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MikeKeyW
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« on: November 10, 2008, 11:39:13 PM »
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I first picked up a camera in 1964, I was 10. I was changed that day, discovering that I could freeze time and space by capturing it one fleeting instance at a time. That 10 year old resides within me to this day, his sense of wonder and imagination forever coloring my perceptions of reality and how I express those visions through camera and computer.
My "Extreme Photoshop" manipulations of the digital image may be viewed as abominations of the art of photography by some, well, to each their own. Ever since my mother had opened the door to my closet darkroom another door opened, "what if...". That was the day I discovered the sabbattier effect, ever since then I've sought methods of post processing the image as captured into something in order to express those visions. Or maybe it's just something I did to myself in the seventy's...  
The first image shows me shooting blind while driving, most captures are during the rush hours where I'm mostly at a dead stop. The second is a view of the underside of the "People Mover" and the last is at the Casa Marina resort in Key West, my home town.
 

Oops, how do you edit the title? My fingers need a built in spellchecker...
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 06:53:14 AM »
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Mike: I've been experimenting with less literal interpretations of the landscape to capture my impressions better too - so have no problem with your 'abominations' at all! It's always interesting to see others' ways of seeing, as everyone has a different view on things, I am sure (not just physically, but coloured by our past experiences and world view too.)

As for these three: I like the bravado and sense of movement of the first and the grittiness of the second, but find the third a bit too much like a greetings card. What makes the first two interesting is the contrast between the pretty pastels and the subject (sounds like I'm saying you aren't pretty - but you get the idea  )

The third is a conventionally pretty subject with a finish that could be expected.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 09:40:29 AM »
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Great stuff. Original work, real subjects, fresh perspective. A total winner.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008, 05:29:24 PM »
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Thanks for the feedback, here's something else I've done, I'm generally horrible with posed people pictures as you can see but was happy with the end product.  

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008, 10:31:31 PM »
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I enjoyed your third shot, the perspective and false color look pleasing to the eye =). Kinda has a pastel/painted quality to it. nice.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 08:51:56 PM »
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I enjoyed your third shot, the perspective and false color look pleasing to the eye =). Kinda has a pastel/painted quality to it. nice.
Thanks, the fisheye and colors add to this Escher inspired image. Dali and Escher have long been my favorite surrealists, with Man Ray and Phillipe Halsman's works as examples of where a experimentalist could take photography I've followed their lead.
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