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| p.60 #10 · Fujifilm X-mount Image Thread |
I like the image, but the plane doesn't add to the image, it detracts. I'd clone it out, personally. With just the person and great sunset, you've got a fantastic composition.
I'm not sure I agree entirely, but there's no doubt the plane draws the eye, and alters the image and meaning. Whether that is good or bad depends on the i) the viewer, and ii) the intended story the image is telling.
But I find myself of a totally different opinion regarding cloning-- I'm against it.
There's obviously no right/wrong on the subject, but my personal feeling is that if an image is shot in a documentary style-- and to me, this surely is--we're better off following the general photojournalistic ideas of of publishing without cloning things out, or making other alterations that dramatically change the meaning/reality of a shot.
If the shot is for commercial purposes, or intended as photo-illustration, clone away, I guess.
But I tend to feel cheated even when I see a beautiful/surreal image hanging on a wall, or in a calendar... only to find out that this small feature was cloned out, an extra cloud is layered in, or the water selectively shifted to a different hue. Yeah, it's all a grey area-- almost all of us tweak exposure, contrast, even curves. But in my mind the second something is cloned out (other than a dust spot), I think we lose something.
Disclosure: I shoot photojournalistic work, so I'm biased. But even as a child I was always let down by the promise/delivery of things like travel brochures hawking manufactured/unrealistic scenes.
Re Brody and X100s: It's obviously not my decision, but my gut feeling is to keep this thread to interchangeable lens XTrans cameras. For a couple reasons. There's something special about all the X100-bodies posting in their own thread (which already exists), since the gear itself is very unified, with almost purely the same focal length for every image. And likewise, there's something nice about the diversity of images and focal lengths here. Given how many more x100 style bodies I imagine there are compared to the XPro/XE bodies, I'd be afraid our thread might get diluted, and theirs might lose its special potency.
And perhaps this might sound photographically elitest, but I suspect the X100 users as a whole (not all, obviously you're a perfect example of the opposite) are using their cameras more like snapshot shooters. This thread has such a high quality ratio, and such well-thought out images from so many folks. And it's already quite popular/quick moving. I'm not sure we'd gain a whole lot by adding even more users of a slightly different body style... and we might in fact lose something. I personally like looking at both the X100/X100s thread and this one separately.