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Jan 02, 2012 00:38 |  #1

Here is the latest attempt at generating something outside the box of normal photography. It's the way I am wired folks the thought of becoming a Sears portrait photographer frightens me enormously. I might have to wear a tie. This is a 4 image stack with a single curves layer.

If you think it sucks don't expect me to embrace your POV like we're long lost pals and you are doing me a favor. Tell me WHY you think it sucks.

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Jan 02, 2012 00:42 |  #2

I like the colours and textures. The only thing that bothers me is that I can quite figure out what the shape on the right is meant to be. Its probably meant to be abstract though.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 00:46 |  #3

The theme is "Power". Spend some time with it. There are two similar objects of different magnification so they do not appear to be similar but they are.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 00:49 |  #4

It certainly is colorful. That brings some interest to the table. I like the fact that you aren't afraid to experiment and share the results. If there is a weak link....I don't know that the utility pole is all that compelling as a subject and yet I am still looking at it and trying to figure it out. Guess it works!


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Jan 02, 2012 00:54 |  #5

I would have to agree concerning the subject and there are other choices. I used a pair of bottles back lit by natural light, a textured diagonal motion image, and 2 power pole images. I don't have a lot of portrait imagery as my library is rather thin.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 01:03 |  #6

The two power poles were the easy part. The transformer was a giveaway....I never would have guessed the bottles.


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Jan 02, 2012 01:11 |  #7

Splash art with a little double exposure, mixed with a polaroid film look...I get it and I dig the experimentation


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Jan 02, 2012 04:47 |  #8

As a thoughtful composition I don't think it works. It's too busy and with too many competing elements. You've got poles, wires, transformers, mixed with different textures - mottled, striated, overlays; verticals, horizontals & diagonals. And then you added two color overlays. It's like you just threw in a bunch of stuff to see what happens. Seeing the overlaid images on the black pole and cross members also takes away from the effect.
As an experiment I'm sure you had fun doing it; but I don't think is makes a compelling artsy image.


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Jan 02, 2012 05:52 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #9

I think it looks pretty cool for what it is and what you done with it.


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Jan 02, 2012 08:50 |  #10

I like it, very cool! To me it's not a photograph, it's art created with photography.


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Jan 02, 2012 09:57 |  #11

awesome




  
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Jan 02, 2012 12:15 |  #12

Thanks for the comments folks.

Qbx wrote in post #13632815 (external link)
As a thoughtful composition I don't think it works. It's too busy and with too many competing elements. You've got poles, wires, transformers, mixed with different textures - mottled, striated, overlays; verticals, horizontals & diagonals. And then you added two color overlays. It's like you just threw in a bunch of stuff to see what happens. Seeing the overlaid images on the black pole and cross members also takes away from the effect.
As an experiment I'm sure you had fun doing it; but I don't think is makes a compelling artsy image.

Busy is thematic and shouldn't be discounted entirely. Busy can create visual dissonance. I did just throw a bunch of stuff together to see what happens but there was a selection process and the act of mixing the images for maximum effect.

I do have a question. What constitutes a "compelling artsy" image?




  
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Jan 02, 2012 12:34 |  #13

I like it.


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Jan 03, 2012 00:04 |  #14

jetcode wrote in post #13634324 (external link)
Thanks for the comments folks.

Busy is thematic and shouldn't be discounted entirely. Busy can create visual dissonance. I did just throw a bunch of stuff together to see what happens but there was a selection process and the act of mixing the images for maximum effect.

I do have a question. What constitutes a "compelling artsy" image?

Fair question. To be compelling I think it needs to either tell a story or have some clear subject. To be "artsy" I mean if you can sell copies for more than a trivial sum, or if you can get it displayed at an art exhibition or in a museum. But rather than ask me, why not print it big, frame it, and take it to an exhibition and ask local artists for their opinions?


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Jan 03, 2012 02:12 |  #15

A teacher had a great quote ... if you can't make it good make it big ... thanks for the commentary.




  
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