Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Fog Of War

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Hey, as long as I'm stuck here in Iraq, I might as well take a few "military themed" pictures for my project 365 picture of the day. I'm calling this one "The Fog of War".

This is definitely a subject where I could probably quite easily write a 1000 word post. However, this blog is very rarely political. So, suffice it to say, my thought on war is that it's very rarely a "black and white" type proposition. There's an awful lot of nuance in that "gray fog".

Actually, on a bit of a "less heavy" subject ... do you like this picture? If so, this is a good example of an image that at the time I took it, was never intended to be seen. It was going to be a "throw away". But then, after playing with it for a while in Photoshop, I really started to like the "feel" of it. And here it is, part of my Picture a day project.

The lesson ...

A very big part of what makes a "good" picture takes place both BEFORE and well AFTER the shutter is snapped. Having a good imagination (for seeing the shot ... then post-processing in the "digital darkroom"), is probably more important than having a "nice" and/or "expensive" camera.

todd

7 comments:

  1. Photography is a very interesting field. As the cliche goes, a picture paints a thousand words. I reckon photos are as powerful as words, perhaps even more powerful at times. The message gets even stronger when you combine the two.

    I realize I do enjoy composing message or ideas by capturing photographs but the thing about me is... I hate technical stuff. Many say that SLR cameras are a must-have if you wish to be a professional photographer. For me, I don't quite need one because of two reasons - I don't know how to use it and I don't intend to be a professional. I just enjoy toying around with images and making the outcome different than what is normally seen by the naked eye.

    I guess that must have summed up that I agree with you Todd. Imagination is probably more important than having an expensive camera. One would be amazed at how imagination makes a basic camera work wonders.
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  2. Your Iraq pics are interesting because all you ever see is the media stuff. I am not very good at the post-processing stuff - I rarely get around to even labelling the images I have by location!
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  3. Wow this fog and knowing where you are makes this shot very moody and almost eerie. The slight blur adds to that too.

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  4. lol, don't get me wrong now ... having a "nice", "expensive" camera definitely helps ... there's a lot more options with a dSLR, and some good lenses. I just think that having the imagination to be able to come up with ideas to use the technology to it's fullest is more important.

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  5. Thanks Lissie!

    I'm just a "Fobbit", so I don't get to see (or take pictures of) any of the "real" Iraq. But then again, I don't generally get shot at, or have people trying to blow up my truck either ... so all-in-all, I'm not complaining.

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  6. Hi Ari,

    hmmm ... yea, moody .. .that's kind of what I was going for.

    Thanks

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  7. Hahaha... Yeap, there are more features with the SLR cameras and that, along with great imagination, takes photography to a whole new level.
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