Sunday, January 2, 2011

Salvaging a Photo & OWW

The more photos I take, the more critical I become when I upload them to the computer and find shots that have wonderful components to them but something is askew.  In this shot (look below) the focus is off and the background noise is annoying (you can click on the photo to zoom in and see what I'm referring to).  No longer can I just look at a photo and enjoy the capture if the clarity of detail is missing, as I'm sure other photography enthusiasts can relate to.  In many cases it ends up being the result of trying to capture a subject that is too far away for my zoom lens. This bird was up in a tree and quite far from where I was standing, but when I saw the image I loved the composition and decided to play with it in Photoshop.  Nowadays, it's almost impossible to take a shot that can not be salvaged in some fashion, if you step away from a purist's way of looking at a photo.  The way I look at it is, photography itself (the act of taking a photo) is a technical art (one that I am continually learning).  The better you become at taking the shot, the better photographer you become.  BUT...there is another artist lurking in the background licking their chops...just waiting to get their hands on the photographer's scraps.  

So, today's question is: With photo-editing software, can there really be a bad photo?  I guess it all depends on how you look at photography, and as with all art, it all lies in the eyes of the beholder. What are your feelings?

Now, for all of you that have been missing One Word Wednesday's,
here's this coming Wednesday's word:

 b a l a n c e 

looking forward to seeing your submissions!