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View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:20:43 PM »



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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 08:05:22 AM »

I must be missing something.

I stare and stare and stare (yes, I see the line of green shrubs leading from the foreground to the bright bush, the remarkable background (unremarkably lit), the white horse and the unremarkable building), but I go away not having gained anything from the experience except the nagging question: Am I missing something truly artistic or (I don't mean to be harsh) is it just a snap of a view with no redeeming qualities (a.k.a. "a sharp photo of a fuzzy concept")?
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 09:17:31 AM »

I think you have hit the nail on the head..."sharp photo of fuzzy concept".  I was enjoying the "burning bush" and overlooked how drab the bluff is in this light.
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 11:15:02 AM »

The shot is simply not processed well (or not processed at all). Give it to, say, Peter Eastway and see how "unremarkable" it really is.

A few steps to the left at the time of capture would have reduced the empty space in the middle ground and helped achieve a more dynamic diagonal transition from foreground to background (perhaps try content-aware scaling instead?).

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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 11:39:23 AM »

Am I missing something truly artistic...

... a dearth of truly artistic photographs ... simply beautiful and artistic - rich in detail, tones and colours.

afaict "truly artistic" doesn't mean more than I like.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/american-english/artistic?q=artistic
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 01:40:16 PM »

Just a few quick adjustments. I took the liberty to modify your image, I find it much easier to demo than to write a suggestion. It's a starting point.



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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2012, 02:34:31 PM »

I prefer Peter's modifications, but I would also get rid of the ugly building.
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2012, 03:02:56 PM »

Just a few quick adjustments. I took the liberty to modify your image, I find it much easier to demo than to write a suggestion. It's a starting point.

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Aaack, this is horrid! No offense, but your modifications, have "Photoshop" written all over them and have turned a gentle and pleasing (if unremarkable) image into almost a parody of the over-processing of photos that is so common today. Please, no!
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2012, 07:18:32 AM »

Aaack, this is horrid! No offense, but your modifications, have "Photoshop" written all over them and have turned a gentle and pleasing (if unremarkable) image into almost a parody of the over-processing of photos that is so common today. Please, no!


Of course Aaack. That was the point! There is much that lives in every capture. Just an example, nothing more.


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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2012, 09:01:27 AM »

Just a few quick adjustments. I took the liberty to modify your image, I find it much easier to demo than to write a suggestion. It's a starting point.
Peter

I must admit to preferring the hues of the original photograph - these are too green and too vibrant. There is definitely something in the original scene worth photographing - perhaps the horse and the background more than the bright bush and greenery. Sometimes it's more about what we, as photographers, leave out, then what we leave in.
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2012, 01:22:27 PM »

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/artistic_1?q=artistic

The "relating to art" and "skillfully and attractively made" don't take us further than I like.
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Re: View from hotel parking lot, Bluff, UT.
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2012, 02:06:10 PM »

The only proper definition of "artistic" is, of course, anything that I personally like.  ::)
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