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Business / Philosophy of Photography Taking pics is one thing, but understanding why we take them, what they mean, what they are best used for, how they effect our reality -- all of these and more are important issues of the Philosophy of Photography. One of the best authors on the subject is Susan Sontag in her book "On Photography."

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Old 04-02-2013   #41
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This picture started out as a snap shot taken with a Minox B. It was an 8mm transparency. When scanned, it was muddy and out of focus. It was not a keeper. The composition of the figures was, however interesting, and to me tells a story. I started cropping, and playing with Photoshop, and this was the result.

My thanks to daveleo for suggesting I post it on this thread
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Old 04-03-2013   #42
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It's apparent from my previous postings that I am a big fan of bold, edgy
pictures (painted, photographed, digitized, whatever). Not that I
personally like them all, or that I think they are all "great art"; but, rather
than look over the same old styles again and again, it is exciting and
intriguing (for me) to see a new interpretation of . . . . whatever it is I'm
looking at.

Again, not that I think it's all so great, but it does represent someone's
effort to say something visually (and around here that usually starts with a
camera photograph) , and maybe say it from an interesting perspective.
And it takes some moxie to put it on the table for people to view and
comment on; rather than putting up yet another pretty camera-made
photograph that everyone is sure to gush over.

@Paul Jenkin . . . . I disagree about the "fine line" you mentioned. I think
it's really a dark foggy swamp that lies between "photography" and "not-
photography" and I think it gets swampier as technology moves on. I also
don't think that it matters very much as to what it is or isn't.
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Extreme? Sure, sometimes. In varying degrees. Sometimes as extreme as this:

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Here's one of mine...

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This picture started out as a snap shot taken with a Minox B. It was an 8mm transparency. When scanned, it was muddy and out of focus. It was not a keeper. The composition of the figures was, however interesting, and to me tells a story. I started cropping, and playing with Photoshop, and this was the result.

My thanks to daveleo for suggesting I post it on this thread
Sorry for the late comment, but I like this interpretation a LOT!! It seems to boil all the photo's information down to the pure essence of the body language between the people. More of these, please!
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Perhaps because this forum is primarily about rangefinders and rangefinders have traditionally been used for street photography I find that many people here are resistant to the idea of doing much post process work. Post processing is like darkroom work in the analogue photo world - more the domain of art photographers. (In my mind I compare Ansell Adams - the artist who spent huge amounts of time processing / printing his images with Robert Capa the reporter. These kind of epitomise the two extremes for me).

I quite enjoy the possibilities post processing opens up and while most of my photography is straight forward I occasionally "go for broke" and turn images into something quite different from how they started.

Here are a few of my more "extreme" examples. Not great art, maybe but fun to do never the less. Lets see yours...............

CHIAROSCURA


Chiaroscuro in hood by yoyomaoz, on Flickr

TEXTURE ON A CITY SKYLINE


Textures on City by yoyomaoz, on Flickr

CITY WALKERS


Impressions by yoyomaoz, on Flickr

COUNTRY GRAVEYARD IMPRESSIONS


Abstract dreaming - churchyard by yoyomaoz, on Flickr
Gorgeous stuff, Peter. Thanks for starting this thread.
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Oh Peter - the above two "Impressions 4" and "Office Life" are the ones for me. How I love that watercolor look. That real - transparent - watercolor look. The more watery the better. These are terrific.
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kxl - this is just a lovely thing to behold. radiant.
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I won this coffee maker in a photo contest promoting these coffee pots. They asked you to send a photo of what you would do w/ your old glass carage if you won one of these. Then I took this photo and did some post process'g w/ photoshop.
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See, Now that's one thing I don't get. I love this thread, and yet you find most people trying to use photo editing software trying to make their images more "Photo Realistic" or shades of.

It's pretty clear that Photoshop excels as a Graphic Artist's tool so much more than it serves as a vehicle to make minor changes to photographs to make them look more "photographic"

The same effort spent on some of the more abstract tools in Photoshop would result, as here, in more passion, emotion and creativity than what many stop way short of.

A plus for EXTREME Photo Processing.
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My DP2M manages it all on it's own in certain conditions. This is straight out of camera at ISO 6400 ... the foveon sensor is a mystical thing!



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Reviving this very cool thread . . .
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Reviving this very cool thread . . .

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Some of my favourite subjects - like waves - require extreme processing to bring out the tones in different parts of the histogram. In this example, adjusting tones for the white froth and spray adds drama:
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extreme processing here was used to convert a digital file in medium shades of green into a graphic composition in shape and sculptural form - which was how I visualised it when I shot it:
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what I was trying to convey about this sculpture is its monolithic appearance and lack of scale. It's actually only about 5' high. Viewed from ground level it could be any size. Extreme processing to accentuate the monolithic appearance and metallic textures against the sky:

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Sometimes extreme processing is needed to rescue images where mistakes have been made in exposure or development. This film was accidentally fogged during development. This was the best I could do to rescue the image:

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Definitely one of the more enjoyable threads I've seen on RFF. (Ok, I've seen about .0001% of those threads.) Maybe the high quality here is due to the posters reaching back into their archives and sharing the best of their best. I get a sense of folks coming out of their post-processing closets---saying, "Yah, sometimes I do that. " Risky business.

Anyway, I did a search here on Nik----Google's filter set http://www.google.com/nikcollection/
and didn't come up with anything. Has anyone paid attention to Nik? I downloaded their 15 day trial and played with it some. Lots o' fun, but so far my images don't translate so well into prints. What's you experience printing your extreme processed pics? Any special issues?
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I used "extreme post processing" to simplify this image.



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I don't mind a bit of 'post' and some of the examples in this thread really benefit from it. After all, sticking in a roll of Velvia is just 'pre-processing'.
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Glad I came across this thread.

Peter I love your photographs that you started the thread with last march and the others from those who contributed since.


A photograph from this past Friday night. I have enjoyed playing with the post processing.

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Nice pic, would like to see the original...

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Bloody hell how I now don't like HDR and extreme digital PP, ...yep done precisely that (meaning I've done some silly mistakes in the past)



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Now I'm more into film, digital lomography and film based visual art/effects.
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I quite like this one, Ko.Fe:

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About as extreme as I get, just a little darkening:

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Must dedicate this one to Blaz Kutin aka "bk1970"



but PLEASE do not compare to his works of art ! (thanks!)
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I have a thing for symetry, so a lot of my shots go thru a fair amount of post processing.













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Another "abstract" . . .
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I like ^^^^that^^^^ very much!

It has an industrial "technical illustration" from the 60's-70's look!
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