Injecting mood into photos

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Some time ago I noticed one thing.

Basically ever since I bought and used my now broken 35mm/2.0 lens with my Digital EOS camera, I aimed for crisp, clean photography. While I managed to capture good photos, somehow I lost track at some point what photography is all about (or can be). Surely it isn’t about how sharp the pictures are, but how they touch the viewer, right?

The noiseless, detailed photos that a large portion of my photos are about were at times … static. They didn’t always seem to encapsulate any kind of mood. Sure, the photos seen in Flickr hardly have any people in it (for privacy reasons), but not even living things are required to evoke a feeling in a photo.

So I selected some random photos that I never would have considered publishing as-is and with a little help from Photoshop, did an experiment of trying to inject some life into them by blurring and off-setting some colours. Making them fade away with time like visual memories in one’s head.

The experiment reminded me that at the end of the day, flawless image quality doesn’t always raise chances that the photo will be more interesting. In fact, sharp, clinical photos sometimes leave no space for any emotion to breath in. Pretty basic stuff, but somehow I forgot about that.

I’m clearly not abusing my photos with Photoshop enough.

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