Sunday, May 16, 2010

the rain is good for something






when i grow up, i want to be one of the gardeners at legoland. that must be a great job.

thank you all for your thoughtful thoughts on my previous post. i've gotten much less angsty about the whole photo editing thing. as a number of you said, photos have been manipulated since they began, it's actually an integral part of the medium. we're just fortunate to live in a time where we can sit at our computers and do it and not have to putter around in a basement darkroom (tho' one of those appeals as well).

spud brought up an interesting point about it being a bit of a cheat to use someone else's Lightroom presets.  i found myself thinking about that quite a lot of the day. then i realized that i use products of other people's creativity all the time - recipe books, sewing patterns - but what i produce with them ends up something uniquely mine. i see the LR presets as no different than that - after all, the photos i apply them to are my own. at the base of it, i'm a pretty pragmatic person and i don't see any reason to reinvent the wheel. so i thank whoever it was who made that oldskool preset i love so much these days  (tho' most of the flowers above are a new one i found called PH bedtime).

and here's to the beginning of a beautiful week....

9 comments:

Char said...

i agree with you about the lightroom presets and quite often i tweak them out once i use them, much like you do a recipe once you've used it.

one planet said...

beautifull ..when I left college I still wanted to be a gardener ..in Frankfurt in the Palmgarden .. I worked there 2 hours .. for my mum it was too far away ..

mrs mediocrity said...

I agree, however you created them, they are simply luscious. And I hardly ever use that word. They are also yours, all yours...

Ju said...

These pictures are so real, absolutely stunning.

Jess said...

I lovvvvvve the photos. How breathtaking.

An Open Heart said...

So, are you saying that these shots are not PURE Nikon? Because I was just getting ready to say, "Nikon ROCKED the color again". Great photos, however you got them....and yes, they are soley yours....just like when I buy a box of color at the drugstore and color my hair, I paid for the color, therefore it is mine, eh? Preset color, but when I put it on my hair, it comes out "my" color!


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Polly said...

those photos are amazing and make me want to go home and start playing with the LR right NOW. thank you so much for your email with the guidance on the LR, by the way, I'll start implementing your advice tonight

and you're totally right about using someone else's presents and your comparison to recipees and such makes perfect sense. I think it's great that there are people out there who have time and ability to come up with great ideas for presets and are happy to share them, it makes the life of LR dummies like myself so much easier and more enjoyable

Marilynne said...

Love the flowers in the rain.

Erin Wallace said...

Your photos are always so beautiful, and these are no exception.

xo Erin