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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
The Most Photographed Barn in England
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masoo From: masoo Date: August 26th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Something else happens, once you put the images online. No matter how much work you put into the composition etc., someone else will say "hey, nice picture," download it, reframe it to fit the shape of their monitor ... and when they're done, it looks different. I stuck a version on my LJ that is 1.6:1 to match my own monitor, for instance.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 27th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Mike Mosher would have a cow! I think there's something good in that malleability of the image, though the photographer in me wants to preserve a little more control. But I recognize how impossible that is in the culture of the copy.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 27th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I thought of Mosher, too! Here's how I see the control issue. The original picture is still available. I wouldn't take your Stonehenge, play with it, post it, and call it mine, but even more important, I wouldn't call it yours ... I'd say "I played with this." Although now that I think of it, I have a lot of friends who send me pictures that are of a fairly low quality, and I'll "fix" them and then post them ... they don't ever even notice the difference, usually.

If I'm playing with an image and I have the only copy, I try to save the original in case someone wants to deal with it themselves. But this new monitor did some serious damage to my notion of images, since I want them all 1.6:1 instead of 4:3. Not every picture allows this, of course ... some images are already framed perfectly, and some are 3:4, which doesn't really lend itself to reframing for my monitor.

Sometimes I just crop. Other times, as with your Stonehenge photo, I play around a bit, too. I did in this case to make the point about playing with the images of others, although what I did was minimal ... cropped to a new aspect ratio, brightened, sharpened, and brought out the green. But the result is clearly a different image ... not better, I dare say I can't improve on your work, you're better than just about everyone whose images I play with.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 27th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, thanks for the compliment! I'm about to post a reply to your entry. . .
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