Some photography purists resent photo manipulation, but others enjoy how it has opened up photography to new people and new ideas. Caras Ionut is a Romanian photographer and digital artist who makes a great case for digital art and photography.
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Going safely well beyond the real photographer Sarolta Bán, presents these surreal images that are the result of imaginative photo manipulation. I’d happily live in that camera house in these images, through not so much in the world they show.
This photo is effective in that it is a big ship on a little waterfall. It does look realistic, though one would hope that is isn't. It is effective in how the water where the boat is split to make room for the boat
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