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The Art of Photography => User Critiques => Topic started by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 10:24:13 am

Title: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 10:24:13 am
I use the term "abstract" quite loosely, and I don't want to start any definition wars, so if you have something that YOU want to call an "abstract" image, feel free to post it here.

For me, an "abstract" is something that doesn't fit neatly into other categories, like "street," "landscape," or "portrait." It may or may not be a photograph of a recognizable object, but if so, the subject isn't what is important. If it is an interesting pattern, suggests something other than what it is, is evocative of some mood, or whatever, it's OK.

So hear are a few of mine in black and white to start things off.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 10:26:38 am
And here are some in color, too.

If you really want to know, "what is it?" just ask.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RobbieV on January 21, 2014, 10:56:07 am
(http://ppcdn.500px.org/49140964/5d3075fe2d33d0b94773fc62a84b10ee329fc753/2048.jpg)

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/6782282/7fea8f2fef3b4abe84eea012ed0c64758972310c/5.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wmchauncey on January 21, 2014, 12:57:07 pm
A Crack in the Universe...

(http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l383/chauncey43/crack-in-universe-copy.jpg) (http://s329.photobucket.com/user/chauncey43/media/crack-in-universe-copy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 21, 2014, 02:00:16 pm
Really like ::

                   ERIC  >>  RRAbstract -- a Brett Weston all the way  

                                      &
                   ROBBIE -- your B&W architecture ~!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 21, 2014, 02:42:41 pm
abstract of a abstract    -- WW II metal sculpture  -- some projects of Poland I was walking .. A body blown apart in battle and shaped  to metal (0);
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Trevor Murgatroyd on January 21, 2014, 07:48:33 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on January 21, 2014, 08:25:45 pm
(http://richowens.smugmug.com/Art/Childs-Play/i-B3BfL3X/1/L/_DSC0110-L.jpg)

(http://richowens.smugmug.com/Art/Childs-Play/i-v6KWxct/0/L/_DSC0394-Edit-L.jpg)

Thanks Eric, this is fun.

Rich
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 21, 2014, 08:43:49 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8395/8708017903_b82709d7d2_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slobodan_blagojevic/8708017903/)
Moving Walkway (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slobodan_blagojevic/8708017903/) by Slobodan Blagojevic (http://www.flickr.com/people/slobodan_blagojevic/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2014, 08:46:20 pm
Good stuff, folks! Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: michael ellis on January 21, 2014, 11:31:35 pm
Two squashes
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: michael ellis on January 21, 2014, 11:33:20 pm
Some very nice photographs everyone. Thanks for starting this Eric.

Michael
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 21, 2014, 11:59:19 pm
Maybe not really a abstract -- but lends itself to be different ....Velvia -- long exposure -- roof top --
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 22, 2014, 12:18:03 am
Nice!
It fits my broad definition just fine.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bart_van_der_Wolf on January 22, 2014, 05:25:56 am
Hi Slobodan,

Funny, when I started reading this thread I thought I'd participate with this one, shot on my return from the Photokina:

(http://bvdwolf.home.xs4all.nl/temp/OPF/2137+39_Return-from-Photokina.jpg)

You just beat me to it with the posting of your version of the concept.

Cheers,
Bart
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 22, 2014, 09:05:21 am
Hi Bart,

Seems that your flight from Photokina was in first class (i.e., with unlimited servings of alcohol)?  ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: davidh202 on January 22, 2014, 09:40:14 pm
I'll play
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 22, 2014, 10:53:31 pm
P&S Olympus -- HP film -- '95
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rory on January 22, 2014, 11:42:38 pm
From a recent trip to NZ.

(http://roryhill.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v83/p1443027868.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 23, 2014, 12:11:00 am
Top of the Pass -- Washington State ---
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 23, 2014, 01:09:12 am
I have  posted this here before in a thread devoted to "bubble" photographs

 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5254037463/)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5166/5254037463_e7d6f96173_b.jpg)
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bubble 2K (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5254037463/) by povwest (http://www.flickr.com/people/41811370@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on January 23, 2014, 01:57:38 am
That's OK Michael, makes a beautiful abstract.

Rich
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 23, 2014, 01:59:34 am
Some great colour abstract/images here ... I'll find mine someday ...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 23, 2014, 04:13:44 am
Interesting thread! I gladly show one which I am sort of proud of.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on January 23, 2014, 06:33:52 am
Not too abstract but here's one

Edit: and a second one (more abstract)…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 23, 2014, 12:30:33 pm
Superb, Michael.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 23, 2014, 12:32:04 pm
My turn.  Burned computer power supply case found at an illegal dump.


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/12104921903_164c305b0b_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2014, 12:35:20 pm
I'm really delighted with the offerings so far in this thread. There is a nice playful attitude.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 23, 2014, 12:35:26 pm
Love that one, Peter!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 23, 2014, 12:40:28 pm
Thanks, Slobodan.  I love it, too.  It's a 40" square canvas on my living room wall.

You are FAST!  Are you directly wired to Lula?  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 23, 2014, 01:47:33 pm
Ice and water
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 23, 2014, 02:32:10 pm
I like 1645-46-48QN, though I think it needs a catchier title.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: michael ellis on January 23, 2014, 04:21:03 pm
Interesting thread! I gladly show one which I am sort of proud of.

Boudewijn Swanenburg

That is certainly one to be proud of. A beautiful shot.

Thanks for showing it.

Michael
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: michael ellis on January 23, 2014, 04:24:27 pm
I noticed this a few years ago but didn't make the shot until today. This is a quick first take in B&W.

Michael
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 23, 2014, 10:26:22 pm
SouthWest --- roadside ruins ...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: langier on January 23, 2014, 10:32:03 pm
You like abstracts? You got 'em! Just a few of my many, many favs in b&w.

Enjoy!

FWIW-caption info--Sevier Lake playa, Utah; Crumpled flivver in the Mojave, California; Wheelmove irrigation, Oregon; Roadside paddle marker, California.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 23, 2014, 10:32:45 pm
Beautiful ice shots muntanella.

We should start a separate ice shots thread.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 23, 2014, 10:36:18 pm
Love that sprinkler shot, Larry!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 23, 2014, 10:48:27 pm
Some great images on this thread ~!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on January 24, 2014, 01:00:52 am
Still running across a few --  1984  -- Rollei SL 66

Three frames in row , off the roll --- the fourth image of a Danish photographer --started shooting in 1932  
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 24, 2014, 02:56:07 am
Not sure if these are 'abstract' enough, but...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6637423423_350c9f9e58_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6637423423/)
2011 Lighted Ships Parade (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6637423423/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6637410087_8b850061d1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6637410087/)
2011 IEOA Lighted Truck Parade (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6637410087/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6565567259_58a3278434_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6565567259/)
Clouds (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6565567259/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/9891040394_a5dfbd6524_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/9891040394/)
Zygote (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/9891040394/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8430/7846465560_3ff3b211a2_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7846465560/)
Vents (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7846465560/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7580494106_c1d1900f1c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580494106/)
Underlying Currents (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580494106/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/7123366483_99263befca_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7123366483/)
Bubbles (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7123366483/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7200/6981151665_643c46e584_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6981151665/)
Fun With Mirrors - Spider (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/6981151665/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

Mike.

Vents, Underlying Currents and Bubbles are Marcia's not mine.  She uses her cell phone and I push them around in LR.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 24, 2014, 04:02:29 am
I like 1645-46-48QN, though I think it needs a catchier title.

Thin ice on the flowing waters of the Roasco Creek, as seen from the small bridge near the Casera, West Grosina Valley. (I fear it's even less catchy to english speaking people than the alphanumeric one)


Not sure if these are 'abstract' enough, but...




... but in the zygote there are some signs of Kandinsky :o
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on January 24, 2014, 01:24:06 pm
Great thread! I like your truck (?), Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 24, 2014, 04:25:44 pm
Got another one.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 24, 2014, 04:42:18 pm
Ooh! I like that!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 24, 2014, 05:23:32 pm
Ooh! I like that!



Me too!
Title: Variations on a Theme
Post by: churly on January 24, 2014, 06:00:24 pm
I'll throw this one in under the sensu lato definition of abstract.

(http://churly.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v106/p402405456-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 24, 2014, 06:59:01 pm
That is definitely in the top ten so far, IMHO.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 24, 2014, 10:15:36 pm
Lots of good stuff. I used to poo poo "abstracts." But I finally learned that no matter what we shoot or paint or draw or sculpt, if people can relate to it and you like it, it is worth the look and effort. Here's a few from a series after a snow storm. I could not resist the red amid the snow:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-tVXdsXR/1/M/Dec%2015-%202013%20High%20Park%20106%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-tVXdsXR/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-hZPcGxN/1/M/Dec%2015-%202013%20High%20Park%20112%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-hZPcGxN/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-CmxbVRq/1/M/Dec%2015-%202013%20High%20Park%20108%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Winter-in-High-Park-2013/i-CmxbVRq/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 25, 2014, 12:08:01 am
These two are as real as it gets, yet I hope qualify at least as semi-abstracts. From the Lake Superior:

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 25, 2014, 12:21:59 am
They're fine. Sometimes reality is abstract.
Title: Re: Variations on a Theme
Post by: wolfnowl on January 25, 2014, 01:02:45 am
I'll throw this one in under the sensu lato definition of abstract.

Well seen, and captured!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 25, 2014, 04:30:03 am
Another (the last) icy "abstract", some years ago: my favorite (loved) pool at the end of September. You can see reflected the sky and the  "Visega" (Festuca scabriculmis, yellow, by that time). West Grosina Valley, near the Rusgiai...


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 25, 2014, 07:02:19 pm
That is definitely in the top ten so far, IMHO.

Yup.  Beautifully done, churly.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 25, 2014, 09:30:43 pm
That's OK Michael, makes a beautiful abstract.

Rich

Thank you. The unexpected play of the light made photographing these seemingly mundane soap bubbles quite the experience

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3377/5720536557_497f25229a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5720536557/) 

 (http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3476/5791985931_817cae94b9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5791985931/)
 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 26, 2014, 02:22:21 am
Some great work here!  Peter's 'wooden web' reminded me of this one, from a few years ago.  Sort of an electrician's nightmare:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5011/5490151647_d125187bdb_b.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/9n9sP2)

Mike.

(And yes, that is a bush).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 26, 2014, 10:26:52 am
Hey Mike, really like your abstracts. I lean more to the subtle ones, like your zygotes. I think Freeman Patterson called a lot of these, non-representational imagery rather than "abstract." Of course many are abstract. It doesn't matter, if done well, I still like them.

Here are three which I did using in-camera motion techniques.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-4TmNm4s/0/M/Sept%208-2013%20Oakville-RBG%20227%20copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-4TmNm4s/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-q2MGJdm/0/M/Sept%208-2013%20Oakville-RBG%20228%20copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-q2MGJdm/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-LgQXt8C/0/M/Sept%209-%202013%20James%20Gardens%20168%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-LgQXt8C/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on January 26, 2014, 01:40:13 pm
WOW !
This thread is exploding within no time - seems it was overdue.
And there's some stunning work in it !

Time to contribute:
Though I am not exactly sure which of these qualify as abstracts I posted them.
At least , I believe, they have some sort of abstraction of something in them.

Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 26, 2014, 01:50:39 pm
This time one quite different from my previous one.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John E on January 26, 2014, 02:16:44 pm
Haven't posted in a while, so what the hey. Of all the shots I took at The Wave a few years back (most of them forgettable), this one stood out for me.

It was shot as you first climb up into the main wave segment.

John
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 26, 2014, 07:11:22 pm
Though I am not exactly sure which of these qualify as abstracts I posted them.
Chris
They certainly fit my loose definition of abstract. Nice ones. Welcome to the playpen, Chris!

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 26, 2014, 07:29:51 pm
They certainly fit my loose definition of abstract. Nice ones. Welcome to the playpen, Chris!

Eric


Yes, I thought about mentioning 'non-representational' vs. abstract at the beginning, but I thought, "Let's just have some fun!"

Mike.

P.S. I was at a presentation recently with Robert Bateman and he was talking a bit about his history in art and different styles of art.  At one point he put up an abstract piece and he mentioned that people have asked him, "What is it?"  The answer is, "It's a painting." Often the next question is, "A painting of what?"  His reply is, "It's not a painting of anything.  It's a painting.  We don't ask, 'It's a butterfly wing... of what?' or it's a sandstone mosaic...of what?'  It's a painting."
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 26, 2014, 11:21:57 pm
Right! This thread is for Photographs! The ones that aren't "Photographs of ...," unless they're just photographs of fun.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 27, 2014, 05:22:51 am
You like abstracts? You got 'em! Just a few of my many, many favs in b&w.

Enjoy!

FWIW-caption info--Sevier Lake playa, Utah; Crumpled flivver in the Mojave, California; Wheelmove irrigation, Oregon; Roadside paddle marker, California.

I like them all very much, "abstracts" with very dense meaning... (The first, "Hiroshima-like",  is very eloquent in this respect) not only a play of forms.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: stamper on January 27, 2014, 05:49:31 am
Washed up, just like myself. ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 27, 2014, 09:33:47 pm
These might fit in here:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2442/3998665973_178fb05aa0_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/3998665973/)
Full Circle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/3998665973/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3255/2882561591_b7cf389284_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/2882561591/)
IMG_1444 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/2882561591/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

Both made with an old Canon 6MP camera.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on January 28, 2014, 12:45:54 am
(http://richowens.smugmug.com/photos/i-LnRzx9m/0/L/i-LnRzx9m-L.jpg)
  New Beginnng

(http://richowens.smugmug.com/photos/i-Bt7LQF2/0/L/i-Bt7LQF2-L.jpg)
  Storm Surge

(http://richowens.smugmug.com/photos/i-Kfr6Cz4/0/L/i-Kfr6Cz4-L.jpg)
  Here Today....


Rich
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 28, 2014, 02:15:41 am
Love the leaves colour patterns in the third one!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 29, 2014, 11:12:09 pm
Not to difficult to figure out.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-WL2sM94/0/M/Oct%208-%202013%20Burlington%20Pier%20142%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-WL2sM94/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on January 30, 2014, 10:19:51 pm
One more.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5520/12184350964_fa29c7587a_o.jpg)

From Dante's View, Death Valley.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 30, 2014, 10:50:45 pm
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6079/6054994100_74eddd4c82_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/6054994100/)
Emptying The Net  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/6054994100/) by povwest (http://www.flickr.com/people/41811370@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on January 31, 2014, 01:32:42 am
That's a bubble maker and a half!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 31, 2014, 05:02:05 am
My version of a wave.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 31, 2014, 10:22:23 am
Neat!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 31, 2014, 10:24:08 am
Both of the poles are graceful, but ….
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 31, 2014, 12:03:27 pm
That's a bubble maker and a half!

Mike.

I do wish I could find where this guy is "practicing" for his piad performances these days..

For me..there has never been a "subject? so insanely varied and rife with new opportunities. From the multi bubble prodcuing net bubbles to the mammoth bubbles several feet long changing in whatever light is available.

Ive shot photographs of these things as early 6 AM  in the summer,,and as late as 8 oclock on occasion and theres always something fresh to explore

Thank you.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on January 31, 2014, 05:14:52 pm
Rummaging in my box of lost shots ...
rumble .... rumble .... rumble .... rumble ....  ???
 ::) Here it is:



Strato


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7307/12241612435_21bf64f955_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/feldhaim/12241612435/)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 31, 2014, 10:21:17 pm
I very much like Strato. Here are some more:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-X4zPvVR/0/M/Mar%204-12%20Gastown%20184%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-X4zPvVR/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-g8ZGd4F/0/M/Mar%2011-12%20UofT%20008%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-g8ZGd4F/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-jHKNdjt/0/M/Sept%209-12%20Downtown%20TO%20012%20smug%20bwcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-jHKNdjt/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 31, 2014, 10:45:38 pm
A recent one
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on February 01, 2014, 09:28:50 am
I very much like Strato. Here are some more:
Number 2 is special IMHO.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 01, 2014, 10:26:17 am
Number 2 is special IMHO.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Agreed!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on February 01, 2014, 01:20:03 pm
After this one I am running low on abstracts I am afraid.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 01, 2014, 01:34:14 pm
That's a fine one.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on February 01, 2014, 10:55:58 pm
somewhat abstract ....
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 01, 2014, 11:28:56 pm
Somewhat abstract... is that like 'a little bit pregnant'?  Sorry, couldn't resist.   ;D

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 01, 2014, 11:31:01 pm
Marcia captured this with her phone.  She was going to throw it out and I said no.  Pushed around a little in LR...

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 02, 2014, 08:36:21 am
Thank you, Marcia. Nice save, Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on February 02, 2014, 08:42:06 am
I like this thread more and more - really good stuff coming up with some occasional gems.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on February 02, 2014, 04:16:03 pm
Looks to be a ..
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 02, 2014, 05:40:17 pm
A fabulous thread, and as Mike says, forget the definition, and lets see what you think is abstract, visually or conceptually.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-W5RxSC5/1/M/May%2019-12%20Rhodo%20pk%20142%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-W5RxSC5/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-FKH7857/1/M/Sept%202-12%20Milton%20tractors%20047%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-FKH7857/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-chLG65n/1/M/Aug%2026-12%20Evans-QEW%20bldg%20101%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-chLG65n/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on February 02, 2014, 05:57:23 pm
From the Rockies.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on February 04, 2014, 01:19:51 pm
Poland  -- Kracow  > abstract  :::  Entrance to a Hotel ..
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: utahmike on February 05, 2014, 11:13:51 am
Long exposure - Surf in Palm Beach, FL.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on February 06, 2014, 12:59:46 pm
Lago Turchino (Blue Lake) in september.


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on February 06, 2014, 04:17:44 pm
(http://richowens.smugmug.com/photos/i-jd8gw4b/0/L/i-jd8gw4b-L.jpg)

                                Rain On My Window
                                          2005
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael Haspert on February 08, 2014, 05:09:38 pm
Do these qualify?
BTW, the apparent face in the eucalyptus bark was found, not photoshopped.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 08, 2014, 08:09:03 pm
Took some today in downtown Toronto in the freezing cold- brrr! I missed the sun on the steps which would have given the image some real punch, but it works nicely as BW.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Q8brcCR/0/M/Feb%208-%202014%20Downtown%20Toronto%20115%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Q8brcCR/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Lp9VW5Q/0/M/Feb%208-%202014%20Downtown%20Toronto%20119%20bwsmugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Lp9VW5Q/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 09, 2014, 01:55:08 am
Loving the work in this thread.  Keep 'em coming!

Mike.

P.S. A few more images from Marcia's cell phone (and LR)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8470/8390073023_dcbe3c7fa3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/8390073023/)
Hydrangea Dream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/8390073023/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8456/7934715542_58d13d04ba_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7934715542/)
Sailboat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7934715542/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7580492210_ba8554f561_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580492210/)
Night Patterns (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580492210/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7580494106_2c26030f0e_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580494106/)
Underlying Currents (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580494106/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7122/7580493128_f0f8e681f6_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580493128/)
Bark (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580493128/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7580491678_801bc3efd3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580491678/)
Softly Smiling (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfnowl/7580491678/) by wolfnowl (http://www.flickr.com/people/wolfnowl/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 09, 2014, 03:13:32 pm
X
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 10, 2014, 11:05:21 am
High Pollen Count

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 10, 2014, 01:42:56 pm
Thanks, Peter.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 10, 2014, 02:01:34 pm
Quite a number of really nice ones since I last checked in.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 11, 2014, 01:58:14 am
Well done, Chris, and I like Bruce's 'acid trip' too.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 11, 2014, 11:46:41 am
Well done, Chris, and I like Bruce's 'acid trip' too.

Mike.

I am glad you like it.  I am retreading old ground here.  However, I see it more as moderist stiyles from 1920's Paris than as "acid trip".

  
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on February 11, 2014, 01:36:12 pm
Quite a number of really nice ones since I last checked in.


I missed this thread entirely.  The 3rd images in your original first and second posts are beauties.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 11, 2014, 09:39:20 pm
The house was painted and I bought a new point and shoot camera at the same time. Here is one I took of a series of abstracts, more or less, of the walls and house.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-2mw3ppS/0/M/Jan%203-2014%20House%20003%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-2mw3ppS/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on February 12, 2014, 06:28:13 pm
Catching the tide
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 13, 2014, 12:40:36 pm
Time to add more of my own. Three very recent ones, all of ice from Plum Island a week ago.
1.   Bubbles in very thin ice.
2.   Ice pastels.
3.   "Rhein III"   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 14, 2014, 06:49:35 pm
Time to add more of my own. Three very recent ones, all of ice from Plum Island a week ago.

Eric - #1 is particularly fine.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: andaremos on February 15, 2014, 08:19:46 am
I had a bit of a layover so I went for a walk around the T4 in Madrid's airport.


(http://www.andaremos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/madrid-barajas-t4-blinds.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 15, 2014, 07:03:40 pm
Abstract One A and Abstract Two B off my back porch.

 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 15, 2014, 10:31:29 pm
Abstract One A and Abstract Two B off my back porch.

 

Is that not the Green Hand of Man in Abstract Two B ?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 16, 2014, 12:19:52 am
Naw, it's my fly swatter.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 16, 2014, 09:00:17 am
Naw, it's my fly swatter.
Like Michael, I thought it was Russ's hand.  ;)

Both nice. I like the fact that folks are being playful in this thread, and stretching the definition of "abstract" in any way they feel like it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 16, 2014, 10:55:44 am
by virtue of function....an extension of the hand of man ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 16, 2014, 10:59:10 am
Like Michael, I thought it was Russ's hand.  ;)

Both nice. I like the fact that folks are being playful in this thread, and stretching the definition of "abstract" in any way they feel like it.


ho hand of man here..expect those on my camera

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5258/5415178180_e1a3a36275_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5415178180/)
Flying Carpet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5415178180/) by povwest (http://www.flickr.com/people/41811370@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 16, 2014, 11:05:04 am
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5246/5242925544_017f43334a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5242925544/)
Industrial strength  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/41811370@N02/5242925544/) by povwest (http://www.flickr.com/people/41811370@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 17, 2014, 12:02:50 am
I am going to find some new ones, bt for now here are a few.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-JFrXcc7/1/M/June%2021-10%20Stratford%20021%20LScopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-JFrXcc7/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Guelph/i-5gJV35c/0/M/Dec%202-%202013%20Guelph%20outing%20084%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Guelph/i-5gJV35c/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-ZJHvcZw/0/M/Sept%2016-12%20Downtown%20TO%20133%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-ZJHvcZw/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 17, 2014, 08:02:49 am
An Abridged Pictionary
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 17, 2014, 11:15:03 am
An Abridged Pictionary

The over all image works well and I like your dramatic separation of the reflections.  A little more space in there and you could rent it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 17, 2014, 11:28:33 am
I am going to find some new ones, bt for now here are a few.

