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Is this real? Would Ansel Adams approve? I think so. Every pixel is exactly what the camera captured, but it bears no resemblance to what we would see. But it's what I saw. Colours have been saturated and desaturated, contrast has been added and removed, but no, it's definitely not real. But nor were Ansel's prints when you think about it..Real or not real? Some people believe photography should be kept pure and not adulterated with digital filters and special effects. That, they claim, is not photography.Photography is what comes out of a camera. You observe a subject through the viewfinder, press the shutter button and the result is a photograph. If you change it too much in a computer or on your smartphone, then it is no longer photography. It should be called something else.So what is a ‘real’ photograph? Lots of people list Ansel Adams as someone who created real photographs, but were they?It’s a great conversation and when I saw that the Australian National Maritime Museum is holding an exhibition of original Ansel Adams prints in Sydney, I thought what a great opportunity to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard.To view the full story visit the Better Photography website:

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