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« on: October 18, 2010, 06:04:51 PM »
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"Alcoholbiography I"




"My Last HIE"




"Porto, Portugal (2010)"



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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 06:50:00 PM »
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Well, IMO, all three are excellent photos. I particularly like the man whom you have titled "alcohol biography". But despite the title he appears to be acting like a mime. He is expressive but natural and his body movement and position has a rhythm inkeeping with the out of focus background and path.

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 08:21:39 PM »
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Groucho, I'm with John. I'm not too sure what you were trying to do with #2. From the looks of it it's a tiny crop from part of a much larger file. The noise overwhelms it. I think I understand what you were trying to do in #3, but I don't think it quite came off. To me there's too much heaviness in the lower diagonal. The silhouettes are good, but they're overwhelmed by the dock. On the other hand, I can see arguments on the other side of that coin. As usual, the photographer gets to make the final decision.

But #1 is excellent, and, as John said, the guy looks like a mime. His dress is unusual, but possibly not for the location where you made the shot. Good work!
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 11:25:29 PM »
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The first one's very good (reasons already mentioned); the third one's not bad.  Trash the second.

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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 02:28:33 AM »
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The first one's very good (reasons already mentioned); the third one's not bad.  Trash the second.

Mike.

I agree with that. The first one reminds me of a B&W image that hangs in a pub in Glasgow. It is the Strathduie bar. The image is of a tramp walking towards the photographer with fish and chips in his hand and the hand is outstretched towards the photographer. It looks as if it was taken in the 60's and is iconic of Glasgow. A truly wonderful image. This kind of thing isn't easy to get and is worthwhile.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 03:41:35 AM »
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Yes, 'alco' stands in a class of his own, but with friends we can't see.

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2010, 03:19:18 PM »
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Thanks for your comments and advice.

I understand what you say about the 2nd picture. I have a bias because I know the city, the river, the bridge and the bridge builder... I make no pretension being a photographer... (as it's easy to see...). I just like to take pictures, thatīs all.

Here's another one:


"Those were the days"


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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 03:43:25 PM »
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Yep what the others said. You have made an important point about your own memory and experience of a place getting in the way of examining what the image actually says. The viewer only has the dots of ink or pixels from which to respond.

I just thought I would have a play and see what feel it would have if the background was desaturated. I did this not to make an 'improvement' but just to explore what the feeling would be if there were no surrounding colour distractions and the man was more prominent. I kept his colour, and the red on his vest and jacket seem quite interesting.. His flesh tones bring him to life more than a straight black and white and support his gestures.... just an experiment, so than you for this opportunity.

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010, 04:37:49 PM »
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thanks jule for the time you took to work on my picture.

:-)

regards from sunny porto, portugal

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 05:05:18 PM »
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"Cool and Groovy"

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 08:24:09 PM »
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Another good shot, Groucho. These faces are fabulous.
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2010, 05:24:30 PM »
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"Kids at Favela Rocinha, Brazil (1 of 2)"




"Kids at Favela Rocinha, Brazil (2 of 2)"





Rocinha is the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. It has a estimated population of 250,000. It is located in Rio's South Zone, and it is built on a steep hillside overlooking the city, just one kilometre from the beach.
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2010, 10:49:48 AM »
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Cute kids, Groucho. But pictures of cute kids always are just that: cute. After looking at your other two pictures of people I have a feeling you're after more than cuteness. If you're not familiar with Helen Levitt, take a look at one or two of her books. She made some astonishingly meaningful kid pictures. One of my all-time favorites is at http://masters-of-photography.com/L/levitt/levitt_masks_full.html
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2010, 12:02:27 PM »
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(...) I have a feeling you're after more than cuteness. (...)

Exactly. It's very difficult and I haven't enough ability to do it. But I have enough fun trying it...

As Clint Eastwood put it... A man's got to know his limitations.

:-)

And thanks for the reference to Helen Levitt. I'll take a look. Also if you have some seminal book in mind, specially in street photography, please let me (us) know.

Thanks,

Regards from sunny porto, portugal
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2010, 12:34:46 PM »
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Exactly. It's very difficult and I don't have enough ability to do it. But I have enough fun trying it...

Who says you don't have enough ability to do it? I don't agree. Two of the pictures on this thread show plenty of ability. Neither is the usual tourist shot we see far too often on here. You're really trying. That's what's important... Almost as important as continuing to try.

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As Clint Eastwood put it... A man's got to know his limitations.

Dirty Harry's idea that a man's got to know his limitations never did make my day. Accepting limitations is preemptive surrender.

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And thanks for the reference to Helen Levitt. I'll take a look. Also if you have some seminal book in mind, specially in street photography, please let me (us) know.

Helen Levitt published several books. You can find a list of them on the web. Better yet, go to Amazon and punch in "Helen Levitt." For a general annotated bibliography check http://www.hawphoto.org/Bibliography/Bibliography.html. I did that one for a photography club I chair during winters in Florida. For street, off the top of my head, I'd check Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander. There are many, many more. My favorite book on street photograph is Bystander: A History of Street Photography. I've never been a big fan of Joel Meyerowitz's work, but there's nothing else out there that comes close to that book for the history and development of street.
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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2010, 06:53:44 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2010, 07:14:27 PM »
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Okay, Groucho. Now you're back on track. Keep going that way.
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2010, 03:05:23 PM »
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Thanks for your advice.

I've decided to start a blog...  Huh  Huh  Grin

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the name says it all...

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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2010, 06:54:04 PM »
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a recent picture. I just had the time to take the camera out  of the bag and shoot.



I like the theme but i'm not quite satisfied...what do you think?

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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2010, 08:10:59 PM »
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The first photo and the "cool and groovy" photo are excellent IMO.

Jack


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