JR

You may have heard this a thousnad times, but: the ones you chose fit together so well that they could do so tightly.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 17, 2014, 12:52:23 pm
Blue* Star

[Modified in the afternoon so that it is less blue [not blue at all, really].]

[Re-modified 2/19/2014 I'll get it right yet. Anyway, it's blue again.]
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Ray Cox on February 17, 2014, 01:11:31 pm
Can't use a cell phone while driving, but, can photograph thru the windshield at a traffic light.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 17, 2014, 03:59:40 pm
Blue* Star

[Modified in the afternoon so that it is less blue.]





I'm having cataract surgery on my left eye, Wednesday so I will chalk up the missing color to a bum eye...well, not completely as the other eye still works marginally.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on February 17, 2014, 04:34:16 pm
I'm having cataract surgery on my left eye, Wednesday so I will chalk up the missing color to a bum eye...well, not completely as the other eye still works marginally.


    I posted the first version immediately after finishing it in the morning.  When it soured on me, as many would have predicted, I chose to preserve some continuity the earlier posting in the interest of those who had correctly [modified to include Eric] liked or disliked it.  


  I encouage you to trust and take care of your eyes.  They are more true than my images, much less my captions.


Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 17, 2014, 04:51:00 pm
I admit I, too, was startled to see that someone had walked off with the blue in the star.
It's nice either way, as are many of the recent ones.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on February 18, 2014, 01:52:35 pm
Found another one.

Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 19, 2014, 07:29:33 pm
I am sure you can figure out what this really is.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/0/M/Aug%2026-11%20RBG%20070%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 19, 2014, 11:03:24 pm
I am sure you can figure out what this really is.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/0/M/Aug%2026-11%20RBG%20070%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/A)
Absolutely, John. It's an abstract!  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: huguito on February 20, 2014, 01:06:12 am
Really beautiful stuff everyone. This is mine, underwater shot from somewhere in the Philippines, Sea Urchin
Hugo
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: huguito on February 20, 2014, 01:07:13 am
One more
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 20, 2014, 01:53:24 am
February Flowers...

Mike.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 20, 2014, 02:19:50 pm
Elevator Music #1: Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes - ah

Elevator Abstract # 2: Going Down



Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on February 20, 2014, 02:23:01 pm
Nice Chris!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 21, 2014, 10:41:01 am
I am sure you can figure out what this really is.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/0/M/Aug%2026-11%20RBG%20070%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-whGkrrq/A)

Tulips and Iris?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 21, 2014, 11:57:00 am
I just came across these
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 21, 2014, 03:14:38 pm
Nice rhythms.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 21, 2014, 04:03:42 pm
By chance a few hours before I came across this thread, I rediscovered of sub folder of abstract images in my film scans folder.
[Though Tinsley Viaduct shot is digital].


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 21, 2014, 04:09:44 pm
This set of images did start out as an unusual portrait but got abstracted a lot further. And then hacked around some more.
So not really sure they are photos anymore.

.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 21, 2014, 04:50:02 pm
Nice ones, jjj. My favorite is the triptych.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on February 21, 2014, 05:00:28 pm
I'm amazed again by this thread - so much interesting and beautiful stuff!
Cheers
~Chris
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael Haspert on February 21, 2014, 05:26:04 pm
jjj;
Dang. "Corrugated Green Fence" reminds me of something.
Ah. Here it is.
Title: !!
Post by: John R on February 21, 2014, 06:27:41 pm
Close Armand. But I don't really know. I was going to say "flowers!" The truth is I get so caught up in the colours, shapes and composition that I barely notice what kind of flowers they were. Of course if I were taking documentary style shots, then I would probably know the name of the flowers. It's been a few years now that I decided, even when the the weather is not that good, I will try some experimental technique to make it all worthwhile or interesting. Not to mention fun!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 21, 2014, 08:47:56 pm
jjj;
Dang. "Corrugated Green Fence" reminds me of something.
Ah. Here it is.
Just needs a rivet!  ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on February 22, 2014, 05:24:35 am
Very interesting thread: Here's my contribution.

Graeme
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 22, 2014, 05:53:46 pm
A new contribution   "Around the Next Corner"
Chuck

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 24, 2014, 10:30:41 am
A couple more.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: powerslave12r on February 24, 2014, 11:45:53 am
Excellent work in this thread. Here's my (weak) simple addition, hopefully I'll have more to contribute soon. Picked this one out of the bin so I could play along.

I took this about 4.5 years ago and I don't agree with the choice of PP anymore.

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2668/3914236193_b45a74dcc3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/3914236193/)
Misaligned (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/3914236193/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 24, 2014, 11:51:40 am
I took this about 4.5 years ago and I don't agree with the choice of PP anymore.
I do that at times too. And at sometimes it's because the software has improved, so I can do a better job that I could then.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 24, 2014, 01:42:00 pm
I do that at times too. And at sometimes it's because the software has improved, so I can do a better job that I could then.
Me too. And often it's because I've finally learned how to use the software better.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: powerslave12r on February 25, 2014, 10:06:15 am
I don't know if this qualifies for this thread, but I quite like it.

Best viewed large (click through)! I love the overlapping ripples.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9492927138_a85bd8aa1d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492927138/lightbox/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492927138/lightbox/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 25, 2014, 03:03:17 pm
reflections
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on February 26, 2014, 04:24:43 am
Another one…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 26, 2014, 07:53:20 pm
bench
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on February 27, 2014, 02:29:58 am
I continue to be amazed by the broad range of interpretations of the term 'abstract'.  Some excellent work here!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on February 27, 2014, 05:17:51 am
I continue to be amazed by the broad range of interpretations of the term 'abstract'.  Some excellent work here!

Mike.

Yes, abstract for some might not be abstract for the next person… But I like the images so far.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 27, 2014, 09:21:07 am
I continue to be amazed by the broad range of interpretations of the term 'abstract'.  Some excellent work here!

Mike.
Me too. And I'm delighted that this is one thread that hasn't bogged down in arguments over definitions.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on February 27, 2014, 06:56:00 pm
Another 'abstract'.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 27, 2014, 08:49:20 pm
Me too. And I'm delighted that this is one thread that hasn't bogged down in arguments over definitions.
I'm amazed by that to be honest.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on February 27, 2014, 08:51:52 pm
Anyway here's another…..


.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 27, 2014, 09:09:39 pm
In many ways this thread, is, and hopefully will remain similar to the "Without prejudice" thread.

One more:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/AGO/i-G27DrBR/2/M/Nov%206-11%20AGO%20167%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/AGO/i-G27DrBR/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on March 04, 2014, 03:09:02 pm
Cars and hares.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 04, 2014, 03:35:35 pm
Anyway here's another…..


.




That's bloody good!

Rob C

P.S. How come the image doesn't repeat here in this reply?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on March 04, 2014, 03:50:49 pm

That's bloody good!

Rob C

P.S. How come the image doesn't repeat here in this reply?

images being called from wen storage display

images that are attachments uploaded to the server here dont.

the image in the message you quoted was an attachment
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: stevenf on March 04, 2014, 03:54:58 pm
I wonder if this is abstract enough for this category.

Steven

http://www.friedmanphoto.com (http://www.friedmanphoto.com)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 04, 2014, 04:10:32 pm
images being called from wen storage display

images that are attachments uploaded to the server here dont.

the image in the message you quoted was an attachment


No wonder I'm always perplexed!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on March 04, 2014, 04:15:58 pm
somewhat abstract..
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on March 04, 2014, 05:16:43 pm
That's bloody good!

P.S. How come the image doesn't repeat here in this reply?
Only the t'interweb gremlins know.
And ta. :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on March 04, 2014, 09:43:06 pm

No wonder I'm always perplexed!

Rob C

that "wen" technology is tricky stuff!  :o
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 09, 2014, 03:24:04 pm
From the land of cold:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-Tf436Wj/0/M/March%203-%202014%20Badlands%20in%20winter%20036%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-Tf436Wj/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-MXQfZ4H/0/M/March%203-%202014%20Badlands%20in%20winter%20111%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-MXQfZ4H/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on March 09, 2014, 05:23:30 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/9532708068_4652bebe77_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/9532708068/)
Hollywood August Morning, Stylized (http://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/9532708068/) by tanngrisnir3 (http://www.flickr.com/people/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Christoph C. Feldhaim on March 09, 2014, 05:32:23 pm
Time for another contribution to this wonderful thread:



(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/12882302143_6ccb74afa6_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/feldhaim/12882302143/in/set-72157641746785553)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on March 09, 2014, 08:03:09 pm
I'm quite pleased with this one.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on March 10, 2014, 07:23:39 am
I'm quite pleased with this one.
From the thumbnail it looked like an office block through a window, but then it is kind of the opposite, which is quite interesting.

Have another...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 10, 2014, 11:51:42 am
Practice Sheets
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on March 11, 2014, 03:53:53 am
a touch of abstract --how nature sees itself
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 12, 2014, 07:21:43 pm
Imitation Cat Food.  Will she be fooled?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 12, 2014, 08:17:59 pm
That's the funniest one yet in this thread.
I always appreciate a cat that likes abstract art.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: kencameron on March 13, 2014, 07:24:56 am
Collaboration



Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 13, 2014, 09:39:04 am
Collaboration





Yes, two bugs are smarter than one. 

At first I wanted to see more to the right and or left. 
However, with a little study, I see the scale is right for the simi-inclosed "M" shape in the middle. 
Not that I should, but I want to color it in.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on March 13, 2014, 10:46:40 am
The forest barber shaves everyone in the forest who does not shave himself...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 15, 2014, 09:20:59 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on March 17, 2014, 12:09:07 am
Rule of Thirds
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on March 17, 2014, 02:20:25 pm
80's San Fransisco  -- 250mm Rollei  
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on March 17, 2014, 11:30:17 pm
Mistaken -- double exposure ...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 18, 2014, 10:32:47 am
Mistaken -- double exposure ...

It makes the close rock look animated.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 18, 2014, 10:50:34 am
Railing in a Pond
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on March 18, 2014, 12:14:49 pm
Beautiful, Bruce. Is that ice?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on March 18, 2014, 12:18:06 pm
The Midges Dance to the Music of the Setting Sun
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on March 18, 2014, 12:52:08 pm
It makes the close rock look animated.

Bruce

Just forgot to crank the shutter -- when changing a back ...   

Looks very strange. Especially,  since I took this shot in the early 80's and have just seen it. :-)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 18, 2014, 01:23:04 pm
Beautiful, Bruce. Is that ice?


It has been cold enough, though generally too dry for ice this winter.  This is glare on wood.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: kencameron on March 27, 2014, 10:13:15 pm
Fissure

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 27, 2014, 10:34:46 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 28, 2014, 10:26:07 am
Ken and Armand: Both photos fantastic!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 28, 2014, 01:29:07 pm
Thank you.

A couple abstracts that are a little more traditional (the first might be questioned as an abstract to start with)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 29, 2014, 09:55:26 pm
Pier
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on April 02, 2014, 07:47:50 am
Östermalm, Stockholm.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 02, 2014, 02:43:45 pm
Mosaic Rainbow
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on April 02, 2014, 11:28:12 pm
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2521/3852727822_41f32909a8_o.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/21247579@N04/3852727822/)



Hand Painted Detail (https://www.flickr.com/photos/21247579@N04/3852727822/)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 03, 2014, 11:52:49 am
Walking the alleys -- Berkley in the 80's
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: chuckn on April 10, 2014, 03:32:55 pm
Rock sculpture, Hells Roaring Canyon, Utah
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 10, 2014, 06:59:55 pm
Eastern Oregon
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on April 14, 2014, 09:47:32 pm
spa

(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Other/Mashup/i-pF4r8xL/0/M/P1063998_edit%20mod1-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 19, 2014, 02:04:19 am
Extachrome -- softar 1 -- Nikkor 105
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 19, 2014, 09:04:21 am
That one is wild!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 19, 2014, 02:10:10 pm
That one is wild!


cleaned it up a little ... 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on April 19, 2014, 06:37:40 pm
Good job of cleaning.  The view of the moon lit trees reflecting in the still lake is so relaxing I see bits and pieces floating in the sky.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 19, 2014, 09:49:02 pm
Good job of cleaning.  The view of the moon lite trees reflecting in the still lake is so relaxing I see bits and pieces floating in the sky.
  Nice  interpretation :-)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on April 20, 2014, 12:22:47 am
Shadow Play
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 20, 2014, 04:13:43 am
Brno -- CZ Republic
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on April 20, 2014, 08:57:04 am
Love this, Arlen.  Makes me happy and thirsty.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on April 22, 2014, 01:59:48 am
A nearby ocean shore (as in about 300m from here).

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on April 22, 2014, 12:44:51 pm
A nearby ocean shore (as in about 300m from here).



It seems the water has turned to stone.  When will it go back to water again?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on April 22, 2014, 06:41:54 pm
Frozen in time perhaps?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on April 23, 2014, 06:41:52 am
A nearby ocean shore (as in about 300m from here).



Very chaotic, I like that.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on April 27, 2014, 12:23:24 am
Life in the Fast Lane
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on April 28, 2014, 08:55:24 pm
In a Redbud Tree

Modified 5/5/2014
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on April 29, 2014, 09:52:40 am
Okay try this one.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 29, 2014, 11:08:16 am
Works for me!

There have been lots of good ones lately.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on April 29, 2014, 11:43:14 am
Okay try this one.

This last one is really abstract and very nice…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on April 29, 2014, 01:23:52 pm
I think making the top a little less bright helps.  
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on April 29, 2014, 01:32:38 pm
Maybe not that abstract --
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on April 29, 2014, 04:54:14 pm
played with that Idea myself but it always seems to lose some purity to me. but that's me. Maybe if we met in the middle???
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on May 01, 2014, 12:32:37 am
Kind of abstract?
(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/MonochromeMagic/Light-and-Dark/i-RKqVn8z/0/L/DSC_8210mod1-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on May 01, 2014, 08:10:29 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on May 01, 2014, 08:12:22 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 01, 2014, 10:21:18 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on May 02, 2014, 03:08:55 am
Some really intriguing work here!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on May 02, 2014, 05:46:45 am
Are those ones, from Armand, from a science museum? I like them very much.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 02, 2014, 02:09:38 pm
Are those ones, from Armand, from a science museum? I like them very much.

Thank you.
Chicago Science Museum.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 02, 2014, 10:54:46 pm
(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-d2hCGvj/0/M/IMGP0064%20smugcopy2-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-d2hCGvj/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter_DL on May 03, 2014, 02:07:51 pm
"psychodelic flowers", at least that's how I named the corresponding Photoshop action
(which essentially preserves the most saturated colors while the rest is sent through some filters).

--
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on May 03, 2014, 04:20:43 pm
Trentham Estate, Woods
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on May 06, 2014, 12:48:51 pm
In the tall grass
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: PeterAit on May 06, 2014, 01:08:34 pm
While photographing an old building with warped metal siding, I came across this face-like pattern.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on May 06, 2014, 04:22:04 pm
While photographing an old building with warped metal siding, I came across this face-like pattern.

I thought it could be a little more face like if it was a little less metal siding like.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on May 07, 2014, 01:16:24 pm
Maybe not that abstract --

FRONT GRILL Paint BW.jpg is maybe not that original or rare either other than that you have done a better job of than almost anyone else.  I enjoy it very much.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on May 07, 2014, 02:02:49 pm
FRONT GRILL Paint BW.jpg is maybe not that original or rare either other than that you have done a better job of than almost anyone else.  I enjoy it very much.

Bruce

Yes,  nothing too original ... just had gotten a the new Canon 20 D with the B&W feature ,,,
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RSL on May 07, 2014, 02:46:28 pm
Abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on May 09, 2014, 11:58:51 am
No Buffalo
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RSL on May 09, 2014, 01:52:17 pm
OK. Here's another one with one or two elements out of the lens.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on May 09, 2014, 03:00:20 pm
I think you need to take one more element out. Its still way to sharp for my taste  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RSL on May 09, 2014, 03:10:39 pm
Maybe I could try just knocking the sensor out of alignment. That might be simpler.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Jilek on May 23, 2014, 10:41:20 am
And another one this time of Chicago. All done in camera of course.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on June 05, 2014, 01:05:14 am
Nicely done!

Mike.

P.S. Was in an art store last weekend and saw a book on painting 'Realistic Abstracts'. I thought, "Isn't that an oxymoron?"
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on June 06, 2014, 08:22:39 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 07, 2014, 12:06:48 am
Nice, Armand. Especially the first.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on June 07, 2014, 12:32:19 am
The third image is outsanding
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on June 10, 2014, 10:23:46 pm
Palouse abstract
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 10, 2014, 10:40:32 pm
Beautiful, Dave!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 10, 2014, 11:21:29 pm
Beautiful, Dave!
Yes!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on June 11, 2014, 04:56:17 am
Abstract.

masterful (and very concrete, material)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on June 11, 2014, 01:55:58 pm
Well done, folks! Dave, have you tried adding a little blur to your palouse abstract to see if it becomes watercolour? Fine as is but might be fun.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on June 11, 2014, 07:24:48 pm
Well done, folks! Dave, have you tried adding a little blur to your palouse abstract to see if it becomes watercolour? Fine as is but might be fun.

Mike.
My, but that would be impressionistic! ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on June 11, 2014, 10:45:12 pm
Superb!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on June 12, 2014, 09:11:39 am
I think this is more where I was headed in terms of seeing. The colors were indeed absolutely wonderful, but the silky textures, contours, and shadows were fascinating and I think more emphasized by the monotone treatment and toning to bring them together. BTW, it's number 20 sepia in SEP2.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on June 12, 2014, 09:40:58 am
Very nice monochromes!
But colour has the advantage of reminding me that this is indeed a landscape, a revelation I enjoy.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 12, 2014, 12:16:38 pm
These are terrific, David. The color ones, too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 12, 2014, 08:48:14 pm
I figure it's about time for me to show some more of my own, so here are four of my own favorite sand abstracts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 12, 2014, 08:49:30 pm
And a mystery shot in a different vein.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 12, 2014, 08:58:40 pm
Beautiful, Eric! They (sand shots) must look fabulous in print. I am imagining rich, juicy, warm, dark tones, and glowing highlights!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 13, 2014, 12:15:54 am
Thanks, Slobodan. Yes, in my humble opinion they look great in prints.
I find I have better mastery of color balance in black and white than I do in color.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on June 13, 2014, 12:28:16 am
I figure it's about time for me to show some more of my own, so here are four of my own favorite sand abstracts.

Great, misterious and (PlumIsland2) sensual .

 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on June 13, 2014, 07:18:41 am
Beautiful, Eric! They (sand shots) must look fabulous in print. I am imagining rich, juicy, warm, dark tones, and glowing highlights!
That about says it all.
I find I have better mastery of color balance in black and white than I do in color.  ;)
I have the same experience; fancy that!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on June 13, 2014, 06:17:00 pm
Wow! Some great shots from David and Eric!

Here is something from another corner of the genre.
Chuck

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 13, 2014, 11:58:03 pm
Very classy, Chuck!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on June 14, 2014, 12:27:10 pm
Eric,

Your four images above are top notch.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 14, 2014, 12:55:16 pm
Thank you, Rajan.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on June 14, 2014, 05:55:50 pm
Great images Eric.

Three from Lyme Park UK
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on June 14, 2014, 05:57:50 pm
And B & W versions - I'm dithering.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 14, 2014, 10:44:35 pm
I'm a big fan of black and white, but I think the color actually does add something to these, Graeme.
Nice set.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on June 15, 2014, 11:44:58 am
Compound
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: James Clark on June 16, 2014, 04:53:03 pm
Here's a little geological detail from Death Valley.  Yes, another Zabrieski shot  ;D

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on June 18, 2014, 08:08:40 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on June 19, 2014, 01:19:12 am
Thanks for sharing, folks!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on June 19, 2014, 09:13:11 am
Läch de la Basa in June, Pedruna Valley, West Grosina Valley, Valtelline Valley.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 23, 2014, 09:36:34 pm
From a garden:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-tKhvSJQ/0/M/June%2023-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20020%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-tKhvSJQ/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on June 26, 2014, 02:14:09 am
Did you happen to see Dorothy or Toto in that twister, John? :)

Nicely done.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on June 26, 2014, 06:43:29 am
From a garden:


……

Beautiful but I feel like sea sick. It's so mesmerizing!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 26, 2014, 07:36:20 pm
I have been told Mike, all I have to do is click my heels three times and I can make these abstracts a full time occupation- in other words, retire ;)

Thanks for the comments Francois and Mike.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: diuser on July 04, 2014, 12:12:43 pm
scrapings
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 04, 2014, 12:31:34 pm
Wow!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 07, 2014, 06:34:17 pm
A good example of "painting with light."
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 07, 2014, 08:34:18 pm
Pattern abstracts

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-dvpHR2B/0/M/July%207-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20014%20copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-dvpHR2B/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-jGH7rcF/0/M/July%207-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20004%20copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-jGH7rcF/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on July 09, 2014, 08:53:20 am
Dinner Barge.....

Peter

Nice one, Peter.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 29, 2014, 06:35:35 pm
From the colourful Garden.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-48VVjmw/0/M/July%2028-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20116%20copysmug4-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-48VVjmw/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on July 30, 2014, 09:55:09 pm
Nice to meet all of you.  Great thread, with very positive vibe.  I am new to photography, and this wonderful site, so I thought I might dip my toe in and make my first post in this thread.

Abstracts are some of my favorite images.  Here is one of a rose bush, and some fronds I did using camera movement.  Enjoy!

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 30, 2014, 11:39:45 pm
Nice work. You have the hang of the technique.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on July 31, 2014, 10:39:02 am
Thanks John, I have enjoyed your images in this thread very much.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 03, 2014, 05:23:04 pm
Somewhat abstract, but definitely a bit surreal.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-DDQsDGH/0/M/Aug%203-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20008%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-DDQsDGH/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 03, 2014, 06:16:20 pm
Nice John!

