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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

From one shutter to another

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At one point in my life I worried about and over thought what I should shoot and that even led to some days where I wouldn’t even shoot. Now my world is filled with waking up and just going out the door and all this wonderful stuff appears for me to shoot. Not that I do a good job at it yet but my eyes and mind are open. My heart feels good and I’m remembering things take hard work and lots of time.

Shutter me timbers. Photo by Mike Hartley

Shutter me timbers.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m getting better with the time I’m spending. I do have to plan for more time in the post processing of images. Hell I got to get some tools to do post processing of images first. As I’ve said before, I’ve been avoiding that step for two reasons. Lack of time for post processing and the feeling that I’m creating an illustration when I go too far from what the true image is. I guess all this time in the journalism business kind of gives me an internal code of ethics of sort. Not to imply what anyone does with an image is unethical, mostly enhanced beauty for all, but there is something that doesn’t feel right about it.

I remember early on in my career where I worked in photo reproduction so we were close to the photographs. Very strong photo journalism principles were practices by this group and throughout their careers.

So back to my dilemma. At what point does an image become a photo illustration with the post processing methods available? I have no problem labeling something in the caption stating Photo Illustration when I feel I’ve edited something beyond the point of it being true to the scene. I guess I will learn those lines when I get those tools.

Well, got to get moving again. Got to watch myself, balance on the side of doing too much is creeping up there. May you all have a great morning.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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