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Slobodan Blagojevic
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« on: February 26, 2013, 12:39:46 PM »
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Just to demonstrate I can stand a negative critique. Always interesting (and good) to see how others see your work.

My intention was to avoid the standard approach, with reeds as silhouettes, or no foreground at all, but to try a different one, which juxtaposes background and foreground, warm and cool colors. I guess I just ended up confusing viewers. I might try reprocessing it, to downplay the visual weight of the reeds and see how that works.

This is the original:


November Sky by Slobodan Blagojevic, on Flickr

And the critique is attached:
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 12:45:58 PM »
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re: The critique: +1  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2013, 12:49:49 PM »
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I would have demanded pistols at ten paces.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2013, 12:58:40 PM »
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Definitely a bold attempt. But like all bold attempts, there will be critics. I find that my eyes (and brain) are taxed - perhaps the image will grow on me with the passage of time.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013, 12:59:49 PM »
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Quote
"Any picture needs a subject that is easily and quickly identifiable."

No, it doesn't.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 01:02:44 PM »
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... I find that my eyes (and brain) are taxed - perhaps the image will grow on me with the passage of time.

When it starts to fade? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2013, 01:09:42 PM »
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Great picture, the critic is an idiot.

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2013, 01:50:23 PM »
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When it starts to fade? Wink

Hopefully not.
The images that I enjoy the most, are those that leave me perplexed, and yet that I cannot forget. The brain is a curious thing - the more that you try to understand it, the less you do.
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2013, 02:02:01 PM »
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Great picture, the critic is an idiot.

Cheers,

Thanks, though I wouldn't say so. He is the editor of the Amateur Photographer (UK) magazine and, as such, has been involved in seeing, selecting, judging, critiquing tens of thousands of pictures. I think it makes sense to take into account what he says. As a minimum, it provides a certain angle, and indicates how others might see it as well (e.g., +1s above).

I still like the image, one of the few I printed and put on my wall. It was taken in November 2005, at a bike run with my daughter, through our neighborhood, thus might hold more personal meaning than to other viewers. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013, 02:05:01 PM »
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Great picture, the critic is an idiot.

Cheers,

Actually I thought the critic was being kind.  :-)

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2013, 02:06:41 PM »
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Actually I thought the critic was being kind.  :-)

Hey, do not hold back, let us now how you really feel, I can take it. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2013, 02:15:07 PM »
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The critique is probably OK if you are looking at an image once. However if you are putting an image on a wall, the last thing you want is an over resolved image. An image that looks the same every time you look at it gets boring very quickly. His critique is lousy advice and I hope the rest of opinion is better than I just read. I've seen a lot of safe photography in photography magazines.

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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2013, 02:31:36 PM »
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No, it doesn't.

absolutely. IMO the best images entice you into a longer look revealing themselves as they go.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2013, 02:51:22 PM »
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At the risk of having bricks thrown at me:

It has been suggested that at least part of what makes art so interesting and pleasing to view by human beings is precisely that some thought and interpretation is required on what that piece of art represents and means.
In this context Slobodan's image is a huge winner - a point eloquently expressed in the critique.
Ultimately whether the critic liked the image is besides the point.

For me, after an enjoyable few minutes viewing and pondering the image my interpretation of the image is that the sky is the ultimate subject here.
The fact is that this was not immediately apparent but ultimately that point is neither here nor there.
This image is interesting enough that valid alternative opinions could be forwarded as to what it really represents and what it is trying to communicate.

My $0.02 worth.

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2013, 02:58:44 PM »
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I like the picture, better than 99.9% of modern paintings... I could have it on my wall, if I had a wall big enough.

As a photograph, well, not bad at all. Oversaturated maybe.
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2013, 03:39:17 PM »
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Shame, shame, Slobodan. You should have given it more thought at the shooting stage and overcome the problem. Who is this critic? It's what I've always said, the judges are always insane.
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« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2013, 04:28:54 PM »
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I really like this, although it is quite "busy".

Of special interest ... at least to me ... is that some of the white'ish cloud formations suggest birds flying, especially on the right side.
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2013, 04:53:10 PM »
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It was indeed an incredible sky, especially for November. You can see it in the OOC version. Below that is a re-processed version, with reeds less bright and colorful:
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2013, 04:58:49 PM »
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When the critic says "Any picture needs a subject that is easily and quickly identifiable," I think he left out a word. What he means to say is "Any trivial picture needs a subject that is easily and quickly identifiable."

I agree with Isaac, Kirk, and Tony.

Good shot, SB. If you want to make a bad photo, maybe you should try putting a boring old car behind a chain-link fence.
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2013, 05:56:43 PM »
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I really like this, although it is quite "busy".
I see the artist...
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