While out walking yesterday my progress was arrested by this horrific face staring up at me. It only took a milli-second to realise that it was just a tree root worn by the passage of many boots and revealing its internal structure to the world. When I got home I read some of my favourite blogs and found that Madge "The View From Right Here" was asking questions about how much we edit our photos, a matter that I've often thought about. So here is my rather extended answer.
You see, I've passed by that old tree root many times before and it's never interested me before. In fact I doubt I could find it again without a long search. And when I looked at the photo it didn't have the same intensity as when I'd been stopped by it in the wood. Maybe I should edit the photo on the computer. Would that be cheating in some way?
For the technos: the "face" was transformed to a near B/W image by de-saturating the image. Then some vignetting was carried out - making the picture darker around the edges to make the "face" stand out. (Interestingly early cameras used to do that anyway due to imperfections in their lenses, they also weren't as sharp at the edges as modern cameras - lots of shots benefit from re-introducing this "old look" on the computer). Then a new layer was created and very subtle colour was added which was later blurred a little. Hopefully it now has the same impact which that old tree root had for that milli-second I experienced it.