As I mentioned before, we were not allowed to post process during the week. All printed files were JPEG’s straight out of the cameras. Yet I decided to process them to post in order to retain the look of the blog. That brings the question of how much post processing should be allowed in reportage ? Traditionnally, pictures remained untouched with the look being either the one of the orginial B&W or color film. Yet, with the introduction of digital, more and more reporters have been altering their files in magnitudes bigger than just adjusting curves. It even seems that the notion of « artistic reportage » has emerged over the last few years. I think this makes photography more interesting, as long as the processing is not above altering the scenes through adding or removing key elements. I am sure that a photoshop expert could have opened the BBQ grill below and added a few sausages cooking in smoke … were it the case, I think it would definitely be wrong.
Below are the JPEG and post processed version of a picture of a lady I met at Gloria beach. Note that the processing applied is completely different than my usual one since I usually only shoot raw (I did not use the raw + JPG version on my camera). The look somewhat remains similar but I was not able to match it as raw files are much easier to work with and retain much more information.
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter