Yesterday morning was one of the early rising days. German class starts at 8 am and I’m NOT a happy early riser.
Cold and dark. Hummm whats to like about either???
But frost on the window, before sunrise. Winters can be fun! 🙂
It seems to be an endless wait for snow in our part of Austria this year. Around me are dry mountains, their trees still holding on to their last brown leaves. Much treasured are small areas around water where there is some frost and ice. A little of winter magic before Spring returns.
At Bärenschützklamm, a happy waterfall, ice dusts the moss-covered rocks. Some icicles reach down. Not yet strong enough to touch the ground.
Some months ago, the forest was full of colour. Singing its Autumnal song. Now that song is ended. The winter one not yet started.
In this season of cold and often grey days,
I bring you some warmth and sunshine and invite you to visit my new website.
While it has been several months in the making and much still needs to be done, I hope you like what I have there so far.
I look forward to your comments and views.
A Writer writes his story. Then revises it. Going back time and again to re-phase, tighten and tweak. Till finally he is satisfied with the choice of words that best communicate his thought. Even years later, after it has been printed, read and become well-known, in a new edition he’s at liberty to tweak or add to his work.
A Musician composes. Then revises it. Finally satisfied he considers it finished. Yet every time the symphony is performed, musicians are at liberty to interpret it’, in other words edit it, to their own unique style.
A Painter first sketches his vision. Simple charcoal lines which he paints over, Changing, darkening, highlighting as his creative impulse takes him.
A Chef adds seasonings, cooks longer or turns the flame off as he cooks. Enhancing the taste to his personal satisfaction before the last edit, the garnish on top once plated.
In Film making editing is a taken for granted step. Even documentary or journalistic films are edited.
We even edit ourselves. Enhancing our appearance by the choice of clothes, hairstyles, makeup…
Yet a photographer should not edit!
This fastest of arts. A form dependent on complex machinery. Should be taken as is.
Straight from the camera preach the Classicists. The photograph should be perfect when it is shot. To edit a photograph means the photographer was not good enough. This expectation is the same as expecting a writer to have a perfect manuscript in his first draft, the musician a finished symphony in his first gathering of sounds and a painter his grand masterpiece in the first sketch.
Paean are sung in praise of film photography. Film Camera’s are touted as being superior to digital. Conveniently forgotten are the highly painstaking and evolved darkroom techniques utilised by the greats of film photography.
To all, critics and appreciators alike I would like it to be noted I edit ALL my photographs. A little or a lot as I wish. Till the image is not a mindless recording of a scene made by the camera but an expression of my experience of the moment. Which colour spoke to me most strongly, which object caught my attention most. Did it make me feel soft and dreamy or sharply alive.
It’s my shot, my editing, my expression.
And to all fellow photographers I say when a person disapproves because a photograph has been edited, know that they only understand the documentation. They appreciate not the art and seek not the creative.
A morning on the ski slopes and a chance to practice panning. An interesting trick making the world topsy-turvy. Static objects become moving streaks. The moving subject gets frozen still.
The photography technique requires the camera to move at the speed of the subject in its direction of motion. Skill lies in judging the speed of motion and exposing for the longest time possible. The waist swing as you move with the subject an unexpected bonus to the daily workout 😀
- have lots of space in your camera memory card.
- stand comfy on firm ground
- take lots of shots. Only a few will come out the way you want.
More pics from the Ski slopes here