Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rocks in the Head

This is Lake McDonald in the western part of Glacier National Park. This is not MY picture. I saw it on the Earth Porn page of Facebook. I recognized it right away because this is basically my hang-out and where I spend a lot of time. It's a pretty picture, but I had to laugh at someone on the comments who was upset that the photograph had been PhotoShopped so much. She even went as far as to repost it on her Facebook page, telling people to stop PhotoShopping something that was naturally beautiful. Well ... I had to check this out for myself. Below is a picture of these same rocks, taken under the water. As you can see, they are quite colorful, although not nearly as bright as the picture above. It was overcast when I took mine.

Here are the same rocks below using a very slight Instagram filter called Mayfair. As you can see, they are a little more colorful. They certainly aren't as colorful as the top picture, but you get the idea. When I take the picture below and add another Mayfair filter to it, they get even brighter. So, it really doesn't take much to make these rocks super vibrant looking. I can do it right on my phone. It really isn't that hard. The rocks are colorful, and what people don't realize is that they are way more colorful in person. 

It just struck me funny that this woman went out of her way to tell people not to edit a photograph that they took themselves, and then to go on her own page and make another point out of it. If she likes the rocks the way they are — and they are very pretty — she should post some of her own pictures rather than criticize someone else's work. Whether people like it or not, photo editing has been around forever and is here to stay. It's a skill in itself.

Some people only seem happy when they're complaining about what other people do. I noted that on Twitter yesterday after reading a bunch of tweets from people who said Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a bad lyricist. Really? It cracks me up how people say stuff like that because it makes me wonder what THEY have written or contributed to this world to make it a better place. So, the rocks have a little filter to bring their color out more — so what.

Oh, and for what it's worth ... here is another shot of the same rocks using the contrast filter. As you can see, it doesn't take much. Since posting this, I've seen others post untouched pictures that show the true colors of the rocks. It's just funny how people get upset if it's not what they saw or even what they think they saw.