Hope that everyone had a nice weekend.
Have been thinking a lot about the digital darkroom lately. The technology and software that is available today is astounding (and we are just in the infancy stage). Many of you love it and are doing excellent creative work using it. You have my utmost respect and admiration; you truly do. However, my goal is to try to get the photograph to look as close as possible to what I remember seeing. A couple of months ago, Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski, two experts and gurus who have as broad and as deep a knowledge of the technology and software as anyone, had a conversation on Photoshop User TV as to what they themselves actually "do." It went like this. They quickly delete anything that they think is not a quality photograph. Then they make a few adjustments (for them, generally in Lightroom, and occasionally in Photoshop) that RAW files require. And a very few photographs get a little further processing. It is a very quick, down and dirty process. I don't know why, but that conversation brought a tremendous sense of relief for me. I really don't have to buy and learn and use every resource that is available. What I am now committed to is learning and using a few resources well. I simply do not have the time or the energy, or, for that matter, even the desire to take in and digest and use all of what is available. I couldn't pull it off even if it was my heart's desire. What I love is being in the field and shooting. When I am out there shooting, I lose all sense of time (and sometimes, even space). I feel like I have died and gone to heaven. My heart and my soul overflow (I realize that that sounds sloppily sentimental, but it is true). Many of you know exactly what I mean! (And maybe, just maybe, I will be able to bring myself to get rid of that humongous backlog of articles and books and bookmarked files and tutorials that I will never get to.)
“Spirit isn’t a phenomenon; it is the whispered truth within a phenomenon. As such, spirit is gentle; it persuades by the softest touch. The messages never get louder, only clearer.”
– Deepak Chopra