Monday, August 16, 2010

Telling a story

So here's an interesting thing about scale of finished work. This photo looks better in the lighter version in a large size... in a small size (under 8x10), the darker photo looks better. (In web design, the reverse is usually true -- thumbnails photos often need to be brightened and lightened to have even somewhat the same registration that the larger view of the image will have to the human eye.) The different versions of this image bring out different things entirely about the scene... the lighter one is focusing more on the work at hand, the darker one at the happen chance or the drama of the scene. Photo processing can be addicting!

1 comment:

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love the mood in the top one. You're right but the bottom one also has a mood - reminds me of Walker Evans' stuff (Let us now praise famous men). He was described as a social realist but this was most definitely "art" as well and I think Evans was well aware of what he was doing.