Below are two of mine that may not be true abstracts, they are of birds.  First the feathers of a Nicobar Pigeon, and second a B&W of the back side of a Peacock.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 03, 2014, 07:40:05 pm
Very nice. I like the fan-like composition and the complimentary colours. The bw is also well done. Love the luminescent quality.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 03, 2014, 11:22:13 pm
Nice work, guys!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on August 10, 2014, 01:24:35 pm
Another...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 10, 2014, 03:23:13 pm
That's a real winner, Dave!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on August 12, 2014, 07:42:02 pm
Definitely. Looks like a great 'underwater with polarizer' image. Well done.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 12, 2014, 08:04:00 pm
David,
  Nice image.  I love the images I have seen from the Palouse.  Its on my list to photograph.

Steve
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 12, 2014, 08:09:28 pm
A few more from my "Botonical" collection.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on August 13, 2014, 05:05:28 pm
'Light Rushing to Fill in the Void'

Wouldn't dare post this anywhere else on Lula but Eric is pretty broad with his definition of abstract.

Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 13, 2014, 05:49:25 pm
It fits nicely, Chuck! Not just a water reflection, either. A metaphor.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sierraman on August 14, 2014, 09:47:22 am
Antelope Canyon
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 14, 2014, 10:01:09 am
I like it Churly!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 14, 2014, 10:02:07 am
Antelope Canyon is one of Natures finest abstracts.  You did a nice job with it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 14, 2014, 10:06:13 am
Here is a Rose done Antelope Canyon style. LOL!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on August 14, 2014, 02:37:26 pm
Antelope Canyon is one of Natures finest abstracts.  You did a nice job with it.

Yes, beautifully done! Congrats.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: matoqui on August 14, 2014, 06:55:44 pm
One from home.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Steven Dente on August 15, 2014, 11:18:01 pm
From a walk along the San Diego waterfront.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 18, 2014, 07:52:49 pm
Here are a couple.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-VV96vvD/0/M/Aug%2018-%202013%20Caledon%20Badlands%20136%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-VV96vvD/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-FfJJkRX/0/M/Aug%2018-%202013%20Caledon%20Badlands%20127%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-FfJJkRX/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on August 18, 2014, 08:22:44 pm
Here's one:

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/BL373.jpg)

For how it was done, see this (http://blog.kasson.com/?p=1736).

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on August 20, 2014, 03:29:15 pm
I know that technically an abstract isn't a picture 'of' anything, but I was looking at this rock face in LR and noticed subtle colours in the stone, so I pushed Vibrance and Saturation both to 100...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 20, 2014, 08:55:39 pm
I know that technically an abstract isn't a picture 'of' anything, but I was looking at this rock face in LR and noticed subtle colours in the stone, so I pushed Vibrance and Saturation both to 100...

Just don't tell us that it's a rock face and it makes a perfectly good abstract.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on August 21, 2014, 06:38:10 am
Just don't tell us that it's a rock face and it makes a perfectly good abstract.  ;)


I can see a fossilised tulip… Lovely - abstract or not!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 03, 2014, 07:43:26 pm
Ring around the rosy...

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-sJqVt3D/0/M/Sept%202-%202014%20RBG%20085%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-sJqVt3D/A)
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Post by: wolfnowl on September 13, 2014, 09:50:28 pm
That would have been some challenge to plant!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 13, 2014, 09:58:56 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on September 15, 2014, 06:03:27 pm
Intriguing. Looks like star trails, but I'm not so sure.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 15, 2014, 06:56:43 pm
Intriguing. Looks like star trails, but I'm not so sure.


That's what it is. It's a failed shot on that respect but I played with it and by going up on the vibrance and saturation I discovered the stars were colored differently (maybe an astronomer here can explain) so not all was lost.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on September 22, 2014, 10:07:44 pm
Twisted strings

(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Other/Mashup/i-W4zKrqZ/0/L/DSC_5418_edit_1mod1-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 22, 2014, 11:22:38 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 23, 2014, 01:20:56 pm
Fiery grasses and somewhat abstract reflections on my car.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-bJpnpJp/0/M/Sept%2021-%202014%20High%20Park%20034%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-bJpnpJp/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-MM9M8qG/0/M/Sept%2020-%202014%20Rockwood%20046%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-MM9M8qG/A)
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Post by: armand on September 27, 2014, 12:05:44 am
.
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Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on September 28, 2014, 03:52:03 am
Rising star
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on September 29, 2014, 06:46:08 am
Rising star

Intriguing!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 29, 2014, 08:25:19 am
Intriguing!
Very!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 01, 2014, 02:51:41 pm
Ceiling:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2947/15413223485_53e4ef5bfe_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pu1Nmv)
Ceiling (https://flic.kr/p/pu1Nmv) by Slobodan Blagojevic (https://www.flickr.com/people/20843597@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 01, 2014, 05:09:37 pm
The last two are really fines shots Slobodan and Francisco D.

Here is mine. Not really an abstract, but I would rather place here than elsewhere.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Area-Autumn-2014/i-FbvPBdZ/0/M/Sept%2028-%202014%20Algonquin%20Area%20104%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Area-Autumn-2014/i-FbvPBdZ/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on October 01, 2014, 06:02:51 pm
Lights, with an unsteady hand holding the camera.

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/_E301826.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 01, 2014, 06:33:02 pm
This thread just keeps getting better.
Nice work, folks!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on October 02, 2014, 05:06:06 am
This is truly abstract, clean and beautiful!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on October 04, 2014, 08:29:35 pm
That's what it is. It's a failed shot on that respect but I played with it and by going up on the vibrance and saturation I discovered the stars were colored differently (maybe an astronomer here can explain) so not all was lost.

Armand: We stars as white dots because our eyes can't accurately render colour in low light, but every star has its own colour based on, among other things, the size of the star, the distance from us and the age of the star.

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on October 04, 2014, 08:30:15 pm
Just don't tell us that it's a rock face and it makes a perfectly good abstract.  ;)


Thanks, Eric!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 04, 2014, 08:35:00 pm
Strange Brew
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 04, 2014, 08:50:43 pm
Hey Jim K. Had a look at your website. Really enjoyed the images. I would say you are doing motion and e-motion studies.  Keep up the fine work!!

JMR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on October 05, 2014, 12:18:15 am
Hey Jim K. Had a look at your website. Really enjoyed the images. I would say you are doing motion and e-motion studies.  Keep up the fine work!!

<blush>  I like the e-motion thought. I may use it.

Thanks,

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 06, 2014, 01:59:58 pm
Here is one that I took because I was taken not only by the colours, but also by the subtle lighting.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Area-Autumn-2014/i-zfmKVtM/0/M/Oct%204-%202014%20Haliburton%20and%20Oxtongue%20Rapids%20369%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Area-Autumn-2014/i-zfmKVtM/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 06, 2014, 02:55:19 pm
Lovely, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 07, 2014, 02:54:52 pm
leaf
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on October 08, 2014, 05:27:33 pm
Another botanical to follow armand.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on October 09, 2014, 04:17:49 am
May I join?

Little scorched urban deserts (single shots and tryptic)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on October 09, 2014, 09:02:33 am
Of course, you're welcome!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 09, 2014, 12:12:17 pm
Good seeing, Diego!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on October 12, 2014, 01:13:41 am
And thanks for posting!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 17, 2014, 01:23:12 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Wolven on October 18, 2014, 01:41:48 am
Any feedback would be most welcome!

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dN1YE3z1_HY/UUR9ZjKbVrI/AAAAAAAAGDA/WUqOeT7UffY/w1016-h929-no/Ripples.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: KMerv on October 18, 2014, 01:19:01 pm
Some of mine:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dFE1PS8a-EU/UV6l7Q8dHmI/AAAAAAAAA00/tZQbv2L0I9Y/w987-h595-no/_8140041_DxO.jpg)




(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-si589AEQm3I/UV6l7GiAyYI/AAAAAAAAA0w/FF0YOzXyJjA/w612-h787-no/_8130007_DxO.jpg)




(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-t1aUyDtTwDc/U0g8nJYtNGI/AAAAAAAAA2w/6qVyna70ITk/w649-h839-no/_3280400_DxO.jpg)




(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xH1VxQpuB-Y/U0g-0F9AtZI/AAAAAAAAA28/zJsy8oQkbHQ/w552-h648-no/_3280414_DxO.jpg)




(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rKBdyoNFJdM/U0g8mi365CI/AAAAAAAAA2g/-rTRBM8fj8s/w982-h588-no/_3280388_DxO.jpg)




(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qcImEwrRNMY/U0g8nXQBA5I/AAAAAAAAA2s/JaTtVBGHYGA/w649-h839-no/_3280406_DxO.jpg)


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 18, 2014, 01:58:37 pm
Hey, KMerv, these are really beautiful abstracts (and photographs in general). Well, maybe with the exception for #2  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 18, 2014, 07:45:46 pm
Yes, they are very fine.
Perhaps the second is only semi-abstract. After all, it's really about the pattern formed by the objects rather than the objects themselves,
so I'd still consider it (loosely) an abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 18, 2014, 10:52:19 pm
I agree with Eric. Nice work KMerv. Even the "(loosely)" based abstract is good in my books.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 19, 2014, 10:00:54 pm
One from today:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 19, 2014, 11:58:37 pm
Quite organic, Slobodan.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on October 20, 2014, 04:13:35 am
I thought so too!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: SanderKikkert on October 20, 2014, 06:19:01 am
Hey, KMerv, these are really beautiful abstracts (and photographs in general). Well, maybe with the exception for #2  :)

+1 ! and allthough technically #2 would/could be named a 'semi' it's certainly fully equally gorgeous, inspriring stuff, thank you for posting (and making) these beauties.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on October 20, 2014, 06:32:48 pm
Haven't posted for a while ( Computer Hell ).

Here are a couple of recent abstracts.

I'm very much enjoying this thread.

Graeme

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on October 21, 2014, 07:58:52 am
palm tree perspectives?
(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Other/Mashup/i-477BZH5/0/L/P9161127-L.jpg)

(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Other/Mashup/i-mxSqb9v/0/L/P9161123-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on October 21, 2014, 09:36:07 pm
(http://theintimatelandscape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Impressions-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on October 21, 2014, 09:37:40 pm
(http://theintimatelandscape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sea-foam-Dream-I.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 21, 2014, 10:37:35 pm
Very nice, Stephen. Minimalist and beautiful!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 21, 2014, 11:07:36 pm
Very nice, Stephen. Minimalist and beautiful!

JR
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on October 22, 2014, 05:04:07 am
+1.


Smooth lines, fantastic soft colors, it's a stunning image.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on October 22, 2014, 09:00:23 am
Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on October 23, 2014, 10:06:37 am
Experiment in post processing
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on October 24, 2014, 02:38:31 pm
Willow leaf floating under an willow tree.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on October 25, 2014, 11:50:31 pm
child's play

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3939/15008015394_25a31cec55_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oSd177)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Wolven on October 28, 2014, 01:35:53 am
Would you consider this an abstract?

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-L_VpIRFVa4Y/VE4oM7ouCPI/AAAAAAAASIY/Z42NoOIbP_4/w1566-h998-no/Large_The-creation-of-life.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on October 29, 2014, 12:09:54 am
in that the image was abstracted from "the whole" of the "subject" it is an abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Wolven on October 29, 2014, 01:44:02 am
in that the image was abstracted from "the whole" of the "subject" it is an abstract.

Thanks Michael.

My simplistic understanding was if a photograph or painting is not readily identifiable or classifiable into a specific subject, then it would be considered an abstract.

Should an abstract always be a derived from a "whole"? Cannot "the whole" be considered an abstract in its entirety?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 29, 2014, 12:54:15 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5613/15652907095_af0db9bb41_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pRceWx)
Aqua Blue (https://flic.kr/p/pRceWx) by Slobodan Blagojevic (https://www.flickr.com/people/20843597@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on October 29, 2014, 01:00:54 pm
Aqua Blue, Slobodan Blagojevic

Very nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 29, 2014, 01:28:59 pm
It's a beauty Slobodan. Of course I like the pattern and rhythm, but I particularly like the more subtle movement from dark blue to light.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 29, 2014, 01:37:51 pm
I really like all the recent posts here.

My own (very loose) definition of an abstract is something like this: "Any image that is interesting or fun to look at, where the interest doesn't lie in what the 'subject' was but rather in the visual effect produced."

In one sense, every "straight" photo is abstracted (via cropping in camera) from the scene in front of the camera, so I don't bother with that formal definition.

But that may be just me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: seamus finn on October 29, 2014, 07:07:25 pm
Don't visit here very often. I'm glad I did now - that's a stunning shot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: louoates on October 29, 2014, 07:24:18 pm
Here's one from a series of local "folk art" made of found items and suspended from wire beneath Chicago RR bridges. Many of the homeless who reside there under the RR bridges wanted to dress up their abode.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 29, 2014, 07:39:34 pm
Thanks all. In case anyone is interested in what the "whole" is in my abstract, it is a detail of the Aqua building in Chicago, known for its wavy balconies. Here is another view:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: seamus finn on October 29, 2014, 08:19:35 pm
Oh, sweet. I think I'm on the wrong thread. Some stunning images here.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Wolven on October 30, 2014, 03:28:29 am
I really like all the recent posts here.

My own (very loose) definition of an abstract is something like this: "Any image that is interesting or fun to look at, where the interest doesn't lie in what the 'subject' was but rather in the visual effect produced."

In one sense, every "straight" photo is abstracted (via cropping in camera) from the scene in front of the camera, so I don't bother with that formal definition.

But that may be just me.


That was an excellent explanation! Thanks a lot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on October 31, 2014, 10:36:46 pm
both

the entire image could be "abstract" in one sense...or abstracted in another..strictly speaking
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on November 04, 2014, 11:44:13 pm
Great work, folks - keep 'em coming!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on November 05, 2014, 04:30:31 pm
Stockholm.
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on November 05, 2014, 04:56:58 pm
Stockholm.
.

Eerie. Haunting. Good work.

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on November 05, 2014, 05:00:18 pm
Las Vegas fountain.

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/_21_3989-Edit.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on November 05, 2014, 05:29:54 pm
Eerie. Haunting. Good work.
Ta.
I like your Staccato stuff by the way. I used to do similar on slide film some years back where I had to hold camera in a really weird grip to prevent film from winding on as I took multiple shots and stalked my subject. Occasionally revisit that technique with digital. But although similar in concept, layered digital files don't quite have the same feel as bodged slides.   ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on November 06, 2014, 08:05:18 am
Mexico Beach, FL lighthouse....Major Tom to Ground Control
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 06, 2014, 12:35:56 pm
creek bed
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RobbieV on November 07, 2014, 01:26:13 pm
(https://gp1.wac.edgecastcdn.net/806614/photos/photos.500px.net/80575125/4084135417e5a51ff75df3688324530270db8d45/2048.jpg)

(https://gp1.wac.edgecastcdn.net/806614/photos/photos.500px.net/74040373/bededed7b7c498ca6f383ded887d7cccdd29a2d2/2048.jpg)

(https://gp1.wac.edgecastcdn.net/806614/photos/photos.500px.net/74040367/3487874c0ab9245c2c4e4128c6ae60659fd4d075/5.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 07, 2014, 06:37:53 pm
at home
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tonysx on November 07, 2014, 07:37:38 pm
First one is fairly abstract and nice. The other 2 seem to be out of focus fireworks. How about the moon shot after a "couple" of whiskys over San Francisco bay with an 8 second exposure?

(http://tonysx.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v1/p788297556.jpg)

Oh! And since he started the thread, maybe Eric would comment on the entries?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 07, 2014, 08:16:25 pm
First one is fairly abstract and nice. The other 2 seem to be out of focus fireworks. How about the moon shot after a "couple" of whiskys over San Francisco bay with an 8 second exposure?

(http://tonysx.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v1/p788297556.jpg)

Oh! And since he started the thread, maybe Eric would comment on the entries?


Can't get more abstract than that  ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on November 07, 2014, 09:11:20 pm
Took advantage of a flooded James River earlier this year...

(http://theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Rushing_Waters_at_Sunrise.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 07, 2014, 11:33:28 pm
I love the variety that you folks are bringing to the idea of "abstracts." Even "Content Protected by..."

I find the "out of focus fireworks" very appealing; more so than most sharp fireworks shots I've seen.

And Bruce's "At Home" is really far out: dreamlike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 23, 2014, 11:23:27 am
New candy store on Michigan Avenue, Chicago:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 23, 2014, 05:01:43 pm
I feel Candy Store may be too much fun.

I think it could be made more serious.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 23, 2014, 09:04:09 pm
Since I'm more addicted to chocolate than to hard candies, I think Bruce's version may be an improvement.
But there's just a tiny chance that I'm being a bit subjective.

Question: Is either version more or less abstract than "Content Protected by...?"
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Paul Gessler on November 24, 2014, 03:05:40 pm
(First post of mine on LuLa!  :))

Here are some of my abstracts. Any/all comments appreciated.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6594.jpg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6594.jpg)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6217.jpg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6217.jpg)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6066.jpg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6066.jpg)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC5247.jpg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC5247.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on November 24, 2014, 06:51:39 pm
(First post of mine on LuLa!  :))

Here are some of my abstracts. Any/all comments appreciated.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6594.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6217.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6066.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC5247.jpg)
Nothing showing.  Try *url* tags not *img* tags for the links to see if that helps. At least you can then click on link [like below] to take you to image as image linking doesn't seem to work with your urls.  ???
I can see the links when I quote your reply, but nothing when it's posted. ?!?

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6594.jpg (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10724484/MDPC/_DSC6594.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 02, 2014, 08:54:28 pm
I deliberately framed the image this way and took two shots: one in focus, the second out of focus.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-DnTKCGM/0/M/Dec%202-%202013%20Guelph%20outing%20070%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-DnTKCGM/A)

This is simple camera movement:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-Th9Cgwh/0/M/Sept%2015-%202014%20High%20Park%20068%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-Th9Cgwh/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 06, 2014, 09:51:07 pm
today
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on December 06, 2014, 11:18:38 pm
its has a distinctly DADA tone about it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 11, 2014, 09:55:51 pm
reflections
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 11, 2014, 11:55:09 pm
Nice, Armand. And congratulations on making our 400th post in this thread!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 12, 2014, 10:29:39 am
Thank you, I didn't even notice the number.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 12, 2014, 11:47:53 am
Building reflection:

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 12, 2014, 01:03:07 pm
Nice one, Slobodan.
I find it much more appealing than either Rhein II or Lik's Phantom.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 12, 2014, 01:58:36 pm
Nice one, Slobodan.
I find it much more appealing than either Rhein II or Lik's Phantom.  ;)

Thanks! Ready to put your money where your mouth is? ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 12, 2014, 03:24:00 pm
I like the zebra image, good eye.

My brother just go a new Nikon 7100, which he doesn't know how to use, so he asked me to take it out and help him learn the features. But I don't shoot Nikon, so I have to learn it too. Anyway, here are two from today which I think look better as BW abstracts. Especially since the light combined with the snow, was very harsh.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-S3nqcJv/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20212%20bw-copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-S3nqcJv/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-kWv5NzF/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20215%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-kWv5NzF/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 12, 2014, 03:48:19 pm
I like the zebra image, good eye.

My brother just go a new Nikon 7100, which he doesn't know how to use, so he asked me to take it out and help him learn the features. But I don't shoot Nikon, so I have to learn it too. Anyway, here are two from today which I think look better as BW abstracts. Especially since the light combined with the snow, was very harsh.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-S3nqcJv/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20212%20bw-copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-S3nqcJv/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-kWv5NzF/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20215%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-kWv5NzF/A)

They look very good!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 12, 2014, 09:53:03 pm
Thanks! Ready to put your money where your mouth is? ;D
If I had $6.5 million in my checking account, I'd definitely offer to buy one of yours, SB. 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 12, 2014, 09:54:25 pm
John R,

Both very nice indeed!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 12, 2014, 10:33:44 pm
If I had $6.5 million in my checking account, I'd definitely offer to buy one of yours, SB. 

So you would give all your money?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 12, 2014, 10:55:58 pm
Building reflection:



It felt so familiar that I spent half an hour looking for it but gave up; this evening I found it by chance.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 13, 2014, 12:15:16 am
So you would give all your money?
I very carefully did not suggest how much of that $6.5 million I would offer.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on December 13, 2014, 03:54:04 pm
in the park
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 13, 2014, 10:08:24 pm
in the park

I like it, don't know why but I do
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 13, 2014, 10:08:47 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 13, 2014, 11:23:37 pm
in the park
Best abstract selfie I've seen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 14, 2014, 02:14:47 pm
One more to carry me through to the next snow storm.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-k7XnzQr/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20220%20bw-copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-k7XnzQr/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on December 15, 2014, 06:10:48 pm
Breakwater.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on December 16, 2014, 11:04:07 pm
Cavities or protuberances? I find my perception changes frequently in this image. If I look at the bottom left then I see cavities, when I look at bottom right it changes to protuberances

Regards
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on December 23, 2014, 05:25:16 pm
in the park
I like it, don't know why but I do
Me too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on December 23, 2014, 05:30:38 pm
Chasing Bacon.
Shot on slide 12-13 years back just after visiting a Francis Bacon Exhibition.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 04, 2015, 07:58:37 pm
Sick weather yesterday in italian Alps.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on January 05, 2015, 03:48:26 am
Sick weather yesterday in italian Alps.

But good for photography, judging by this nice photo!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 05, 2015, 02:07:13 pm
But good for photography, judging by this nice photo!
Agreed!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 06, 2015, 03:32:25 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 06, 2015, 06:29:56 pm
Nice minimalist scene, Armand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 07, 2015, 09:18:33 am
I agree.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 08, 2015, 03:38:39 am
Patterns

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 08, 2015, 02:46:12 pm
Nice! Suggests birds in flight.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 08, 2015, 03:17:47 pm
Patterns

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg

Nicely done.  A lot of room for interpretation.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 08, 2015, 03:51:27 pm
Nicely done.  A lot of room for interpretation.
I'd like to chime in, really nice.

I will be taking people on an outing this week to this wonderful place, where snow abstracts have no bounds.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-hxWjmZS/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20076%20copycrop2-smug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-hxWjmZS/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 08, 2015, 05:16:26 pm
Do show us the fruits of your outing, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on January 09, 2015, 04:33:44 am
Do show us the fruits of your outing, John.


I'm eager to see the results…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jonathan Wienke on January 09, 2015, 10:35:57 am
Here's a couple of mine:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 10, 2015, 12:09:28 am
Got snow
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on January 10, 2015, 09:39:57 pm
Not much going on today, so I decided to experiment with time and motion...

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Time_and_Motion.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 10, 2015, 11:29:14 pm
Here's a couple of mine:

Nice to see you shooting again, Jonathan.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 11, 2015, 12:05:42 am
Some really nice work from Stephen and Jonathan. this thread is great.

