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« on: June 01, 2006, 05:42:29 AM »
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I just wanted to let you know I really like the new Home Page photograph (Bathtub and Sand Dune. Kolmanskop, Namibia. April, 2006).

I like images that tell a story and especially the ones where the story is not immediately clear. How did a bathtub end up in the desert? I also like the bird tracks (if they are that?) very much.

Thanks for sharing this one with us Michael.

Ruud
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 07:05:49 PM »
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I agree wholeheartedly. Fine shot, great b/w tonality.

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I just wanted to let you know I really like the new Home Page photograph (Bathtub and Sand Dune. Kolmanskop, Namibia. April, 2006).

I like images that tell a story and especially the ones where the story is not immediately clear. How did a bathtub end up in the desert? I also like the bird tracks (if they are that?) very much.

Thanks for sharing this one with us Michael.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006, 12:41:50 PM »
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I had to laugh at the latest home page image "Lillooet Silhouette".

This would go in my round file.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2006, 02:18:24 PM »
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> This would go in my round file.

Me too, maybe sans tree but probably not even then.

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2006, 04:24:22 PM »
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Well, one can't appeal to all tastes.

Fortunately you guys don't swing a large check book. I received an email today from a publishing company that would like to license the shot for a book cover, so there's at least one other person out there that likes it besides me.

Chacun a son gout.

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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2006, 06:06:48 PM »
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> Fortunately you guys don't swing a large check book.

Big enough to buy your book  

ps absolutely loved the last homepage photo

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2006, 06:12:15 PM »
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I liked your film work much better.  Just one opinion I know.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2006, 11:07:01 PM »
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One more vote for the bathtub in sand. But I'm happy for you that someone else likes the "Lillooet Silhouette".

Eric

P.S. My current exhibit in Newton, MA, has both color and B&W prints. The first color one sold was my wife's least favorite, and the first B&W sold was her least favorite of those.

So yes, indeed, "Chacun a son gout."  
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2006, 02:26:49 PM »
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Exactement.  La critique est facile, mais l'art est difficile.  Critics tend to yell while artists speak.  Eventually, we need not to forget where we stand: artists or critics.  The critique we impose upon others may be imposed in equal amount to ourselves at a future time...  Something to keep in mind. Why make our life more difficult than it is?

Love, or live it ;-)  I love it.

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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2006, 07:13:11 PM »
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Guess I started this.  It was not intention to publicly humiliate.  I realize that this is Michaels website and not a critique forum.  So possibly it was out of place to offer a comment.  

I actively seek critique usually on the NPN forums because:

1) I want to improve my photography and I value the opinions of others even if I do not always agree with them.

2) I am sometimes not a good judge of my own work.  I mix the excitement and perceptions I had at the time of the shoot with objective evaluation of the resulting image.

This website has been of great value for me in learning about photography and garnering enthusiasm.  I do feel though that the focus has moved from creative imaging more to evaluating technology.  I'm just not too excited about the latest technology...still on 4x5  

I remember doing this once before and the response was the same: someone was interested in licensing the image I didn't like.   Hmm.
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2006, 07:36:05 PM »
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> Critics tend to yell while artists speak.

What's the fuss? No one was yelling, only commenting. Some people seem to be able to criticize freely but have a hard time accepting comments made with no malice. Sort of like the jokesters who turn red when the joke's on them. In general I like Michael's photos very much - enough to buy his book, but this particular image stuck me as odd, but that's just my opinion. Are we only allowed to express positive feedback here?

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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2006, 07:49:31 PM »
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Lillooet Silhouette is why I am here. Photography, like all art, is a matter of personal taste. For me, Michael’s images capture the wonder of the planet without a whiff of documentary tedium. If I had to pick a photographer’s work to email to a galaxy far, far away, I think the Empire would both enjoy Michael’s work and learn a lot about life on planet Earth.
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2006, 08:28:52 PM »
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Hold on. Reread the thread. No one was upset. No one was insulted.

Don't read too much into causual comments.

And yes, I do license many of my images. Especially the better ones.  

That's how I make part of my living. Why be surprised?

Michael
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2006, 09:08:32 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2006, 10:48:28 PM »
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> Critics tend to yell while artists speak.
What's the fuss? No one was yelling, only commenting.

This is a general statement, not directed towards the posts on this thread.
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2006, 12:15:43 AM »
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> not directed towards the posts on this thread.

Sorry Alain,

I'm a bit testy today - among other things I publish an online magazine and just got hit with a demand for $3900 payment from a stock agency claiming illegal use of an image. The editor had downloaded it for editorial use from a photo sharing site which has instructions for posting on your website and lists no restrictions. Amazingly the stock agency had uploaded the image to the site but now claims it is rights managed, and magically overnight a restricted use notice has appeared. Grrrr..

The ironic thing is the stock agency claims all their images are exclusively licensed, but the identical image cropped slightly differently is available from another royalty free stock site for a $1.40 licensing fee including commercial usage.

- DL
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2006, 12:19:28 AM »
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Personally, I like "Lillooet Silhouette". Not because it "moves" me, but because I find it refreshing in terms of approaching a subject.

I am sure that given the location, the majority would make the "obvious" photo, i.e. the one without the tree (just the vista of the lake). And I believe that Michael did too.

What I like about it is that it is a good example of coming up with new interpretations for mundane subjects. I also like trees a lot, they speak loads about a particular location. What strikes me most about the photo is the stark contrast between the naked tree and the water. So much water, and the tree looks like it is dead? This contrast is enhanced by the silhoutte effect, to good results.
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2006, 01:53:44 AM »
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Sorry Alain,
I'm a bit testy today - DL
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No problem. We all get frazzled from time to time.
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2006, 03:07:54 AM »
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May I suggest that rather than criticizing the critics, that readers with other opinions simply offer their opinions directly as pbizarro did. I realize that the intent was harmless but ntl this is how things inflate.

fwiw I think this image could work very well if the tonality were altered slightly so that the confusion between the foreground/background were eliminated. ie, detone (flatten. at least the left) the bg so that the tree stands out as the primary focus. The ambuigity between the tree reflection and actual tree is actually a plus as it requires a double take.

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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2006, 04:25:05 PM »
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[quote Amazingly the stock agency had uploaded the image to the site but now claims it is rights managed, and magically overnight a restricted use notice has appeared. Grrrr..

The ironic thing is the stock agency claims all their images are exclusively licensed, but the identical image cropped slightly differently is available from another royalty free stock site for a $1.40 licensing fee including commercial usage.
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Hi Don

Interesting story.

As someone who earns their income exclusively from stock sales you've piqued my interest.
If it doesn't compromise any legal action on your part could you provide a link to your
online magazine with the image in question in use and a link for the stock agency?

Thanks,
Mark
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