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Mar 21, 2014 01:56 |  #1

Took a couple photos after the sun dropped behind the mountain... Too dark? Foreground too dark? Boring? Your thoughts??

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Mar 21, 2014 04:15 |  #2

Well, opinions will be subjective, so the main thing is whether you're satisfied with them yourself.

Personally, I don't like the effect but you really shouldn't care about that. If you alter them to try to please others, they'll cease to be your creations.


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Mar 22, 2014 22:27 |  #3

Awesome.... care to share work flow?




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Mar 24, 2014 09:04 |  #4

Wow i really dont understand how some ppl can find flaws in those great images?


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Mar 24, 2014 23:31 as a reply to  @ davidfarina's post |  #5

i love the "cool hours" before dawn and after dusk for landscape photography. it can be tricky though and you gotta still have reasonable contrast and color. im sure it looked amazing there in person. probably would've gone with a long exposure, maybe a grad filter, something to give it more oomf. otherwise, i still think they are nice shots.




  
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Mar 25, 2014 01:35 |  #6

Woodworker wrote in post #16774499 (external link)
Well, opinions will be subjective, so the main thing is whether you're satisfied with them yourself.

Personally, I don't like the effect but you really shouldn't care about that. If you alter them to try to please others, they'll cease to be your creations.

Just a little note about that idea: I'd agree in principle, but on a conditional basis. The photograph needs to do whatever it is required to do. There's a functional reason for that image to exist. Now, what is that image's function? It depends. In many cases, the function IS solely for self-satisfaction. But I don't think we can make a blanket rule about that, otherwise there'd be no reason to show off work. If the intended audience is JUST myself, then I'd might as well put the photos in a box and never display them to anyone else. The mere act of displaying the image to someone else sort of makes other people (as in, not the artist) the intended audience (or at least part of the intended audience). In simplest terms, this makes it an act of communication between the artist and other people. And communication breaks down if the "speaker" and the "listener" aren't operating with the same "language". My personal diary is allowed to be just for my satisfaction, because I don't show it to anyone else. But if I write an article or a novel and decide to publish it, then someone else had better appreciate it too. If there's enough of a disconnect between artist satisfaction and viewer satisfaction, then that's indicative of a problem. It might be the artist's problem for failing to communicate effectively, or it might be the audience's problem for being illiterate, but it's still a problem and it needs to be addressed. One needs to either communicate more effectively, or make more of an attempt to reach out to audiences that actually understand the work.

Anyway, I talked way too much about that. I actually have comments about the work. I appreciate what's trying to be done, but I think the images presented are lacking in conceptual focus. The lighting is flat and even and the landscape is kind of busy. My eye has a hard time figuring out where to look. Nothing really stands out. Tonally and color-wise, everything is too similar and just sort of merges together.




  
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Mar 26, 2014 09:57 |  #7

davidfarina wrote in post #16782038 (external link)
Wow i really dont understand how some ppl can find flaws in those great images?

Well, everyone is different and has different viewpoints.

I for one see many flaws -- and they aren't really 'flaws' in most cases but things that distract the viewer from seeing the intent (and yes, intent is in the 'eye of the shooter')

The first image for example (IMHO) has too much foreground (tho foreground is often good to set perspective etc), in this case it is just too distracting... totally out of focus would have been much better (again IMHO)

there's too much sky, the image is too centered for my tastes, there are numerous sensor spots in the sky, etc.

#2 has way to much of nothing interesting on the left side... tho I like this one much better than #1, think about what the viewer is looking at on the left and you'll see there's nothing of interest and therefore it is a distraction


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