Went out this morning, but my fingers froze within one minute, so back in the pocket they would go. Went for a ride and jumped out once in a while and managed to grab something like this.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-gjFH8FP/0/M/Jan%2010-%2020115%20Caledon%20Badlands%20167%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-gjFH8FP/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on January 11, 2015, 03:47:05 am
Fabulous!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on January 11, 2015, 05:57:00 am
Got snow

Snow 10 is lovely.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 15, 2015, 11:17:23 am
I went to the Badlands yesterday, but the light was very harsh and there were a lot of footprints to contend with. But I did get a few and here is one:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-NrqdRmv/0/M/Jan%2014-%202015-%20Badlands%20bwsample2-smug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-NrqdRmv/A)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 15, 2015, 12:42:43 pm
Nice one, John.
I'm reminded of one of my favorite shots from Stovepipe Dunes in Death Valley, in which I had to spend an hour or more cloning out footprints.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 15, 2015, 09:55:25 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 16, 2015, 12:16:05 am
Very fine, Armand!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on January 16, 2015, 04:28:24 am
Very fine, Armand!


Puzzling but very nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 16, 2015, 09:11:26 pm
Thank you!
This is how it's done. I had the idea but it was more difficult than I thought to get a decent shot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 17, 2015, 11:03:02 am
Hi all.  Another shot for the abstracts thread.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 17, 2015, 12:39:20 pm
Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on January 17, 2015, 03:10:49 pm
Yummy!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on January 18, 2015, 06:35:44 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BernardLanguillier on January 18, 2015, 06:44:09 pm
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7551/16125492168_3c60078952_o.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7566/16127181907_3615360e0d_o.jpg)

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on January 18, 2015, 06:55:42 pm
Bernard, those are lovely!

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on January 18, 2015, 07:00:56 pm
(http://www.kasson.com/ll/_D309315.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 18, 2015, 11:26:10 pm
Nice work, Bernard and Jim.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BernardLanguillier on January 18, 2015, 11:35:11 pm
Thanks John and Jim!

Not really a domain I know well, but it's fun! ;)

cheers,
Bernard
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 19, 2015, 10:16:26 am
.

I like TG Distorted Mirror...  

It has good use of grungy artifacts and black & white as colors.

It is pretty elegant for something so bedazzled.  Her good posture and the big red spot likely help that.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on January 19, 2015, 11:46:08 am
TA for the CC. It's also part of a larger work.
Taken on a 2.1mp Canon Ixus II some year back.

.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on January 20, 2015, 02:00:38 pm
Goose prints in bubbles embedded beneath the surface of the ice with lots of fracturing.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: duboisst on January 28, 2015, 07:58:02 am
Here's one I took while hiking at Mt. Baldy in California
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 28, 2015, 01:15:27 pm
ice rocks
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 28, 2015, 11:49:03 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on January 29, 2015, 10:28:11 pm
So, there I am, 2 shots into a 5 shot bracket and this 10-12 pointer startles both himself and me as he comes around a clump of palmettos. He jumped, first toward me, then rapidly away though by then, I had not just ruined the bracketed exposures, I couldn't get any reasonable shot on him...though I tried anyway
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 29, 2015, 11:16:19 pm
Essence of whitetail.  I rather like it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 30, 2015, 12:41:12 am
He makes a very nice abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on January 30, 2015, 07:11:57 am
Dynamic and abstract at the same time… I like it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 03, 2015, 08:44:26 pm
Went out today and noticed the camera had a hard time focusing in the snow. But my eyes were not much better. I took this shot and notices that it is not all in focus, but I like it and can live with it.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-s4wHLcL/0/M/Feb%203-%202015%20Bellfountain%20111%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-s4wHLcL/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on February 04, 2015, 02:40:15 am
Sweet curves!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 04, 2015, 09:47:59 am
Very classy, John!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on February 05, 2015, 07:31:10 am
tide
(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Other/Mashup/i-nVvQ8gG/0/L/P2011487_edit-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 05, 2015, 11:50:41 pm
In the same vein as the splendid water movement of MattNQ, I have another kind of implied movement in the snow. My snow images are coming out really soft. So I think it is the inability of sensor to handle white of snow combined with so much bouncing spectral light. I think I will try a polarizer to see if there is difference.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-HzCKGvb/0/M/Feb%206-%202015%20St%20Georges%20Golf%20Course%20074%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-HzCKGvb/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 06, 2015, 12:46:39 am
The softness doesn't spoil it at all for me, John. It's lovely.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on February 06, 2015, 12:54:55 am
It has a nice feel to it John. If anything, the softness enhances the subdued tones.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on February 06, 2015, 07:06:24 am
This is  smooth and I like the "flow" of those curves; there's a sense of speed!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 06, 2015, 09:53:08 am
Thanks for the comments. I developed one more, this time with a more graphic representation.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-r3FqJM7/0/M/Feb%206-%202015%20St%20Georges%20Golf%20Course%20082%20smug-bwcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-r3FqJM7/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 06, 2015, 02:40:51 pm
That's excellent, too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on February 08, 2015, 06:10:01 am
Some years ago I was hiking along the still young Danube in southern Germany.  Weather was great as well as the light.  I enjoyed an hour of rest and photography along the shore.  Especially the colors, reflected in the river, caught my eye.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 08, 2015, 01:33:41 pm
Nice colors, nicely composed.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on February 08, 2015, 01:42:26 pm
Maybe you see a panther's head too.  I like tree bark.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 12, 2015, 04:01:26 pm
One of my recent favorites.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 12, 2015, 08:50:38 pm
This is more like a landscape, as you can see the wind whipping the snow around. It was great to watch.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-qg2LzcH/0/M/Feb%2012-%202015%20Badlands%20Caledon%20039%20bw-copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-qg2LzcH/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 13, 2015, 12:10:56 am
Nice one, John!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 13, 2015, 05:46:50 am
Yes another nice shot John.  You seem to have an endless supply of of nice snow dunes.  Well done.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: DanPBrown on February 13, 2015, 08:34:03 am
Frost on a window.
Dan
www.danbrownphotography.com
(http://www.danbrownphotography.com/galleries/albums/userpics/4928.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: DanPBrown on February 13, 2015, 08:34:56 am
Another frost image.
Dan
www.danbrownphotography.com
(http://www.danbrownphotography.com/galleries/albums/userpics/February_Frost.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 13, 2015, 09:29:41 am
Thanks for the comments Eric and Chuck. I try to take advantage of every new snowfall before people trod on the hills. Dan here seems to have an endless supply of excellent frost patterns. I believe last year he also showed us some wonderful samples.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 13, 2015, 11:40:11 am
Dan here seems to have an endless supply of excellent frost patterns. I believe last year he also showed us some wonderful samples.

JR
Amen! We've had some frosty windows lately, but none in Dan's league.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 13, 2015, 12:09:37 pm
The last one is unbelievable!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on February 13, 2015, 01:13:00 pm

Another frost image.


Wow!

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: DanPBrown on February 13, 2015, 03:49:52 pm
Thanks guys. I took some last year but nothing turn out well. The b&w image was taken in my shed back in 2007. It is a small pattern, about an inch across. The shed hasn't produced such patterns since.
I thought the frost images would be good sellers but they turned out not to be. The few people that did show interest in them were very enthusiastic though.
Dan
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 13, 2015, 04:37:49 pm
I'm late to the game as usual but, these are indeed extraordinary shots Dan!
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 15, 2015, 07:30:28 pm
It's nice to see that pictures are now visible again!  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 16, 2015, 10:44:41 am
I'm trying to learn how to do effective bw conversions, and maybe I will try split toning as well. The effects I have seen can be quite good.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-bWdj2vc/0/M/Feb%2012-%202015%20Badlands%20Caledon%20099%20bwcopy-smugsize-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-bWdj2vc/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 19, 2015, 06:20:37 pm
"I Changed My Mind"

I'm not sure this one qualifies as an abstract.  Perhaps an abstracted story?  Anyway I find it amusing.
Chuck

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 19, 2015, 07:57:53 pm
I'd call it abstract, with just a nod toward "Street."
Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on February 23, 2015, 05:46:31 am
…I'm not sure this one qualifies as an abstract.


Well, it depends on your imagination. For me, it works and I like it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Kerry L on February 23, 2015, 01:08:17 pm
While I am enjoying looking at the recent posts of snow scenes and ice sculptures, I decided that I needed to spend sometime catching up on my own personal work. These are a few taken last summer at a spot NW of Toronto and a short drive from my home in SW Ontario.

Overall, I like how the red limestone (it's not been super-saturated) is shown in these, I also like the B&W versions of some of the images.

Taken with:
D3x using a 17-35mm @f11
No filters used
Processed with CaptureONE v8.1
3rd party B&W styles.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 24, 2015, 06:16:25 pm
'Thought bubbles'
One of those days you just can't quiet the internal dialogue'

Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on February 24, 2015, 06:27:18 pm
Very nice, Chuck!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 24, 2015, 08:02:51 pm
How about abstract with some landscape:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-B3MMSGm/0/M/Feb%2012-%202015%20Badlands%20Caledon%20082%20smugcopy-bw-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-B3MMSGm/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on February 26, 2015, 10:09:31 am
Fun Bush. OK, it's a crappy title :P
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 26, 2015, 05:20:02 pm
Nice shot Dave.  I rather like the title as well.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 27, 2015, 07:37:28 pm
'Whirlpools of Time'

Just a bit of fun.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on February 27, 2015, 07:44:18 pm
'Whirlpools of Time'

Just a bit of fun.
Chuck
Actually that is a very fine shot  - I like it very much!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 28, 2015, 07:36:35 am
Actually that is a very fine shot  - I like it very much!

Tony Jay

Thanks Tony. 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: -Tom- on February 28, 2015, 07:02:27 pm
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8601/16666997835_23783ac44c_c.jpg)
City lights
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on February 28, 2015, 07:11:27 pm
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8601/16666997835_23783ac44c_c.jpg)
City lights
Beautiful!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 01, 2015, 12:19:52 am
I like it, Tom!

And I'm delighted that this thread has passed the 500 posts mark.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 01, 2015, 09:22:59 pm
It is coincidence that one of these photos, taken today, is very similar to Tom's image. These were taken in a place called Graffiti Alley. You can elect to photograph the artwork or graffiti, as it appears, or, like I have done, have some fun and give it an abstract bent.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-FpNmjmn/1/M/March%201-%202015%20Graffiti%20Alley%20045%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-FpNmjmn/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-363LXvr/1/M/March%201-%202015%20Graffiti%20Alley%20241%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-363LXvr/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-ppxwf22/1/M/March%201-%202015%20Graffiti%20Alley%20244%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-ppxwf22/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on March 02, 2015, 07:49:31 am
This is getting wild!

Bravo
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 02, 2015, 08:43:05 am
Artificial granite pattern  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on March 02, 2015, 02:08:00 pm

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-ppxwf22/1/M/March%201-%202015%20Graffiti%20Alley%20244%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Graffiti-Alley/i-ppxwf22/A)



Love this one!

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 02, 2015, 03:05:03 pm
Thanks Jim. That's actually the same shot as N0 2, but with a downward pan - for want of better term.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 05, 2015, 10:11:07 pm
misc
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 06, 2015, 09:49:31 am
rebop
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on March 06, 2015, 12:45:16 pm

Thanks Jim. That's actually the same shot as N0 2, but with a downward pan - for want of better term.


I know what you are doing, and I like it a lot. I'm a big fan of shaking the camera.

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/lv1.jpg)

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/lv2.jpg)

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/lv3.jpg)

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/lv4.jpg)

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/lv5.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 06, 2015, 03:37:52 pm
Here is wow, right back at you, Jim. And unlike you, I am not sure what you photographed or how. Although one looks like a taillight from a car. I have to say, I like them all!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on March 06, 2015, 04:41:58 pm
Here is wow, right back at you, Jim. And unlike you, I am not sure what you photographed or how. Although one looks like a taillight from a car. I have to say, I like them all!

JR

Thanks. They're all neon lights, except for the last one, which was an LED display. A characteristic of all those things is that they turn on and off rapidly.

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 06, 2015, 07:47:36 pm
Really great stuff, both John and Jim.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 06, 2015, 10:12:08 pm
Fun things posted lately  ;D

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 06, 2015, 11:46:14 pm
That is a fun one, Armand.
I also like very much "abs3" in your recent set. A perfect minimalist composition, nicely balanced.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on March 09, 2015, 10:11:53 am
A Bridge Too Far         Out
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 09, 2015, 10:57:22 am
A Bridge Too Far         Out
Excellent!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 09, 2015, 11:47:00 am
Excellent!
+1.
(And not a heron in sight.)  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 11, 2015, 02:07:15 am
Oregon rivers are running unusually low and clear this winter.
From this afternoon.


River Rocks
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on March 11, 2015, 02:15:53 pm
Oregon rivers are running unusually low and clear this winter.
From this afternoon.


River Rocks

Yes!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 11, 2015, 03:37:51 pm
Yes!
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 11, 2015, 09:59:31 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: NancyP on March 12, 2015, 11:14:38 am
Makes me want to take my shoes off and soak! Very nice indeed.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 12, 2015, 11:46:52 am
Makes me want to take my shoes off and soak! Very nice indeed.

I would bet that water was quite cold  ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 12, 2015, 12:08:50 pm
How about 46 degrees F?  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 12, 2015, 12:15:08 pm
How about 46 degrees F?  :)
A touch warmer than what I would have expected (I was thinking up to 40 for a mountain river in late winter). I did go barefeet through rivers that were below 40 in the winter many times when I was younger and let's say I'm not looking to repeat the experience.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 12, 2015, 12:44:20 pm
In a normal winter you would be right, The middle McKenzie River usually gets down to about 36-38 degrees in February, and then starts warming gradually to about 58 in late summer. But this winter in Oregon has been the warmest that I remember. Nevertheless, even at 46 degrees your bare toes would go numb very quickly.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 12, 2015, 05:35:53 pm
Oregon rivers are running unusually low and clear this winter.
From this afternoon.
River Rocks

Very nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 13, 2015, 11:57:43 pm
This is really an impressionist photo made to look more abstract because despite enjoying those snow dunes, I really am looking forward to Spring!

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-DPkXjzt/0/M/Sept%2019-11%20JG%20059%20smug-incopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-DPkXjzt/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 14, 2015, 01:25:26 am
John, I'm very fond of this impressionist image and the similar one you posted on March 1. They are good examples showing that impressive impressionism thrives within photographs, not just in paintings.  ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: lynnphoto on March 14, 2015, 08:05:11 am
from a 35mm HP5+ original
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16557317817_f5d7eecbb7_z.jpg)
by lynnb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/91846820@N00/) on Flickr
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Post by: graeme on March 14, 2015, 08:10:33 am
Nice one Lynn.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: lynnphoto on March 14, 2015, 08:49:54 am
Nice one Lynn.
thanks Graeme
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 14, 2015, 12:48:34 pm
from a 35mm HP5+ original
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16557317817_f5d7eecbb7_z.jpg)
by lynnb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/91846820@N00/) on Flickr
Almost an Escher!. Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 14, 2015, 01:35:53 pm
Lynn's photo certainly made me think. Nice way to compose these elements. What is HP5+ ?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 14, 2015, 02:21:14 pm
Lynn's photo certainly made me think. Nice way to compose these elements. What is HP5+ ?

JR
HP5+ is (or was) an Ilford B&W film with an ISO speed of 400 I believe.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 14, 2015, 08:30:48 pm
I haven't posted new images for a while, so here are a couple. These are from a new series I'm working on which I'm thinking of calling "Salt of the Earth." They are all patterns of road salt on pavement. There has been a lot of that this winter in the Northeast U.S.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 14, 2015, 10:37:32 pm
I haven't posted new images for a while, so here are a couple. These are from a new series I'm working on which I'm thinking of calling "Salt of the Earth." They are all patterns of road salt on pavement. There has been a lot of that this winter in the Northeast U.S.



First one is really nice, like a bw satellite view of a delta.

Couple more of mine.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 15, 2015, 12:14:26 am
Nice.
In the first one I like the way your signature becomes another part of the image.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: KMRennie on March 19, 2015, 09:34:43 am
This is as abstract as I get.
Ken
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on March 19, 2015, 09:43:38 am
This is as abstract as I get.
Ken

Getting abstract seems to be working well for you.  

You could tell people you were abstracting time?

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 19, 2015, 02:07:00 pm
I haven't posted new images for a while, so here are a couple. These are from a new series I'm working on which I'm thinking of calling "Salt of the Earth." They are all patterns of road salt on pavement. There has been a lot of that this winter in the Northeast U.S.

First one is really nice, like a bw satellite view of a delta.

I totally agree. And it reminds me of some of the Mars photos, evidence that ancient river deltas once existed there.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 19, 2015, 02:36:42 pm
You know folks, even if they are not abstracts, it is really nice to so many 'offbeat' representations of subjects in this forum. Eric has been shooting from helicopters again. Anyone ever that popular show on fractals from a few years ago. Eric's images remind me of fractals, like things we have seen before, but have similarities to other things either smaller or larger. Like the suggestion of looking like a delta.

And that brook is fine with subtle lighting that threatens to go brighter but remains restrained.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 19, 2015, 03:42:50 pm
Went out yesterday with friends on pre-spring outing to photograph deer and birds. When I showed my friends this image they asked where is the deer? I said these are fleeting deer. They looked incredulous.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XXzhv5M/0/M/March%2018-%202015%20Humber%20Arboretum%20056%20copysmugsize-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XXzhv5M/A)
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Post by: Jim Kasson on March 19, 2015, 03:58:11 pm
Went out yesterday with friends on pre-spring outing to photograph deer and birds. When I showed my friends this image they asked where is the deer? I said these are fleeting deer. They looked incredulous.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XXzhv5M/0/M/March%2018-%202015%20Humber%20Arboretum%20056%20copysmugsize-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XXzhv5M/A)

Channeling Paul Caponigro...

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 19, 2015, 04:02:51 pm
John, I have to admit that it takes a lot of imagination for me to see the deer connection, too. But notwithstanding that difficulty, I still like it. And many of the other images in your Camera Impressions gallery on SmugMug are just superb. Anyone interested in this sort of thing should really take a look at them.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on March 19, 2015, 04:08:50 pm
John, I have to admit that it takes a lot of imagination for me to see the deer connection, too. But notwithstanding that difficulty, I still like it. And many of the other images in your Camera Impressions gallery on SmugMug are just superb. Anyone interested in this sort of thing should really take a look at them.

Here's the Caponigro image. You need less imagination for it.

(http://www.afterimagegallery.com/caponigrorunningdeer.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 19, 2015, 07:21:14 pm
Channeling Paul Caponigro...

Jim
I got it from your comment, Jim. I immediately thought of Paul's White Deer, which John's image strongly echoes.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 19, 2015, 07:28:58 pm
Thanks Jim and Arlen.  Especially to Jim, very much appreciate your comments. Of course it was tongue in cheek- the image is really backlit remains of goldenrod. I am sure you suspected the image is not really about deer. But I had to tell them something. I do like the Caponigro image, very cool. And I admit, never heard of him until I joined this site.

You know I was out of photography for a long time. When I got back into it, I decided that although I really like landscapes and scenics, and sunrises and sunsets, I liked the artistic, impressionist look, much more. and that's how I got back into it.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 19, 2015, 08:17:47 pm
Ah, I see the relationship now. Without having seen the Caponigro image before, the connection eluded me.

John, I'm with you on the impressionistic look. Whatever muse you are following, I hope you stay on the trail.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on March 20, 2015, 04:30:32 am
Den blå planet (Copenhagen)

(http://harlempix.com/wp-content/gallery/den-bla-planet/DST17944.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on March 20, 2015, 07:46:43 am
Den blå planet (Copenhagen)


Love those curves and geometric lines.

Edit: removed the image from my reply.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 20, 2015, 11:58:50 am
Very cool!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 22, 2015, 11:19:37 pm
A matter of perspective
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 23, 2015, 10:54:49 am
That's a nifty pairing, Armand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Cartagenaphoto on March 24, 2015, 01:25:23 pm
Quote
author=Harlem22 link=topic=86369.msg808276#msg808276 date=1426840232]
Den blå planet (Copenhagen)

Love this shot. been there last summer.

David
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Cartagenaphoto on March 24, 2015, 01:25:53 pm
This is as abstract as I get.
Ken

Beautiful shot Ken. Dreamy.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Cartagenaphoto on March 24, 2015, 01:27:56 pm
Here's the Caponigro image. You need less imagination for it.



Jim

Fabulous shot Jim.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Cartagenaphoto on March 24, 2015, 01:31:00 pm
Here is my take on abstracts. It´s from the Danish Radios concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel.

David

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8486899268_a4955dc15e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dVXzts)

Designed by Jean Nouvel (https://flic.kr/p/dVXzts) by David Cartagena (https://www.flickr.com/people/71183143@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 25, 2015, 06:57:00 pm
View from my armchair on a grey, rainy late afternoon.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 27, 2015, 07:14:30 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 05, 2015, 10:03:45 am
A bit of fun to keep the abstracts thread going.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on April 05, 2015, 01:36:07 pm
Abstract enough?

(http://www.kasson.com/ll/_DSC0438-Edit.jpg)

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 05, 2015, 06:26:25 pm
Intriguing image Jim.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 06, 2015, 03:05:31 am
It works nicely and doesn't matter what it is. Wonderful play of light, shadow, tones and shapes. But as Churly said, it is quite intriguing and we cannot help trying to imagine what it really is. You hit the sweet spot of mixing abstract with reality. What Is that damn thing!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 06, 2015, 03:39:00 am
I am usually drawn to Colour and only secondarily think of Black and White. Someone suggested I convert this image to bw, and I have to admit, the shapes and their interaction becomes more the focus.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-ZmvHH6P/0/M/Sept%2024-%202014%20East%20Mall%20bldgs%20016%20smug-bwcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-ZmvHH6P/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jim Kasson on April 06, 2015, 11:00:12 am
It works nicely and doesn't matter what it is. Wonderful play of light, shadow, tones and shapes. But as Churly said, it is quite intriguing and we cannot help trying to imagine what it really is. You hit the sweet spot of mixing abstract with reality. What Is that damn thing!

It's a teapot upside down on a drain board, lit by direct sunlight.

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MikeHudson on April 07, 2015, 12:09:25 pm
Been getting into a lot of water abstracts... this one from Acadia National Park a couple years ago.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wizardwig on April 13, 2015, 12:58:18 am
New here, have always enjoyed the articles but have never previously participated in the forum.  Fun so far, looking forward to the experience.



Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wizardwig on April 13, 2015, 07:01:18 am
Here's another ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on April 13, 2015, 09:31:52 am
New here, have always enjoyed the articles but have never previously participated in the forum.  Fun so far, looking forward to the experience.





Welcome Wizardwig. Really like this B&W one.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on April 13, 2015, 09:32:12 am

(http://mattlarsen.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Colours-of-Townsville/i-4MmLZzD/0/L/D3N_1377_edit3-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on April 13, 2015, 09:33:52 am
@ wizardwig:

Very nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on April 13, 2015, 09:49:47 am
Went for a stroll yesterday and spotted some interesting shapes.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2015, 09:50:26 am
Very nice contributions, Wizardwig! And welcome to the LuLa forums.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on April 13, 2015, 07:44:24 pm
Bokeh of a distant tree
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2015, 09:34:01 pm
Bokeh of a distant tree
Neat!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on April 14, 2015, 04:09:51 am
Bokeh of a distant tree

Nice and reticulate. I like the soft colors…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 16, 2015, 01:33:18 pm
colors
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on April 16, 2015, 04:59:48 pm
I like the second one.  I wonder if rotating it so it's horizontal will work better.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 19, 2015, 01:55:06 am
I got a new lens which I now have to return because everything looks 'soft.' I decided to have fun with the soft images and produced this 'abstract.'

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-5zMJkRV/0/M/april%2018-%202015%20Badlands%20Caledon%20065%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Caledon-Badlands-20142015/i-5zMJkRV/A)
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 19, 2015, 09:30:27 am
John,
That lens might be perfect for some of your move-the-camera-during-exposure shots.  ;)

This shot resembles the ridges at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Where was it, out of curiosity?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 19, 2015, 10:53:32 am
John,
That lens might be perfect for some of your move-the-camera-during-exposure shots.  ;)

This shot resembles the ridges at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Where was it, out of curiosity?

That is is very small area of denuded farmland just north of Toronto, called the 'Badlands of Cheltenham.' A lot of professionals do fashion work there, and it is often used as a backdrop for movies and ads, because it has martian-looking landscape. Because I isolate the small ridges and always try to leave out the hand of man, they come out looking like like real badlands. In the winter, you can create beautiful snowscapes that look for all the world, like real sand dunes.

Thanks for the comments interest, Eric.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on April 22, 2015, 08:07:01 am
Melting snow puddle.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 22, 2015, 12:04:24 pm
Ca...ca... Cool Bob. Love the blue of the snow and ice.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 22, 2015, 12:29:42 pm
Nice! Beautiful color.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 22, 2015, 12:33:16 pm
This began as a lo-res cell phone pic taken several years ago from my daughter's fifth story apartment window on the upper west side NYC, looking west.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 22, 2015, 01:41:39 pm
Small, it looks good. But as soon as I click on it, it becomes pixelated and out of focus.  was that you intent?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 22, 2015, 01:57:03 pm
A little patience- actually a lot of patience- observing ripples and water movement.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-CNj7FVS/0/M/Oct%2011-09%20Glen%20Haffy%20102%20darkcopy-smug1050-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-CNj7FVS/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 22, 2015, 06:48:58 pm
becomes pixelated and out of focus.  was that you intent?
Yes, it started out very small and pixelated with jpeg artifacts as well. I changed color temp and made some localized exposure changes to keep it from blowing out whites and blacks, then I resized it so it wouldn't be so small, but it definitely looks better smaller.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 22, 2015, 06:49:57 pm
(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-CNj7FVS/0/M/Oct%2011-09%20Glen%20Haffy%20102%20darkcopy-smug1050-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-CNj7FVS/A)
That's beautiful!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 22, 2015, 09:43:29 pm
Melting snow puddle.

Very very nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on April 23, 2015, 08:28:13 am
I love the gentleness of the colours and the image John. I got some tree reflections but they were in the winter when we still had open water.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on April 24, 2015, 09:44:22 am
Kiteboard at 1/6th sec.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on April 24, 2015, 09:45:12 am
Kiteboarder at 1/10th sec
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 24, 2015, 01:08:44 pm
... I got some tree reflections but they were in the winter when we still had open water.
Nice image, but a tad too dark for me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on April 24, 2015, 01:09:21 pm
Kiteboard at 1/6th sec.
I like this!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on April 29, 2015, 01:51:08 pm
Two weeks ago I visited Warsaw for some days.  In the wonderful POLIN museum, I photographed interesting views of the architecture.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on April 29, 2015, 07:06:24 pm
Very nice, Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 01, 2015, 12:02:59 am
Our channel into the bay is being dredged and the sand from the dredging is being coughed up on or beaches as a part of a sand renourishment program. I call this:

Conflict and Resolution
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 01, 2015, 01:49:27 am
Our channel into the bay is being dredged and the sand from the dredging is being coughed up on or beaches as a part of a sand renourishment program. I call this:

Conflict and Resolution

Cut the lower third and you'll have some menacing without a scale.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 01, 2015, 12:21:42 pm
Good suggestion...I'll give it a try.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 01, 2015, 12:55:23 pm
Perhaps, yes?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 01, 2015, 01:13:05 pm
Perhaps, yes?
Yes!!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rainer SLP on May 01, 2015, 01:29:08 pm
Abstract ?

Taken with the Canon EF 11-24mm on a 5D Mark III
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 01, 2015, 02:37:17 pm
Perhaps, yes?

Now you are talking, it's a great image. You could try to sell it to the next apocalyptic movie  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 01, 2015, 03:11:41 pm
Perhaps, yes?

Do it in b&w to lose the dirt color and it will be even more abstract and ominous.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 02, 2015, 11:04:42 pm
Backyard Whirlygigs
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Post by: John R on May 03, 2015, 05:27:01 pm
I noticed an opportunity to mix a little man-made colour with my usual blur images.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-sPrRq8R/0/M/May%203-%202015%20St%20Johns%20028%20copysmug-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-sPrRq8R/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 09, 2015, 09:54:20 pm
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Post by: John R on May 10, 2015, 12:01:36 pm
From the spring garden.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-FXSb4Dg/0/M/May%2010-%202015%20backyard%20007%20copy2-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-FXSb4Dg/A)
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Post by: Jim Kasson on May 10, 2015, 12:42:49 pm
(http://www.kasson.com/ll/mushroom.jpg)

Jim
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Post by: Chris Calohan on May 10, 2015, 04:04:06 pm
Ode to the Morning Light
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Post by: Chairman Bill on May 10, 2015, 04:55:29 pm
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Post by: John R on May 11, 2015, 09:17:28 pm
Some interesting images, to be sure. Jim, need I say what you pattern looks like- I think not. Good eye.

Maybe I should have posted mine in the tree section.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/St-Johns-and-Niagara/i-NCCTsgx/0/M/May%2011-%202015%20High%20Park%20036%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/St-Johns-and-Niagara/i-NCCTsgx/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 12, 2015, 12:13:03 pm
?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on May 12, 2015, 10:54:09 pm
Perhaps, yes?

Perhaps, nothing.  ABSOLUTELY! 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 13, 2015, 12:08:14 pm
It looks like the bark of some kind of wood. But on the other hand it also looks like a piece of art framed with nothing more than paint that was allowed to run and form patterns.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 13, 2015, 12:24:55 pm
It looks like the bark of some kind of wood. But on the other hand it also looks like a piece of art framed with nothing more than paint that was allowed to run and form patterns.

If you are referring to my last post, your second guess is close. It is a detail from the Water Wall park, a 64-feet high sculptural fountain in Houston, where 78,500 gallons of water runs across 80,000 square feet of interior and exterior horseshoe-shaped walls.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 13, 2015, 01:11:07 pm
Two weeks ago I visited Warsaw for some days.  In the wonderful POLIN museum, I photographed interesting views of the architecture.
Just noticed this image. Love the subtle shapes and the equally subtle tonal gradations.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on May 13, 2015, 01:42:52 pm
Just noticed this image. Love the subtle shapes and the equally subtle tonal gradations.

JR
Thanks John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 13, 2015, 02:32:50 pm
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Post by: John R on May 13, 2015, 10:14:56 pm
A couple more from inspiring spring time.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-hVTJVfg/0/M/May%2010-%202015%20backyard%20030%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/St-Johns-and-Niagara/i-hVTJVfg/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-mnS3jT3/0/M/May%2012-%202015%20RBG%20127%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-mnS3jT3/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 14, 2015, 01:14:19 am
Very inspiring, John. You are a master at this sort of thing.

I'll add this one to the thread's collection:

Shapes Glimpsed in the Garden
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 14, 2015, 09:45:11 am
Very inspiring, John. You are a master at this sort of thing.

I'll add this one to the thread's collection:

Shapes Glimpsed in the Garden
Thanks for the comments, Arlen. Very nice macro. I find macro very hard work. Shift your focus or position only slightly and everything changes, especially the focal point. Something will be in focus, alright, but not what you want. What focal length did you use for this? I want to by a macro for my Pentax, but have to consider the 1.5 crop factor.

JR
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Post by: Rory on May 14, 2015, 10:32:38 am
(http://roryhill.zenfolio.com/img/s6/v141/p1136929207-5.jpg)
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Post by: BobDavid on May 14, 2015, 10:46:27 am
I'm loving the springtime photos--beautiful!
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Post by: Arlen on May 14, 2015, 11:48:20 am
I find macro very hard work. Shift your focus or position only slightly and everything changes, especially the focal point. Something will be in focus, alright, but not what you want. What focal length did you use for this? I want to by a macro for my Pentax, but have to consider the 1.5 crop factor.

JR

John, you're right, macro work has some unique issues. But some unique pleasures as well. The creamy smooth out-of-focus backgrounds that can be had are one of my favorite things about it, and I love playing around with those. The other side of it--getting something sharp where you want it to be--can be challenging, but still rewarding. For many years I have used a Canon 100mm macro lens, first on a cropped sensor, and then on a full-size sensor camera. Particularly for insect photography, one of my "specialties"; including all the insect photos in my book BugWater (http://www.amazon.com/BugWater-fishers-through-seasons-aquatic/dp/0811705056). But I'm experimenting now with an Olympus 60mm Macro lens that I just bought to go with my Olympus E-M1 system--e.g., the image I posted above. I'm liking the lens a lot, but with the 2:1 crop factor, when focused at 1:1 macro ratio it has a shorter minimum working distance than I am accustomed to--and a very narrow depth of field at that distance. On the other hand, at 1:1 it fills the frame with an insect half the size of what it takes to do the same with the Canon system. It takes some getting used to.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 17, 2015, 12:18:59 am
More springtime inspirational, somewhat abstract imagery.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-hDVPFvp/0/M/May%2015-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20023%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-hDVPFvp/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-nTmCTJK/0/M/May%2016-%202015%20Bruekner%20Gardens%20043%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-nTmCTJK/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on May 17, 2015, 12:01:32 pm
More springtime inspirational, somewhat abstract imagery

Beautiful, John R.  Are you using Painter? 

Here's a recent one from my stash of abstracts.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8764/17570421558_74a583be20_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wolfnowl on May 17, 2015, 02:09:05 pm
Haven't been here in about forever - life keeps getting in the way (I know, I know - 168 hours in a week...) and this was the first thread I picked. TEN pages of new images!

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing your work!!

Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 17, 2015, 03:08:55 pm
Mike: quite intriguing. algae in stream or river?

Peter: Most of my work is in-camera motion movement, unless otherwise stated. The firs is a simple circular motion; the second is a double exposure with two downward motion shots, slight offset. Depending on how fast the shutter speed you may need a little sharpening. Excessive blur, timing and placement of subject are the biggest issues in this kind of Photography.

Early spring is one of the best times because you get both colour and simpler designs in natural subjects, like trees, flowers, shrubs, etc, oft against a simple green background.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 23, 2015, 10:41:44 am
More Spring delights, somewhat abstract.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-vpQ9hWH/0/M/IMGP3787%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-vpQ9hWH/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-n4ZMwrH/0/M/IMGP3727%20copy3-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-n4ZMwrH/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XPCRX5k/0/M/IMGP3755%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XPCRX5k/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 23, 2015, 03:16:18 pm
One Door, Four Windows
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Post by: Jim Kasson on May 23, 2015, 03:41:47 pm
One Door, Four Windows

Nice job.

Jim
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Post by: Arlen on May 23, 2015, 03:53:03 pm
John, I really like the third one in that last series.

Chris, you got a really good mix of abstract and structure. It makes me look at it a long time, trying to figure out what is what; and interesting shapes regardless.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on May 23, 2015, 04:39:22 pm
Chris, that is gorgeous! Fine.
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Post by: Arlen on May 24, 2015, 03:30:55 pm
I think I've posted a version of this before as part of a group, but I would appreciate any thoughts you might share about this one. I keep coming back to it and pondering whether it has merit.
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Post by: Michael West on May 24, 2015, 11:43:47 pm


 

If it were a painting it would sell for millions.
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Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 25, 2015, 01:49:48 am
Very nice, Arlen.
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Post by: KMRennie on May 25, 2015, 08:22:53 am
Taken in the bluebell wood in Cumbria that I have been visiting for the last week.
Ken
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Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 25, 2015, 09:25:08 am
A fresh take on bluebells, nice.
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Post by: KMRennie on May 25, 2015, 09:59:36 am
Another bluebell shot. My only concern with all of my ICM shots is that I found it impossible to smoothly drop the camera. This gives small bright horizontal areas of bright leaves and I am wondering whether to clone them out. Are the small bright areas a distraction? What do people think?
Ken
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Post by: Jim Kasson on May 25, 2015, 10:41:23 am
Another bluebell shot. My only concern with all of my ICM shots is that I found it impossible to smoothly drop the camera. This gives small bright horizontal areas of bright leaves and I am wondering whether to clone them out. Are the small bright areas a distraction? What do people think?
Ken

This is an interesting combination of motion blur and relative sharpness. I like it. I wouldn't clone out anything.

Jim
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on May 25, 2015, 05:17:34 pm
I think I've posted a version of this before as part of a group, but I would appreciate any thoughts you might share about this one. I keep coming back to it and pondering whether it has merit.
It does indeed.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 25, 2015, 07:03:44 pm
I think I've posted a version of this before as part of a group, but I would appreciate any thoughts you might share about this one. I keep coming back to it and pondering whether it has merit.
Already said, very nice. Lovely blue-gray tones. And it has a three dimensional quality that makes it mysterious.

JR
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Post by: John R on May 25, 2015, 07:14:47 pm
Every shot has to be considered differently. To me, the most important thing is to achieve overall balance. If you look at those light areas they are well distributed, and almost form a circle or oval within the picture space. You have dynamic movement of vertical lines from top to bottom or vice versa, and then a resting point of purple, which is interesting in form and colour, and then on through the whole. Really nice, if you ask me.

JR
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Post by: BobDavid on May 25, 2015, 11:21:11 pm
The second bluebell photo is very tasty. Nice.
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Post by: Arlen on May 26, 2015, 02:41:26 am
Thanks for the feedback, guys. Sometimes it helps to get other opinions when you're on the fence.
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Post by: KMRennie on May 26, 2015, 05:59:42 pm
Thanks for the comments. All are helpful.

Ken
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Post by: John R on May 27, 2015, 09:50:49 pm
Phlox on the run...

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-GfGmfbC/0/M/May%2027-%202015%20Phlox%20Hwy%2027%20257%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-GfGmfbC/A)
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Post by: jjj on May 28, 2015, 03:56:51 pm
Looking for Kingfishers!
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 29, 2015, 08:40:45 pm
Wow!
I've been out of the country (and away from the Web) for three weeks vacationing with my wife in southern France.
There are so many great and imaginative images in this thread since I last peeked! Thank you all for the riches!

It will take me quite a while to whittle down and work through the almost 1500 raw files I have from the trip, but I hope to post a few abstracts from Medieval Bastides some time next week.

Glad to be back,

Eric
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Post by: BobDavid on May 30, 2015, 08:43:53 am
Nice to have you back stateside, Eric.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 30, 2015, 10:51:16 am
Nice to have you back stateside, Eric.
Thanks, Bob.

Once I've had some more sleep, I'll start processing some pix.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 03, 2015, 10:54:48 am
Here are the first semi-abstract fruits of my recent trip to southern France. The first two are different sections of the "main street" through the Medieval village of Daglan. The third was in some village or other.
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Post by: francois on June 03, 2015, 11:41:16 am
Here are the first semi-abstract fruits of my recent trip to southern France.…
With enough french wine, everything becomes abstract  :D

I like those two shots, somewhat reminiscent of your beautiful road tar photos.
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Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on June 03, 2015, 01:01:04 pm
That's a true dedication to arts! Traveling all the way across the ocean to find tar with a French bouquet ;)
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 03, 2015, 01:37:04 pm
With enough french wine, everything becomes abstract  :D

I like those two shots, somewhat reminiscent of your beautiful road tar photos.
Merci, Francois.

Indeed, I do seem to spend much of my time looking down instead of up. I'll have some looking in other direction soon, I hope.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 03, 2015, 01:45:52 pm
That's a true dedication to arts! Traveling all the way across the ocean to find tar with a French bouquet ;)
When accompanied by a nice pate de foie gras and sauced to perfection with truffe, French tar can be quite delicious, especially if accompanied by a bottle of Chateau LaTour 1959.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on June 03, 2015, 04:14:54 pm
I posted these earlier, now post processed more into abstract territory
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Post by: John R on June 03, 2015, 11:26:43 pm
(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Dowtown-TO/i-rjr3xjB/0/M/June%202-%202015%20Downtown-Centre%20Island%20007%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Dowtown-TO/i-rjr3xjB/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Dowtown-TO/i-FMGwCvh/0/M/June%202-%202015%20Downtown-Centre%20Island%20125%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Dowtown-TO/i-FMGwCvh/A)
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Post by: John R on June 05, 2015, 10:34:57 pm
(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9M9XqT7/0/M/IMGP4946%20invertcopy-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9M9XqT7/A)
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Post by: Jim Kasson on June 05, 2015, 11:35:18 pm
(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9M9XqT7/0/M/IMGP4946%20invertcopy-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9M9XqT7/A)

Superb!
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Post by: bns on June 06, 2015, 04:53:08 am
Three examples in different styles. Bridge, jet and streetview respectively.

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 06, 2015, 09:34:22 pm
Hey Boudewijn, welcome to the forum. Excellent work. I especially like the middle one- good eye. And I like how you exposed the water shot for the highlights and allowed the dark areas to go black.

JR
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Post by: Arlen on June 09, 2015, 10:33:05 pm
Superb!

Indeed, my thoughts exactly.
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Post by: Arlen on June 09, 2015, 10:36:01 pm
Boudewijn, I like your first and second images a lot.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 09, 2015, 11:19:31 pm
Indeed, my thoughts exactly.
Mine, too.
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Post by: bns on June 10, 2015, 11:28:34 am
Hi John R and Arlen,

Thanks for your comments. Actually I am not quite new to this forum, but ran out of abstracts for a while. You may want to check pages 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 for earlier contributions.

Cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
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Post by: bob_noble on June 10, 2015, 03:05:21 pm
The rougher, metallic side of water lilies.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 10, 2015, 05:37:37 pm
The rougher, metallic side of water lilies.
Neat effect. Looks a bit like a solarized wet print.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 14, 2015, 05:36:18 pm
Playing in the garden- but not mine!

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-634fSx8/0/M/June%2014-%202015%20Breuckner%20Gardens%20170%20cropcopy-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-634fSx8/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-GMfBHhV/0/M/June%2014-%202015%20Breuckner%20Gardens%20183%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-GMfBHhV/A)
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Post by: Jim Kasson on June 14, 2015, 11:41:47 pm
(http://www.kasson.com/ll/outR2e.jpg)

Enjoy!

Jim
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Post by: BobDavid on June 15, 2015, 12:47:44 am
Jim, the last one is really nice.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 15, 2015, 08:52:19 am
Jim, the last one is really nice.
+1. Stunning.
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Post by: Mike D. B. on June 15, 2015, 12:27:24 pm
Not as colorful as John's and Jim's masterpieces but still fun along the beach.
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Post by: EricV on June 15, 2015, 01:08:59 pm
... fun along the beach.
I like abstracts like this which are still recognizable, and this one is really nice.
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Post by: Jim Kasson on June 15, 2015, 01:15:24 pm
Not as colorful as John's and Jim's masterpieces but still fun along the beach.

I like it!

Jim
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Post by: Arlen on June 15, 2015, 02:08:21 pm
Quote from: BobDavid on June 14, 2015, 09:47:44 PM
Jim, the last one is really nice.

+1. Stunning.


I completely agree, it jumps off the page. And all of the last few images in this thread are very compelling.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 15, 2015, 02:58:53 pm
I like abstracts like this which are still recognizable, and this one is really nice.
Me too.
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Post by: John R on June 15, 2015, 11:06:52 pm
Nice work, Jim and Mike. Jim kind of drives me crazy because I am always wondering what and how he did that. Mike's work is subtle and minimalist but striking at the same time.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-JP9KBtT/0/M/June%2015-%202015%20Breuckner%20Gardens%20159%20adjustcolour-cropcopy4-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-JP9KBtT/A)
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 15, 2015, 11:30:04 pm
Nice work, Jim and Mike. Jim kind of drives me crazy because I am always wondering what and how he did that. Mike's work is subtle and minimalist but striking at the same time.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-JP9KBtT/0/M/June%2015-%202015%20Breuckner%20Gardens%20159%20adjustcolour-cropcopy4-1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Breukner-Gardens-2015/i-JP9KBtT/A)
I always wonder that same question about your beautiful work, John.
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Post by: armand on June 22, 2015, 04:27:55 pm
smoke on the water
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Post by: armand on June 22, 2015, 10:00:15 pm
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 23, 2015, 06:47:31 pm
OK, here are some more of mine.
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Post by: Bruce Cox on June 24, 2015, 10:22:48 am
good glare on those cobblestones
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Post by: Bruce Cox on June 24, 2015, 10:35:45 am
bent detail
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Post by: oldhippy on June 24, 2015, 12:37:43 pm
Warp Speed

(http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/edandhazel/_DSC1867_zps26bd3a0a.jpg) (http://s780.photobucket.com/user/edandhazel/media/_DSC1867_zps26bd3a0a.jpg.html)
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Post by: BobDavid on June 25, 2015, 09:56:13 am
OK, here are some more of mine.

