Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Evening Windows (Los Angeles)

Evening Windows - Los Angeles  2012

Taken with an Olympus E-PL1 with a Panasonic lens (20mm, 40mm equiv).

When a painter stands in front of a blank canvas, the issue is, what to put in.

When a photographer stands in front of a scene, the issue is, what to leave out.

The camera, by default, puts everything in. Even the most dedicated photorealist painter can't put everything in.

In the olden times, photographers had to "leave stuff out" by varying the field of view, changing the lens, moving the camera around or cropping after the fact.

With Photoshop, photographers have more freedom in  leaving stuff out. Each new iteration of Photoshop provides more sophisticated tools to accomplish this. Below, the original version of the above photo.

Evening Windows (Original) - Los Angeles  2012


cleek said...

the homeowner should consider implementing your fixes. looks much better without the clutter!

Mike Mundy said...

Yeah, but I expect the hummingbirds are PO'd that I removed their feeder.