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2008-09-06 11:20:05
"Manipulated or not ? answers on a postcard...." from nagirock Expand pics
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The process of photography
I have read with interest and some feelings of deje vu the comments of simon3 and padodes regarding the 'manipulation' of digital photographs. Padodes makes his point succinctly and validly that there is no such thing as an "un-manipulated" digital image regardless of whether you shoot in RAW or allow the camera to post process. But I have to at last ask what is photography? Is it, as seems to be suggested here, simply a method of recording factual visual information, an accurate map of what the eye has seen with all of the colour and tonal information recorded in precise mathematical format? I will concede that it can be! But only very rarely, for instance in making a photograph of a painting, artefact or manuscript for accurate reproduction. But to my mind that is where that type of photography ends. At the very advent of the craft it was criticised for being just that, a method of recording without any artistic merit. Since then it has grown into an artistic medium and art is art for its own sake. But let us go back to the point on manipulation, this is not solely a digital thing. For years and particularly following the introduction of panchromatic b/w film photographers have been manipulating their images. Take for instance the simple addition of a red or yellow filter to the lens to increase the contrast between the sky and clouds, is this what padodes wants to discard? Imagine a world without the magnificent and Iconic landscape photography of Ansel Adams, a master of manipulation from camera to negative to print, all manipulated to see the world as he saw it in HIS mind, not as it was! Am I to throw away my polariser filter because the sky is not 'that' blue? And finally with regard to 'retouching' (EG removals or additions to an image) what is wrong with this? If the light on a beautiful green hill is perfect and our photographer composes his image perfectly but the sky is ruining the image, why not change it? Are you going to tell Monet or Van Gough that the world doesn't look like that? And all that rant was just about saying....THE PHOTOGRAPH STANDS ON ITS OWN MERITS......AND ASKS YOU, IS THIS BEAUTIFUL? if it is it is!
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Lake District: Scafell and Scafell Pike
Onzy 14 hours ago.
Route from Wasdale over Scafell Pike and Scafell, Ill Crag, Broad Crag and a couple of other peaks. Route includes 4 ... walk, Len: 12.8km, Climb: 1471m, Area: Lingmell, Lake District - Central & Wes

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Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains
simon3 17 hours ago.
Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is attempting to build a consensus on what hillwalkers value in the Irish mountains. It is a very logical step prior to advocating on behalf of hillwalkers to first det...

Castle Hill
Onzy 18 hours ago.
Up and down Castle Hill. Essentially a duplicate of track 2048, but substantially shorter as I parked blocking a gate wi walk, Len: 4.8km, Climb: 398m, Area: Slieve Mish (Ireland)

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Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 4 days ago.
Maumtrasna NE top, approximately 2km NE of Maumtrasna, is worth a visit in its own right. The most direct access is via the steep ridge up to nearby spot height 542. One possible starting point is...

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Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 4 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

Caha Mountains: Tooreennamna
Onzy 19 hours ago.
Route taking in Tooreenamna, an outlier to the west of the Cummeenageera circuit and a highly rated hill. walk, Len: 4.5km, Climb: 439m, Area: Tooreennamna, Caha Mountains (Ireland) Too...

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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller a week ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 5 days ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

Hart Walk
GSheehy a day ago.
{First off, I wasn't with the lads. Just sharing the info.}What?s not to like reading about the trials and tribulation walk, Len: 115.7km, Climb: 3215m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Cloghernagh,

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