I think #3 is particularly engaging. I like the way it suggests a human form in the sand. From a distance, it looks like a painting.
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Post by: Peter McLennan on June 25, 2015, 07:20:28 pm
Wow Bruce! Bent detail is lovely.
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Post by: armand on June 27, 2015, 08:37:01 pm
spot
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Post by: jjj on June 28, 2015, 07:13:11 am
I like abstracts like this which are still recognizable, and this one is really nice.
Is it really an abstract then though?
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 28, 2015, 08:07:42 am
Is it really an abstract then though?
In my rather open-ended definition it is an abstract, as long as the image isn't just about what the subject is, but rather about a visual effect or pattern.

YMMV.
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Post by: pegelli on June 28, 2015, 09:36:55 am
Don't know if this is abstract enough, but I like it

(http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201506/i-qXB3hQc/0/O/PEG_A850_3_00505_20150628-L.jpg) (http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201506/i-qXB3hQc/A)
Sony A850 + Sigma 180/3.5
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Post by: Bruce Cox on June 28, 2015, 01:58:53 pm
Don't know if this is abstract enough, but I like it

(http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201506/i-qXB3hQc/0/O/PEG_A850_3_00505_20150628-L.jpg) (http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201506/i-qXB3hQc/A)
Sony A850 + Sigma 180/3.5

Letting people guess part of it may help get them in the game.  There is still plenty here we don't know.

The figure being two part is to some degree it's own foil, though I tend to feel a buffalo would make a better background.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 28, 2015, 06:13:11 pm
I like it too, and I have no idea what the object in the photo is.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on June 29, 2015, 11:25:20 am
Choucher de Soleil Flou
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on July 10, 2015, 05:59:48 pm
Something to revive the Abtracts thread.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 13, 2015, 10:30:32 pm
I see that Eric has been busy studying light and churning out silver and light. Here are a few from my trip.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-8d8KFJh/0/M/IMGP7756%20Sao%20Miguel%20June-2015%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-8d8KFJh/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-VqbdMQF/0/M/IMGP7761%20Sao%20Miguel%20June%202015%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-VqbdMQF/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 13, 2015, 11:47:07 pm
Good stuff, folks.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 14, 2015, 12:27:13 am
One more, with colour play.

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-DXSg5N5/0/M/IMGP7736%20sao%20miguel%202015%20copy3%201000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-DXSg5N5/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on July 14, 2015, 02:27:00 am
Another explosion

(http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201507/i-HhLDM79/0/O/PEG_A850_3_00620_20150702-L.jpg) (http://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201507/i-HhLDM79/A)

(virtually no photoshop, all in-camera)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 14, 2015, 09:13:37 am
Another explosion

(virtually no photoshop, all in-camera)
Excellent zoom. Isn't it wonderful to try all these in-camera techniques and come up with something different. If you have double exposure capability, give it a try also.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 15, 2015, 03:59:23 pm
This is double exposure with auto-contrast adjustment. Amazing how the colours shift. Liked it so left it there. Second is a pan of leaves:

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-fS4ckM3/0/M/June%2020-July%2010-%202015%20Sao%20Miguel%206%20358%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-fS4ckM3/A)

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-99RjNff/0/M/June%2020-July%2010-%202015%20Sao%20Miguel%206%20412%20copy1000-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Sao-Miguel-Azores/i-99RjNff/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike Brown on July 16, 2015, 08:46:32 am
Something a little bluer from me.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/07/16/6f3daa871c75b81fdbeb8b5ac6c0d6b3.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on July 16, 2015, 09:06:23 am
Excellent zoom. Isn't it wonderful to try all these in-camera techniques and come up with something different. If you have double exposure capability, give it a try also.
Thanks John, glad it got noticed among the many great efforts in this thread. This is not my usual style but this month I'm taking part in a challenge on another website to try out stuff you've never done before and I find it both stimulating as well as frustrating (the amount of failed attempts is probably two orders of magnitude higher then the keepers).
Unfortunately my camera doesn't do multiple exposures on one frame, so I f I want to do that it's going to be a Photoshop layer job.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 19, 2015, 06:27:42 pm
Colour play.

JR

(http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-RmPfpCX/0/M/June%2020-July%209-2015%20Sao%20Miguel%20414%20copy1000-2-M.jpg) (http://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-RmPfpCX/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 21, 2015, 10:00:40 am
Sometimes everything comes together in the dance of flowers.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-6V4433s/0/M/July%2020-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20040%20copycrop-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-6V4433s/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on July 23, 2015, 07:56:23 am
Lovely dance John!

Some wave patterns in the sand

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201507/i-nfDQCT8/0/O/PEG_NEX6_2_02566_20150720-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201507/i-nfDQCT8/A)
NEX6 + OM Zuiko 85/2 + Metabones speedbooster
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on July 24, 2015, 09:29:27 pm
a flower for her hair

modified 7/25/2015
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 28, 2015, 02:58:46 pm
Colour is what moves me at the moment.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-wV233T7/0/M/July%2025-%202015%20Riverwood%20Conservancy%20261%20invertcopy-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-wV233T7/A)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-52z6hSn/0/M/July%2025-%202015%20Riverwood%20Conservancy%20249%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-52z6hSn/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Kiwi Paul on July 29, 2015, 07:26:09 am
I liked this frozen lake.

Paul

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2872/10412247644_f93edc0944_b.jpg) (http://[url=https://flic.kr/p/gS6ut7)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 29, 2015, 08:42:08 am
I liked this frozen lake.

Paul

Fantastic. And to think its only a hop, skip and jump away.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 03, 2015, 11:24:11 pm
Just can't stop playing with colour, at least for now.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-W5xg6L2/0/M/IMGP1826%20copy17b-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-W5xg6L2/A)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rqxNqn8/0/M/IMGP1827%20copy1-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rqxNqn8/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on August 04, 2015, 01:58:11 am
I love the photo of the frozen lake! Well done, Paul.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on August 04, 2015, 03:11:45 am
Wow!  :o  Absolutely stunning images posted recently!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 04, 2015, 09:39:04 am
Wow!  :o  Absolutely stunning images posted recently!!
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on August 04, 2015, 09:51:33 am
+1.


The summer heat is a perfect incubator for superb photos!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on August 04, 2015, 10:48:12 am
Visited an art museum in Cologne last year and found this interesting sphere.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 06, 2015, 09:31:09 pm
Continuing the series...

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-WxWN3qM/0/M/Aug%201-5-%202015%20JG%20abstracts%20996%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-WxWN3qM/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Randy Carone on August 11, 2015, 04:25:08 pm
NY Botanical Garden pool
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on August 12, 2015, 03:53:39 am
At the shoreline

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201508/i-V68mwvk/1/O/PEG_NEX6_2_03004_20150806-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201508/i-V68mwvk/A)
NEX6 + MC Rokkor 58/1.4
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 12, 2015, 11:25:49 am
At the shoreline

Superb Pegelli.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 12, 2015, 11:27:13 am
(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-fCKXJvG/0/M/July%2025-%202015%20Riverwood%20Conservancy%20259%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-fCKXJvG/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on August 12, 2015, 11:35:57 am
Superb Pegelli.
Thanks a lot for the compliment John.
I must say it's not the fastest moving thread but a very good one. The mix on different approaches to abstracts is eye opening. Your shots have inspired me to to try some more "movement" but nothing post worthy yet. I'm still producing more images I like with finding abstract subjects with a "classical" photo, but I am enjoying your movement studies a lot. There's something intriguing in all the ones you posted here.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 12, 2015, 01:07:22 pm
Superb Pegelli.

JR
+1.

And yours are, too, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on August 12, 2015, 01:12:22 pm
+1.
And yours are, too, John.
Thanks Eric, and also +1 on your comment on John's shot.

Also credit where credit is due, I was inspired to take my shore line shot after seeing these shots (http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=102581.msg841652#msg841652) from Rajan Parrikar. I doubt I would have tried mine without having seen those first.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 13, 2015, 07:08:35 pm
Thanks for the comments guys, appreciate it. Now for something different. I said to myself, I may as well crop it and really make it abstract and surreal. I cloned out at least one hundred tiny little specs of dust from the car's surface.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-TqPTJB2/0/M/Sept%2024-%202013%20Ottawa%20243%20cropcopy-1200-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-TqPTJB2/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 13, 2015, 08:20:10 pm
Nice one, John. And it is different!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 13, 2015, 08:28:48 pm
Thanks Eric. I'm on a roll, so I am trying to stay with momentum. It was brutal winter in Toronto. Have to make up for it!

This one makes a nice black and white, too.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-M9k4PPq/0/M/Sept%2024-%202013%20Ottawa%20393%20copygoldrail-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-M9k4PPq/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on August 18, 2015, 12:51:36 pm
If, like me, you don't have a dedicated macro, and want to use one of the innumerable close focus adapters, you end up in a position like me. This is a Raynox DCR-250 mounted on one the Olympus 75mm 1.8, shot up close and wide open, in a slight breeze.

The effect is far more abstract and indicative of what the shortcomings of the combination are: you're kind of stuck with dream-world imagery until EVERYTHING is completely still, even at speeds approaching 1/8000. Still, I dig the colors, if nothing else. It just reminds me of how much I actually need a true macro lens.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5764/20433993358_8cafa1f6a6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x8Fyjj)Abstract macro #1 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/x8Fyjj) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5640/20656884295_d15ae8d0cf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xtnW2v)Abstract macro #4 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/xtnW2v) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 18, 2015, 01:47:54 pm
If, like me, you don't have a dedicated macro, and want to use one of the innumerable close focus adapters, you end up in a position like me. This is a Raynox DCR-250 mounted on one the Olympus 75mm 1.8, shot up close and wide open, in a slight breeze.

The effect is far more abstract and indicative of what the shortcomings of the combination are: you're kind of stuck with dream-world imagery until EVERYTHING is completely still, even at speeds approaching 1/8000. Still, I dig the colors, if nothing else. It just reminds me of how much I actually need a true macro lens.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5764/20433993358_8cafa1f6a6_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x8Fyjj)Abstract macro #1 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/x8Fyjj) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5640/20656884295_d15ae8d0cf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xtnW2v)Abstract macro #4 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/xtnW2v) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Both are very fine. I think the results of your "shortcomings" are much more interesting than are most clear, well-defined macro photos.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on August 18, 2015, 04:07:32 pm
Thanks, Eric.

Macro has always fascinated me, and I actually DO have a hand-me-down Minolta Rokkor MD 50mm 3.5 macro from my mom from her shooting days in the 80s, but it's a real chore to use, so I keep resorting to these MacGuyver sort of 'fixes'.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on August 29, 2015, 06:36:17 pm
To steal a phrase - "Light is the left hand of darkness"
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on August 30, 2015, 08:21:03 am
At the shoreline

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201508/i-V68mwvk/1/O/PEG_NEX6_2_03004_20150806-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201508/i-V68mwvk/A)
NEX6 + MC Rokkor 58/1.4

Exquisite.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 01, 2015, 08:35:33 pm
tunnel view
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 13, 2015, 11:56:03 pm
..
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 14, 2015, 09:10:25 pm
Sun
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: ptrnyc on September 16, 2015, 04:33:25 pm
Interesting rocks at Zion Nat. Park.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: ptrnyc on September 16, 2015, 05:35:09 pm
Under a wave - Lake Tahoe.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on September 16, 2015, 11:09:20 pm
Birders' Legs
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 17, 2015, 12:14:12 am
Love the "birders' legs" Bob!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on September 23, 2015, 05:00:27 am
Great work again by all, I love the diversity in this thread  :)

Order and Chaos

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201204/i-DRgHvCt/0/O/PEG_A850_07240_20120426-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201204/i-DRgHvCt/A)
A850 + Min 85/1.4 RS
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 23, 2015, 09:32:06 am
Nice, Pieter.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: cjogo on September 28, 2015, 06:31:26 pm
(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlp1/v/t1.0-9/12037956_10153683621094066_7584539128134204224_n.jpg?oh=aeeb61e3f1f66945bc9c19e2726bd5f5&oe=565FAF94)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on September 29, 2015, 04:07:20 am
I like it but I an't help thinking that the right handle bears some resemblance with the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_selfie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_selfie)!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 29, 2015, 04:22:55 am
As with 'art' there's a problem of definition: when is something abstract and when simply a close-up?

Does abstract mean that it remains a mystery until the originator explains - should he explain, ever? I think he should not. Somebody, some years ago, posted an image here that was great, then he went on to state how it was shot, instantly ruining the entire effect. Guess that's why the slightest bit of chiffon or Indian cheesecloth, even a deep shadow, changes a nude from meat into attractive.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 29, 2015, 10:49:48 am
As Rob says when is something really abstract? Don't think it matters, as long people can feel free to contribute to this thread.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-vr9vLs2/0/M/Sept%2027-28-2015%20Algonquin%20area%20017%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-vr9vLs2/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 29, 2015, 12:51:01 pm
"As Rob says when is something really abstract? Don't think it matters, as long people can feel free to contribute to this thread."

Agree 100%, John; the question wasn't about what's permissible, but what we actually mean when we bandy about these easy definitions.

The longer I stay with this site the broader I see definitions become. If I stay long enough, perhaps I will reach a moment when no definitions exist, and everthing is everything to all people. Moment of (or for?) instantaneous combustion?

;-)

Rob C

P.S. I like your picture, by the way, Feels sort of pastoral in the sense of wheat, but no idea what I am really seeing, and that's the best way!

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 29, 2015, 03:31:44 pm
Time to man up and contribute I guess. Not sure how abstract this is but I think it sort of fits here

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5822/21195363134_de709df743_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yhXM2q)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 29, 2015, 07:00:54 pm
Mike, I like the subtle shadow play. And it reminds me of hallway. But the top portion says hold on, think again.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 30, 2015, 02:21:33 am
Thank you, it was taken in our local but very modern public library.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on September 30, 2015, 10:10:29 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 02, 2015, 03:07:36 pm
.


Nice idea; I am thinking about a shot in a video I saw somewhere - I think it was an interview with either Bailey or Duffy - where one or the other of them tells the interviewer (and camera) to look at the twin plugs on the wall - MKs - and tells the guy that they are art, if you want them to be. He might just have been making an easy point, I can't be sure, but the more I look at things like that the more seriously I take that statement. I incorporate it a lot of my current photographic mind; perhaps I lack the literal belief, but certainly feel that by the time I play around with the basic shapes, I have got somewhere that I enjoy being at, which of course, is all that matters now.

Nobody needs to travel to make pictures; I believe this more sincerely every day.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on October 02, 2015, 04:20:43 pm
old dream
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 03, 2015, 03:21:20 am
Armand

I see your two lights and raise you 4.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/322/20369018615_b89b5417b0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x2WxA8)

Mikr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 03, 2015, 01:20:02 pm
Nice one Rob. I assume that's digitally manipulated to get the mirror image in B&W - or not?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 03, 2015, 03:34:35 pm
Nice one Rob. I assume that's digitally manipulated to get the mirror image in B&W - or not?

Yep, some passing fun to while away the hours...

It was something I started to do a while ago when I realised that you don't have to leave the house to find images. It's not so easy, because familiarity breeds etc. etc. However, if you let yourself get into it, you can be surprised. I suppose it all comes down to what tickles your fancy about pictures. I'm currently doing my best to aoid the literal, something aided by failing eyesight!

Thanks,

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 03, 2015, 05:02:05 pm
Who was the photographer who got ill and was confined to his house for 12 months and just did tulips for a year? I understand it produced some excellent shots.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 03, 2015, 05:09:48 pm
Who was the photographer who got ill and was confined to his house for 12 months and just did tulips for a year? I understand it produced some excellent shots.

Don't know of him, but I do know something about this chap: locked away with Marilyn for a while instead of tulips...

Can't link directly to the 'movie' but it's easy to find on the site under 'trailer'. One of the 50s pioneers.

http://www.bertsternmadman.com/

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 03, 2015, 10:12:57 pm
Really like the lights series of shots. The bw format suits them well, including the half-bw shot. Last time I pointed my camera at elevator, I got kicked out of building!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-CxhhD2C/0/M/Sept%2027-28-2015%20Algonquin%20area%20493%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-CxhhD2C/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 04, 2015, 02:30:39 am
@Rob C I have seen many of these wonderful images and other photographs of a woman who must rank amongst the most beautiful ever. I have even seen some bad photographs of her, but not many.

I was totally blown away by a 4 foot square shot by Stern of Twiggy (in front of modern art) in Dublin Art gallery. I learned from that image. There were imperfections - which really didn't matter and sheer quality and size count. Should we sweat the last stray hair? The last highlight near the edge? Even perhaps slightly imperfect makeup?

Made me think that sometimes it just doesn't matter, the image can carry the load. Other times, especially commercially it does matter. But it made me think and that was good.

PS the tulips guy was John Blakemore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Blakemore and https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=john+blakemore+tulips&biw=1356&bih=815&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB8QsARqFQoTCN3RpKefqMgCFQI9FAodbZ8PPw&dpr=1
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 04, 2015, 03:27:25 am
@ Rob C, not so many lights this time but they're bigger

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3818/12410176115_a7e8de8287_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/jUDoZH)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 04, 2015, 03:53:42 am
Nice one.

Fully on theme here though

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/12211545233_cae7c73485_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/jB6mXk)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 04, 2015, 04:19:15 am
That's really nice stuff, Mike. Puts me in mind of a classic futuristic movie whose name I can't recall. It also reminds me of lying on a stetcher and watching the ceiling drift past as I went through hospital corridors.

I wonder if there exists a genre name for this kind of material - I suppose abstract covers it, but I think there must be/should be something more accurately focussed than that. It's not as if one doesn't know what one sees, but that it's done in a way that gives a fresh look at it. Enjoy those sorts of images that hold your attention and make you look more deeply at what is in front of you.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 04, 2015, 06:33:19 am
They do seem to occupy the hinterland between abstract and record.

Just taking what's there and adjusting the reality a bit.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8187/8137816940_b1c5988053_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dp7rsC)

But I think I have now run out of lights that aren't just lights.

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 04, 2015, 12:59:35 pm
Simply beautiful.


Thank you Keith, trouble is, I was thinking back trying to remember what I did - and can't! Well, I know what I shot, but not exactly what I did to the poor thing.

However, it falls into my 'found at home' period ;-) (An excuse for being lazy or saving diesel...)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 04, 2015, 01:10:57 pm
@Rob C I have seen many of these wonderful images and other photographs of a woman who must rank amongst the most beautiful ever. I have even seen some bad photographs of her, but not many.

I was totally blown away by a 4 foot square shot by Stern of Twiggy (in front of modern art) in Dublin Art gallery. I learned from that image. There were imperfections - which really didn't matter and sheer quality and size count. Should we sweat the last stray hair? The last highlight near the edge? Even perhaps slightly imperfect makeup?

Made me think that sometimes it just doesn't matter, the image can carry the load. Other times, especially commercially it does matter. But it made me think and that was good.

PS the tulips guy was John Blakemore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Blakemore and https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=john+blakemore+tulips&biw=1356&bih=815&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB8QsARqFQoTCN3RpKefqMgCFQI9FAodbZ8PPw&dpr=1


Yes, Stern was something else!

As with so many other amazing photographers, I discovered him in the pages of the two Pop. Phot. annuals: Photography Annual and Color Annual both put out by the magazine. I remember his series there on the Heublein Vodka campaigns; I also discovered Saul Leiter in those pages and many more; anyone worth knowing you found there at one time or another. Trouble was finding the annuals in Glasgow!

His (Stern's) Jazz on a Summer's Day was one of those movies I saw at least five or even more times, not counting years later on the Internet. Click on the image to watch. Watch Chuck steal the show despite snobbish jazz musos doing their 'creative' distance... ;-)

https://vimeo.com/35807953

Happy days; all still in front of one, if one ever gave that a passing thought.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: D Fuller on October 04, 2015, 02:07:01 pm

Yes, Stern was something else!

...
His (Stern's) Jazz on a Summer's Day was one of those movies I saw at least five or even more times, not counting years later on the Internet. Click on the image to watch. Watch Chuck steal the show despite snobbish jazz musos doing their 'creative' distance... ;-)

https://vimeo.com/35807953

Happy days; all still in front of one, if one ever gave that a passing thought.

Rob C

There is a very nicely restored copy of this film on Netflix. Beautiful stuff.

Shows what a good film maker can do with much less than 13 stops of DR.   ;-)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 04, 2015, 03:40:50 pm
There is a very nicely restored copy of this film on Netflix. Beautiful stuff.

Shows what a good film maker can do with much less than 13 stops of DR.   ;-)


Man, you'll get lynched! That's Digital Heresy!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on October 04, 2015, 06:23:02 pm



(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/760/21960055811_01cc0310cd_b.jpg)

 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: D Fuller on October 04, 2015, 07:58:00 pm

Man, you'll get lynched! That's Digital Heresy!

;-)

Rob C

LOL! yeah, I know. But really, sometimes it's good to have to make e choices.

If you can't see everything, what do you really want them to see?

OK, now I'm going back to hiding under my rock...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 06, 2015, 02:54:56 am
Nicely done and I was bored at the garden centre on Sunday. How long does it take to but some seeds?

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5649/21758835200_31a6395761_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/z9KHD3)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 06, 2015, 10:30:14 am
Oly 75mm 1.8  Wide open with a Raynox DC250, at 1/8000 in a slight breeze.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5742/21983066642_53ce081dca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zuyXQo)Abstract macro #2 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/zuyXQo) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 06, 2015, 11:07:13 am
Wow, guys!
All I have to do is go away for a week and you all have produced several pages of really great stuff in this thread!
Maybe I should go away more often.   ;)

I'll have some more contributions of my own after I've had a chance to sort and process the best of my new 500+ images.

Thanks for keeping this thread very much alive!

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 06, 2015, 04:55:32 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 06, 2015, 05:06:41 pm
Most attractive and confusing, Armand.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 06, 2015, 10:42:42 pm
Most attractive and confusing, Armand.

Rob C

Thank you, this is what happens when you don't focus properly  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 11, 2015, 01:56:41 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on October 11, 2015, 03:05:17 pm
(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-44Ttp3n/0/O/PEG_A850_2_07969_20141212-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-44Ttp3n/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on October 11, 2015, 04:50:59 pm
Tree Candy...

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on October 11, 2015, 07:28:54 pm
Tree Candy...

PhotoShop has revealed to me that the cheerleader going through her routine beyond the sun-lit stream through the trees cannot easily be improved upon.

But I can't help trying.

The over all composition is something I given up trying to improve upon, it's too good.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on October 11, 2015, 07:54:26 pm
Tree Candy...

PhotoShop has revealed to me that the cheerleader going through her routine beyond the sun-lit stream through the trees cannot easily be improved upon.

But I can't help trying.
The over all composition is something I given up trying to improve upon, it's too good.


