, Salem, MA


July 10, 2014

Reader's Eye: Douglas Bowker

Name: Douglas Bowker

Hometown: Salem

Description: “About a week ago, the weather made a sudden turn from rainy to clearing, and we had a brief but spectacular sunset. As I headed over to Collins Cove to snap a few pictures, what struck me first was the perfect moment of golden light falling on the blue spires of the Russian Orthodox church at the end of Forrester Street, where I live.

Some artistic license has been taken in the form of “digital architectural restoration,” and I also removed the power line that would have cut across the image, but otherwise this is how it really looked.

I look for those natural moments in the world around us that bring out a little bit of magic if you take the time to see them.”

Camera info: Canon EOS 60D, with EF 50mm, f/1.8 II, 1/60


The sunset’s warm glow reflecting off the church spires complements the cool blues and purples. It is cropped well. Good use of space. The angles of the spires and crosses give the image a dramatic look.

The photographer mentioned the photo was slightly changed to enhance the final image. Altering the image opens up the idea for discussion. How far can a photographer go to digitally manipulate an image, if at all? That is the question one must ask oneself as a photographer.

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