Perspectives: Is Seeing Believing?

A recurrent theme you’ll find on A Bloggable Life is that of perspectives, and more so, of the need to constantly re-evaluate and possibly shift them. Even the word re-evaluate counts here: according to some resources, the spelling is reevaluate; according to others, it’s re-evaluate. What’s your perspective? When there are two, distinct possibilities, which will you choose?

I’ve always believed there are as many different ways to look at life, art, possibilities, and challenges as there are people on Earth. I also believe, that no one view is more correct than another. It’s a matter of opinion, of preference, of whose shoes you are standing in, of how you’re choosing to perceive, of what’s influencing you, and of how much you’re willing to trust your senses.

To illustrate this point, I’m sharing a simple image taken last August. With each having undergone basic edits in Photoshop, the question becomes: Which image do you prefer? Which edit benefits the photo? Which detracts from it? And which, if any, changes or influences the way you feel about the shot itself?

First, the original photo…courtesy Dine & Dish

Now, the same image above with very light, basic edits: slight contrast, slight sharpening, slight adjustment of levels. You can barely tell a difference…

Next, the image above was edited using a preset action in Photoshop to give it a slightly bolder, vintage snapshot look…

This version is the same shot as above, now with a bit of sunshine and lens flare added for effect…

Next, we’re back to the original image, only softened, contrasted, and presented in black & white…

Finally, the original image, softened, faded, and pinked up just a bit using preset actions in Photoshop to create a slight vintage feel…as if you were seeing the image in an old scrapbook…

While none of the images pictured above were edited to any drastic degree, I thought these subtle differences illustrated this post’s point perfectly. If you had never seen the original, which version would you like best? Does one edit stand out to you more than the others? Are you surprised by which image you like or dislike most?

To illustrate this point even further, I leave you with this…

So…is seeing believing? Share your perspective!

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