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By: birdyboo , 7:20 PM GMT on September 15, 2005
This was a comment I left at Leia’s WunderBlog Natural vs manipulated. I wanted to repeat it here as a separate entry with some examples.
The bottom line is that black & white used to be considered a ‘manipulation’ at this site making those photographs ineligible for AC but that is not the case now.
Eligibility for AC’s is nice but really secondary. Digital photography offers opportunities for creative control to ordinary photographers that used to be reserved for serious amateurs or pros. This is a wonderful place to experiment with new techniques and look at different ways to present our photographs to their best advantage.
If you haven’t tried black & white and need a convincer take a look at this at Photoandy’s WunderBlog. Sometimes black & white is the best choice for a particular photograph even if your usual preference is color.
This is the pertinent section of the Wunderground Faq on Manipulated Images:
Black & White
Many photographers use "Black and White" or "Sepia" filters for artistic reasons. Black and White and Sepia photography should not be considered manipulated since these forms of photography are very well established.
This modification came about after an exchange in Ikonjon's Blog with Admin on this topic in late July.
The blog entry (Ikonjon’s Blog, Is black & white considered manipulated? NO! BRING THEM ON!!!, July 29, 2005 Updated: 10:29 PM EDT) is not online now but I have a saved version.
There is a little ambiguity in the comments but the faq is clear that black & white is not considered manipulation unless of course the picture has been further modified.
Based on this exchange I believe b/w photographs that meet the other criteria do not need to be marked manipulated. That means b/w photographs can be considered for Approver’s Choice.
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