But wait, there’s more . . .

Some more playing around with photographs from my overseas trip. This time from N.Y.C.

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Brooklyn Bridge N.Y.C. 2009

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Flatiron Building N.Y.C. 2009

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Yellow Cabs N.Y.C. 2009

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Statue Of Liberty N.Y.C. 2009

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Chrysler Building N.Y.C. 2009

But is it Art?

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Near Cardiff  2009

It is an often heard tenet that says “digital manipulation software cannot save what is a crappy photograph to start with”.

With some time on my hands, I thought I might explore Nik Software’s Silver Effects Pro further. I had mostly just used the presets, and due to spending a lot of time learning to work with Adobe Camera Raw and non destructive work flows as part of my studies, I had pretty much forgotten about it.

I decided I would revisit some photographs that I took a few years ago in Wales, some of which were a bit ordinary in their original form.

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I had quite a lot of fun getting to know the various settings in Silver Effects Pro which are quite extensive and, to my eye, rather sophisticated. It really is a case where what can be achieved is only limited by one’s imagination.

I do occasionally like to emulate the look of black and white film (Tri-X was always a favourite) which is what I was aiming for here.

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Cardiff Castle 2009

So, I find myself asking myself ‘have I managed to save a crappy photo simply by applying some digital manipulation?’

I think the answer to this is something like, ‘well if I were shooting exactly the same scene on B&W film I would probably have ended up with something very similar.’

Of course retouching out the people in the scene would not have been anywhere near as simple.

Another question I think pertinent is, ‘what about the integrity of the image?’ (does it matter?!)

And, of course, there’s the age old dilemma (well, as old as photography anyway) “is it Art?”

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Near Cardiff  2009

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Near Cardiff  2009

(Some viewers may wonder why, as this is a post about Black and White, that the images within contain colour. It is because I create a B&W image in Silver Effects which becomes a layer in Photoshop which I then blend with the original colour layer.)

Texas

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I am currently reading James A. Michener’s ‘Texas’ which I am enjoying very much, although at 1096 pages I suspect it’s going to take awhile to complete!

After reading a chapter entitled ‘The Mission’ I was inspired to revisit the photographs I took of San Jose Mission in San Antonio which we visited in 2009.

Reading Michener’s book has given me a new perspective on this magnificent site bringing its history to life for me.

I very much hope to get the opportunity to revisit Texas some time soon and maybe see some of the other Missions around San Antonio.