It should be clear that I don't see photography as being restricted to producing
only pure photo-realistic images, but that doesn't mean completely doing away
with realism either. Even with a traditional landscape, a romanticised memory
can be worth more than the dreary "reality" of the moment captured by the
This often brings up the question of how far to go, and at what point does too
far instead turn into not far enough.
In 2007 I went on a trip to Yorkshire,
and took a photo of the
River Wharfe, near Grassington.
It was ok, but I've not really been entirely happy with the image, and I decided
to have a go at re-processing from the same digital negative. Advances in
software alone can often make this a worthwhile activity, but in this case my
own improved processing skills along with a more refined ability to determine
what isn't right about an image also came into play.
It may not be an image that'll win any awards, but I'm satisfied with the degree
of improvement I was able to make, and more importantly that I didn't simply
settle for being just a bit better than before - fixing the crop and exposure
took it a long way - but for each revision I looked at it and kept asking myself
"Am I happy with this? How could it be improved?" and made quite a few tweaks
before I could say there's nothing more to add, nothing more to take away.