Dahlias at Bayard Cutting

Recently a person said that the colors in my photograph didn’t look real. Here is my response: Yes the colors maybe enhanced or changed, my work isn’t straight out of the camera.

After I shoot an image to make it into what I think it should be I might adjust the composition. Then I adjust the tone. I may make more adjustments to bring out the focal point, Lastly, I use color to enhance or modify the mood. I do most of my editing in the “darkroom” of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

I use photography and post processing as a tool for my artistic expression. When I was a painter I used paint on canvas to create what I wanted to see, and not what was real.

When I make composites or obvious photographic art I’ll say so, and if the photos are only slightly edited I won’t. Here is some digital or photographic art (Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in Long Island):

10 thoughts on “Dahlias at Bayard Cutting

  1. weisserwatercolours 2020-09-15 / 10:10 am

    ….unedited photography has a name: snapshot. A snapshot isn’t more genuine. It isn’t more ‘real’. It’s the camera’s mechanical output with all its manufactured imperfections and limitations on display. Ansel Adams spent darkroom hours manipulating his lights and darks until his initial snapshot was ultimately transported into fine art. What makes your work stand out is how everything has a richness of tone and finesse of contrast which lets the viewer feel (s)he is standing beside you seeing what you (not the camera) is seeing. The human eye is infinitely more complex than any camera. Thus we depend on the photographer to recreate that for us by tweaking the mechanical image in order to recompose what was observed in nature.

    I love your work. It helps me see New York in ways I never knew possible. Who knew NYC was so full of nature and natural wonders?


  2. Vicki 2020-09-13 / 8:45 pm

    I think your finished images look wonderful, Sherry. I admire your skill in editing.

    Sometimes viewers forget that the images they are viewing are the result of creative expression of the artist and like all creative endeavours unique to that artist, not necessarily to portray what the viewer may want to see.

    I love the 1st and 3rd images in particular.


  3. Eunice 2020-09-13 / 12:12 pm

    That’s the beauty of digital photography and editing programmes like Photoshop etc. If an image looks flat, dull, or lacks composition it can be improved by a tweak here and there – it’s art but in a different form. I love these dahlia shots, especially the first two 🙂


  4. Nora Licht 2020-09-13 / 10:39 am

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!


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