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Reality check

::zunazet
06/29/11 4:05 AM GMT
Am I posting crap?
I have never seemed to be the best judge of my own images. The ones I think are pretty good often aren't and some I'm not impressed with get high praise.
So - I need a reality check on these two.

Luminous

Golden Kitchen Monkey


I know what sells in the VB and this is not it. It's not about the C'index. I would like some honest critique.
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People aren't going to remember the things you do. They're going to remember how you made people feel. Be kind, gracious, and appreciative. Dan Winters - Photographer.

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+purmusic
06/30/11 6:24 AM GMT
Of the two images, I like "Luminous" best.

It might just be my personal tastes, however and forging ahead ... the simplicity appeals to my eyes and there is enough visual interest within frame to capture my attention and keep me around to investigate/digest it some more.


But.. viewing both photos on my CRT monitor, had to download and muck about with them to clearly see what was being depicted/photographed. Without doing so, my eyes are hard pressed to see exactly what you were trying to accomplish artistically.

That said..


Here are two 'adjusted' versions:

"Luminous" - Shadow/Highlight Adjusted and Compositionally Adjusted

Compositionally, and as presented to us ... seemed a lil' top heavy and to be blunt, awkward ... where the within frame placement is concerned. So, moved things down to suit my eye.

Now, the hint of the background objects/reflections (I could not even see them without adjusting) sets up the sharper detailed foreground a tad better in my humble opinion.


"Golden Kitchen Monkey" - Shadow/Highlight Adjusted

Too much of everything. (In short and again, being blunt here.)

Hard to identify what holds or unifies the image. My eyes roam, yet, have no defined spot where they come to rest.

But.. it is an interesting abstract.

I do think/believe you could have made better use of the forms/shapes/reflections.

Maybe a 'monkey' was a tad ambitious? And perhaps, simplifying things would be the creative ticket.


Some additional thoughts..

Despite the limitations of my monitor, I am wondering if placement on a reflective surface of sorts to increase the brightness/overall luminance ... might provide an assist?

Or, a change in lighting?


The words, 'context' (providing some .. some, that is .. context for your images and more notably that of "Golden Kitchen Monkey") ... and then, that of 'cohesiveness' ... on the aforementioned stuff where unity is concerned, comes to the forefront of my mind.

That said..


"Luminous" is strong and does work.

And I do quite like that particular image. (I understand that your request for comment here is not about numbers ... me, personally? Would assign a solid 7+.)


Technically, I think both images are ones to be proud of.


Creatively?

"Luminous" scores well with respect to the artistic considerations. (Again, in my humble opinion.)
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+purmusic
06/30/11 6:27 AM GMT
Last words..

I applaud you for pushing yourself (and your camera) creatively in presenting us with two images that are very unique.

Don't stop doing so.

Please.
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::zunazet
06/30/11 5:08 PM GMT
Thank you Les. I appreciate your input and edits.
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People aren't going to remember the things you do. They're going to remember how you made people feel. Be kind, gracious, and appreciative. Dan Winters - Photographer.
=Samatar
07/01/11 12:11 AM GMT
They are both good and unique examples of abstract photography. Technically I would like to see some sharper edges and less noise/artifacts at full res.
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-Everyone is entitled to my opinion-
::zunazet
07/01/11 1:10 PM GMT
Thanks Sam. I appreciate it.
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People aren't going to remember the things you do. They're going to remember how you made people feel. Be kind, gracious, and appreciative. Dan Winters - Photographer.
.nuke88
05/01/15 2:28 PM GMT
Who is checking all these posts for au�then�tic�i�ty
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::Constance52347
05/06/15 1:20 AM GMT
I think the issue is discussed on this thread:
http://www.caedes.net/Zephir.cgi?lib=Board::Topic&id=3993210
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.Mvillian
08/22/15 12:54 AM GMT
I like all your posts! very creative!
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