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Discussion in 'Black and White' started by TonyTurley, Jul 1, 2013.
Just experimenting a bit, using an image of a Delta A-319 lifting off on a wet, foggy morning.
Yeah, that one really works in B&W too. The gradients on the hills are great. Nice editing.
Nice indeed, but is there some dirt on the sensor? Seems too high a contrast for things on that mountain, spoils an otherwise excellent picture.
It looks like a mast to me, here's the colour version:
Ah, I see. Still distracting to my eye, I'd PP it away.
Well, most ethical rules on photography state that you are not allowed to add anything to the scene that wasn't there or to remove something that was there. Even if it's an eyesore. You may edit light, colour and contrast to get closer to what the scene looked like, without significantlig altering the mood of the scene.
Although these rules mainly apply to press publications or photo competitions, I think it's good hygiene to adhere to them. Or to go the other way, edit the image so heavily that everyone sees that it is an artistic fantasy.
Still, this is an individual choice, of course.
As said I'd remove it without hesitation if it were my picture. I don't think I'm violating any ethics here just by removing something so unspectacular that I can't even see what it is. I've done it a lot, removing a white piece of paper in green grass, a wire in a blue sky etc. I don't care much about rules, hygiene whatever, I just judge if I might mislead the viewer and even if the viewer is misled, I may judge that that's alright. On the other hand, when I take a pic to sell a lens, I won't cover up any blemishes, that to me is fraudulent deception.
It is a cell phone antenna. I didn't consider it enough of a distraction to edit out. To each his own.