The gallery on this page shows a collection of my photoshop projects. I will change it regularly, so if you like what you see, do come back to check for new material.
If you are interested in any of them, as an original or as a professional artprint on paper or canvas, send me an email and I can give you the details about available sizes and prices.
Many a heated discussion has been held about the authenticity of photographs altered with a program such as Photoshop. My opinion is simple: adjustments to photographs similar to those done in the dark room of old are totally acceptable. As good as digital cameras are these days, they always need sharpening and possibly a change in things like the white balance, the colour balance and the cropping. If the sensor was dirty and produced spots on the image, it is even the duty of every serious photographer to remove them and Photoshop is the perfect tool to do that.
I will even go one step further. If the scene could not be captured without some small distractions, it is acceptable to me to remove them digitally. This, to me, is no different than adjusting the crop.
However, completely altering an image and claiming it was taken ‘through the lens’ and not mentioning that, seems to damage the integrity of the photographer. Personally, I love to use Photoshop to create special projects that are very obviously manipulated. In this gallery I have collected a number of those projects.
The first two images could not technically have been captured completely in camera. Moontail is a combination of 2 shots. Part one was the moontail and its surroundings. Moonlight is incredibly strong, so there was enough light in the scene to drag the camera from left to right during a longer than normal exposure time. The second part was the moon itself, taken on a tripod to ensure sharpness. Both were then combined in Photoshop.
The ‘Harvest moon’ shot was created on another date when an extremely big moon was in the forecast. I have apps on my phone that tell me exactly what the coordinates will be for the sunrise. It is easy to miss without such a tool. The first part of the shot was exposed for the lake. The second was focussed on the moon. The two together, both taken with a tripod, were then combined.
I don’t consider these two a classic Photoshop project. The scenes (except for the tail) were exactly like they looked to the naked eye. Humans see more with their brain than with they eyes, actually. Our brain is the most fantastic camera in existence… It makes sure everything is properly exposed, something even the best camera cannot do (yet). If you want to experiment with this statement, try the following. On a very bright day, stand at the edge of a sandy beach. Close your eyes for a minute. When you open them, try to be extremely aware of what happens with your vision. You will notice that for a millisecond, the image you see is completely over-exposed. Then, you will notice that the brain equalises the light and you will see your perfect postcard picture. What we do with manual settings and post production in Photoshop and other similar programs, is what our brain does. We make changes to get as faithful a representation of a scene as possible.
The other projects in the gallery are very clearly ‘Shopped’, with creative intent.
Galleries are best viewed by clicking twice in the first photograph – which will start a full-screen, browsable slideshow.