Light Touch - Heavy Touch
This week you get to vote: How much “enhancing” is too much?
In digital photography it seems to have become mandatory to run each photo through “post-processing”. There are small adjustments of exposure, cropping to get that perfect composition, and a myriad of other refinements and effects. For many the objective is to present a masterpiece photograph, for others the goal is an image that is merely based on the photo, “based on a theme …”.
Each week I present a “work”, a piece of “derivate art”, over in Silver Canvas. Those are meant to be just playful “café art”. In Gallery Ludwig, on the other hand, I present photographs – not works of art, just, hopefully, enjoyable images.
So the question becomes, were is the line? When is a photo no longer a photo. A while back I explained that I have an arbitrary demarcation, and when one of my images crosses that line, I place a signature on the picture. Photographs, realistic images, even when enhanced, don’t get a signature.
So today three images – all from the same exposure. All with post processing. Photos, or “derivative art”? You be the judge. Your comments are invited.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck