Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The Camera Does Lie.

Yesterday's blog looked at defining the truth in photography. Does the camera lie? Well here is an example of the computer lying. It is a picture of the Butterfly House from the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster. The picture was taken in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday. It was a lovely day and there were a lot of people around. I was surprised to see so few people in the photo on the left.

I have removed those people in the photo on the right. I have made the grass a little greener near the trees in the foreground on the left. I have admitted to changing the photos but is it a lie? If I had waited long enough there would have been nobody in the photo. If I had waited much longer then the grass may have grown. It may be that you cannot accept changes like this and the photo on the right is a lie. However my defence rests on the photograph as art. Basically the picture looks nicer and my feeling is that if the grass looks better then it is a better photo.

Happy snapping

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