I worked on that image, back and forth all morning...I feel your pain.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: ddolde on October 11, 2015, 10:56:15 pm
Ridgway, Colorado. Phase One IQ180, 150mm D lens
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: D Fuller on October 12, 2015, 12:21:48 am
This happens when you try to get off a quick shot of a Heron striking a fish with your shutter still set for the previous evening's milky way photo. I kind of like it.
(http://airstreampictures.com/pics/Fishing-9976.jpg)
Sony s7s, Mitakon 50mm f.95
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Dmullins on October 12, 2015, 04:26:29 am
I haven't been on the forums much, and not for a long time.  I took these at Pedernales Falls State Park in Texas.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on October 12, 2015, 01:27:27 pm
ABS-2 JPG, very nice, Armand! Two circles and an amorphous form leave a lot to the imagination.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on October 12, 2015, 01:28:34 pm
Oil Slick On the Parking Lot
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 12, 2015, 11:27:41 pm
Not the most abstract but it like it. Darth Vader's space module.

PS. it's amazing how on the Fuji I can get sharp at minus 2.5 stops without stabilization and yet on the Nikon I can have issues with 1/FL with VR on
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 13, 2015, 09:40:11 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/715/22109908096_9aba8e6f61_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zFM4o1)Abstract #14 (https://flic.kr/p/zFM4o1) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 13, 2015, 09:51:11 am
I'm back on the lights but it's not very abstract although it is not intended to be taken literally :)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5741/21947484920_808f40cb77_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zrqACq)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 13, 2015, 10:31:35 am
Amazing how white can dominate in all colour scene.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-JjrQRLM/0/M/Oct%206-9-%202015%20Agonquin%20Highlands%20area%20065%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-JjrQRLM/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 13, 2015, 11:08:39 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/715/22109908096_9aba8e6f61_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zFM4o1)Abstract #14 (https://flic.kr/p/zFM4o1) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr

This is very nice, could think of space if the DOF would have covered more of the disk.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 13, 2015, 11:11:47 am
John R - I really like this type of shot and they are surprisingly difficult to make as good as this. Seems to me you have to choose the plant carefully and then also avoid the sky unless it's very clear blue otherwise it blows out readily.  Then you need some other colours like your green and gold.

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 13, 2015, 12:11:04 pm
This is very nice, could think of space if the DOF would have covered more of the disk.

Thanks!  It was shot at 5.6, and with that lens, I could have gone up as high as F11, but I'm so used to shooting it at either 4 or 5.6 that I didn't think to try that.

I did try some at 1.8, and they pretty much sucked.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 13, 2015, 02:06:01 pm
John R - I really like this type of shot and they are surprisingly difficult to make as good as this. Seems to me you have to choose the plant carefully and then also avoid the sky unless it's very clear blue otherwise it blows out readily.  Then you need some other colours like your green and gold.

Mike
Thank you Mike. Quite right, the technique is easy enough, but it takes practice to get it right and to deveop an eye for seeing how the shapes will turn out.

Like this one, where I included the sky because I could not resist the composition-

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dFncWFv/0/M/Oct%201-2013%20Haliburton%20trip%20396%20copysmug-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dFncWFv/A)

Or this one, which as you have noted, avoids the sky and white streaks, and allows the verticals and colours to create my composition-

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-vFxtPsz/0/M/Sept%2028-%202014%20Algonquin%20Area%20530%20smugcopy-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-vFxtPsz/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 14, 2015, 10:48:23 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/746/22153213002_7bfae6254d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zKB1qj)Abstract #15 (https://flic.kr/p/zKB1qj) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on October 14, 2015, 12:21:17 pm
Very nice and I bet it looks good printed large.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 16, 2015, 04:06:53 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5716/22207370382_3e9db14391_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zQozwf)Abstract #17 (https://flic.kr/p/zQozwf) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on October 16, 2015, 04:07:28 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5716/22207370382_3e9db14391_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zQozwf)Abstract #17 (https://flic.kr/p/zQozwf) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr

I like it
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 16, 2015, 09:01:11 pm
Very cool abstract, Mjollnir.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 16, 2015, 11:40:55 pm
Very cool abstract, Mjollnir.

JR
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 17, 2015, 01:55:31 pm
Thanks, everyone.

I never shoot shots like these, so I'm glad you like them.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 17, 2015, 10:27:10 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 18, 2015, 05:33:05 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/746/22153213002_7bfae6254d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/zKB1qj)Abstract #15 (https://flic.kr/p/zKB1qj) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr


Startling! Hope these don't fly...

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on October 18, 2015, 10:38:06 am

Startling! Hope these don't fly...

Rob C

Not to worry; it's a flowering bud of a plant.

I did a color version that hints at that more, but the b&w one just seemed more foreboding.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 18, 2015, 10:41:02 am
Not to worry; it's a flowering bud of a plant.

I did a color version that hints at that more, but the b&w one just seemed more foreboding.

It sure does! Well done.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Fine_Art on October 18, 2015, 11:13:59 am
(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-44Ttp3n/0/O/PEG_A850_2_07969_20141212-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-44Ttp3n/A)

Very nice, Pegelli. I like the subject as well as the image.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on October 18, 2015, 11:50:54 am
Very nice, Pegelli. I like the subject as well as the image.
Thanks, appreciate the comment.

Here's another one, very recognizable but still abstract in my mind.

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201510/i-LtVSStP/0/O/PEG_A850_3_01696_20151010-L.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201510/i-LtVSStP/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on October 24, 2015, 04:14:48 pm
Something to wake up the ABSTRACTS thread.
I don't comment a lot but I always enjoy this thread.  Keep them coming.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on October 25, 2015, 05:52:39 pm
Deep woods.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 25, 2015, 07:03:28 pm
They are both interesting Chuck, but I find Deep Woods very appealing. With that one you may be giving John R a run for his money.  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 25, 2015, 08:04:18 pm
They are both interesting Chuck, but I find Deep Woods very appealing. With that one you may be giving John R a run for his money.  :)
Yes! I immediately thought of John R, too. Both very nice.
The first is reminiscent (slightly) of an image of peeling paint by Minor White.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 26, 2015, 02:52:15 am
I see three nice shots from Arlen and Chuck. I knew I should have taken money and ran while I could. Only one thing to do, add another shot to thread and hope for more money!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-Bf29mR8/0/M/Aug%2026-%202013%20James%20Gardens%20200%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-Bf29mR8/A)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 26, 2015, 11:29:54 am
I guess you were running faster than usual when you shot that, John.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 26, 2015, 12:39:34 pm
I guess you were running faster than usual when you shot that, John.   ;)

 :)


It looks like money to me, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 26, 2015, 06:43:28 pm
This quirky image qualifies as at least semi-abstract, no?


(http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/161695792/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 26, 2015, 08:39:30 pm
" This quirky image qualifies as at least semi-abstract, no?"

Very cool, really like it Arlen. Both the bird and the tree remind me of doing pans on jackpine trees. A vertical pan leaves behind a similar look and pattern to the woodpecker in motion. It creates a texture which most camera motion images do not have.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 26, 2015, 08:53:37 pm
Thanks, John. I have to come clean and admit that this one was a happy accident. I had set the camera for aperture priority, and failed to notice than in the shade of the tree, the shutter speed had fallen dangerously low. It was on a monopod so that helped steady the camera, but not the bird.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 26, 2015, 10:10:01 pm
I went out today and took a few at creek near Hamilton. Used my brother's Nikon camera hand held and the all in one 35-200 equivalent. It was quite liberating to use one lens. Forgot how to use everything. I use Pentax. So got a few underexposed images, which I had to brighten up quite a bit. Here are three; Arlen, notice the one with the texture in the bark. Not a great shot, but shows what I was talking about.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-3JZMf5Q/0/M/Oct%2026-%202015%20Grindstone%20Creek%20258%20copysharpen-1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-3JZMf5Q/A)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-nnsnpLX/0/M/Oct%2026-%202015%20Grindstone%20Creek%20213%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-nnsnpLX/A)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-rRNppdS/0/M/Oct%2026-%202015%20Grindstone%20Creek%20128%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-rRNppdS/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 26, 2015, 10:41:10 pm
Thanks, John. I have to come clean and admit that this one was a happy accident. I had set the camera for aperture priority, and failed to notice than in the shade of the tree, the shutter speed had fallen dangerously low. It was on a monopod so that helped steady the camera, but not the bird.
Arlen, speaking of happy accidents, that's how I got started in Camera movement photography. Had a few happy accidents and saw some on internet and realized I could do those and learn how to make them in a conscious way. That's how I took this one today- a real abstract using the colours of autumn that all result in shapes and lines- and a happy flare!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-L3RBXWk/0/L/Oct%2026-%202015%20Grindstone%20Creek%20355%20copy1000-L.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-L3RBXWk/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 26, 2015, 11:45:55 pm
More real treats, Arlen and John R. Thanks!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on October 27, 2015, 06:39:23 am
I never seem to get tired of those movement photos… Fantastic stuff!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 27, 2015, 02:19:09 pm
I see what you mean about the bark, John. Very interesting. All of those shots are really compelling. As I've said before, you are the master of this sort of thing, and I always enjoy seeing more of them.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on October 27, 2015, 03:09:08 pm
This quirky image qualifies as at least semi-abstract, no?


I like!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on October 27, 2015, 03:10:34 pm
Something to wake up the ABSTRACTS thread.
I don't comment a lot but I always enjoy this thread.  Keep them coming.
Chuck

cool 1+
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 27, 2015, 11:17:01 pm
I like to play from time time with images because we have a "creative" competition in club. So I stripped this image of the very noisy background of dark grasses. While I work on trying to create something, it occurred to me this is fine abstract style image in its own right.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-7wZ5gtm/0/L/May%2023-12%20Rhodo%20Pk%20242%20paintedcopy-1000-L.jpg) (https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-7wZ5gtm/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 28, 2015, 12:18:30 am
It's very nice, John.
But I wouldn't have identified it as yours, since everything visible is sharp and stationary. But it works!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 03, 2015, 02:47:11 pm
I have best looking car door handle in all of Toronto.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-NxptJ5b/0/L/DSC_0262%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 03, 2015, 03:30:23 pm
John, you should have sanded off the bodywork rust...

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattBurt on November 03, 2015, 06:47:47 pm
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/578/21573440992_e3ed84539a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ySnwpb)IMGP0951-Edit (https://flic.kr/p/ySnwpb) by Matt Burt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbnet/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 04, 2015, 03:58:16 am
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/578/21573440992_e3ed84539a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ySnwpb)IMGP0951-Edit (https://flic.kr/p/ySnwpb) by Matt Burt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbnet/), on Flickr

I like gritty; also very reminiscent of the 30s journalistic fashion... so Russian!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattBurt on November 04, 2015, 12:39:38 pm
I like gritty; also very reminiscent of the 30s journalistic fashion... so Russian!

Rob C

Thanks! Not really familiar with 30s journalistic fashion or how this seems Russian. I just liked the visual impact of those shapes rising from the darkness. This is from a hotel room window overlooking a rooftop with skylights.

Off to Google to find 30s journalistic fashion references...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on November 04, 2015, 02:54:38 pm
I have best looking car door handle in all of Toronto.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-NxptJ5b/0/L/DSC_0262%20copy1000-L.jpg)

not to detract from your fine photograph but theres something about the image aside from the posrtion occupied by the door handle that bears an eerie similarity a certain painting By Expressionist artist Edvard Munch  entitled "The Scream".

Its truly uncanny
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 04, 2015, 03:10:46 pm
not to detract from your fine photograph but theres something about the image aside from the posrtion occupied by the door handle that bears an eerie similarity a certain painting By Expressionist artist Edvard Munch  entitled "The Scream".

Its truly uncanny

Well spoted:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 04, 2015, 05:27:55 pm
Nice abstract, Michael.

And nice catch, Slobodan. I thought something looked a little familiar about the shot, but I didn't catch on until you pointed it out.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on November 05, 2015, 03:03:29 pm
Well spoted:

the visual reference literally leaped off the page...screen at me.

Although I havent checked the colors   by the numbers.. the relative values are almost frighteningly close to each other.

Serendipity Squared!

It  just strick me that the doorhandle ..echoes the geometry of the mouth in the painting as well
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 05, 2015, 10:07:57 pm
It  just strick me that the doorhandle ..echoes the geometry of the mouth in the painting as well
Yes!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 06, 2015, 01:16:39 am
... must be a screaming fast automobile
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 06, 2015, 09:22:15 am
... must be a screaming fast automobile
;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mjollnir on November 08, 2015, 02:26:50 pm
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/575/22865137962_aa3b6b437c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AQvNUA)Abstract Macro #5 (1 of 1) (https://flic.kr/p/AQvNUA) by tanngrisnir3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/87368247@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on November 08, 2015, 05:17:50 pm
the visual reference literally leaped off the page...screen at me.

Although I havent checked the colors   by the numbers.. the relative values are almost frighteningly close to each other.

Serendipity Squared!

It  just strick me that the doorhandle ..echoes the geometry of the mouth in the painting as well
As Slobodan said, well spotted.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jjj on November 08, 2015, 05:22:03 pm
Chasing Bacon
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on November 09, 2015, 01:52:25 pm
Pondering
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 09, 2015, 03:22:51 pm
Nice, David.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 09, 2015, 04:13:11 pm
I like the last two from Dave and JJJ.

I love High Park in Toronto. November, but it still has colour I can play with.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-VHXkkNH/0/L/Nov%209-%202015%20High%20Park%20062%20copy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 10, 2015, 12:35:19 am
I'd say you're branching out, John. Nice one,
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on November 10, 2015, 02:31:56 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5721/22926100075_a4ab5de8a2_o.jpg)

 as "seen"

yes,,,a crop of 1 or more inches from the bottom of the image is in order
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on November 13, 2015, 06:06:04 pm
Down low in the grass.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 13, 2015, 08:09:59 pm
The images on the last couple of pages are quite a collection, and a real pleasure to view. Well done all of you.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 14, 2015, 12:36:23 am
The images on the last couple of pages are quite a collection, and a real pleasure to view. Well done all of you.
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 14, 2015, 12:37:10 am
Down low in the grass.
Chuck
All good, but the second one really grabs me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 14, 2015, 02:26:32 am
The second one catches my eye too. There's an alien in it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 15, 2015, 02:59:28 am
Is this abstract enough?

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/591/22963491571_53ed64fc52_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AZcU1t)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 15, 2015, 08:37:29 am
Is this abstract enough?

Mike
I really like this one. The orange is a striking counterpoint to the white and helps to accentuate the texture in the image. Despite the verticals, the diagonal interaction of the shadows and light make the image dynamic.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 15, 2015, 01:42:33 pm
Thanks JR, I appreciate the thoughtful comments.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 16, 2015, 12:08:18 am
I really like this one. The orange is a striking counterpoint to the white and helps to accentuate the texture in the image. Despite the verticals, the diagonal interaction of the shadows and light make the image dynamic.

JR
What John said.
So your answer is "Yes!"
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 16, 2015, 02:17:53 am
Always a tricky judgement if the literal has somehow become abstract :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 16, 2015, 09:49:48 am
Always a tricky judgement if the literal has somehow become abstract :)
Often it's a matter of asking what the picture is about. Here, is it about a section of wall and another of a curtain, both happening to have shadows on them? I don't think so. It's more about balance (spatial and color), and straight lines versus irregular shapes (the shadows), and the moods and tension that these create.

IMHO, I believe that the fact that it is literal makes it easier for us not to have to ask the "What is it?" question, so we can play with the visual elements more easily.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 16, 2015, 09:53:54 am
Quote Eric:
 "IMHO, I believe that the fact that it is literal makes it easier for us not to have to ask the "What is it?" question, so we can play with the visual elements more easily."

...hmm, interesting...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 16, 2015, 09:57:25 am
I hate that 'what is it question', who cares if it's a play on light and texture. But I know that's a simplistic view and not the norm. Throw off the shackles of the accepted reality and breathe! :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 22, 2015, 07:47:28 pm
May be I should put this in the Tree section. But at least I have options.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-THKx9sm/0/L/Nov%2022-%202015%20High%20Park%20163%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 22, 2015, 07:52:32 pm
Beautiful, John!

While I can certainly guess how you got the tree, how was the monochrome background achieved?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 22, 2015, 08:09:16 pm
Beautiful, John!

While I can certainly guess how you got the tree, how was the monochrome background achieved?
Good question.
I love it, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 22, 2015, 08:33:39 pm
Thanks Slobodan and Eric. I used selection tool on green dark areas and then desaturated. Compared result to original, then refined selection until most of colour and tree was included. Sharpened tree and left surroundings untouched like when processing a sky. Actually converting to BW is hit and miss, and feathering looks more natural when desaturated as opposed to converting. But for me, it's just trial and error.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on November 23, 2015, 10:35:48 am
What's confusing me (and maybe Slobodan) is that the motion blur patterns in the tree don't match those in the background.  Especially in the upper LHS. 

Or was there wind involved?

In any case, it's lovely.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 23, 2015, 03:53:03 pm
It appears that way, but I can assure you the pattern is the same. I think what happened, is, the area in question has more trees and bushes and their pattern is mixing and interfering with the pattern I created in camera movement. Sometimes a camera movement is not conducive to pre-existing patterns, or you can be pleasantly surprised! Here is another, which I like better for it's more free flowing movement and abstract look, but I miscalculated and did not trip shutter early enough or include enough of the tree in the picture space. Thanks for the feedback.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Autumn-2015/i-4CxcPdL/0/L/Nov%2022-%202015%20High%20Park%20160%20800copy-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 24, 2015, 12:33:40 am
Yes, that one is even better, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 25, 2015, 12:01:52 am
Yes, that one is even better, John.
Thanks Eric. No point in doing these if you don't have fun. At the camera club my friends keep threatening to buy me a tripod for xmas.
Here is one which is an actual building, but I decided to have some fun with it and maybe disorient a few judges.  An abstract even without the alterations.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-Ch67ZWG/0/L/June%205-%20201%20Matheson%20St%20Bldgs%20009%20copy3-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 25, 2015, 12:31:31 am
You are now encroaching on my territory 😊 Beautifu shot!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 25, 2015, 12:59:05 am
Thanks Eric. No point in doing these if you don't have fun. At the camera club my friends keep threatening to buy me a tripod for xmas.
Here is one which is an actual building, but I decided to have some fun with it and maybe disorient a few judges.  An abstract even without the alterations.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-p7cm3h6/0/L/June%205-%20201%20Matheson%20St%20Bldgs%20009%20copy3-1000-L.jpg)

Very nice. This would be a tough one to print--but well worth the effort.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 25, 2015, 08:10:43 am
Really fine, John.
I have one suggestion, though. I would be tempted to make your watermark a little smaller, move it to the right a bit, and slant it so that it looks like a logo that's part of the building.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 25, 2015, 11:21:50 am
Thanks Slobodan, Eric and Bob. Yes Eric, the watermark does in this case draw too much attention. So I did alter it as you suggested. Much better. Didn't even know you can change direction of watermark until I tried different tools.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 25, 2015, 12:08:38 pm
Now, of course, all you need to do is retake it while swinging the camera around deftly.  And make the watermark match.   :D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 25, 2015, 10:05:32 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 29, 2015, 06:05:27 pm
Forgot camera was on self timer. So I cursed and moved the camera anyway. This result was my good fortune. I'm pretty sure if this was film, I would have double cursed!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-xFVjNGM/0/L/Algonquin%20Island%202-%20017%20copy1000%20copy-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 29, 2015, 06:17:53 pm
Neon colors - √
Interesting patterns - √
Oversized watermark - √
Successful overall - √

As you can see, the image elicits plenty of checkmarks ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 29, 2015, 06:54:15 pm
Neon colors - √
Interesting patterns - √
Oversized watermark - √
Successful overall - √

As you can see, the image elicits plenty of checkmarks ;)
Check!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 30, 2015, 01:46:39 am
Check!
You guys just ticked me off. I think it would have been even better had they not switched to LED lights. So many intermitten lights.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 30, 2015, 02:47:53 am
From the local library

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5639/21630498439_e833a288c9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/yXpXAg)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Krug on November 30, 2015, 01:28:55 pm
I find that I photograph trees rather a lot - one of my favourite subjects.

I have been working on a project for a little while trying to show some of the characteristics of trees - colour, movement, patterns etc. - without the distractions of precise depiction but retaining a recognizable character and staying short of full abstraction. After all trees are rarely seen in total static state by us -  either they or we are moving when we see them and an attempt to show the features as moving impressions may be as valid as a perfect still image.

There are images on this thread which are not dissimilar and I would be very interested in any response,comment and criticism on these sample images , please.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 30, 2015, 02:34:29 pm
These are very interesting. Your technique seems to be similar to John R's, but the results have a very different mood. I like all of these, but the first seems especially fine.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 30, 2015, 04:32:39 pm
For me the last one seems most effective as the colours seem strongest. This is not an easy technique and your shots seem good but maybe some suffer from too much bright cloud/sky?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on December 02, 2015, 12:03:23 pm
Ice in Malghera.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 02, 2015, 01:26:34 pm
Ice in Malghera.
Very nice, I prefer the second. Still waiting for snow or freeze to get something similar.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 02, 2015, 02:06:00 pm
Ice in Malghera.
Yes, the second one for me, too. I love that kind of stuff.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Krug on December 02, 2015, 02:14:33 pm
These are very interesting. Your technique seems to be similar to John R's, but the results have a very different mood. I like all of these, but the first seems especially fine.

For me the last one seems most effective as the colours seem strongest. This is not an easy technique and your shots seem good but maybe some suffer from too much bright cloud/sky?

Thank you very much for the comments.

Eric  -  Yes i have seen John R's work and find it interesting - personally I am wanting to retain more of the subject matter and be a little less 'abstract' than he  ... but it is,of course, all a matter of taste. I agree with your choice - it is one that I feel is more successful than some.

drmike - i can see your point about the brightness but in a print it seems to distract less and even add to the complexity of the image - but a point to weigh for the future, thanks.

More generally i am not too sure what legs this little project has against my more usual 'tree fetish' images.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on December 02, 2015, 03:24:53 pm
Like armand, I find 4943QN more absorbing.

I can imagen patching highlights sort of like that.  However, I wonder if you had it pressed against a glass or removed from a glass so that the high points looked patched, or are you telling?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on December 02, 2015, 05:59:30 pm
Like armand, I find 4943QN more absorbing.

I can imagen patching highlights sort of like that.  However, I wonder if you had it pressed against a glass or removed from a glass so that the high points looked patched, or are you telling?

