Is it Instagram-izing or not?

On Rebun Island
On Rebun Island

Taking these photos was a lot of fun, and I like them quite a bit as standalone visuals.

View from Mount Moere
View from Mount Moere
Black and white
Black and white
Dynamic flying
Dynamic flying
Accompaniment
Accompaniment

Still, I’m very ambivalent about them.

You see, these photos were taken with the art filter functionality of the Olympus PEN E-PL3. Trying not to be an Instagram photo while applying a built-in part of my camera? It seems so silly.

On one hand, if Instagram-ish photos was what I wanted, my iPhone is in my jacket pocket. On the other hand, maybe the over-saturation (ha!) of Instagram photos in everyday life has numbed my ability to appreciate the texture of these images.

I’m fairly certain that the instant gratification of “special” digital effects can and will, in the long run, become a roadblock to becoming better at taking photos.

Am I over-thinking it?