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© William Moore
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This is dedicated to all the wonderful photography purists. Even Ansel Adams believed that electronics would one day modernize the darkroom techniques.



Is true photography strictly limited to chemicals, paper, filmtype, exposure to light?

These new electronic programs provide a wonderful new type of darkroom, where traditional darkroom methods can be used in a more efficient manner.

The question remains, when using modern programs, what marks the cross over into digital art? Making the originial photo a shadow of itself!!!

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  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (2 Jul 2008):

    I just love this one, my how times have changed, I agree with everything you wrote above...good stuff....

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (2 Jul 2008):

    ah I cannot imagine all this stuff in my computer! It's incredible!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley said (3 Jul 2008):

    Wow, Sweet William - you are brave! We have been discussing this a lot here lately at our home. and amongst friends. Some Photo Shopping seems like a method to prepare and improve image quality and consistency. Other, like taking a sky from somewhere else, and pasting it in? That IS certainly art, maybe graphic art, using a photograph as a start? Or, is it just taking technology to its natural next step, as Academy Award winning movies who win in Cinematography have done for years?? A friend recently pointed out to me a very profounfd fact: to complain to him about Photo Shop, the complaint has to be made with a computer......and he asked if there was not irony there. He is right, of course. Where does it begin; where does it end?
    Using my dark room and burning and dodging is a personal choice for me because I am hard headed, enjoy a challenge, and spent all that money getting a Graduate degree in the "old style." But who am I to tell others what they do is wrong? Good question, William. Gorgeous work, too - beautiful contrast, perfect...Photo Shopped - a little?!? HA ha ha!!!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley said (3 Jul 2008):

    Might I ADD, another irony: to take my gelatin silver images and to get them online, I have to scan them anyway. Doing so, I always check the contrast, saturation, cropping, etc. I always feel as though I am cheating, but am I, considering this is scanned work in the first place? Why limit myself, I ask!?!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (3 Jul 2008):

    This is wonderful - love a good ensuing discussion too - so much for me to learn! :)

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    William, I love the image, I'm a big fan of old and forgotten. Your comment beggars a reply. What makes the image isn't the equipment, but the photographer. It's what (s)he saw and how they interpret that and present it to the world. That's what counts, wether you dodge and burn in the dark room, cross process with c41 or layer and mask is not the point. It's the interpretation.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Very sweet! Like the capture & I'm working on a photo-shopping v photo-lying paper for fall would love to interview you and see what you have to say

  • adniloj

    adniloj said (10 Jul 2008):

    Wm: this photo along (with many of your other compositions, the dentist "rinse & spit" come to mind in fact) lead well into your narrative also; looking forward to you future uploads as you continue to capture and contemplate the this

  • Diane Peterson

    Diane Peterson gave props (25 Jul 2008):

    regardless of anything else..it is just plain beautiful work!

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (22 Apr 2010):

    Great shot..... love the thought behind it!

  • Woj

    Woj gave props (24 Sep 2010):

    AWESOME!

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