An eye for photography

This sunset was shot through my front room window using my Nikon.

I started to play with the exposure and the sharpness settings, then decided to revert back to the original.

It was just one of those shots better left unretouched.

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copyright G.M. Isenor
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6 thoughts on “An eye for photography

  1. Beautiful image. It is refreshing to see an image presented as it was taken. I think that too often we change the image just because we can. You have presented an image that captivated you enough to photograph, and we as viewers get to experience what you saw in that moment. Thank you.

    1. Its not often that an image can convey the feeling that the artist had without a little editing. I usually only crop, adjust exposure, or boost the colour slightly. Back in the dark room days images were edited during developing. Photography is an artistic medium much like painting. That being said, I don’t think its always a good idea to change an image even with imperfections. I appreciate your comment. Thank you!

  2. Good comments. Back in my darkroom days (approx. 20 years of them), I didn’t do a great deal of dodging & burning, as I preferred to get it as to close to how I wanted the image when I took the photo. This probably came from the fact that I had shot Colour Slide film for about 25 years.

    With Slides, one had to ‘get it as right as possible’ in camera as there was very little you could do to edit the image i.e. you could duplicate the slide, touch it up with Marshall’s Retouching Dyes (both of which I didn’t do), or crop the slide with aluminium or cigarette foil (which I did on occasions).

    In today’s world it has never been easier to produce a technically competent image. What sets photographers apart these days (in particular) is their ability to develop an idea & convey that idea using their imagination.

    I use Lightroom 90-95% of the time for basic adjustments & occasionally Photoshop or Pixelmator if I need to do something a bit more adventurous.

    A good experiment would be to give a modern photographer (one who has never shot Colour Slide or Monochrome film) a mechanical SLR & some Slide film, or give them a mechanical TLR and a hand-held exposure meter, some monochrome film and see ‘what they would come back with…?’

    1. Having shot both back in the day on an old SLR Minolta (35 yrs ago) I agree it would be fun to see a strictly mechanical SLR shoot. The price of developing forced more care in composition back then (i didn’t have a darkroom). I admit to a degree of laziness now with digital and grudgingly use my manual settings only occasionally when I remember how but I do still try to compose my shots close to where I want them before I shoot. Again its driven by laziness in editing, sorting through and finding space for 1000’s of images. Also I just use my Nikon or iPhoto editor. I have used GIMP but get the results I want using the other two which are easier. I don’t really want to pay for photoshop or even Lightroom. I like how digital today allows those with a vision but not great technical skills to produce great images. It levels the playing field and makes it more accessible and enjoyable for many. The “pros” will still be able to work miracles that the average photographer on the ground would need a university course to achieve.

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