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What, in your opinion, is the most beautiful.

 
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Mar 23, 2017 16:20 |  #31

OK, I’ll play, but I’m not going to foolishly limit myself to one of anything.

This said, I placed the imposition that if I could acquire, for free, three original prints, and only three, what would be my first three. And, of course, these top three are subject to change at any moment because I’m human, not some computerized ranking contraption:

Robert Frank, “Beaufort, South Carolina”: https://www.mfah.org …otography%2522%​26page%3D2 (external link)

Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Island of Siphnos, Greece, 1961”: https://www.artsy.net …-island-of-siphnos-greece (external link)

André Kertész, “Chez Mondrian, Paris”: http://www.getty.edu …26/?dz=0.5000,0​.6889,0.41 (external link)


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Mar 23, 2017 18:06 |  #32

There's no question that you folks are illustrating superior photography. but,
I would submit that the magical quality is missing from them.
you might not like these, https://www.citypedia.​com …t=aolsem&q=magi​cal+images (external link)
but they're my goal.


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Mar 23, 2017 18:21 |  #33

chauncey wrote in post #18309024 (external link)
There's no question that you folks are illustrating superior photography. but,
I would submit that the magical quality is missing from them.
you might not like these, https://www.citypedia.​com …t=aolsem&q=magi​cal+images (external link)
but they're my goal.


Sorry Chauncey but those aren't magical to me. I personally don't like them AT ALL....




  
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Mar 23, 2017 18:30 |  #34

chauncey wrote in post #18309024 (external link)
There's no question that you folks are illustrating superior photography. but,
I would submit that the magical quality is missing from them.
you might not like these, https://www.citypedia.​com …t=aolsem&q=magi​cal+images (external link)
but they're my goal.

If that's the style you admire, then go for it. The images have a dreamy, otherworldly quality. I see now why you used the descriptor "magical." The equivalent in writing would be purple prose. My preferences, for both text and pictures, run to something more realistic.


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Mar 23, 2017 18:46 |  #35

chauncey wrote in post #18309024 (external link)
There's no question that you folks are illustrating superior photography. but,
I would submit that the magical quality is missing from them.
you might not like these, https://www.citypedia.​com …t=aolsem&q=magi​cal+images (external link)
but they're my goal.

You asked “what is your single most favorite image,” but now you appear to be simply seeking examples of photos that fit a very particular style, irrespective of what anyone else actually likes or finds beautiful.

But yes, if you are looking for literally preternatural photos, then I’m not going to meet your personal and highly subjective demands.


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Mar 23, 2017 20:32 |  #36

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chauncey wrote in post #18309024 (external link)
There's no question that you folks are illustrating superior photography. but,
I would submit that the magical quality is missing from them.
you might not like these, https://www.citypedia.​com …t=aolsem&q=magi​cal+images (external link)
but they're my goal.

I see that style all over the place - printed on fleece blankets, on the covers of three ring binders, on lunch boxes, sticker decals, sweatshirts, rear windshield decals, etc., etc., etc. .I feel as if my local Walmart is crammed full of merchandise with that type and style of imagery on it. .It is, evidently, extremely popular.

I think it's great that you have a clearly defined artistic vision, and that you know exactly what kind of image you want to create. .You have something to say, and you know how you want to say it. .That's really the biggest hurdle for an artist to get over. .Many would-be artists never get that far, and you already have that part figured out, and your objective - your vision - is clear.

The only thing that remains is the actual execution of your vision.......and I think you have a really good head start with that, because the type of imagery that most moves you is that which requires a lot of work at the computer, and you like that computer work, and do not seem to be at all intimidated by it. .I think you're really very close to creating the types of images that you most love.

However, as far as my favorite image is concerned, it would be something as opposite of that as I could possibly find. .As I said before, magical and beautiful are pretty much polar opposites, in my opinion. .I find magical things to be garish and unrealistic, while I find beauty to be manifested most in those things which are natural and realistic.

I still don't know what you are asking us for, Chauncey.
Do you want us to say what our favorite image is?
Or do you want us to say what image we think is the most beautiful?
Or do you want us to say what image we think is the most magical?

These are three completely and entirely different things, and you seem to have asked us for all three, seemingly thinking that they are basically one and the same. .For some of us, they are not at all the same - in fact, some may find them to be mutually exclusive.

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Mar 23, 2017 21:29 as a reply to  @ post 18307686 |  #37

This and Edward Weston's nudes sucked me in...


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Mar 24, 2017 06:28 |  #38

I still don't know what you are asking us for, Chauncey.
Do you want us to say what our favorite image is?
Or do you want us to say what image we think is the most beautiful?
Or do you want us to say what image we think is the most magical?

All of the above I guess...I was kind of hoping that some of you were more into creativity than photography.
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Mar 24, 2017 06:58 |  #39

chauncey wrote in post #18309421 (external link)
All of the above I guess...I was kind of hoping that some of you were more into creativity than photography.
My own travels are obvious in my personal link.


I personally don't find that creative Chauncey but kinda cheesy. Obvious I guess. Now the John Paul Caponigro in my opinion is very creative.

I think really great photographs are very creative. To be able to see and capture that vision in a fraction of second takes am amazing ability to first see and second to have the technical means to capture that.




  
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Mar 24, 2017 07:10 |  #40

My question would be:

How many of those "magical" images are actual "captures" rather than the result of "creative post processing? I'm asking because a lot of them seem to me to be the result of a "Fairy Tale Magic" imagination...?


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Mar 24, 2017 07:28 |  #41

Personally, my inspirations tend to depend on my mood. My creativity tries to achieve the results of those moods.


Don't even begin to think I'm criticizing your images.
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Mar 24, 2017 08:05 |  #42

chauncey wrote in post #18309421 (external link)
All of the above I guess...I was kind of hoping that some of you were more into creativity than photography.
My own travels are obvious in my personal link.

Yeah, be very careful on how you use the word ‘creativity', because to suggest that only fantasy type images (photos, graphic art, whatever) exhibit a higher standard of creativity is just not true on various levels.


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Mar 24, 2017 08:25 |  #43

airfrogusmc, thanks for pointing out the "collector" factor...that makes very good sense. It seems all the great master were/are dead and gone before their paintings became valuable to the degree that I mentioned. But, I'm not studied in art very much, just a redneck down here in Alabama.

chaucey, since we're apparently talking about fairies and unicorns...I stand by my early crass post...who knows, I might get a shot of a unicorn or tinkerbell. ;-)a

"Beauty"...Margaret Wolfe Hungerford probably stated it the best, "...beauty is in the eye of the beholder." For me, it is the natural world that at times almost seems supernatural...not in a Harry Potter or My Little Pony kind of way, but in a super natural kind of way...steam rising from the bogs of the swamp, a storm on the beach, walking into the forest early in the morning with a fog dancing around the trees, a patch of wildflowers after a summer rain, etc.,. Simple things, but transient things that leave a sense of reverence with you in that you got to witness this small frame on the reel of life...

(Being a crass person, I did have to google Hungerford's phrase to find out that she coined it...being the dumb and stupid person that I am I had no idea that it was her, really!)


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Mar 24, 2017 09:32 |  #44

Lets go back 10 years. to when I first picked up a camera...https://www.google.com …omas+kinkade+te​chniques&* (external link)
he is who I wanted to emulate, but painting was way beyond me. The desire still exists.


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Mar 24, 2017 10:09 |  #45

I've always thought Kinkade's work to be a little hokey .. er, "not to my taste."

Sure is profitable though, at one time there was a Kinkade store in like half the shopping malls in America.


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