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July 26, 2009


In my eyes this post is somehow a follow-up to the the post "Are You Working Too Hard?".
Let me explain: I do think, the possibility to take (nearly) as many pictures as you want and then using a digital workflow requires lot more self-control then the analog way. There are several reasons for this: You take a photo, review it on a screen and you take another one, with a tweaked setting. If you do not concentrate enough on the subject (e.g. deciding if the scene is worth enough), you will end up with a dozen mediocre shots. Not only because you have to make a decision with the help of a little screen, but more because you just do not have time to gain some mental distance from the scene. I just take 1-2 shots of the scene and then wait 2-3 months before developing a film (OK, I'm not a pro). After 2 months I just do not remember how I felt or how was the scene when I was taking the photo, so I judge harder. That saves me some time: I not even open Photoshop to tweak a mediocre photo, so I just do not work on something which is not good enough.
Interestingly, I also don't feel any anger if I missed the scene. And hey, there are always new opportunities!

I agree with you. In fact, since obtaining Lightroom 2, my objective is to not have to go to Photoshop at all. Photoshop can turn into something of a time vampire for me, and after all the time spent, I usually prefer the starting image.

p.s. even in Lightroom I would probably remove the foliage on the right, but its not a huge deal. Nice image.

A very good question. I was shocked when I first started using Photoshop Elements and what it could do (I do not have large Photoshop). I was and still am shocked by the amount of incesssant critiquing that goes on for anything people submit at various sites. Being a slide shooter for more than 20 years, I became cynical and was quite dismissive of photographs manipulated in Photoshop. You knew a good photographer from slideshooting, because, once that slide is projected, what you see is what you get. Today I am not as harsh, since I obviously manipulate my images to create impressionistic works. I liken a lot of my work to sandwiching two slides, double and multiple exposures, camera movement and not much more. But still, lets keep the focus on the work.

By the way, that is wonderful abstract photo, if I may call it that.


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