16 August 2008

Old and New

A public building in Québec, new copper flashing still very bright.

This is one of the few times I've had purple—magenta, in this case—fringing in an image, but it turns out the GIMP makes getting rid of it relatively easy. I will decide later if this makes me feel artistically impure, but for now it's a significant help.


Anonymous said...

re: artistic purity.

the best photographers back in the days of film dickered around with their images in the darkroom. the whole idea of artistic purity seems to neglect that little fact.

methinks as long as there's disclosure, i'm much more interested in an interesting image than in it being "pure".

Graydon said...

Oh, sure; Ansel Adams certainly did everything he could to get the image he wanted, and I know that.

It's more that changing what's there in a removal sense feels different from changing the exposure or the colour balance of the whole (which I certainly do! that's why one shoots in raw, after all). I don't think this is cheating; it does feel like something that's on one end of a continuum from taking a picture, recording a subject, to generating a picture, and there's a point at which I think that's not photography any more.
That point is admittedly a long way from desaturating the magenta where there's a fringing problem, and I agree with you about the interesting image. (I mean, come on, digital -- how pure can that be? :)