Wednesday, July 21

Just moods and images today.


An Gabhar Ban said...

all very nice but I'm loving the picture of the sand dune for some reason. :)

Metamatician said...

The reason being, it's magnificent!

I did read on dude's site (his handle is Macindows, dunno his real name), that:

"Digital composition created in Photoshop CS4. Colors have been decreased and faded into a blueish accent, increased contrast and light addition of vignetting.

Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, Adobe Photoshop CS4."

So it's been manipulated. Some purists hate this, some see it all as part of a "new art" - even post-processing requires a keen eye and artistic skills, and a lousy original photo can never be saved (garbage in, garbage out rule).

The flower was taken with a macro lens, but it and the city pic are otherwise unretouched (supposedly - the color saturation looks high to be for natural light, but then I'm not a pro).

I'm of the school of thought that if an image pleases the eye and evokes emotion, then it's good art, however it was made. Or you know, horrifies the eye if it's supposed to do that (holocaust pics, et al). In other words if it achieves it's desired effect, it's valid. "Art" is not something ruled on by some court of snobbish artists somewhere.

Imagine when Renaissance painters began employing camera obscuras to help them achieve life-like perspective. Vermeer used a pinhole camera to project a "photographic" image (upside down) onto a canvas on which he'd drawn a grid!

I imagine the medieval artists were rolling in their graves, but the Renaissance produced some of the best art ever made by human beings, and that for me ends the discussion. Technology will always be a tool for the creative to use well or use poorly; it will never make you a great artist.


Metamatician said...


Raelha said...

I think I used to have the top picture on my lounge wall in Cardiff, in black and white though. However having read your comment, maybe not. It was incredibly similar though. We obviously have great taste!

Raelha said...

*That should've been "we all obviously have great taste".

Hans said...

You got me! The Blue greens of the city and the soft yellow of the daisy just fills my soul and puts a smile on my face. It's amazing what colors do to us.

Metamatician said...

Photographs can affect a person's mood so much, can't they?

Thanks for commenting =)

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