I’ve heard it so many times that it started to annoy me: the photoshop and any interference with your photos are evil, when you apply changes to your shots you lie and distort the reality.
I keep saying over and over again that I need to adjust my photos to show people what I have seen.
Oh, that’s my pet hate! Many people ask what is that I really complain about (“I have never noticed it before, but you’ve told my about it and now I always see them!” I heard) and I simply can’t stand looking at the picture which seems to have water spilling off the edges.
Don’t tell me the reality looks like in the shot on the left! It doesn’t. Even if I’m drunk, it doesn’t.
I guess it’s a common mistake (trend?) of many travellers, especially beginners. New, faraway places seem that we explore seem attractive and we want to emphasise this attractiveness even further by making the colours brighter.
Believe me, I am perfectly aware of what I’m writing about – I was one of such people some time ago. When I look through my photos from Myanmar that are almost 10 years old I cringe when I see lively, exagerated colours. If I were to visit this country again I’m sure I’d take completely different photos, because although the grass in the rainy season was green it was not that green, and the Shwedagon Paya, shiny as it was, looked a bit different as well.
Have you ever looked at photos and thought, “It can’t be true, it looks so unrealistic!” You probably have.
But, have you ever looked and colourful photos and thought it’s the way the world looks like?
My world, the way I see it, is colourful. The more relaxed and chilled out I am, the more bright and lively the world is (No, I don’t take anything to see it like that).
The two photos below have not been altered or changed in any ways, that’s the way I saw it and my camera reflected it perfectly:
Even if it is cold, grey or foggy I look for colour and if there’s anything I’ll notice it!
Having read the above, you might be asking yourself how realistic my photos are. Do I really show what’s out there in the world? Somehow, what you see here is my interpretation of the world – I’m showing you how I perceive it and I hope my photos reflect my attitude towards life.
Sometimes I’m too lazy to adjust the setting on my camera, other times it’s raining and I want to be quick… yes, I do use automatic mode and then I look and realise I need to change something to present it the way it ‘really was.
Look at the photo of a Lisbon tram below:
When I saw it on my computer screen I didn’t like it at all, because it was not how I remembered the scene. I focused on the tram itself and the car on the left passed unnoticed. The sun was blinding and when I pulled off my sunglasses to take this photo it was almost burning my eyes.
So, I’d say that the whole scene looked more like this:
“Your version is much too light and bright,” I heard, “I’ll show you what it was like!”
And that’s another version of the same scene. Not mine. It looks familiar, but it’s not the way I recall it. So, who is right? What was it really like?
I’ll stick to my opinion (it’s my blog after all, isn’t it?)
And what you’ll see on this blog, it will always be own version of the world.
What is the way YOU see the world?