Hamish has commented that maybe my fern photographs would look better in the original colours or maybe in black and white. He may or may not be correct. I present here two galleries of images showing these variations for comparison with the purple ferns that I posted earlier.
There are several reasons why I sometimes alter the colours on my photographs.
The first is that it is fun to do it. I enjoy the process and the results. It is therapeutic in a colour-therapy kind of way. I like to experiment with different settings and see what things would look like from an entirely different perspective. Different photographic images respond in a unique way to digital manipulations. You never know what will happen or what you will discover. It is playtime.
Then there is the fact that many of my shots are not technically-speaking very good. I see enough wonderful photographs online to know what constitutes a technically perfect image. Mine are not in that category. Transforming them tends to de-emphasise the imperfections and concentrates the view on other aspects such as the structures, textures and patterns. Digitally altering the photos tends to bring out the features which my eye was drawn to in the first instance.
Added to the above, I am no longer as able to get out and explore that natural world as much as I would like to. My horizons are limited for now. I would like to be out exploring seashores, examining rocks, being fascinated by water, but in the meantime I already have around 500,000 images that I can work on. A considerable number are on-line. 5 GB worth in Jessica’s Nature Blog alone. So I am content for much of the time at the moment with playing with my pictures at home. After ten years of blogging I am sometimes uncertain whether I have previously used an image. I try to be organised with the filing on the computer but cannot always be sure if an image is new to the site – and that is another reason for re-colouring or re-formatting an image to give it a fresh look.
Finally, the images and article on the blog are the result of my personal interests and passions. They are a record of my activities and learning processes. There is no agenda. They are not products as such. It is lovely if someone looks at them. It is great if someone likes or comments about them. It is really encouraging. It generates a warm feeling. Ultimately I just share. The invisible viewers will have their own ideas.