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« on: November 14, 2010, 02:26:51 PM »
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Here are two I shot in the Florida panhandle on the way down. They're on here so the croppers can tell me where to crop.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 03:27:22 PM »
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Here are two I shot in the Florida panhandle on the way down. They're on here so the croppers can tell me where to crop.


Makes me think of this mood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFN_Iu_PD-g&NR=1

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 03:54:53 PM »
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… They're on here so the croppers can tell me where to crop.

I would prefer this crop for its minimalistic simplicity:
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 04:09:40 PM »
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Here are two I shot in the Florida panhandle on the way down. They're on here so the croppers can tell me where to crop.
I could probably get some interesting abstracts out of the first one, but the second one is a natural for crop-wise destruction.

My first example uses conventional methods to crop a rectangular area out of the image to produce a post-modern, minimalist, visual statement about the ethics and aesthetics of cropping.

My second example uses a technique I call Internal Cropping to remove all distracting and possibly interesting elements from the original image.

But if you want good photos, just leave them as they are.   Grin

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 06:57:35 PM »
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All great crops. Here's another from the seining series that comes close to Slobodan's and Eric's. I call it "Walk On Water." It hurts my eyes to look at it. Fred, if you think that second composite would go over big in Europe we probably should go for it. There are places in the U.S. where it would fly high too.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 07:05:26 PM »
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Now you're beginning to get it, Russ. With a little more practice you too can regularly adjust your good photos until they "come a cropper."

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010, 04:55:08 AM »
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Actually, I didn't phrase that right. Walking On Water isn't a crop. That's exactly the way it came off the camera. For some reason it's less bright in the post than the original on my screen.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 06:49:01 AM »
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I took the liberty ....
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 12:30:39 PM »
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Russ, I hope I am allowed to just smile and not contribute anything witty, as the previous posters have done so brilliantly Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2010, 01:37:23 PM »
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When I saw the original, I immediately thought, "What a great portrait of a seagull." But I see Slobodan has beaten me to it.

Edit: Er, pelican.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2010, 02:48:51 PM »
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I like both shots as is, but here's an alternative pano, because you asked:
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2010, 02:54:19 PM »
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I took the liberty ....




Despite the fact that it's in colour, it made me think of Jeanloup Sieff's landscapes: ever bleak and full of a sense of loss.

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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2010, 03:14:42 PM »
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You're right, Rob. It strikes me the same way. In 1954 while I went through intercept controller school at Tyndall Air Force Base my wife and I lived for a time in Mexico Beach, a little town just up the road from where I shot the seiners. In those days the kind of thing I caught in that picture was a fairly common sight. Fishing was about the only thing going on along that coast. Nowadays Mexico Beach has turned into a destination for "spring breakers," and the territory on down the beach is starting to fill up with second homes and tall condos. I have a sense of loss nowadays when I see what I saw when I shot that picture. What's going on along the beach is very jazzy and "modern" and everything's gradually turning "upscale." But even though there was a lot of poverty, there was a spiritual richness and a joie de vivre in the old community that I don't see any more. I know you're talking about the visual elements in the picture, but the spiritual elements are there too, just like the tall, dry grasses in one of Jeanloup's landscapes. "Progress" has its downside.
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2010, 03:34:08 PM »
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Should I have taken up something from the original concept and idea of the image and boosted it in my gross exaggeration and abstraction that would make me very happy, because actually my pop art attempt was not only meant as a mere toying around.
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2010, 06:13:01 PM »
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Chris, I'm not sure. Your interpretation was pretty scary. As Fred pointed out, if that bird started going after that guy in the water with its 50 caliber machine guns we'd have had a bloody mess in front of us. Better to toy around with that kind of thing rather than become serious.
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2010, 06:14:11 PM »
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Russ, I hope I am allowed to just smile and not contribute anything witty, as the previous posters have done so brilliantly Smiley

Riaan, In this thread it's probably safer to be a bystander.
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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2010, 06:15:59 PM »
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What about mixing one pic background and the other in first plan? (colors to ad some glamour frivolities on the scenery)

Fred, Dressed like that the poor guy would never make it out of port alive.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2010, 02:56:11 AM »
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Jean Loup Sieff made Landscapes ?? Shocked

Can't beleive it.



Yes, also tv documentaries on, believe this, Death Valley!

His daughter, also photographer, has a website...

A man of many talents as well as being a gifted writer. My copy of his Taschen autobiography - published after his death - is in three languages: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. I hop around the first two to get the full meaning into my head, and I realised on reading why he appealed so much to me both during and after his lifetime: he has a devilish sense of humour blended with a cynicism that's not bitter but very revealing of what he has exerienced. I feel that in his images. I love the guy.

Ref: ISBN 3-8228-4647-3

I have a hard-backed edition which measures 26.5cms x 35.5 cms, weighs a ton, and is beautifully printed. It is my most treasured book of them all. Worth ever €.

Rob C

Edit: as an aside, I have to report that the bookshop in Pollensa where I used to be able to see and buy many of these tomes has vanished; it was owned by a French chap who also has the newsagent's business across the road from the bookshop. Sign of the times, as mentioned on LuLa in another thread somewhere.
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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2010, 11:19:19 AM »
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Seeing that Rob mentioned books..have you read ( you have if I may guess)  Roald Dahl's "Over to you" by any chance Russ? I read it at least once a week, a stunner of a little book, a nondescript and little known collection of words, mended together as only a true wordsmith can. Pity I came accross it so late in my scheme of things.

As so often happens here, the slightest bit of thunderstorm reults in power outage. Even if it happens miles away. So excuse the writing, it is being done fast and hurried on a dark keyboard, I don't have the inclination to start the generator or light a candle, or even bother with trying to move supper from the normal stove to the "gas" powered unit. Won't be the first time I go to bed whithout eating. Being in Africa, curveballs are the order of the day.
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« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2010, 02:15:14 PM »
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Curveballs might be the best part - going by recent news, don't take that taxi!

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