When it comes to music, art, photography, and even fashion it is as they say in the eye of the beholder.
Clothes wise I’m a denim jeans and flannel shirt type of person, don’t own a suit and tie and have no desire to ever own them – of course the kind of work I do and lifestyle doesn’t lend themselves to such attire, there’s no dress code for pounding nails.
Art? Kind of a universal taste but I admit there’s some I just don’t get.
Pretty much the same when it comes to music, the exception being rap, which I think has little redeeming value unless you count a lot of posturing, posing, and a penchant for referring to women as bitches and hos as some kind of meaningful social commentary.
With the advent of digital photography and it’s current ever evolving sophistication there has been a resulting explosion in the taking and manipulation of photos – that’s a good thing as every photo is in the least a personal archive of an individuals life – where they were, who they associated with, what they did and what they saw. Time capsules in a manner of speaking.
Perhaps more than that photos are capturing a world undergoing fundamental changes as glaciers melt, climatic and environmental degradation occurs prompting both plants , insects, birds, and animals to migrate to new areas.
It may well be that images captured today will provide a window into how it used to be for future generations much the same as they did in the movie Soylent Green.
Fads evolve in photography just as they do with everything else, some are short lived and others gain a currency of longevity – digital photography affords the ability to produce HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) photos, an ability that can produce stunning images, also some with a decidedly cartoonish appearance.
In addition the ability to add layers to a photo creates endless possibilities with an associated learning curve not for the faint hearted.
Editing programs abound, the better they are the more expensive, and that’s a shame as I often wonder how many people are excluded by finances that could become an Ansel Adams of the digital age?
Sure there are freeware programs that will give a person a leg up but mostly they are sub par.
Most editing programs allow for the conversion of RAW photos, some even offer an ability to mimic an HDR photo with a single click – but the ability to create an HDR photo for me begins and ends with the taking of multiple shots of the same object at various exposure settings and then combining them to produce the desired effect.
Once having done so it becomes a matter of personal taste how to go about adjusting and tweaking – I like HDR, some photos lend themselves to the process and others don’t in my opinion.
It’s the same with layering selective color into a photo – the end result can be an eye catcher, other times not so much.
As I say, I like HDR, I like color – I recall being told in school that I liked color so much because I was ndn …… maybe so, but I recall other things I was told in school that failed to stand up under closer scrutiny.
Nor do I believe I was a Bower Bird in a former incarnation or that an affinity for color has anything to do with ethnicity.