Is the trash your best friend?

posted on 19th of august, 2007

I´ve heard several photographers affirmed: “The best photographer’s friend is the trash”.

I know several photographers who have no mercy with photos that aren’t perfect at the first side (or after a small color adjustment). I can’t say the same about me.

Like with this photo. Imagine the picture without any light effect and without the blue color in background. During walk, my husband, I and our retriever have encountered this Christian cross. But the sky was colorless and the image didn’t come out interesting. However, I didn’t want to give it to the trash.

My husband suggested me to isolate it and to use it for a photomontage. My husband says: “You must make isolation of object in the right day, for example, during days that you don’t feel creative.”

I didn’t feel the right mood for isolating the cross that day (well, it is hard that I have the right mood for isolating, but sometimes I do have it). I have started to play with selective color (blue), with channels mixer and saturation of blue colors. But the image was still too “flat”. So I continue to play – now with flares and lightning effects. Here is the result.

In the end, it was the right choice to keep this photo. I do consider the trash being my friend, but I admit I am not easily dedicating photos to my “friend”. What about you, are you generous with your "friend" the trash? :-)

Comments (1)

Posted by Starblue on August 19, 2007
Thanks for your nice words, Lavanya. My husband tells me, like you, step by step I will be more and more "generous" with the trash :-)

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