This is what the camera saw at the Readington Balloon Festival:
With mild Photoshop changes, one can get this:
Now, here is a completely untouched shot from last year, showing what things looked like in better light:
Now what the camera "sees" itself is a choice made by Canon engineers as they put together their algorithms for converting sensor voltages into colors. So above, I was perhaps bringing the photograph closer to some ideal reality, where the sun was shining in a blue sky.
But it is possible to exaggerate. If I turn this:
When is the photograph obscuring instead of illuminating reality?
Noted for June 19, 2013
3 hours ago