With Photoshop everything is possible.

I once saw a picture of an Indian with a horse in a very small canyon, and was impressed, until I understood that I saw two pictures and not one. Photography is about reality, otherwise it’s painting with other means. That of course can be art, but mostly it’s simply kitsch.

Why? Because photography is about the decisive moment. A picture is frozen time, a moment that is somehow special. In landscapes it can be a very long moment, but since the light and the weather is always changing, such a long moment is shorter than you might think.

A photograph is different from what we see around us, since it’s a moment stolen from the ever rushing and destroying time. If you use Photoshop, or some filters for that matter, you can make the moon fifty times as big, add clouds where they can’t be, you can change colours and even make parts black and white that had a colour.

Now you probably think I’m going to tell you why I did exactly that in this picture, but I didn’t. The colours on this pictures are real. The red of the tulip is so beautiful because of the milky backlight that shines through it.


And the colourless background? That is also real. In fact this flower is not supposed to be here, it should be in the flower field a couple of meters farther

The decisive moment and Photoshop

With Photoshop everything is possible. I once saw a picture of an Indian with a horse in a very small canyon, and was impressed, until I understood that I saw two pictures and not one. Photography is about reality, otherwise it’s painting with other means. That of course can be art, but mostly it’s simply kitsch.
Why? Because photography is about the decisive moment. A picture is frozen time, a moment that is somehow special. In landscapes it can be a very long moment, but since the light and the weather is always changing, such a long moment is shorter than you might think.
A photograph is different from what we see around us, since it’s a moment stolen from the ever rushing and destroying time. If you use Photoshop, or some filters for that matter, you can make the moon fifty times as big, add clouds where they can’t be, you can change colours and even make parts black and white that had a colour.
Now you probably think I’m going to tell you why I changed the colours in this picture, but I didn’t. The colours on this pictures are real. The red of the tulip is so beautiful because of the milky backlight that shines through it.



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Of course you can change colours with Photoshop, but you should never, imo, go beyond the decisive  moment, let alone create one that never existed. That is my opinion, I know, probably it’s old fashioned , because it has to do with integrity which of course is old fashioned, but hey, it’s my opinion.

Technically there is nothing special with this picture, just a 70-200 VR at f/2.8 and 125 mm with a D700, that’s all.

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