Then where would you draw the line?
Where would I, personally, draw the line? For my part, the line overlaps reality.
At adding a deeper shade of red to the maple foliage? At adding some texture to the bark? Maybe at airbrushing in a well needed branch or adding a jin?
Those are your definitions, not mine. The subtle compensation I suggested would not alter the tree.
What is being discussed is adding qualities to a bonsai with the use of modern technology and photography.
Pardon me, but I did not write about adding qualities to a bonsai
, only about enhancing photos in such a way that the image of a tree comes closer to the reality. (I get the impression that perhaps you have no extensive experience of graphics work, or you would know what I mean.) Whatever one does, though, however honest an image one endeavors to create, it should not be forgotten that all
photographic work has an element of interpretation, however slight, either by the photographer or the tools that are used.
When does a bonsai treated in such a way stop being a picture of a artistic bonsai and start being simply computer art?
Simple. When you put the photo next to the bonsai to compare the two, and say "Hey, these are not the same trees!".
And please don't tell me what is being discussed or not. (As someone else also did, under a different heading.) What I read, how I interpret it, and what I think is worth adding to the debate, are my business.