This is the Shooting Star photograph without the Vintage Pastel processing. Some of the strong opinions about that kind of processing prompt me to give another personal perspective statement. The following is the response to a comment left by Denise. "The Latin root for amateur means "lover." I do photography, Denise, because I passionately love it. A dimension of that love is creativity. Clearly people can be creative in a wide spectrum of ways. For some, their creativity comes when the camera is at work (I almost said, "in their hands," but many such as myself find the tripod indispensable, especially for macro work). For others, their creativity comes in the digital darkroom, which at its latest is still in its toddler stage. There is no value judgment to be made about where ones creativity is exercised. Personally, although in the past few years, I have learned a great deal about the ins and outs of the digital darkroom, it is not where I find my deepest fulfillment and joy. The cutting edge of my personal photographic journey is in the area of what I would call my photographic vision; and by vision, I mean what is seen by the heart and the soul as much as what is seen by the eye. For many, the camera is primarily a tool. I find it a tool, yes, but it is much more than that. I feel a personal and mystical connection with my camera. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins said, "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." For me, the camera is as holy a vessel as any chalice or paten, and it takes me into the realm of the holy. The cutting edge of my creativity from start to finish has been with my artistic vision, and that occurs to the degree that it does when I am working with the camera. The digital darkroom is just hard work for me.
Others such as Ansel Adams come alive in the darkroom, wet or digital. I celebrate the creativity of others wherever it occurs."
The SOUL of a photographer is in SEEING the beauty ....
The GOAL of a photographer is to use their craft to capture it.
You CANT have one without the other.