Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA.

The Digital Stain

It appears to me that even today, after a decade or more of digital photography, that post processing is perceived as “the digital stain” that alters photographs from what they “should” be. Hashtags and photo themes like #SOOC (for “straight out of camera”) try to establish a most nonsensical sense of purity. A purity that simply doesn’t exist in photography. It never has. Continue reading

Coastal Dunes near Florence, Oregon.

But is it worth talking about?

When Google+ was new and shiny and everyone was excited to be on, I was curating a photography theme for a while. It was called “Fall Friday”, and you won’t guess it, but it was about fall photos. I wanted to make a little bit of a difference and not just re-share photos that I liked, but also tried to say something meaningful and positive about them. (ie. why I liked the photos that I picked, beyond “it’s pretty”.)

So for a couple of Fridays I sat there and browsed the #fallfriday hashtag, annoyed that the “clever” G+ algorithms didn’t filter out any re-shares, and collected links to photos that had potential to be featured/reshared throughout the day, together with some notes. Yes, I was serious! And while I don’t recall what exactly I did (maybe a top three or something?), I do remember that it began to suck, rather quickly. I stepped down as a curator of the theme. And here’s why. Continue reading

Lake Henshaw - Cottonwood Sunset

P.S. (the thing with taste)

In my previous post, I made a snide remark in the footnotes: “given the amount of positive reactions that highly saturated landscape photos and overcooked HDR images still get, there is clearly plenty of bad taste out there. :)”

I’ve added that smiley to make clear that I’m joking… and for what it’s worth, it’s only the photographers who get so obsessed about over-processed images, usually (as I’ve already said). But I feel that I should elaborate about this whole “taste” thing a little bit. <taking a deep breath> Continue reading