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What, in your opinion, is the most beautiful.

 
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Mar 22, 2017 11:13 |  #16

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Are you guys saying that you can't choose your all-time favorite magical image?

First I said I couldn't choose one favorite image or one most beautiful image. Now that you throw "magical" into the mix, I'll say the same for magical. In fact, when judging images, I don't look for anything I'd call a magical quality. The concept is irrelevant.

When I was a child, certain sights seemed magical that don't now. Greeting cards with glitter glued to them impressed me; the way they reflected light when moved was really special. Now they're just cards with glitter glued on, still sparkly but not mysterious. What would it take to revive that perception of "magic"? I don't know. Maybe nothing would do it.


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Mar 22, 2017 11:24 |  #17

Your question also caught me by surprise but I quickly thought of the image that "always" seems to come mind. I was smitten with the image then as I am now.

Steve McCurry's Afghan Girl...............The eyes............The eyes!


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Mar 22, 2017 11:59 |  #18

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OhLook wrote in post #18307949 (external link)
In fact, when judging images, I don't look for anything I'd call a magical quality. The concept is irrelevant.

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I think that I look for the opposite of 'magical'. I mean, the essence of magic, to me, is the supernatural. That's what magic is, right? - that which goes beyond the natural world and transcends the tangible things that we see and do.

What I love the most is the natural world. So I love that which is natural, and magic is supernatural. No wonder the concept of magic has always been something that is unappealing to me.

When I photograph something, I am trying to capture nature - that which is natural. That is where I see beauty - in those things that are completely natural, in the natural world around me. As soon as something transcends the natural, I don't like it, because it is in stark contrast to all that I love.

So for me, "magical" photos are photos that I usually find unappealing, and such images would never be amongst my favorites.

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Mar 22, 2017 12:34 |  #19

Not that I want to change my life...I simply don't have the knowledge of a variety of artists.


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Mar 22, 2017 12:48 |  #20

Blue Marble (external link)
LRO Earthrise (external link)
Earth from Saturn (external link)
ISS (external link)

Images by Brian Shul from the cockpit of an SR71 (external link).

The talent, dedication and ingenuity of all the people that made these images possible, from Isaac Newton to Kelly Johnson to the janitor at JPL, is staggering. These aren't images just anyone can make. I'm hard pressed to come up with an Earth bound photo that holds the power and awe of seeing our planet from space.

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Mar 22, 2017 13:18 |  #21

chauncey wrote in post #18307328 (external link)
Limiting my query to photography, whether it be manipulated or not...what is your single most favorite image, regardless if the artist is well known.

I just checked my nose picking technique. My most popular finger is thumb. I also bring it up for many photos I have seen and hope to see.
But photography is not as limited as fingers which you were given on birth. Photography is something which is constantly growing on you and changing in you.
I can't even name single photographer as the "most".


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Mar 22, 2017 13:56 |  #22

Best painting, no idea, that's why I started the other thread  :p

Best picture? Easy, the grabbed portrait of the playwright Samuel Beckett taken by Jane Bown after he refused to have his picture taken, so she hung around the stage door and grabbed this as he walked out, timeless, scroll down to see it....

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Mar 22, 2017 13:59 |  #23

I don't have one favourite photo any more than I have one favourite painting, piece of music, dish of food or anything else that would involve the subjective assessment of the many varied facets of creativity.


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Mar 22, 2017 14:57 |  #24

My viewpoint tends to be that when it comes to visual "art", Mother Nature rules the day! Whether it be a "magical" landscape scene, and I've seen many, ones that have been "enhanced by a photog skilled in post processing, for sure, and so the Art of Nature comes through loud and clear!

Add to the above well-done shots of a magnificent Bird In Flight, Hey, the Artist shows her "stuff, and the photog has the vision and the skill to "show it off"!

Other wildlife images again show the Beauty/Art of Nature, that's what I'm talking about!

throw in another "field", that of Macro photography, in which the skilled photog can "visualize a scene/subject that indeed "shows off" the Beauty/Art of Nature in a way that fills our screen/senses with that beauty in intricate detail!

and of course, hey, you can take natural/visual Beauty one step farther, when a photog "sees" a person who shows the Beauty/Art of Nature! Heck, if you want to see "Natural Beauty, peruse our G&N section, and be prepared for your heart to be stirred, admiring the work of our Artist Mother Nature!

Just a bit off the top of my head!


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Mar 23, 2017 07:35 |  #25

While I might not like all of his stuff...https://www.bing.com ...aul+Caponigro&FORM=​RESTAB (external link)
causes an unexplained stir from within.


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Mar 23, 2017 07:40 |  #26

chauncey wrote in post #18308563 (external link)
While I might not like all of his stuff...https://www.bing.com ...aul+Caponigro&FORM=​RESTAB (external link)
causes an unexplained stir from within.

His father was an amazing photographer to. I met him some years back. Great guy as well as a great photographer.




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Mar 23, 2017 08:38 |  #27

chauncey wrote in post #18307328 (external link)
Limiting my query to photography, whether it be manipulated or not...what is your single most favorite image, regardless if the artist is well known.

The image that I haven't captured yet but that I will be paid $1,000,000 for it's use.

...ok, call me materialistic but it would solve some issues for me.  :p

But, alas... Money (external link)

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Mar 23, 2017 08:58 |  #28

Intheswamp wrote in post #18308596 (external link)
The image that I haven't captured yet but that I will be paid $1,000,000 for it's use.

...ok, call me materialistic but it would solve some issues for me.  :p

But, alas... Money (external link)

Ed

Money?? Isn't that the day before Tuesday?!?............​...


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Mar 23, 2017 09:05 |  #29

I met him some years back

For that, I envy you.

Money...how crass!


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Mar 23, 2017 12:41 |  #30

chauncey wrote in post #18308611 (external link)
For that, I envy you.

Money...how crass!

I think he gives lectures and workshops all around the US. He is a a great photographer and photoshop guru.

I think most that make statements like that don't realize that it's usually the collector that gets the big payday. They buy low hang on to the work for a while and sell high. Just like playing the stock market. Or going to Vegas.




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