December/26/2013 Filed in: Black & White
I’ve been hanging out on a site which features some absolutely amazing photography - .500px.com
. It’s enough to bring out feelings of inadequacy.
They have a rating system, based on how many view a photo and subsequently “like” or “favorite” the photo, giving it a numerical ranking. Much of it I agree with and some of it I don’t. What I see there that I don’t agree with is what I see other places. There are three trends in photography that are, IMHO, becoming cliched and cringe-worthy:
1. Over-saturated sunsets, sky, reflections. This is done in post processing and it’s as though the photographer can’t help but push the saturation slider higher and higher until the shot no longer looks like anything seen in the natural world. Sure, a little boost is fine, but I’m seeing a lot of love for what is more digital art than photography. Here’s one example
2. HDR photos that are “overcooked.” HDR is high dynamic range where one shoots a bracketed set of shots of the same thing at different exposures and blends them into one image. It preserves shadow and highlight detail that normally wouldn’t be seen in a single photo due to the enormous contrast of that shot. Can be very useful. Problem is, again, that some take this to a place where the created image is totally unnatural, such as this one
3. The “soft water” look. This is ubiquitous. The photographer is striving to create a long exposure to give flowing water a silky look. Fine a couple of times, but it’s really wearing on me. Such as this one
. Although it is stunning, it really should be in a category of its own. Again, digital arts.
So, having said all that, I guess I should post a photo. This was taken from our small hotel room in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terra, Italy. What I like about it is the visual contrast between the rather new window, sill, and curtains with the primitive look of the alley outside. There is a comments section below and, as always, comments are most welcome. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE