Moon and (not) stars


Moon and (not) stars

WPP 2015 - Week 12 - Moon / Sun
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
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Something a little different for me. With perfectly clear skies, and a very thin sliver of a moon, it was tough coming up with an image that was not boring. 

Playing around with one of my on-tablet photo editing suites, I ran the edge-detection algorithm over the image - and got this. The 'stars' are actually faintly hot pixels - which is why you can see some of them in the arms of the moon - that were detected as 'edges'. 

It was a lot of fun to see a photo turn into a cartoon, without actually trying to do so!

Comments

  1. There are some who would argue that this is no longer a photograph.  Myself, I don't know where I would draw the line.  You would not have this image if you did not start with a camera.

    In one of my photo magazines many years ago, a photographer in charge of a TV shoot got in an argument with a TV cameraman.  "That will ruin my image quality," argued the cameraman.  
    The photographer replied, "I'm not interested in image quality, I'm interested in image!"
    The client went with the photographer's version.

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  2. Interesting story, Tom Cooper. And it is an interesting question. 

    This was a conflict that I had to confront in myself some years ago. Prior to that, I was strongly anti-post processing - beyond the occasional corrective crop.

    So, when does post-processing go beyond photography? What about complex photographic collages? Airbrushing? Do any of these stop a photograph being a photograph?

    After several months of internal debate and listening to similar arguments by various critics and other photographers, I decided that it stops being a photograph when the photographer says it is no longer a photograph

    Now I cheerfully tweak colours, exposures, add blur filters, and all the rest - until the image looks right to me. Remarkably, this photo is the result of just two edits - the crop, and the edge-detection.

    And, if you are asking yourself questions about the photo, then my job is done. I was trying for 'not boring'!

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  3. Great fun and a grand idea for the theme :)

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