Lens Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

What a great challenge and a perfect start to talk about another kind of change than the seasonal one. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – or better, the past few years with the rise of smartphones, Apps, Instagram and technology getting cheaper and more accessible for everyone):

How our perception is changing with the possibilities of technology and software, how altered images become the norm and we don’t even think about how much we may be “fooled”.

Hello Everyone, I’m Mona, a 30 year old Graphic Designer taking Passport Pictures, retouching Images and digitally restoring old photographs in a Portrait Studio all day long.
In my spare time I love the opposite for my personal relaxation and happiness:
Capturing beautiful light and moments in nature & cities.

Starting with the camera settings

this is the most basic part and already such a big influence on the mood of the image. From setting the temperature, the exposure/brightness or a wide or closed aperture for a magical sparkly blur or pin sharp lines in landscape and architecture to working with ND / Polarizing / Gradient Filters to preserve certain parts of the image and alter the other parts (mostly the darker parts we want to brighten)

the base
an underexposed shot of thirty seconds to preserve the lights and turn the water into a silky blanket

Now into the editing software / apps

this is basically the new dark room where there’s almost endless possibilities to change our shot into what we want it to be. In addition to the physical work during taking the shot we can basically edit almost all of the above.

adjusted exposure in camera raw / bridge / photoshop
instant change of the mood of the image. With its original green-ish temperature it’s still moody, very fitting two weeks before halloween, especially with the ghostly river
adjusted warmth of the image
although still surreal the warmer, red-ish tones change the gloomy feel into a more pleasant fairytale vibe
very dramatic highly saturated image
pushing the colors and contrast for a very dramatic look

Change is nothing new

it’s only the methods changing and the ways we work and make things happen. From Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (Source:Wikipedia) who took some of the first color photographs around 1900 by using RGB filters, taking three photographs and “stacking” them into one additive color image, to Ansel Adams (Source:Wikipedia) during the 1920s to 1950s, doing everything in every step of the process to make his images as beautiful and dramatic as possible.

If you are interested, there’s a very beautiful documentary about Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers of all time and how he had full control over his images from the taking of the photo to virtuosic work in the darkroom


Technology is making it very easy and accessible to alter images the way we want them to look – without much knowledge – from photoshopped reality to body slimming apps and filters taking us back to the warm, nostalgic feel of film sometimes when digital looks too cold, flat and clean. Just soften the lights and shadows, add some grain et voilà…

preset to imitage the look of film
softened lights and shadows, a little sharpened and added contrast and some grain

As much as I love editing images and creating a certain mood or atmosphere

A sad downside of it I’m experiencing every single day at work is the changing self image of people (mostly female teenagers) who still don’t seem to be aware of how altered images have become the norm and trying to achieve that technically created reality – be it body image or flawless homes & lives which for both body and mind is very unhealthy till impossible in some aspects.
An aspect I’m really hoping is becoming more aware and people seeing altered images as art, pleasing to watch but not reality.

Each Saturday a new challenge is hosted one of these four bloggers.
Week 1–Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2–Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
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3 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

  1. A pleasure both reading and following the process with your photo. I must agree with you on every point here. It is especially of great importance to change the views of the young. So many young girls destroy their lives because of misconceptions. Thank you for joining in!

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  2. Thankyou very much, Tina. I’m so happy I discovered your challenge. It’s such a great way to get into writing longer articles again, at least once a week (it’s been a while) and what I’ve seen and read we all seem a little like minded – really love that ♥


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