Did you just flip the image?!
May 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Thanks to all of you who came out to Sowebofest this weekend! I had a great day with beautiful weather, and was pleased to have so many people interested in my work. I was particularly pleased how some of my newest shots of Baltimore were received, literally stopping people in the middle of the street to gaze and comment. Baltimore's skyline has always been a tough subject for me, but I was happy with the shots, and it seems I am not the only one. See the three of the series in the gallery here. (The last 3 skyline shots, of course.)
One thing that irked me.... Many of you know I shot film for many years, and even now as I have switched to digital, I do no photoshop manipulation other than traditional darkroom adjustments such as adjusting lightness and darkness, contrast, etc. I watched and listened as many people debated this photo in particular, and heard one brother say to his sister... "I bet he just flipped the image." This, among other comments like, "There is no way the reflection is that crisp," or "maybe it is multiple images put together, " etc., was quite irksome, to say the least. I recognize that we live in a world of Photoshop gone wild, and digital imaging and digital manipulation allowing many possibilities, of course, but...well...arg.
Anyway, I was usually able to interject and inform the viewers that the reflection is so clear and crisp because it was shot in 14 degree weather, with a mostly frozen harbor, and yes, it was all real and no digital manipulation. I also realize that I will need a sign for future festivals and shows declaring the same on all my images.
The point? I don't know. Enjoy my work and I'll see you all at my next festival.
P.S. While you are in the gallery, you'll see that some Baltimore photos from the recent show at Zella's have been added.
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