The Camera Matters.

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howardroark
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Re: The Camera Matters.
In reply to Limburger, 7 months ago

Limburger wrote:

A photographer isn't a sculptor?

They both have a reality to begin with, I mean cropping an image is already chiseling away a part of reality (rock if you wish).

Only the reality that exists within the mind of the sculptor.  Imagination certainly is vital to any creative process, but it has to be used in different ways depending on the medium.

You can do all sorts of non existing stuff, like dual exposure, ND filters (the mandatory milky water shots) light trails, uberHDR etc.

Yes, and most of those require one exposure of reality at a time and software manipulation after the fact.

Photography is telling lies with the truth...or telling the truth with lies, depending on your point of view.  Because it is based on boundaries everyone is familiar with, changing the parameters that people aren't quite aware of or are perhaps less obvious to the observer creates a version of reality that doesn't exist....but does if you understand the context and methods used to get the shot, which one very rarely does.  So, you choose to crop parts of the scene out, use a long exposure, or do some other trickery and you've presented something in a way that if one was standing there looking at it in person just would not see.  We remove sound, taste, touch, smell, not to mention a vast majority of the surrounding environment, and then we use angles of view the human eye never sees on its own with a field of view we would never see and a depth of field that is totally unnatural and then we say "yep, that's what it really looked like because it's a picture and all you can do with a picture is record what is there."  Ignoring a lot of other stuff and using techniques that are totally unnatural to record that image rarely enters the conversation unless it is something obvious like start trails that no human could ever see.

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