Do you remember the moment when you first truly discovered photography? Not the first time you snapped a photo, but the time when you realized there’s so much more to photography than freezing time. Do you remember that feeling of wonder and the idea of possibilities? The first time I discovered photography was the love for technical gadgets as a young kid. Starting early with a Canon SLR, that curiosity grew to become a huge part of my adult life. Photography became a social reason go out and more importantly for me, a creative outlet.
Weekly Challenge: Christmas
As 2012 comes to an end, I hope everyone is spending this time of the year with loved ones. I don’t have a family of my own, but I’ve managed to tag along family traditions of my sister and her family. Decorating Christmas Cookies and putting up the tree together as a family is something they do every year without fail; I’m very lucky to be spending this time of year with those that matter the most to me. If you care to share some Christmas Traditions, please comment below! This post is my response for the Weekly Challenge that ADID posted this week. Happy Holidays Emily!
How much photo editing is too much? A quick search on Google will yield hundreds of results of photo editing techniques to avoid or risk mockery of you beloved photo from internet “professionals”. Photo manipulation is as much part of photography as the camera itself. But how do you know when you’ve edited a photo beyond what is publicly acceptable? After all, posting your photos publicly on the web instantly puts that photo up for critique whether you asked for it or not. A quick look at the photo below of the iconic Willis Tower in Chicago; to the left is the edited version and to the right is the original. The left side of the photo was done using Photoshop CS5 adding a layer of Hue and Saturation adjustment with added coloration and then painted the the blue sky using the brush tool. Now that you see both edited and original, do you think the left side over done?
Photography is very subjective and quite often, the photos I love are the ones least liked by others. People attach and expect certain level of social responsibility that photographs *should* reflect reality accurately. When a model is ‘photoshopped’ to look 10 years younger and 15 pounds lighter; unless the public at large sees the original un-edited photo, the final product of that photo shoot and model are generally accepted as “reality” and more often than not, you expect the model to look good.
88 | faces #9
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on the 88 faces series for this blog. This gentleman’s name is Jamey Turner and he was amazing on the glass harp. While waking around Old Towne Alexandria, Jamey was performing on the streets on that crisp cold afternoon. He had a nice crowd gathering around him, and I snapped a photo as he was taking a break between performances. Mr. Turner makes #9 in my strangers project.
It’s almost the new year, I figured it’s time for a new theme. Although I don’t like too many big changes, I felt the blog has evolved into a more personal journal than a photography gallery. Although this is still a photography blog at heart, I think the new theme reflects more of what I want to do going forward.
Somewhat fitting of the new theme is the series of photos below. Titled HitRECord: On The Road, was a show that I went to about a week ago. The show itself was was very cool and littered with audience participation. One of the main themes of the show was: “What does the road mean to you?”. The road means different things to many people and I started to ask that questions myself. Perhaps that answer needs a bit more contemplation before I can speak to it honestly.