Is this taking PP too far?

Discussion in 'Graphics Programs and Photo Gallery' started by xs400, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. xs400

    xs400 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I've been playing around with some extreme post processing using PS Elements v7. Here are a couple of shots from last weekend after processing. Heck, these don't even look like photos anymore. Shots were taken down by the Port of San Francisco.
    Originally taken with Pentax K100D + DA 18-45mm.
    Comments are welcome.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. robertwsimpson

    robertwsimpson No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,471
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    West Palm Beach, Fl
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    the second one is cool!
     
  3. Goontz

    Goontz TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,275
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin/Houston, TX
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    They look like sketches or drawings on paper; pretty neat. As far as being overkill, I suppose that's personal preference and what you want out of them. Again, pretty cool effect and I'm sure it was fun to play with :)
     
  4. GRODY

    GRODY TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2009
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    MIAMI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    i think so... it looks like your in highschool if you put the picture in photoshop and throw 3 filters on it.. thats just me though..
     
  5. SrBiscuit

    SrBiscuit TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,721
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    NH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    i agree with grody.
    they look like those lame artistic filters.

    they dont enhance the photos to me at all, so i'd rather look at the actual shots.
     
  6. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,475
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Too far?

    I think it's an art, so it's really up to the artist what they want their creation to look like.

    There's really no such thing as too little or too much, who can say but the person with the vision.
     
  7. c.cloudwalker

    c.cloudwalker TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    5,394
    Likes Received:
    405
    Location:
    An American in Europe
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    When there is nothing recognizable as photography anymore then, yes, I believe it is too much PP. In your case, because I have seen that filter effect before, I know it started as a photograph.

    But in this case (http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/general-gallery/174910-man-his-sack.html) when I first opened the thread I wondered why the OP was posting in a photo forum :lol:

    There is no ONE truth. What can be too much for me may not be enough for someone else and vice versa. But as I said, for me, it needs to have something recognizable as photo somewhere in there.
     
  8. xs400

    xs400 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Well, based on the replies, the effect of post processing on these two shots is something you either like, or your don't.
     
  9. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,229
    Likes Received:
    5,006
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    It's like the debate about past painting 'masters' using a camera obscura to produce their art. Vermeer is a classic example. His work was judged less than mediocre, till he befriends the guy that built the first practical microscopes, Anton Van Leeuwenhoek.

    Many think Anton built Vermeer a camera obscura. Vermeer's work improved suddenly and dramatically and as it turned out Van Leeuwenhoek was the executor of Vermeer's estate, controlling the disposition of Vermeer's effects.

    So, as to your question, "is this taking pp to far?" Only you can judge.
     
  10. skieur

    skieur TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5,076
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Whether it is carrying postprocessing too far, is really totally irrelevant. It is a "creation" , a "work", an "image". The important question is: "Is it sufficiently visually effective to stand on its own in quality, irrespective of how it was "created"?

    skieur
     

Share This Page