The comment went like this......."I know a few, politely labeled purists, who have heartburn over it."
The comment made me think....."but I didn't like the photograph from a purely photographic perspective."
So today, I thought I would share my ideas, process and a few before and after images.
When I saw this young woman, sitting in dappled shade on a sunny spring day in front of the New York library, I just loved her style; from the Polka Dot stockings, to the blue beret, wire glasses and blue draped coat....I also loved the scene, with the bistro tables, old architecture and urban backdrop. So I made the shot. What I did't like was the fact that she was eating lunch. I never really like to catch people eating as I just don't think those are great shots, but I was moving fast and had only a few seconds to capture the scene. I made two shots...the shot below is the one I decided to work with.
|Raw Unprocessed file|
Pure ~ Although, one might argue that, as I was working with a shallow depth of field around 3.6, which then blurs the background...so whats pure? I didn't like the amount of contrast with the background lights on the buildings, I didn't like the bright street light coming through the balustrades. I didn't like the person caught in the balustrades walking across the street. I didn't like the pills of wool on her beret. But I thought I could do something with it when processing...as I liked the subject and the scene overall, just not how the camera rendered the light and detail. So I went about applying my vision for the scene.
|Color adjusted, contrast adjusted in Camera Raw and Photoshop|
I don't know what I will ever do with it, but artists paint because they love to paint! I process pictures because I love to process pictures! and I probably would paint if it didn't involve all the that mess, supplies and storage of supplies. Plus I like the act of photographing!
Everyone has different vision and I for one am glad for that, it expands mine and makes me think!