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||Almost a year here now, and I am still a complete newbie to photography I think. My tastes, I have discovered, are pretty far off the mainstream, but I have also learned the difference between "taste" and intrinsic quality - two very different things! I want this new passion to remain fun above all, and since I am not very competitive, I won't ever reach the level of the great photographers on this site, but the chance to learn from and converse with so many great people who love photography is just the best gift I've received in years. While I love viewing the wonderful creativity of the "Photoshop Masters", my personal goal is to learn more actual photography basics and skills - so my focus here is to strive for progress in my photography first and then software editing as needed to present a better final image. Thank you to all who have made my time here an incredible experience.
It struck me today that in some ways I actually feel bad about my highest scores being on images that were fairly "simple" for me and don't necessarily represent what I would do with photography if I had the skill and equipment. There are many here who do the photography that I can only dream of right now. I love a lot of the darker images, emotive photography, photos that tell a story or make you think of one, and a good abstract is always a treat, and I could go on. So, again, DPC is here for us to learn and have fun, but not always our final benchmark!
April 2005: I think I finally understand why I sometimes get an attiitude about PS. I enjoy the idea of capturing a slice of beatuy or meaning out ouf my world or environmment and seeing what might have been missed. I don't feel compelled to clone out each "imperfection" of the reality - that is what creating a drawing or painting from scratch is for, to "create" a perfect representation of what you are seeing in your mind's eye. But I don't want each photograph to be a perfect piece of "clean" art, but rather, to convey the experience I initially wanted to capture. I don't want to draw or paint, I want to capture. Before I get nasty PM's, let me say again, this doesn't apply to all photography, just some for me.
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