Interesting feedback...Is this a real Image? Compare the images... Are we facing a dilemma in PHOTOGRAPHY today…the story continues...
The real image? The story continues...
© Gunther Deichmann - double rainbow over the Olgas N.T.
Central Australia, image taken on Kodachrome 25, 1981
Feedback and good dialogue is always a good thing…learning something everyday even if you think you old and wise…exchange of knowledge can only open our eyes and broaden our Horizon…
Read below some of the un-edited emails I have received, different opinions from different Countries…in the end it is up to you which way you create your images but as mention before I am very firm when it comes to Photo Journalism, Geographic, Culture and Travel Photography.
If you like to go crazy then go for it…YOUR Choice, it is after all a very creative field with many different interpretations on any given image.
However in Documentary Photography we should be truthful to our selfs and the public.
Henry Bateman an Australian Photographer/Artist living
in the Philippine wrote…
(thanks Henry for letting me use the images you send me)
Check out Henry’s work, you might find it very interesting@ http://www.pissedpoetpics.com/
Friday, May 16, 2008
Is This a Real Image?
Is this a real Image? Well yes, I guess it must be, it's there in front of you. (Ok, I am begging the question, but then it is a poorly phrased question) Is it a literal representation of what was in front of the lens? Well no, I guess not, it is my interpretation of the scene. Although, except for a few lines I added to highlight some edges, nothing has been added that didn't exist in the original photograph.
It was taken at the opening of Luis Martin Harder's exhibition, Unscripted.
My interest lies in exploring the why of things rather than displaying their literal representations. My images relate to a broader discourse and use the medium (captured light) to tell the story rather than just relying on the here is narrative.
I use Photoshop to make the image, but because it is made from only one negative/raw file it requires a particular approach to using the camera to get a file that can accept the manipulation. In fact it requires a different way of looking to find the scenes that will work.
Does this make it less real? Different yes, but only in so much that I am looking at from a different point of view.
My reply to Henry…
great I just read your blog, no problem I think a very nice and cool forum... what i am saying and what i am worried is that in Journalistic terms like real events this real verses manipulated becomes an issue.
I also have been using Photoshop almost since day one and do some crazy stuff but in covering events and real life encounters? We have to be careful, anyway thanks for your thoughts and I really like your stuff…
Thanks for the kind words mate and yes I am in agreement about keeping in touch.
I take on board your concern re doco pics but lets face it it aint nothing new. Granted PS makes it easier but it has always been buyer beware. As per the 2 attached pics circa 1854/5 by Roger Fenton titled "The Shadow of the Valley of Death".
Courtesy of Henry Bateman - R-Fenton-circa-1854-(1)
Courtesy of Henry Bateman - R-Fenton-circa-1854-(2)
There was a lovely debate some 12 months ago in the NY Times about which photo came first and which had been altered, albeit not by PS but physically by hand. The question that wasn't asked was "Which of the 2 pics best told the story?"
No 2 photographers will shoot a scene the same way, "Which of the 2 best tells the story/truth?". I can shoot the same scene in several ways with each telling a different story.
It is in part why I have chosen to do what I do. The camera doesn't lie is up there with "of course I will love you in the morning". As Picasso said the job of an artist is to convince people of the truth of their lies.
From Picture Group Photo News Agency in India…
You tell us how ?
Great to hear from you.
Now to your ?
Very difficult indeed to tell, I am an advocate for real things when it comes to Photo Journalistic images, we should not mess around with these, of course Photoshop and all the other stuff out there has is place and I use it too, but in real life and events we should be careful and not manipulate the images or distort a given event. In advertising and creative we can of course do what we like... go crazy if we choose so.
But how to tell is very difficult these days I guess ethics play a big role here, from the Photographer to the editors.
Thanks for reading the blog, remember it is only my opinion.
Have a fantastic day,
I may be now editor but I am photographer 1st - I am out with the camera to shoot, I do not crop nor make any major changes in the "raw" image expect for transmission or printing.
that is all I have to say - i do not know what other photo editors do. Even agency like Magnum, I know quite a photographer attached to them, I have heard what happened at the board meeting, the older ones has quite taken back with the portfolio's they are getting for approval which do get approved. I will not give names but that is life...one has to change with it...if do not you get left behind....what do you have to say this....
thanks for this dialogue... very interesting indeed, hmmmm let me think, the image in the end will win you and I know that, I guess it boils down to only one thing your conscious and been able to feel good about it and say... yes this is real, I know that, even if they dont believe me, that alone is a good feeling and worth a lot. A nice gut feeling if nothing else!
It is an interesting subject which ever way you look at it and we all know times have changed when Digital arrived, I am just a little concern, since I admire the likes of Capola, Ansel Adams and many more, a craft which is now seldom taught even in schools, sad but true, can we change it? I guess not.
We have arrived at this Digital age and I am no exception, all of this just crossed my mind the other day when i run into this young photographer and having this conversation. I have no doubts that this subject will be around for quiet some time, being old or young.
You are right we have to move forward otherwise we will be left behind... sad but so true.
Thanks for your words and exchange I do appreciate this very much, at-least we can talk about it, and that is just so nice,
have a great day and we stay in touch,
From Luis Martin Harder, Manila Philippines
Thanks so much for putting my exhibit on your blog. You're super cool,
man. Just as I was thinking about learning about true "photography" and
then you came out with an article about "are we getting real" photos or
images. You know GD I really want to learn more about PHOTOGRAPHY in its
purest sense. I believe you're the right person who can impart the
knowledge since I can see that you are one of the few remaining true
Can you help me with this? I'll surely appreciate your interest.
