Still on the topic of sunsets, what do you see

bean_counter_z4September 28, 2007

I spend a lot of time on pbase looking at the beautiful photos. Trying to learn technique and composition from observation. Those of you that have better eyes than me, please look at this photo and tell me what you see. To me it looks obviously photo-shopped. Did the photographer just stick these trees on the left in? they don't seem to have trunks growing from the ground. Actually ALL of the trees look unnatural. So, following that example, I should have photo-shopped some trees into my sunset photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: pbase gallery photo

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Hey Bean Counter. Thanks for turning me on to pbase. I wasn't aware of it before. Some of those photos don't look natural to me either, they remind me of Kincaid paintings. There are some real beauties there tho. Thanks again. Mare

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 11:30AM
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I'm thinking the trees are natural. The photographer, Steve Highfield likes to play with the tinting of the photos. Take a look at this photo of his. See how green everything is. Fence post.

Here is a link that might be useful: Over green

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 12:14PM
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Eric, you posted a very interesting photo. I can't deny what he does is an art form and he does it very well. The colors are intense and luminous. (It doesn't look natural but then who says nature can't be improved;~) Maybe it's that unreal lighting quality that makes me doubt everything in the photo.

Studying all the other photos of the same scene, it seems things like trees appear, disappear and change. I could easily be confused and my eyes aren't what they used to be. I know he's quite well know and respected. I've also heard some don't like his photo editing style. But who's to say where a line should be drawn? If we can use polarizers or filters, why not color or lightening effects.

One photographer I really admire is Monique from Naturephoto. Her work has a surreal quality too and some dramatic effects. Not as obvious.

These pictures give me some possibilities for post camera editing. Thanks for posting that photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monique at pbase

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 5:10PM
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Personally, I like creating something that is more than the eye captured on occasion.

While far from being either good or artistic, isn't that really what most people who have applied paint and brush to canvas do? And, like with viewing those efforts, everyone will have their own tastes about what is appreciated and what isn't.

Otherwise mundane pictures can take on new, hopefully more interesting or enjoyable qualities. And great pictures can rise even more. So long as you are not misrepresenting "fiction" for "fact", its just a matter of taste seems to me.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 4:50PM
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rc, you're right, it is all a matter of taste. At first I found Highfield's photos very off putting, but they are so unique I realize I can learn a lot from his use of lighting and coloring effects.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 8:39AM
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Are Highfield's pictures created doing HDR, high dynamic range, photography? It definitely gives a picture more "pop". I've seen examples on flickr (do a search for hdr) and it seems the pictures are deeper. Kinda cool, but I think more work than I want to do right now, lol.


Here is a link that might be useful: HDR

    Bookmark   October 1, 2007 at 10:29PM
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I like the way Rc put it and definitely agree...You can take some 'just' ordinary pics that seem kind of flat-lifeless which you couldn't capture the way you see them and add life and interest to it...


    Bookmark   October 2, 2007 at 7:13AM
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