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51. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Not to disagree with a moderator ;) but at this point I'd say you can safely post it: given that it'll be a one-off thing, and I suspect more people reading this thread would be interested in it. :)
It's been pretty clearly shown, imo, that your purpose for being here is not website-promotion.

52. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

All posts would need to be reviewed first of course. It's up to you, Robert. I would agree with Sander and wouldn't delete your post, but I can't speak for others. When in doubt use the "send message" feature. Posting a list of favourite photographers and books would make an interesting new thread in itself.

To continue this thread. Whether shooting digital or film, my favourites (I won't call it a vision as yet) is dynamics, and a different interpretation of the world.

such as this

or this

I like punchy, sharp images and I tend to favour darker images. But I'm trying to change that last part.

53. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting Q_

Whether shooting digital or film, my favourites (I won't call it a vision as yet) is dynamics, and a different interpretation of the world.

...

or this

I assume that's the dynamics? I always love shots like that of people in motion, but find them incredibly hard to pull off well. I only ever managed one that I'd call "really good", but the people in it refuse to allow me to put it online (which is their right, and something I'd never not support them in, but very frustrating all the same, mostly because I don't think they really understand why it's such an awesome shot). this one is my next best attempt, though. The "walking" is good, the light perfect (imnsho - love those stormy skies), but the expressions and closed eyes make it fall short of what it could be. And I probably should've been just a bit further out, or had a slightly deeper field of view.

(Bah, who am I kidding?! That one was shot from the hip while walking, and just incredibly lucky! *g*)

54. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

I assume that's the dynamics?

Actually, both of my examples contained what I consider "dynamic" elements. The diagonal lines and spiral staircase under the glass pyramid at the Louvre can be considered dynamic. I have it on the wall at work next to a bunch of spreadsheets. It's always an eye catcher. I have to say, the French really know how to do their architecture.

Quoting Sander

(Bah, who am I kidding?! That one was shot from the hip while walking, and just incredibly lucky! *g*)

I like the expressions and clarity of your photo. That's a good one alright.

Mine was shot from the hip as well. As Peter and Tway can tell you, I was walking along in front, turned around, composed, shot and kept walking. As with any photograph, even shooting from the hip you can plan how the end product will look. I had a good 10-20sec before to come up with the idea to do this and composed the shot by the sounds of my friends voices behind me. There's always a way. Don't limit yourself by thinking there's no way.

55. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting Q_

Actually, both of my examples contained what I consider "dynamic" elements.

Ah, ok, I understood dynamic as including "motion".

As with any photograph, even shooting from the hip you can plan how the end product will look.

Plan, yes. Reliably getting the desired result, for me, not quite yet. I intend to keep working on that, though. :)

56. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

Quoting Q_

All posts would need to be reviewed first of course. It's up to you, Robert. I would agree with Sander and wouldn't delete your post, but I can't speak for others. When in doubt use the "send message" feature. Posting a list of favourite photographers and books would make an interesting new thread in itself.

To continue this thread. Whether shooting digital or film, my favourites (I won't call it a vision as yet) is dynamics, and a different interpretation of the world.

Ok, I'll post a couple of links. If this violates any forum rules, then please edit or delete.

I maintain a list of photography resources on my website; the two that I think would be most intesting to the group here are links for photographers and books links:

http://www.visionlandscapes.com/Resources.aspx?Resource=Books
http://www.visionlandscapes.com/Resources.aspx?Resource=Photographers

Most of the links and book I post recommendations are for landscape photographers, since this is what I do.

I'm with you on the issue of dynamics, although quite possibly from a different perspective. If you are familiar with the work of Henri Cartier Bresson, then you know of the concept of "the decisive moment". This is the concept that I try to carry through on my work, although I work with the landscape and large format photography, rather than the 35mm, street photography that HCB did. The object is to capture a unique moment in time - that is fundamental to my vision.

57. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

There's a fascinating book in my local library. It was called something like "Photographers on Photography". I don't know if you're familiar with it. It was basically a collection of essays written by the greats on their medium. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen and others. A good read if you can get a hold of a copy.

here

The web gives you great access to many of their works. Eventhough some of the pictures are still hard to locate. I've studied portraiture more than landscape, so I'm more familiar with the works of Man Ray, Irving Penn, Karsh's crazy studio lighting, but also Bresson and Adams. So it will be interesting to learn about landscapes. Thanks for the links. I'll take a look when I get home.

58. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting roteague

look for a forum called PhotographAustralia

So I tried registering there a couple of days ago - looks just like my kind of place - but my account activation never came, and just now I noticed that my account had been deleted. Looks like I was indistinguishable from a spambot to the admin. :( (Admittedly, the place seems to suffer under a veritable flood of them - that's what you get for going with phpmybb, I guess...)
I registered again, this time with text in my signature block exclaiming to my humanness. Wonder if that'll have any effect. :/

59. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting Travel100

Seems like everyone is going digital. What type of camera do you take with you when traveling: Digital or Film? If Digital, how long ago did you switch?

I have both systems but use mostly digital for convenience and lower cost. My first digicam is my current, prosumer Olympus C7070 (7MP, f2.8-4, 27-114mm), which I hope will last me a few years. The ability to preview pix and delete bad ones before printing saves $$. Memory cards are so small and you can use them indefinitely. Uploading to a web based gallery for others to share with other is convenient w/o spending much. The down side is I spend more time for post-processing images to obtain the results I normally expect from film right out of the camera.

Though inconvenient and costly, I still like film due to the exceptional lenses that I use (Contax/Zeiss). My Minolta lenses are good too but not as good as Zeiss glass. I shoot film for specific situations... ie Fuji Reala or Velvia (landscape), Fuji NPS or Kodal Portra (portrait).

For my next trip, I'll probably bring both.

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