I’m so pleased to announce the new award given by ViewBug for my image Gate D3. Click here or on the image to see it in my gallery.
Featured Image: Snowball by Kathy McCabe
I adore Spring! This is from my Snowball bush, just as the flowers blossom. I love that early green tinge to them. This is my favorite flower bush and it gets huge – large enough to block the entire walkway! I used my old Nikon D3100 and a standard lens. I did some post-processing for contrast and balance. Click on the picture to go to the gallery to see that image and others in that category. The Featured Image will already have special discounts if you want to purchase it.
We’ve begun a new series that will highlight one of our images every couple of weeks. Special discounts will be applied for this image if you choose to purchase it – you will not need promo codes.
Our First Featured Image: Hell’s Kitchen Street Scene by Kathy McCabe
We were walking around New York City in the bitter cold on a day trip and I was captivated by all the fire escapes and the overall grayness. There was very little editing on this picture except to further mute any colors with a monochrome filter.
I loved how it brought out the glass in the lamp in the forefront. And the lit light in the eave of the porch under the awning at #410. I used my old Nikon D3100 and a standard lens. I didn’t do any special metering, although I did take a series of about four shots. The overall image turned out crisp and clear without editing.
Click on the picture to go to the gallery where you can see that image and others in that category.
I recently read an article on Peta Pixel about a fake Siberian tiger photo. It’s a good read, I recommend it. You can view it here.
It got me thinking about ethics in photography, and why we should all practice them. And the main detractors of what kind of people cross the line.
For me, in wildlife and landscape photography, when you have altered the look of the photo – including adding in mountains, and backgrounds, you’ve changed it from a photo into an artwork. And you should mention that when you publish/publicize it. If you’ve altered it this much, it no longer represents a wildlife or landscape photo, its art.
In people photography, I’m fundamentally against body sculpting. I don’t like how I look in photos but I’m not about to do more than straighten my hair and maybe add a little makeup to it, I won’t be ‘thinning’ myself or making that crazy big butt thing that is all the rage. This is really important – to all of the influencers who wouldn’t be caught dead without your photos being shopped all out of proportion, you are setting an impossible standard for our younger and very impressionable population. To me, you need to state that the picture you just altered beyond belief is now FAKE.
All the young selfie takers – quit putting your lips into the duck bill thing, it looks dumb, and you will regret it when you get older. You’re already beautiful, you don’t need to pose like that, and you don’t need to alter your pictures into something you’re not.
In my photography, if I’ve altered it beyond filtering, or removing trash/graffiti, I will tell you I’ve done that. I won’t represent it as ‘real’ when it isn’t.
Thanks for letting me ramble. Keep taking pictures! Kathy
My photo, “Talking to the Birds” was selected for digital exhibition in the Best of Black and White show at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece in January 2020.