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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 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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