Thanks again GD. Hope to see you soon.
WINGS TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE INC.
My closing words…thank you all for your thoughts and input very interesting indeed and I do appricitae all your comments…
" If we lose our human values by having everything mechanized, then machines will dictate our lives."
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Stock Photos…images available 24 hours a day via PhotoShelter online…
For those who don’t know how the PhotoShelter Archive Gallery
looks like, I have provided a screenshot see below.
Currently there are close to 4000 images in high resolution available covering Countries like: Australia – Pitcairn – Tahiti - Germany – Italy – Greece – Spain – France – Indonesia – Laos – Thailand - Burma/Myanmar – Vietnam – Cambodia – Taiwan – Palau- Yap - Pohnpei - Chuuk (Micronesia) Guam- Saipan - Philippines – Brunei – Malaysia - Singapore – Hong Kong - India – Tibet…
Environmental images, some generic commercial work, Sports and activities, Wildlife, special effects and composites.
The contend of each folder has a full description and the number of images inside, click the folder and you see the selection of the country or category.
There is also a folder with most of the high-resolution images from the Book…
“Journey Through Color & Time”
Check the link below and browse the gallery, scroll down & once the Home page is up on the left hand side you see this box (see screenshot below) just click on… red oval.
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APERTURE 2 & the .Mac WEB GALLERY…keeping tight schedules and deadlines is easy now…delivered Tibet on time…a real live scenario.
APERTURE 2 & the .Mac WEB GALLERY
delivered Tibet on time…
Deadlines, deadlines and more deadlines…the last minute changes by editors or the production staff from magazines… an all to familiar story.
Take this very recent case; I submitted images from Tibet for a story in the Asian Geographic Magazine, the first images where in low resolution…for selection purpose.
Weeks went by and yesterday the shout for the high-resolution images came in…
”we need them today”… OK. No problems…I got Aperture 2 and since all my high and low resolution images are stored in my Aperture Library I quickly selected the “CHOSEN ONES” had them up for downloading on a New .Web Gallery with username and password…that was last night. (see the email correspondence below)
Today I received the email below…do I have to say anything else? I guess not…once the story is out this month I let you have a preview until then…if you need your images out there fast from one publisher to another, use the Web Gallery in Aperture 2, so easy now and happy faces at the production department.
See below the original email correspondence from the last 24 hours…
Thank you for providing us with the requested information so promptly under such short notice, we really appreciate it. :)
Here are the images we require hi-res versions of, (see attached).
A few hours later…
Thank you for your quick reply, we do apologize for the short notice.
I have managed to download all the hi-res images from the link you provided.
Fresh APPLES and APERTURE 2… they had a lot in common recently …a simple shot from inside my Hotel Room in Mumbai India…plus one more Black & White…using the Monochrome mixer.
APPLES + APERTURE 2 = MUMBAI INDIA
© Gunther Deichmann - Fresh Apples in Mumbai India
View GD images on India at his PhotoShelter
archive or collection @
It is amazing what you find or have forgotten when you do some more editing in Aperture a few weeks later. Remember my recent trip to Mumbai India for the Apple Aperture 2 World Tour. During my stay at the Hotel I noticed these Apples on this small Table, I thought…hey not bad, the light, the reflection and I guess the relationship between the words Apple and Apples, I shot this scene right in front of me using only the available light from the window.
Then in Aperture 2 I used only the Raw conversion, the straighten tool, a little cropping and applied some sharpening.
So there you have it…real fresh Apples from Mumbai India.
© Gunther Deichmann - Apples and window
This shot was taken few minutes later while sitting on my bed and looking towards the window, a straight shot I might add…and I didn’t move the furniture either, no manipulation in Photoshop, again using only the Raw converter in Aperture 2, the straighten tool, a little cropping and some sharpening.
The Black & White image below…
© Gunther Deichmann - Mumbai India April 2008
I saw this women sitting outside her home in a small alley in central Mumbai, the original image was color but converted to Black & White in Aperture 2 using the Monochrome mixer.
F1 GRAND PRIX & Formula BMW Racing CALENDAR for 2008...including the very first F1 Race in Singapore at NIGHT...a challenge for Nikon v. Canon in low light conditions.
Let see who is the winner on this track...
But did you know that Aperture 2 or now 2.1 is going to be in China at the Olympic Games in full force, not me this time, but many Pro's going to be there using Apple Aperture 2 software...a lot more on this later.
Due to popular request I have provided you the dates for the F1 Grand Prix and Formula BMW Racing events for 2008.
The most exciting and the very first F1 GRAND PRIX NIGHT race in Singapore is on Sep 26 - 28 (Rd 15 & 16) Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Formula BMW and F1 Grand Prix Calendar 2008
March 21 - 23 (Rd 1 & 2) Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia (along with F1)
May 16 - 18 )(Rd 3, 4, 5 & 6) Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
June 21 - 22 (Rd 7, 8, 9 & 10 Zhuhai International Circuit, China
July 18 - 20 (Rd 11, 12, 13 & 14) Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia
Sep 26 - 28 (Rd 15 & 16) Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore (along with F1)
October 10 - 12 (Rd 17 & 18) Fuji Speedway, Japan (along with F1)