There is a new trend I see appearing in people's photography, thanks in large part to the digital photography era in which we are immersed. This trend is one of photography emulating painting. In fact, this movement happened before about 110 years ago when the Pictorialists were pushing for photography to be accepted as a true form of art. It was a time when photography was considered by most only as an industrial process and lacking of the craft and imagination required of creating painting or sculpture. These first time fine art photographers incorporated atmosphere and texture into their photography with various shooting tricks like vasoline on the lens and other printing techniques. I myself print with gum bichromate photography and am thrilled with the results these old techniques offer. Soon after, photography became its own art and the Straight photography movement of "clear photography" was born giving rise to the f-64 group and those many who followed throughout the rest of the century. From photography on tv, computer screens, magazines, frozen tv dinners, cell phones our pockets, we are bombarded with images of people, places, and things in a rising crescendo. The visual impact straight photography once must have had seems to have been slowly dying out in proportion to the number of images flooding our visual system. Photography in the straight sense is evaporating, aging, perhaps even dying. Quite suddenly, there is a rise of a new type of photography this century. Digital techniques, such as HDR photography in particular, seem to be moving photography in a new/old direction of emulating Painting. We find images of places, people and things, in an HDR photograph yet the values are rendered similar to how the eye perceives a scene. Light tones of the sky are darkened in a slow gradient from the darker shadow tones which are lightened, to reveal the details our eyes would normally see but hidden from the eye of the traditional camera shot. Photography is being used in the digital era to capture the world as we see it with our eyeballs, not as the camera sees it. Rather then a world of one snap shot, the HDR images represent a world of several glances into different areas relative to one another, combined and rendered for us to see and understand them visually. This is how painters paint the world, seeing one part at a time, painting one area at a time, relative to how they see the other tones and colors of a scene, not the actual colors and tones themselves. Digital photographers find themselves changing a color or tone here and there, digitally extracting uncle Joe from the background, or combining different photographs into one final image. This piece they created photographically is no different then a painter incorporating a model into a canvas already coated with the image of some other place. From my experience, photographs that emulate ideas of painting have an easier time getting noticed by the lay person and the super professional photographer next door. They also have better chances at getting into shows, and even selling better. They stand out from the noise. Comments on such painterly photos here at Photo.net lavish the uniqueness of the new digital photographers who are once again turning to the ideas of painting for a freshness and revival of an aging, perhaps dying, form of art: the photograph. This is merely an observation of mine. What are you're thoughts?? PS: It has been perhaps a year since I've written anything on here. Hello those still around and anyone new!