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I am afraid you are treading on dangerous territory of getting political. Whether intentional or not, the article seems to be an endorsement of the photographer's perspective. Some folks may agree with it and others may not.

A photography review site, if covering this, should look at the technology with the rest being neutral. A headline such as "Photographer uses 'antique' style photos to make his point", showing a less politically-charged picture as the lead image would be appropriate. Saying that Mr. Balkowitsch wishes to illustrate his view of issues affecting the Dakota Indian Tribe would be okay, because it is true and not taking a position.

We have become too polarized and everyone seems to be jumping in on it. In a wold of complaints about "leftist Hollywood", "greedy corporations", "New York values", "big pharma", etc, can we please have a site that just sticks to its subject matter without preaching anything at us? DPR should be for everyone who likes photography!

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 05:33 UTC as 21st comment | 18 replies

I agree generally with Mr. Omvik's take on this, but would add the following. We are all too hung up on the specifics of processing. HDR is one of many techniques that can make a picture either or less true to "real life". Built-in "digital range optimizer" can do some of the same, as can a tweak of the gamma and contrast.

I once took a picture of a two friends standing next to car in fairly bright twilight that looked more like day than night. Iin aperture-priority, the friends and the car were properly exposed and the sky became quite bright. It looked like bright day. Next, I tried with a diffused flash. The subjects were properly exposed but the background were dark; it looked like a scene under a streetlight at night. Neither one would be good journalism.

I will go out further on a limb and suggest that if the processing created a picture that looked like the scene would in person, the newspaper probably just created a distraction by mentioning how it was processed.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 20:28 UTC as 36th comment
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