the site as often as I should, this is something that I intend to smarten up on. As always, feedback, opinions and suggestions welcome.
And speaking of feedback, thanks to everyone who contributed their comments and thoughts on my blog entry 2 days ago, I think it’s fair to say the topic struck a cord with quite a few people. cheers KD.