Sunday, 27 November 2011

I am one of them

It's November. The month when it starts to feel really dark. When I work on a Saturday morning I have very limited day light hours left with which to go outside and get my weekly green. For this reason, I did not take my camera to Monza this weekend, as I knew the light quality would be poor by the time I got there.

The sunset was stunning anyway, and the park was wonderfully hazy and muted. What really struck me though was the amount of people walking around with big digital cameras. Wow talk about the way photography is changing - whatever happened to the old disposables? Now all the teens have a serious digital one, and if they don't have one yet, they are getting one for Christmas. Recession. What recession?

As much as I'd like to be snobbish about all this in my heart of hearts I know I am ONE OF THEM. I have a beautiful camera which I take everywhere but still do not know how to use properly.

Yes, I have experimented a bit. I can take foamy waterfall shots, and just about use manual focus with hap-hazard results, but normally the camera's sophisticated auto function can beat anything I can do. These days your digital camera is a serious piece of technology. Your differing results seem to mainly boil down to five factors:

a) your choice of subject
b) your framing
c) your choice of lens
d) your ability to work with the lighting conditions
e) your knowledge of digital manipulation.

That last one there is a bit controversial with A and many other people. He believes that, with the exception of cropping, you shouldn't doctor an image because it is cheating and not real photography.

We've had this discussion before but yesterday I finally found a way to bring him round to my way of thinking, through the language of music.

Digital editing is just like recording music. You might record it exactly as the band played it, but often that doesn't achieve the effect you had in mind. Some things are too quiet, others to loud. You want to add this, bring out that etc... The exact same is true in photography. You can create an photo using only your computer if you want, perhaps the equivalent of what David Guetta does.

It might not be your taste but it doesn't mean it isn't valid.

Still when all's said and done, I do prefer an image that maintains the original acoustic integrity. Here are my favourite pictures from November. And all I did was crop (and add the water mark).

Those colours!

Definitive misty woods shot.

1 comment:

Luke Darracott said...

Lovely. Ah, the power of the SLR. Damn you! :)