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Old 04-10-2016, 12:28 AM   #5
John West
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We seem to be entering an era where "over processing" to achieve some kind of artistic effect is acceptable, even desirable. This is not bad, just different. I have done a similar thing when post-processing older underexposed slides, in order to "save" them. For example

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In my case I call it the "Ted Rose Effect", because it makes the image look a bit like one of his water colors.

Photoshop and similar apps offer all kinds of options to "improve" images and not surprisingly photogs are finding ways to use them. The effects can be striking. In a way it is little or no different than using backlighting to achieve artistic effects.

But obviously what works and what doesn't is in the eye of the beholder. Some of it I like, some I don't, and some times what is good in small amounts becomes uninteresting when used routinely.
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