Sunday, June 6, 2010

Location, Location, Location - and thank you, thank you, thank you

Photograph © Rick Sammon. All rights reserved.

A big "thank you" goes to Springdale, Utah-based photographer David J. West.

Last night, after our farewell group slide show, David (a proud new dad) shared one of his secret spots for shooting Zion National Park with my photo workshop students.

Visit his site – and his gallery when you are in Zion.

Check my workshop page in a few months for info on my May 2011 Southwest Photo Caravan with Juan Pons - which will include shoots in Arches, Bryce and Zion - and few of our own secrets spots.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here is my original image, pre-Adobe Camera Raw. David, who also uses Photoshop, has a good line: "You can't put Mother Nature on paper." In other words, he (and I) have no problem using Photoshop to enhance our pictures.


thenetimp said...

It's funny, I have a friend who I've had the same discussion with over and over and over. He refuses to post process his Digital images. Seems to think if they are processed they aren't real. It drives me nuts, because his photos look like ass, or are over grainy because he refuses to use a flash, and pumps up the ISO. It's so nice to hear professional photographers not taking that stance, and pointing out that you have to post process.

Bill Gerrard said...

I love David's work and he is an all around really nice guy. Please do check out his gallery in Springdale if you ever get a chance.

Libby said...

Nothing wrong with proper enhancement in post. I did it in the wet darkroom days. What I dislike in nature scenes is altering to make the image into something that it's not and passing it off as a "capture". And I mean stuff like taking out or adding trees, moving a mountain, etc. If's it's a manip, than call it that. If the image is good, it will stand on its own merits anyway.

Recently I have been playing around with Lightzone a bit and did some experimenting with some very old point & shot jpegs. In one of the lackluster images, I was able to pull out some amazing cloud detail even in the old lackluster 1600x12000 file. Should I enjoy my new image with newfound tonal range and moderately enhanced color, or go by the rules of your friend and show off the lackluster jpeg instead?

Any good photographer, especially those worth their salt in the commercial world, will tell you to "get it right in camera". Or at least as close as you can. I think your friend possibly has an aversion to processing because he really fully doesn't understand digital capabilities. Fear breeds contempt as they say.

What about the days of film? Yes you have that master camera negative, but even in the "old days", taking the same film negative to 4 different processors would sometimes result in 4 different prints, each with their own unique character. SO which processor was right in how they printed the image?

Hey Rick, great color and contrast on your processed version here.