I am very a much purist when it comes to taking shots. My Fuji X100S is a retro-style, 3/4 camera, with full digital functions, gadgets and gizmos, also fully manual features, exactly like a good old fashioned camera. The kind of which I grew up with. My fiancé always looks slightly confused when I tell him that I compose each of my shots as if my camera actually had film in it. He believes in the power of digital ease, and rightly so, why bother with the faff right?
However, for me one shot should suffice (partly because I have a hard time deleting shots unless they are no good – I do however use the automatic focus button), also because having been an artist all my life I like the challenge it sets in getting the shot ‘right’ in the first place. I feel a real sense of achievement when I get a shot I love.
My fiancé being the technologically advanced man he is, and very talented photographer I might add, is always introducing me to new editing techniques that help ‘paintify’ (a word he’d use) my captures, and to give them that extra double-whammy factor. So I’ve been playing around lately, getting ever braver with my exploits, and realising that it’s immense fun, with the results at times being quite astounding. This works particularly well with those shots that I consider to be quite dull because of inopportune light-levels and such like. The times when I just couldn’t achieve the effect I wanted, but was too reluctant to delete the shot, just in case I could do something with it.
With the image of the docks on the island of Burano in Venice above, all I did was tweak the colour and contrast settings a little, the composition is as it was taken. But I’m liking the effect a lot. It appeals to the synaesthete in me very much. It’s how I see the world in my mind.