When I started this blog, I imagined the photographs would be secondary to the writing. At best. I’ve never been one to put much effort into editing pictures. I have friends who will spend hours editing a single photograph until they get exactly the effect they are looking for. Not me. On the other hand, I have no trouble spending hours editing words to get just the right effect. But virtually every photograph on this blog is posted exactly as it was taken. The very few that have been edited have simply been cropped. I’m sure I could do better if I embraced Photoshop, but I just don’t have the interest. Yet.
You’re probably wondering where this is going. I was looking at the pictures I posted yesterday, and started thinking about this one. I realized that with just a little cropping, it could look much better – at least to me. The contrasts between the wrinkled golden mushroom cup, the black shadows, the dark mulch with just a hint of silver, and the gossamer threads hanging from the mushroom, really worked for me. I hope it does for you too. It almost makes me want to get a good camera – and a proper photo editing program. We’ll have to see.
While I’m in a philosophical mood (a nice glass of wine with dinner will do that) I can’t help wondering if anyone actually reads my words, or if everyone just looks at the pictures. (“I read it for the articles – honest!” comes to mind…) I’d love to hear you thoughts on this. I’ll no doubt keep composing these digressions to accompany the photographs in any case, but if you enjoy the writing, please let me know.
To me there is a difference between photography and digital art; as soon as you start mucking with the pixels with s/w it’s no longer photography per se’. Great photography is all about content, framing, and lighting. A “better” camera doesn’t mean better pictures, but does extend the options, especially with lighting. As you know I’m old school so: Frame the content; Fill the frame; take lots and purge with out mercy.
Good advice. I’ll save my money – at least for now.