Tuesday, October 6, 2009
why the eye is superior to the camera and Sunrise on the Construction Site
This view has stayed with me for awhile, sitting in my mind's eye. It's a difficult place to paint; constant construction vehicles, dust and people. I wanted to work on a bigger painting from this site and for me that means work on site to understand the landscape and light. Memory and plein air work will ALWAYS be better than any photograph for creating a painting.
Let me list the reasons:
1. Cameras only capture a limited value range. They especially wash out shadows.
2. The camera sees with one eye we see with two - the result is distorted shapes
3. Cameras and computers only work with 3 colors red, blue and yellow. The eye sees limitless colors.
Have I convinced you? It's usually easy to spot work done from only photos and yes it's ok to use photos as reference. All I am trying to say is trust your ability to create.