iPhoneography Monday Challenge: Nature

Decisions, decisions. Which photo of the flowers do you like best? The original, the one with the paint filer, or the black and white?

I have profoundly mixed feelings about manipulating images with the click of a mouse. Is it true artistry or is it simply technical skill? Then again, in the darkroom, we did our share of manipulation–burning and dodging a part of the image, cropping it, and using different photo papers and solutions. Maybe I’m starting to sound like the artists at the turn of the century who deplored the advent of the film camera. They reasoned that photo technology could capture reality with such precision, that it would replace other forms of artistic expression like drawing and painting. As it turned out, photography became its own art form, just other new media.

So, coming back to my original question, which photo filter do you like? Or, do you prefer the original, minimally-altered image taken on my iPhone 4 with an Olloclip macro lens? I’d love to hear what you think!

Flower Burst--Original Shot

Flower Burst–Original Shot 

Flower Burst with Paint Filter

Flower Burst with Paint Filter

Flower Burst Black and White

Flower Burst Black and White

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