I’m sorry, I don’t usually do this, but it’s either launch a minor rant or start committing acts of violence against inanimate objects. And by God, this is the Internet – if I can’t rant here, where can I rant?
I saw a picture on one of the major photo-sharing sites a day or two ago – an early fall scene with some large pumpkins and a wagon set in a field with trees on either side, taken from a low angle into what appears to be sunset (could be sunrise, I suppose). The composition wasn’t bad, the subject was pleasing enough. Nothing spectacular, mind you, but nice; it was the sort of image that might be found on a postcard in a small shop in Vermont, next to the tiny souvenir bottles of maple syrup.
Or it would have been nice if the levels of saturation and contrast hadn’t been bumped up so high as to make my eyes bleed instantly. It was so garish as to look like a cartoon. The palette was like something from an 80s hair metal video. I began to wonder if there was a corner of New England where the landscape was made entirely of neon, or that had been exposed to comically high levels of radiation (movie radiation that makes things glow and causes giant angry lizards to come out of the ocean, not the bad kind). There wasn’t a subtle pixel left, just one blindingly bright color after another. Pictures like this need warning labels and special safety glasses.
The saddest part is that it would have been so much more interesting if it were rendered in muted colors. The light was decent, and the brighter shades would have still come through, but the effects of the sunset would have been more noticeable and the feel would have been painterly and soft. As it is, it is the artistic equivalent of being stabbed in the face: sure, it might be a really nice knife, but you’re likely too distracted by the searing pain and the fact that it’s embedded in your skull to appreciate it.
OK, I’ll stop now. But please people, for the love of God, stop making the world several times louder than really it is. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. And you know, the sliders move both ways.