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padodes
2008-08-09 15:54:22
The process of photography
With holidays a fading memory and thoughts turning to Irish hills again, I found it pleasant to read last month’s MV Newsletter. Under the heading ‘Mountain Photography’, it directed me to the Walkers Association website and there a very fine photo of Mullaghanattin by Eric O’Gorman (winner of MV’s competition in 2006) caught my attention. Perhaps as added commendation, the photo was described as being ‘unmanipulated’, which I take to mean not post-processed. The impression, however, that an image that has not been post-processed using computer software is therefore completely ‘unprocessed’ - and hence, implicitly, more genuinely true-to-nature and objective - is hardly an accurate one. It doesn’t take into account what has already taken place in the camera itself. Even in the simplest cameras, pre-programmed algorithms get to work straight away on the raw data registered by the sensor when the button is pressed. This usually entails the compression of the data into a Jpeg file, discarding in the process what the camera ‘interprets’ as non-essential, even though that may include detail we would ourselves prefer to preserve. It also means that the colours are rendered according to algorithms that likewise interpret the colour data received. If you can arrange to have several differently branded cameras to photograph the same landscape simultaneously, using the equivalent photo setting of ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ on each one, you will find that the colours will still vary, and sometimes considerably, from camera to camera. Whether any one of them reproduces closely what the eye has seen is very much open to question. On the other hand, if your camera allows you to shoot ‘raw’, without in-camera processing, you can later use a computer programme to do what the camera has done, although this time with a far greater degree of personal control and perhaps fidelity to your original vision. Similarly, you can re-process a Jpeg file to get the picture to look as vibrantly close to what you saw as you can get it. It is true that this also opens up, not only the possibility of some degree of artistic interpretation, but also that of ‘creation’ and downright ‘manipulation’. Given the documentary nature of MountainViews, my own opinion would be that post-processing should not be of the creative kind. I recently saw the web page of an Irish photographer, offering his heavily ‘Photoshopped’ images of Wicklow. They were aesthetically pleasing, but had little to do with the 'real' Wicklow I walk in.


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Tievecrom: Ring of Hills
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
Coming down off Slieve Gullion (Culann's Mtn) you get this lovely framed view of Forkhill sandwiched between Croslieve and Tievecrom. It's easy to understand how a village might pop up in such a n...

  
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Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin a day ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Barr na Coilleadh: Shapely perhaps phallic tower.
simon3 a day ago.
Barnacuillew and it's Irish Aviation Authority radome pictured from the north.

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Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 a day ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce

  
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Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra a day ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
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Lenadoon Point: Huge panorama on geologically interesting shoreline.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day ago.
This is point with a very large panorama at the north east mouth of Killala Bay. There is an old signal tower there once put there for military reasons and then later for commercial shipping purpo...

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Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 a day ago.
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has ... walk, Len: 8.1km, Climb: 245m, Area: An Bhinn Bhu?, North Mayo (Ireland) An B

  
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St. John's Island: A Tunnel Runs Through It
Pepe 2 days ago.
Easily accessible from Ballydowane strand, this island lies a couple of hundred metres to the left as you stand on the beach - just off the easterly arm of Ballydowane cove. There is a small carpa...

  
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Gull Island South: A Kingdom of Cormorants
Pepe 2 days ago.
Plenty of room to park at Ballyvoony cove. Gull Island lies about half a kilometre to the southwest, with a small outcrop of rocks directly to the south of the island. I gave Gull Island South - a...

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Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Small top, big drop.
simon3 3 days ago.
The summit is truly a bump on the spur to the north of Lough Dirkbeg. From Buckaun you can get an idea of the approx 250m cliff beside the summit down towards the lough.

  
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Lofoten Islands Norway
brenno 5 days ago.
There are innumerable wonderful views on the coast of Norway, but the area around the Lofoten Islands offers probably the best. Don't know the name of the mountain in the pic, but it's about an ho...


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