The day when many of us give our thanks for all that the world has to offer.
Whether a foggy day clouds our view, or metaphorically clouds our mind…
Whether the world has a rosy glow…
The day a bright beginning….
or a stormy start…
Or we see golden light as some kind of sign… or a way to define time,
We have enormous praise to give.
Just my two cents and a few scenic shots to make one think of all that we have before us, in a garden much greater than the one we are entrusted for the time we are here as temporary caretakers.
You like the matte? See how to do it in Photoshop on Green Apples. Green Apples is a blog where I post tutorials and also where I have some of my better photographs.
So What Is A Photograph?
And this one below, is for filmcamera999, a heavily processed fake sky. No selection tools were used, just masking and overlay. I purposely left in the bright white cloud on the left to show the addition of a false sky. It was from the sky of the original image (here). The original is a fine photo in its own right, but the sun rays should have been more evident which would have been added if I edited the original image. Oh, and the image was shot from a fast-moving bus. The author does not feel this type of manipulation is photography and is cheating. Very true… but fun to manipulate images just for the creativity of it all. And many times, even a user of editing software can not tell the difference if done by a skilled artist. Mine was done in less than two minutes, so it is easy to tell I think. Sometime I will do a tutorial on this on Green Apples.
But, I agree with you, filmcamera999, the original is what IS the photograph, and the original makes the photographer. I believe a good photographer knows how to expertly use his camera, compose in camera, AND use the editing tools available.
Composites are nice and make the photo illustrator, but there are some pretty famous product photographers that would feel they are anything but great photographers. Each part has to be photographed, then assembled, then the magic begins for the final composite. In advertising, all bets are off on images, where the viewer’s attention needs to be grabbed immediately. He did not question advertising photos, but I used it as an example where this type of image happens quite often. I see it as art, differently than I see traditional photography as art. An image from the darkroom has a whole different sensibility to the work as art. Apples to oranges.
See filmcameras999′s take on processing digital images in this post. He is very forthright in his post.
And to be forthright myself, the above images had minor post process work in Lightroom, except for two shots, the one of Niagara Falls and the last sunset. It was just a gloriously wonderful, big puffy cloud day at the Falls last week and a beautiful end to the day at the farm.
Add a big, puffy cloud-filled sky? I would have added a setting sun and maybe a lazy, carefree horse to this image, but that is not what was in the post, If this is digital photography, then I’m out!
The author, an expressive writer, was very clear what he thinks is wrong with photography today. Like him, I used film cameras for many years (about 23). Late to the digital party, I made the switch in early 2000 with a Nikon Coolpix 5000. But unlike him, I am not a professional photographer. His blog is always a good read, both entertaining and filled with knowledgeable advice or opinions.
Another funny, furry garden tussle is coming… Also, a photo post from the garden and fields for GBBD. The weekend brings a beautiful property with beds full of perennials…. A Daylily Hybridizer. On to ….Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! The birds are at it again like in Splish, Splash, I’m Taking A Bath. Then off to a Garden Walk Buffalo garden. This time of year there is always a lot happening on GWGT, and you never know what to expect.