Do you edit your images?
I am often asked if I edit or enhance my images.
Ansel Adams edited his film images in his film development and printing. I edit in my digital images on a computer with software.
Here’s my image titled “Pack’s Gold” from my New Mexico portfolio. This image was honored with an award at the Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club on December 6, 2010.
It’s my artistic expression of that scene, that night. It has a “wow” factor. Its contrast, color, and composition strikes a bit of awe and wonder in me and probably the judges too. Someone commented to me later, “I bet it didn’t look that way.” Right! As an artist, I created this image to reflect the feeling and the impact of that magical evening — setting sunlight on the land against a dark stormy sky.
Do You Have Blue in Your Carpet?
Here’s another version of that scene:
Not bad. This one you might like if you prefer blue, or if the blue in the photo matches your carpet.
Both images were developed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Did it really look like either of these that evening? Who can say? I am the artist, and the first image is what I saw that night. My will to create and my artist tools (the camera and software) allow me to render an image of awe and wonder that attempts to show how that scene in that evening moved my soul.
Is your camera an artist?
Below is the image as the camera processor recorded it, “camera neutral”. A machine’s view of things, not an artist’s view.