Consider this photo:
Camera Settings - 1/160th. sec. shutter speed, f/5.6, ISO 400, at 50mm.
It took me almost a couple of years to decide on whether or not I should post this online, since personally, I saw too many "things" I don't normally like in a shot. Sure, there's the rumpled curtain, the leg of a lightstand at the lower left corner, and the comb underneath Jazz's legs (which I easily took out via photoshop). But I overlooked these things simply because my eyes were pulled to her almost silhouetted body, a stark contrast to the highly exposed background. What made this photo stay for a few days in my archives was actually something more technical than that: her face wasn't properly in focus, and this gave me a lot of trouble. Yes, believe me. I can be stopped at times with little hiccups like this, only to realize that I can only see the flaw when I'm looking at it at a 150% crop.
Short answer? Whenever you want to.
Photography as an art goes beyond the restriction of the fundamental tenets our photo teachers tell us to follow, like creating proper exposure, avoiding loss of details caused by clipping, following the rule of thirds, the golden ratio, etcetera, etcetera... Yes, these are rules, but the same rules can be bent - others broken - all for art's sake. The same principle goes to deciding whether a photo should be rendered in its natural colors, or you strip it off instead by pulling down the saturation levels on your photo editing software. Again, there are rules to follow (which we'll discuss after the break), but you decide what to do with them in the sole purpose of expressing the photo's message and visual impact however you see fit.
Of course, actions reap reactions, and there's always a chance that deviating from the norm might not fare well with your photo's final outcome. You've been warned.
Consider this photo:
It's probably old news to some of us (excluding me, obviously), but the Nikon Service Center in SM Megamall has been moved to the Makati area, specifically in at the ground floor of The Residences at Greenbelt 2. The look and feel of the new center is much better compared to the previous one: spacious showrooms displaying all (or most of) the cameras and lenses for anyone to try out and play with, a small exhibit housing film cameras and old lenses rests on one side, plus the repair center has been strategically placed in a separate room. Long story short, it's an enjoyable experience to be there.
My only question though is this: why move it in the first place? Why not just copy, paste, edit and enhance another center and expand your coverage to the many men and women of this metropolis, most of them with Nikon-related needs?
I suppose it's not that of a big deal to ask for more than one center. Your service is good (at least for me), your repairmen's skills are arguably unquestionable, and I have no qualms as to how you take care of my gear. But seriously, Nikon, you're making it hard(er) for your clients to get to you, which is probably one of the main reasons why a significant number of photographers have jumped ship "from gold band to red" over a couple of years or so. Yeah, you know what I mean.
Then again, I'm probably saying this because Megamall is nearer to me than Makati, so......