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

Bailey Arboretum

After lunch at Glen Cove by the water we went to Bailey Arboretum, Long Island. A nice little woodsy place with a pond. Not many flowers though.

Cottage and Greenhouse

The charming little Pink Cottage, Greenhouses, and Camellia House at Planting Fields arboretum, Long Island, New York.

Coe Hall Doors

Some of the architecture and doors of Coe Hall and the Camelia House in Planting Fields Arboretum, Long Island, New York.

Planting Fields

It was a lovely day after a hard rain in the morning which helped cool things off. Marc, Paula and I had a leisurely walk through the grounds of Planting Fields Arboretum admiring the flowers and trees.