March 11, 2006

Mr Blue Sky

Blue skies, Summer 2005

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I'm a sucker for sky photos. Digital cameras have been a boon for me because I think I'd feel vaguely guilty about spending film and money just pointing up and clicking speculatively. But now any time there's some interesting light or some nice clouds I grab a few frames and then play with them on the PC later to see if they can be cropped and tweaked into a nice composition.

It's mildly interesting to me to realise that the artistic process, if indeed there is one, for these sorts of images happens entirely on the computer; I make almost no attempt to compose or frame these images at the time I take them, and I rarely have any sense of whether there's a nice image waiting to be pulled out until I get them on to the PC screen.

But I really enjoy experimenting with cropping and tweaking levels to see what can be pulled out; it's the easiest and most forgiving of subjects to play with on the computer, I think, because there's no real subject in the traditional, portraiture sense, and without people or other real-life objects in the scene, it's easy to play with colours and saturation to see what you can get without ending up with something that's obviously "wrong".


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