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A plea.

As people, armed with fancy and expensive cameras, and even more expensive lenses, we have the responsibility ,to accurately document and to preserve native flora images, as a matter of historical and botanical record. Accurate representation should be paramount .Photography has the ability to transgress the boundaries between art and science. The final work or image, should not only be aesthetically pleasing to the eye but also provide accurate representation of the flora. Botanical standards have to be considered in order to provide an exact record of the distinguishing characteristics.Producing something that hardly looks natural with a bilious combination of colours, is misrepresenting the true nature.A multicoloured style is hardly natural.Please leave alone the native flora,or…

Ethics/Aesthetics.

When we manipulate images in Photoshop, we should consider both, ethics and aesthetics.Ethics according to the dictionary, is a code of morals of a person, religion, group, profession.Something that you think about, you follow, and live by. Aesthetics on the other hand, is dealing with beauty, taste, and one’s appreciation of beauty. With digital processing, there is no limit to what can do, and many are done with the best intentions. The question is, when does the pursuit of beauty, violate our ethics?

Photoshop

Photoshops can lead people to believe in a reality that does not actually exist . Nature photography that we often see in glossy books can be stunning, but it can also be fake, courtesy of digital technologies . Nature is beautiful,and needs no human intelligence to improve on what was created. If you add something that wasn’t there in the original scene, you’ve crossed the line into fiction.…

If you are trying to portray a picture as truthful, then it is unethical to photoshop. If your purpose was to create fiction,then you may go ahead and add, substract, manipulate the colours, and destroy the original. Once you photoshop a picture, it is no longer an original creation,but a manufactured fake. The real beauty is out there in nature and any representation of that beauty in a phot

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