I'm not sure what this means for the future of photography, particularly in the world of advertising and commercial photography which I'm a part of, but the fact that computer generated images are this realistic, makes me wonder. Alex Roman delivers the most compelling argument I've seen for computer generated (CG) imagery especially when we're talking about one guy pulling this all together not the whole Avatar team down in Weta NZ for example. It's pretty insane to think about. What blows me away is not just the realistic nature of every frame in this film, but the level of art he achieves as well. There's an interesting discussion taking place at "A Photo editor" with predictions about whether CG will or will not take over the role of a photographer as we know it. It's a fact that Photography and film are becoming more and more about compositing the "pieces" together to make the final image than shooting everything "in frame". This bow hunting image is an example from my own portflio (rain, clouds, lightning all composite work). Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your perspective, in the commercial world it's a question of resources and if the "same" film or photograph can be made cheaper, that notion will rule the day. Here's another example on the topic:
What are your thoughts? Does any of this affect the type of photography you do or how you view the world of photography? Chime in! All I know, is I that I have a ton of real, "live" locations to visit all over the world with photographs to be made in each and CG won't do any of them justice!
Park City Utah, Photographer