It's a creative call. I wouldn't do it if there's signage or any writing in the picture. As a matter of fact, when I shoot with my Mamiya RZ without my prison finder, I sometime flip my neg when I print it because that's how I saw the shot with my WL finder when I did the shot.
When flopping a negative, you are interfering with forces in the universe that you may not want to disturb. As you know there is a parallel universe that is co-existing with this one, and in that universe that boy actually went in that direction. Now you have made him go that direction in our universe as well.
Because of you, that boy and everything in that picture, has been forever doomed to live with only one choice in their life instead of many.
I hope you are ready for the consequences of playing God.
I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.
I don't worry too much about parallel universes. This science stuff is all hokum anyway. But, by taking the boys picture, you have stolen his soul, or at least part of it. Now he is doomed, not only in this world, but for all eternity. The damage has already been done. Print it how you wish.
Last edited by Allen Friday; 05-22-2012 at 12:08 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Why is it OK to flip this negative (I can agree with this) but National Geographic catches hell for moving the pyramids a quarter inch? In a few second those camels would have accomplished the same thing.
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