I am usually a purist when it comes to photos, I don’t like computer art very much. It always seems contrived and inorganic. So when I take a picture, I try to stay away from working it too hard on the computer. My joy comes from creating a picture that doesn’t need a lot of manipulation beyond a little cropping.
Today, it’s a bit on the hot side out there so I hurried to take some pictures only to find that they weren’t all that great. So instead of going back out, I decided to play with the toggles on iPhoto (easier than going into Photoshop although not as much fun) and see what I could do. It’s amazing…if you aren’t worried about capturing the piece “as is” you can get some cool effects. I let go of my purist stance and played with color and exposure. I’m still not sure it’s all that great a photo/piece of art, but for me, it was an interesting process.