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Lavender.... (post #52876)

In the Summer 1995, I had the chance to travel through Provence and pass by lavender fields. Amazing experience, the smell stayed in my memory, as a sweet souvenir

I thought these are wonderful photos

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


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leonap's picture

(post #52876, reply #1 of 18)

Wow! You could sell that first photo. It is almost too beautiful to be real. Thanks for sharing.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52876, reply #2 of 18)

also, I should add, it is a public site, no problem getting the picture and posting some place - I checked before I posted here

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


http://bewitchingkitchen.wordpress.com

Gretchen's picture

(post #52876, reply #3 of 18)

Love, love, love the pictures of lavender fields (and the sun flowers), and haven't ever gotten there for that time.


Great pictures, but the cynic in me says the first one was PhotoShopped. Still great composition and beautiful. Thanks.


Gretchen
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SallyBR1's picture

(post #52876, reply #4 of 18)

you do have a point. It is quite possible.

darnitall. I don't like it now

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


http://bewitchingkitchen.wordpress.com

ashleyd's picture

(post #52876, reply #5 of 18)

I don't think they are Sally's pictures, just ones that she came across. Most professional stuff is PhotoShopped (or post processed as they say) nowadays, the only thing that varies is the amount, the first one looks like HDR (High Dynamic Range) achieved by combining several shots at different exposures. To achieve that result "in camera" would be almost impossible.


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Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52876, reply #6 of 18)

photoshop is nice, but I rather see a real picture. OH, well - it's still pretty beautiful

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


http://bewitchingkitchen.wordpress.com

Gretchen's picture

(post #52876, reply #7 of 18)

I don't mind PhotoShop for repairing pictures, and for removing telephone poles, etc. But I really believe photography should be photography and not a computer driven picture.


If it was good enough for Ansel, it's good enough for me!!   ;o)


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ashleyd's picture

(post #52876, reply #9 of 18)

But the great Ansel worked in black and white and spent an inordinate amount of time setting up those shots working in the darkroom. Those images are not as "natural" as they seem.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

ashleyd's picture

(post #52876, reply #8 of 18)

That's an interesting philosophical point, once upon a time you took a photograph which was a reasonable representation of what you saw through the viewfinder, but because of the inherent flaws in the optical, physical and chemical processes that it had to go through the final result was an approximation of what you actually saw. Haven't we all been disappointed when we got our photos back in the days of film, the sludgy image in the picture was nothing like we actually saw at the time? Using PhotoShop (and other tools and techniques) what we can turn out now is actually much closer to the reality we actually saw than the previous processes allowed. What do you want, a manipulation process which gives a "true-to-life" image or an untouched process which gives a flawed image?


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #52876, reply #10 of 18)

Totally agree with this. There has ALWAYS been manipulation of photographs via the development process, to adjust color balance, brightness, focus, etc. Nowadays it's just done digitally instead of with chemicals.


 



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Gretchen's picture

(post #52876, reply #12 of 18)

Not anything like to the extent you can do with PhotoShop.  Color chemicals or print making by the Zone system, as Ansel Adams did did not manipulate to the extent you do now.  Ansel Adams was the consummate print maker.  I don't know about now, but a while back many photo contests required no manipulation.  I have seen pictures (they may have even been posted here) of lighthouses that I would have thought to be shopped, but they weren't.  


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AnnL's picture

(post #52876, reply #14 of 18)

Photo judges can't tell if a photo has been photo-shopped or not, unless it's something really obvious.  So, they pretty much assume most things have been tweeked at least a little. 

Ann
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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Gretchen's picture

(post #52876, reply #15 of 18)

I was really talking about 10 years ago, when digital stuff was just beginning. I agree that probably it is all tweaked now. 


Of course, Ansel Adams did not even crop--it was what it was.


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shoechick's picture

(post #52876, reply #16 of 18)

Great Pics Sally, we're heading to France for three weeks late June/early July next year specifically for Lavender Season :)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

SallyBR1's picture

(post #52876, reply #11 of 18)

I think I might have misunderstood your first post - or read it too quickly (more likely the case :-)

I thought that the IMAGE itself was not real in the sense that parts of separate places were joined together to make a place that does not exist in reality

I've seen plenty of those, but usually the photographer/artist makes it clear that it is a composed, pseudo-real place.

If they only used digital tricks to enhance the image, I have no problem with it.

 


 


American Citizen, with a tropical twist...


(May 29th, 2009)

 


 


http://bewitchingkitchen.wordpress.com

unbaked's picture

(post #52876, reply #13 of 18)

Ohmymymy I don't even like lavendar, but those are wonderful!!!!

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Lee's picture

(post #52876, reply #17 of 18)

Beautiful photos.  We were also in Provence one year when the lavender was in bloom.  The area around Grasse was spectacular, but my most vivid mental image is of Senanque Abbey, which is surrounded by lavender fields, as we looked down on it from a grove of trees where we stopped to picnic.  The photo from this website doesn't capture the sense of peace and the incredible beauty of the setting, nor could anything conjure up the intoxicating scent, but I remember it well.  It's worth a trip to Provence to experience the lavender fields in bloom.


http://www.beyond.fr/sitephotos/senanqueP01.html 

dorcast's picture

(post #52876, reply #18 of 18)

I have an almost identical picture which I took a few summers ago.
It is truly gorgeous there.