Realising (and exceeding) your vision

The aim of any photographer should be to get an image as right as possible in camera. Major editing or post processing is however unavoidable sometimes. Some purists will say this is no longer photography but I disagree. If the lighting on a subject is not as we wish and cannot be modified at the taking stage why should we not edit afterwards? Photographers have done so since the very early days, double exposures, developing and printing tricks such as dodging and burning were the tools of the day. The great Ansel Adams would spend all day making a print to realise his vision of the scene. All photographers are doing by such methods is applying artistic interpretation to the image.

For me it is the image that matters more than how it was accomplished. I will always strive to records the best possible RAW file in camera so that processing is made easier; how much better it is to use, for example, gradutaed neutral density filters when shooting then to have to make two exposures, one for the ground and one for the sky then blend those two subsequently in Photoshop.

Path across the moor, Sligachan, isle of Skye, Scotland.
Path across the moor, Sligachan, isle of Skye, Scotland.

This image was shot in March 2013 on the Isle of Skye at Sligachan using

a Leica M9, a 21mm Zeiss Lens and 4 stops of Lee neutral density filters, The file needed little editing except to counter some flare. I will deal with counteracting flare in another post so sign up to get updates!

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