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« on: October 08, 2006, 02:04:52 AM »
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Hi:

I recently put up a new site, and looking for some feedback from fellow peers. I haven't shown much work until now, so some good, honest critiques would be greatly appreciated. And I trust the Luminous Landscape Forums.

Note: It's version 1 of the site, so there are still a few navigation issues to work out (when scrolling the filmstrip). This will be worked out within a few weeks.

The url is: http://www.mitchdobrowner.com

Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 06:49:49 AM »
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Mitch,

Congratualtions. A body of exceptionally fine work. Well seen and beautifully executed.

Michael
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006, 07:51:20 AM »
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Mitch,

Michael is right (surprise!) Very fine B&W work. Have you submitted any to Brooks Jensen (Lenswork)? They would look well in his magazine.

Eric
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006, 10:53:18 AM »
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Impressive images. I especially like the B&W work of the Moab area. I always focus on the color of the rock there, the shapes had really been lost until now.

Phillip
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006, 12:15:58 PM »
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Very nice indeed.  

Especially impressive is the fact that it all seems to have been shot this year.  Your productivity puts us to shame!

Congratulations on your return to photography and a superb running start.

Peter
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006, 03:02:13 PM »
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Beautiful work, Mitch.  Thanks for sharing!

Mike
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 04:42:41 PM »
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Some of the most stunning B&W photography I have ever seen. Simply superb. 'Civilization' of L.A. is the most compelling photograph of a city. Thank-you for sharing this.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006, 07:19:53 PM »
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Your site is now in my bookmarks, under the heading of 'Inspiration'.  Stunning photography indeed.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006, 08:20:34 PM »
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I second all the above based on what I've been able to see ..... the navigation on your site is a little problematical as you mentioned, and I wasn't able to view more than one or two images. Even so, very impressive!
Bob.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2006, 07:37:30 AM »
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Mitch, as for the work...I'm speechless.

I like the spare simplicity of your site--no extraneous stuff there so the work takes the fore, as it should. However, I also found the navigation to be a bit cumbersome--but I see that's on your to-do list.

Simply splendid.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2006, 11:01:02 AM »
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Your work has a very unusual look, while still being subtle, that I really like.  The navigation of the site works very well, too; many sites have overly complex navigation that is more annoying than anything else, and yours avoids that.

One question that I'm curious about, though:
I can tell that many of the images are IR; are all of them, or just some???  (I'm experimenting in IR photography, and am still figuring out what scenes work well in IR and which don't.  Seeing your IR images is quite educational!)

Lisa
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2006, 12:47:06 PM »
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Thank you for all the positive responses. Geez, I'm a bit shocked and at the same time inspired and honored.

In regards to IR, I shoot digital in both a straight up B&W, IR form.... and sometimes 35mm film (Plus-X). I try and shoot the proper format based on the subject matter. But for Trees specifically I like to shoot in IR, as I find that the most interesting for that subject matter.  - Mitch
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2006, 04:16:41 PM »
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Mitch,

Can I assume "35mm" film where appropriate.

 I have gone back to film (4x5) over the past 6 months. I shared your site with a few LF friends. All appreciated the fine work you are doing, but universally wondered how this would look in a large print.

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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2006, 05:03:10 PM »
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When using 35mm film, I have my selected negatives drum scanned 4K. Prints (digital darkroom) are sized anywhere between 10x16 to 13x19 dependent on subject matter. At those sizes there is little loss of resolution or definition (to my eye). Those same sizes translate (dependent on subject matter) w/ digitally acquired images. I'm also only interested in printing images at those sizes - and not any larger. Larger sizes are not necessarily my thing. Also, translating visually what you see on the site to print is important to me.  - Mitch
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2006, 05:12:07 PM »
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When using 35mm film, I have my selected negatives drum scanned 4K. Prints (digital darkroom) are sized anywhere between 10x16 to 13x19 dependent on subject matter. At those sizes there is little loss of resolution or definition (to my eye). Those same sizes translate (dependent on subject matter) w/ digitally acquired images. I'm also only interested in printing images at those sizes - and not any larger. Larger sizes are not necessarily my thing. Also, translating visually what you see on the site to print is important to me.  - Mitch
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Mitch, what printer do you use?
Bob.
PS By the way, I've now managed to check out all the images and they really are exceptionally fine! Inspirational is not an exageration! Thank you.
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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2006, 07:23:16 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2006, 11:25:31 AM »
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Mitch,

Wow!! Your photography really does stand out from the pack. It's original and inspirational. Great eye. Great work.

Carmine
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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2006, 04:04:51 PM »
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Mitch, I am just in awe of how clean, beautiful, and well composed your images are. One of my current goals in photography is improving my black and white output. I believe I have just found what I am shooting (pun intented, but only in retrospect) for.

Honestly, I don't want to sound like a sycophant, but your work is just stunning. I'll be sharing your site with family and a few friends. 'Reflections' in Death Valley is an instant favorite of mine.

-NLund-
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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2006, 09:53:08 PM »
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All..... just wanted to again say thanks for all the kind words and feedback. I know I have a long way to go, but the response helps show me that what I'm shooting isn't all that bad.

NLund and Chrissand - it would be my pleasure to send you prints of the images you liked. Like, it would be an honor. Please feel free to go to my website, get my email address and let me know where to send them to (via email). Then you can also critique my prints too!!

I plan to update the posting (and get some more feedback) when update the site with some new images next month.

And Michael (if that's you) - what a great resource you've created. I just wanted to thank you.
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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2006, 02:31:37 PM »
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While I really like the photography, I find your site slow, unresponsive, and unintuitive. A few examples: the pages load invisibly, leaving me with just a black screen, which leaves me wondering whether it is working; the small image selection menu on the left is very jumpy and hard to pick an image from; selecting a caegory clears the right of the page, but the selction window appears on the left, where I am not looking for it.

My perspective is that a gallery like this should be immediately engaging and accessible, because I look at the various linked pages as part of a variety of links which come off of this forum and other places. If your site is taking up extra time, and not giving me immediate access to the images, I move on. Perhaps this sound curmudgeounly, but there are lots of time-consuming photographer sites out there that I have just passed on, because the page has dictated to me the speed at which I am able to look at the images, and I have a limited amount of time to see all the sites linked to on the various sources I look at. Were I alone in this, I would just admit to being a grump and shut up, but I know that many others have a problem with such flash presentations, and I thought I should say something. In fact, I initially closed the window with your site, after fiddling with it for half a minute, and only reopened it based upon the feedback lower in the thread. I am glad I did, as I really appreciated the images you posted.

A favorite piece of web-design advice I read was 'don't break the way people interact with the internet,' and I think that might be pertinent to your site design. I know I don't go to a new and unknown site with the idea that I am going to spend 10 minutes there, and see what happens--I look at it, and if it engaging, I spend longer--I feel that the site has a barrier to entry that makes me want to give it less of a chance, as I would have already scanned through half a dozen images in a conventional gallery in the time it took to load two on yours.

Perhaps I just come across as cranky and hurried, in which case you are welcome to ignore me, but I thought I would give feedback on the site. My feedback on the photos follows the praise above.

[Technical note: I am viewing your site on a iBook G4 running Safari, connected to a major university internet backbone, so speed of computer and connection does not seem to be the limiting issue, but I could be wrong.]
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