Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/02/02

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Subject: [Leica] My attitude about Colo(u)r
From: SonC at (
Date: Wed Feb 2 16:11:34 2005

For the record, I don't think I am related to Ric, but it sure sounds like  
similar DNA.
In a message dated 2/2/2005 6:08:23 P.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

Seldom  do I have the memory capacity to recall the color balance of a 
given  frame. Heck, our brains do so much to jerk around our reaction to 
color?  what color predominated the last 15 minutes of our lives has 
huge effects  on what we see. What I see on the same monitor is much 
different  if  the shade is drawn or open; if the light across the room 
on; if I remember  to shift to a gray desktop picture.

For the years that I worked in  newspapers, I worried about not 
betraying reality. I left hideous  powerlines in otherwise lovely 
compositions. I corrected color (when the  little paper allowed me the 
luxury of color) to match the real situation  as best I could.

Now, the non-journalistic work I do is for the  pleasure of MY eye. The 
color falls where I like (or will settle for on  those stubborn ones). 
Unsightly trees, or trash, or powerlines are  banished without  

Unless you must exactly portray  reality, the color balance of a photo 
is no more right or wrong that the  pallet chosen by any other artist. 
Some may like it and others not, but it  can?t be wrong to the 
photographer unless they don?t get what they  want.

Ric Carter

Natchitoches, Louisiana
Oldest continuous  settlement in La Louisiane
?galit?, libert?,  crawfish

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