Back when I was a teenager there was a cassette tape company by the name of Memorex. Some of you may be old enough to remember cassette tapes and the Memorex slogan, "Is it Live or is it Memorex?" Anyhow, the premise was that the quality of their cassette tapes was such that recordings made with Memorex tapes were nearly indistinguishable from whatever source they were recording. BTW, Memorex is still around; their cassettes, not so much.
"What does that have to do with photography?", you may be asking. You may or may not be aware of just how amazing photo editing software has become. In the past couple of years, an old Photoshop process has gained quite a bit of new traction; so much so that there are companies touting layering (compositing) as a major feature. In current photography, it is most often used to replace a boring original sky with a more exciting photo (usually purchased and professionally photographed) of a sky in order to make the end result more eye-catching. In fact, it's so easy to do, practically anyone with basic editing skills can replace a sky in a matter of seconds with a very convincing substitute.
"But, what does that have to do with your photography, Craig?" I do edit photos -- repairing dust spots, cropping, enhancing tonality, saturation, desaturation, etc.; the digital equivalents of dodging, burning, and chemical baths as done in the days of film photography. However, I want my work to be appreciated for my interpretation of the scene that actually existed, not for adding content in an effort to gain greater recognition. I have no problem with photographers who do composite imagery; I've seen some amazing work. That's just not the type of photography I do.
Thank you for reading, thank you for your encouragement and support, thank you for telling others about my work, and, especially, thank you for being part of my photographic journey!