Bruce, I'm sorry, but my poor english doesn't let me understand well what do you mean with "patching the highlights" :(.
Anyway, the photo is a crop of a shot taken in Western Grosina Valley, near the "Brata hut", the  alpine hut of my father in law. The aspect of the ice is a natural phenomenon, under the ice flows water.

This is the original, not post produced photo.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on December 02, 2015, 07:21:53 pm
Bruce, I'm sorry, but my poor english doesn't let me understand well what do you mean with "patching the highlights" :(.
Anyway, the photo is a crop of a shot taken in Western Grosina Valley, near the "Brata hut", the  alpine hut of my father in law. The aspect of the ice is a natural phenomenon, under the ice flows water.

This is the original, not post produced photo.

Thanks, it was just my delusion.  Every thing is starting to look like PhotoShop to me.  The relatively flat areas with sharp borders fooled me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 02, 2015, 08:55:10 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 03, 2015, 12:06:08 am
This one is true minimalist abstract. Nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 03, 2015, 02:43:29 am
Compared to the previous photograph this doesn't seem very minimal now :)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/710/23397317466_9144942d6f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BDxnkh)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 03, 2015, 02:48:19 am
That's a very nice one, Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 03, 2015, 02:52:06 am
Thanks Slobodan. Nicely gentle was the intention.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on December 03, 2015, 03:54:15 am
Thanks, it was just my delusion.  Every thing is starting to look like PhotoShop to me.  The relatively flat areas with shrap borders fooled me.

Now I understand, they seem really patched, but they aren't, they are only holes in the ice with the grey flowing water underneath. (The heavy pp was made of levels, curves and an indecent use of the color boost slider (50) in Nikon Capture NX2)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on December 03, 2015, 06:55:13 am
Nice image Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 03, 2015, 09:27:23 am
Nice image Mike.
I agree.

A good image doesn't necessarily have to have a lot of varied content. Yours has just what it needs, and no more.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 03, 2015, 01:21:11 pm
Thank you Eric. I do like simplicity.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 04, 2015, 02:20:49 pm
Here is the last one and 3 more (I think they are more interesting as a set).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 04, 2015, 08:32:02 pm
OK, folks. I haven't put any u in a while, so here goes. Two B&W and two Color (or Colour for those on the other side of the pond.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 05, 2015, 07:19:22 pm
I am partial to the colour images, especially the first image. For me it's the white surrounding the orange-brown that gives it a dynamic quality. It allows the cracks and black dimple areas to be more noticeable.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 05, 2015, 07:25:48 pm
Thanks, John.

I have quite a few of these "satins on walls" images, but most don't have enough color to make the color versions work.
I'll dig up another one or two that I think do work in color.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 05, 2015, 07:42:58 pm
I took a couple yesterday, when it was dull gray. We stopped at a restaurant to have breakfast. On the way out we complained about the light. But I cheered up when I espied these elements on the wall opposite the restaurant.

converted to BW
(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-FxJ44B9/0/L/IMGP6492%20bwcopy2%20copy1000-L.jpg)

Played with colours to make this one pop a little more:
(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-kmMJHfc/0/L/IMGP6491%20alteredcopy2%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on December 05, 2015, 10:37:02 pm
Almost Went Unnoticed
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 06, 2015, 04:16:17 am
John

Nice subject and I think the B&W composition works better but possibly needs some harsher processing? Or is my lack subtlety showing :)

Colour one doesn't work for me.

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 06, 2015, 06:08:26 am
OK, folks. I haven't put any u in a while, so here goes. Two B&W and two Color (or Colour for those on the other side of the pond.


For me: the bottom one. Love the mental playground it provides.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 06, 2015, 09:33:24 am

For me: the bottom one. Love the mental playground it provides.

Rob C
Now that you mention it< I do really like Eric's bottom bw image. It grew on me, I think because of the play between dark and light elements and because of an overall circle of light (white area) that appears to envelope the whole scene.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 06, 2015, 09:43:46 am
John

Nice subject and I think the B&W composition works better but possibly needs some harsher processing? Or is my lack subtlety showing :)

Colour one doesn't work for me.

Mike
Thanks everyone for the feedback. Mike, I was over at Leica monochrome thread looking at images of Allan Bourgeois. Great stuff, with excellent smooth, natural looking bw images, especially the high contrast ones. He stated in one post that if he can't make the image look natural, and unprocessed, it was not well done. I feel the same way. I have seen too many bw images that are pushed to extremes and they just don't look good or natural. I wanted more light to bring out and better delineate the elements and give them a more 3D look, but it was not to be. I don't think I can manage more with this low contrast image. Besides, it's a jpeg. Thanks again.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 06, 2015, 11:04:03 am
I suspect I am guilty of pushing B&W conversions too hard. I find it very hard to get the elegance of tones I managed with 6x6 on Pan-F 40 years go :) So, maybe I misunderstood your intent.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 06, 2015, 12:05:55 pm
I suspect I am guilty of pushing B&W conversions too hard. I find it very hard to get the elegance of tones I managed with 6x6 on Pan-F 40 years go :) So, maybe I misunderstood your intent.

AAMOF I found that the more elegant tones came not from slow film, but TXP 120 rated 320 ASA, processed D76 1+1. Slow, for me, was one film faster: FP3 at 125 ASA. I never got it together with that film (FP3) on 120, but magically so on the Nikon, for some reason that I never could discover.

All I can guess is the difference in lens manufacture. I must confess that I tried bloody hard, both with Pan F as well as Pan X, but in the end I concluded that imaginary grain, as in not visible, wasn't as expressive as some real, visible grain. I used any crutch I could find to advance whatever I thought I wanted to achieve!

Ironically, now there's no grain, I often create it.

Such the perversity of man.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 06, 2015, 12:23:59 pm
I used FP4 in the Leica (or sometimes Tri-X) and the slower Pan F in the Rollei always on a tripod. Before anyone thinks moneybags, the Rollei cost £15 in 1972 but the Leica an M3 double stroke was a bit more maybe £100+ I cannot now recall.

I'm a bit baffled by the recent discussion about how silver halide was either black or not, I didn't think that was the case and it could be shades of grey but I'm no chemist. I do know that very slow (25 ASA) film gave me no visible grain and beautiful tones. One of the very few photographs I ever got published was another pretty unique thing for me a nude on Pan-F and Rollei. I still have the print and it looks as good as it did then, 40 years ago.

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 06, 2015, 02:09:56 pm
I used FP4 in the Leica (or sometimes Tri-X) and the slower Pan F in the Rollei always on a tripod. Before anyone thinks moneybags, the Rollei cost £15 in 1972 but the Leica an M3 double stroke was a bit more maybe £100+ I cannot now recall.

I'm a bit baffled by the recent discussion about how silver halide was either black or not, I didn't think that was the case and it could be shades of grey but I'm no chemist. I do know that very slow (25 ASA) film gave me no visible grain and beautiful tones. One of the very few photographs I ever got published was another pretty unique thing for me a nude on Pan-F and Rollei. I still have the print and it looks as good as it did then, 40 years ago.

Mike

That's my opinion too; it's matter of strength of light striking the film, or everything would look like it had been shot on line film. But there's no point in arguing with digi pundits - they see everything as an extreme: I don't have a terribly good magnifying glass and so I must rest my case on memory of old lectures!

I'll bet it looks better today than the model! When I think of mine, they are probably grannies now; but back then...

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 06, 2015, 02:21:45 pm
The model was quite a pretty girl bur her main attribute was that she was 'trim' not too big anywhere and was able to take direction. It was a university Photo Society evening so there were about 12 of us shooting. I was the only one to get anything useable as I kept it very simple and non glamorous. I couldn't do what you did :)

As for silver halide I went to Wiki which isn't always wise but it did reinforce what my PhD chemist buddy told me all those years ago;

When a silver halide crystal is exposed to light, a sensitivity speck on the surface of the crystal is turned into a small speck of metallic silver (these comprise the invisible or latent image). If the speck of silver contains approximately four or more atoms, it is rendered developable - meaning that it can undergo development which turns the entire crystal into metallic silver. Areas of the emulsion receiving larger amounts of light (reflected from a subject being photographed, for example) undergo the greatest development and therefore results in the highest optical density.

My reading of this is that one crystal could have many dark areas or not so that a crystal which I assume is extremely small could in effect be grey because of the limited areas of black. So everyone is right!

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 06, 2015, 04:10:47 pm
3 totally different abstracts
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 06, 2015, 05:36:44 pm
3 totally different abstracts
Minimalist, and very fine ones!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 06, 2015, 06:58:55 pm
Minimalist, and very fine ones!
Agreed. I am really drawn to the third image, but like them all. Nice work Armand.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 07, 2015, 03:52:06 am
I think this is abstract

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/720/21574977248_0bd946e4c3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ySvp5m)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Manoli on December 07, 2015, 04:45:53 am
I think this is abstract

It might be abstract but it's certainly not ambiguous.
The deathly British , traffic-warden jackpot, instant culpability - 'don't-bother-to-even-whisper-an-excuse', ubiquitous double yellow line !

I like it - (the shot, not the lines ..)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 07, 2015, 11:51:52 am
In another thread Rob C prompted me to look up a photo taken some time ago in Vienna and I saw this which at teh time I had dismissed. Now I'm not so sure

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5630/23562658026_e271b7f64b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BU9MjA)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 07, 2015, 08:21:08 pm
I think this is abstract

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/720/21574977248_0bd946e4c3_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ySvp5m)

Mike
Yes, it's certainly abstract.
But it also appears to be what I call the "pure" form of "Street" photography, namely a photograph of a Street. No?
Admittedly, it may not have the kind of ambiguity that Russ Lewis and Henri CB like in their "Street" shots.

NA here is one of my own Abstract "Pure" Street shots:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 08, 2015, 02:35:27 am
Eric that was a good find. How could any photographer resist that. I am teased at the club for this type of shot but to me it shows there is beauty all around us, just pause and look at the view.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 08, 2015, 01:25:21 pm
As already noted, not street shot as Russ means, but certainly a fine BW abstract, whose elements have just the right amount shimmer to make it work.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 08, 2015, 01:28:49 pm
Took this an outing at Toronto Islands. Didn't get a great sunset, but enough light to capture these undulating waves of gold light and blue water.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Island-outing/i-c4C8PhX/0/L/Dec%206-%202015%20Algonquin%20Island%20065%20cropcopy-1000-L.jpg)
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 08, 2015, 02:45:38 pm
Well, John, I don't think that quite qualifies as "Street" as Russ defines it, or even as "Pure Street" as I define it. So maybe it is "Pure Liquid Street."   :D

Anyway, it's lovely.
And abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on December 08, 2015, 03:41:27 pm
This is what happens to John's H2O when it cools off a bit.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on December 08, 2015, 04:20:34 pm
This is what happens to John's H2O when it cools off a bit.

Yes, new ice is always good for abstracts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 08, 2015, 07:54:44 pm
Scott,

Yours looks like the ice skaters dance pattern. Nice.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 08, 2015, 11:42:32 pm
OK, here's a new one from me, taken just yesterday. (It usually takes me weeks from shooting to processing.)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on December 09, 2015, 08:34:52 am
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/8842581_orig.jpg)
Hi Rob,
Levels. Lots a levels...lovely.

Peter
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Post by: John R on December 09, 2015, 08:53:44 am
OK, here's a new one from me, taken just yesterday. (It usually takes me weeks from shooting to processing.)
Love this one, Eric. Simple and effective. Primary lines and shadows, secondary lines, reinforcing the pattern and rhythm.

JR
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Post by: Rob C on December 09, 2015, 09:33:30 am
Hi Rob,
Levels. Lots a levels...lovely.

Peter

LOL!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on December 09, 2015, 06:08:19 pm
More nice shots on this thread.  I'm enjoying the variety.
Chuck
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Post by: John R on December 09, 2015, 09:24:31 pm
What is this I said to myself when I got home and looked at it. If I hadn't tried, I never would have got the shot.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Island-outing/i-cNmHwNp/0/L/June%202-%202015%20Downtown-Centre%20Island%20170%20copy1000-L.jpg)
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Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 09, 2015, 11:15:48 pm
That appears John, to be the maze of flame on my last acknowledged birthday cake...  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 09, 2015, 11:20:12 pm
@Rob,
RE: Globular, could that also be "Matin" ? Has my brain running...never a controlled activity...loving your "poking in the overlooked and underappreciated" !
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Post by: Rob C on December 10, 2015, 04:04:27 am
@Rob,
RE: Globular, could that also be "Matin" ? Has my brain running...never a controlled activity...loving your "poking in the overlooked and underappreciated" !


You got me wonderin'.... stairs, indoors or out, but if not, then a reflection of same on some chrome? All this stuff excites me no end: a real mental exercise in place of the obvious confrontation with the established norms. And thinking of them, perhaps that's why landscape assumes a greater beauty when it's done in black and white and removed from the way it usually looks; fake colours just look what they are. But either way, I think they must remain small images. For me, an enormous photograph on a domestic wall is a breach of sensitivity - but a nod to the consumer within us. Enormous photographs on office walls (or in galleries, of course) ring more true, but still, I think, require a sense of proportion to work.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 10, 2015, 02:41:04 pm
Here are four more from last Monday at Plum Island.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 10, 2015, 03:28:35 pm
Eric, can I vote for Robinson Crusoe?

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 10, 2015, 04:25:09 pm
http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=86369.0;attach=135449;image
(the third image, 5476)

Eric,
I must be exhausted, or close to near sleep, here the rolling through Jupiter descending, a secret entry to Other world, and Michael R's provocative blurred bull fights... Have you been to the Snaefells Glacier? Pin this to your bag and go...you have a book waiting your release there at the entry to the center of the earth... tell me when...
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Post by: drmike on December 10, 2015, 04:42:47 pm
All this natural stuff - let's have some man made subjects

(https://drmcw.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/yellowbenchdscf9148.jpg)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on December 10, 2015, 09:39:22 pm
Dog hair with dew.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 10, 2015, 10:46:16 pm
Nice!
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Post by: John R on December 11, 2015, 02:45:10 am
Dog hair with dew, never would think to photograph that. I think Mike's image is interesting and might be even better if the grid pattern in background was in focus. So you want some man-made abstracts...

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Island-outing/i-gqzjd7c/0/L/Nov%2028-%202015%20Algonquin%20Island%20094%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Island-outing/i-RkVB933/0/L/Nov%2028-%202015%20Algonquin%20Island%20126%20alteredcopy-bw1000-L.jpg)
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Post by: drmike on December 11, 2015, 02:56:34 am
Nice, but I am drawn to a square crop in both cases :) But then I often am. The yellow shot above mutated to a square crop which I couldn't find although I have a print on the wall.
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Post by: Bruce Cox on December 11, 2015, 02:56:56 pm
I very much like Erik's first one of his recent set, 5463.
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Post by: GrahamBy on December 11, 2015, 03:55:31 pm
Let's try again... LR is being painful.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on December 11, 2015, 04:06:28 pm
Or an old favourite
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Post by: Chris Calohan on December 12, 2015, 10:02:45 am
Beach scenes
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Post by: Bruce Cox on December 12, 2015, 11:05:30 am
I welcome the return of the phantom. 

And preceding it, I preferred the third of Chris's sand pictures.  The framing is excellent.
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Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 12, 2015, 12:01:01 pm
http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=86369.0;attach=135449;image
(the third image, 5476)

Eric,
I must be exhausted, or close to near sleep, here the rolling through Jupiter descending, a secret entry to Other world, and Michael R's provocative blurred bull fights... Have you been to the Snaefells Glacier? Pin this to your bag and go...you have a book waiting your release there at the entry to the center of the earth... tell me when...
Not Snaefellsjökull, but I find all sorts of suggestive images at Plum Island, and I'm always delighted when one of them sparks a viewers imagination in ways I couldn't predict.

The closest I ever got to the Sanefells Glacier was in 1974, briefly on Snaefellsnes peninsula (which is of course redundant, since "nes" means "peninsula" as in my own last name.) Iceland is full of magic, as Rajan and others demonstrate here on LuLa so often.

Thanks all, for helping to liven this thread up!

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 12, 2015, 03:58:46 pm
I have to say, some of these bw images don't look like much in thumbnail view, but come to life once you click and enlarge.

Rob, very intriguing. How are you getting that soft mysterious look. Should I guess?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 12, 2015, 04:17:22 pm
I have to say, some of these bw images don't like like much in thumbnail view, but come to life once you click and enlarge.

Rob, very intriguing. How are you getting that soft mysterious look. Should I guess?

JR

Vaseline, lightly smeared on parts of a tiny piece of scrap glass that a local glazier cut for me to fit a cheap Cokin filter holder. Almost never used it after I saw the first roll of Kodachrome that I'd ruined with the effects of a part-tobacco filter! Glad, now, that I didn't toss Cokin away. I'd never treat a photographic filter in that manner!

P.S. Are you seeing these images of mine as thumbnails first? I had imagined that they appear at full size right away. Some other poster's images appear, to me, as thumbnails first and others not. No wonder I have little love for things digital: they spook me!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 12, 2015, 05:25:52 pm
Rob, your images are perfect size for most monitors. But I have large 25 inch HP monitor and the thumbnails are very small indeed and quite frankly don't look that good. This is especially true of the more subtle bw-images.

JR

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on December 13, 2015, 09:46:41 am
Raindrops on shallow water at the edge of a lake. It almost looks like a colour blindness test.
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Post by: armand on December 13, 2015, 01:46:34 pm
Raindrops on shallow water at the edge of a lake. It almost looks like a colour blindness test.

The second one is brilliant
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 13, 2015, 02:48:04 pm
Rob, your images are perfect size for most monitors. But I have large 25 inch HP monitor and the thumbnails are very small indeed and quite frankly don't look that good. This is especially true of the more subtle bw-images.

JR


Ah, so they do appear to you initially as thumbnails; for me they open up at full size right away, and are not thumbnails (my own pics here, in LuLa) but some other poster's images do show initially as thumbnails, and I have to click 'em to blow them up to size. My monitor is a LaCie 319; that's a 19" diagonal.

My thumbs, you say don't look good: how are the full images of same on your monitor? Sometimes, when I upload to here from my website, if I switch back rapidly to my website, the shots look slightly different, but then that requires memory, even if over a brief period, so without side-by-side at once, I could be mistaken, and just working on expectations of differences... I think I did open up two windows to do that before, but doing it again still wouldn't solve anything if there is indeed a problem.

No wonder I loved the world of film! I understood it way better.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on December 13, 2015, 05:08:42 pm
The second one is brilliant

+1
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 13, 2015, 05:37:59 pm

Quote from: Patricia Sheley on December 09, 2015, 11:15:48 PM

That appears John, to be the maze of flame on my last acknowledged birthday cake...  ;)





Patricia, beware: I think our stars are about to collide - in reverse!

http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=86369.0;attach=135398;image

Rob


 ;), :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on December 13, 2015, 07:32:22 pm
Old shot, new eyes.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 13, 2015, 08:46:35 pm
Nice, Diego.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 13, 2015, 08:54:20 pm
Interruptous...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 14, 2015, 12:04:58 am
Interruptous...
!!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on December 14, 2015, 03:16:47 am
Interruptous...
Really cool!
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Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2015, 04:01:52 am
!!!


Indeed; ???

Rob C


How does one stop these irritating 'faces' from popping up unbid? I wanted to write three of these: ? but it won't fly that way.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 14, 2015, 08:16:49 am
Rob, either put spaces in between ? ? ? or tick "Do not use smileys" in "Attachments and other options." On the other hand, if you have to ask a question three times, it is either time to go back to school or visit an ear doctor  :P :P :P
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 14, 2015, 08:22:27 am
Rob, either put spaces in between ? ? ? or tick "Do not use smileys" in "Attachments and other options." On the other hand, if you have to ask a question three times, it is either time to go back to school or visit an ear doctor  :P :P :P
A no doubt useful response, but I'm not sure whether it is sufficiently abstract for this thread.   :D ? ? ?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on December 14, 2015, 11:45:55 am
Ice and a blade of grass. Not abstract indeed, but macro images of natural objects are often much more concrete than abstract, in the hegelian sense of the two terms (more or less).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on December 14, 2015, 11:48:43 am
Ice and a blade of grass. Not abstract indeed, but macro images of natural objects are often much more concrete than abstract, in the hegelian sense of the two terms (more or less).
I like it, especially the central part.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Hans Kruse on December 14, 2015, 01:06:58 pm
A couple from a recent trip to Sicily
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on December 14, 2015, 04:26:37 pm
Great Egret
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 15, 2015, 09:46:08 am
Eric, Diego, Rob... I find myself musing if time passing while poking around in the abstract, isn't (for me at least), seeking to see outside an old skin waiting too long to slough off...taking a chance on a (life) line to no certain destination seems to whisper "just jump!"

Thank you.
And Diego, I am still enjoying watching you stay open enough to experiment with that which you find yourself near...keep it up! Almost child like unconditional curiosity and experiment is indeed to be celebrated.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2015, 01:02:25 pm
Rob, either put spaces in between ? ? ? or tick "Do not use smileys" in "Attachments and other options." On the other hand, if you have to ask a question three times, it is either time to go back to school or visit an ear doctor  :P :P :P

Thanks - hadn't realised about spacing the characters. Neither, about ticking in Attachments as I wasn't making any. Guess my logic fails, too. ;-(

Regression to school: no thanks! It's taken my decades to slip gingerly (if tentatively) away from being a teen; just this morning, in the shower, I was mumbling couplets in an attempt to write the next Neil Sedaka hit; I got as far as this:

I'm not a whore, anymore
Not like before;

this, followed with a rhyme about teen and clean and freedom, but I've forgotten it now. Perhaps in the morning, when the conditions (with luck) are the same, it'll come back to me. This always works: I often find myself standing in the kitchen and wondering what the hell I went there to do. The answer, I found, is to go back where I started, and then I almost instantly discover why I went to the kitchen. It generally involves another cup of coffee.

But regarding my paean to teen: I remember realising that it was possibly applicable to photography, too. That made me laugh aloud.

Yep, a hearing specialist might come in helpful too; I have noticed that watching the rare tv show that I do, the scripts often sound confusing. This could be the result of everything people say, today, starting with 'so' or 'like' but I can't be certain.

Troubled times indeed.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 15, 2015, 03:31:39 pm
This always works: I often find myself standing in the kitchen and wondering what the hell I went there to do. The answer, I found, is to go back where I started, and then I almost instantly discover why I went to the kitchen
That only works about half the time for me.   :(
Sometimes I can't even remember where I started, so I don't know where to go back to.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 15, 2015, 03:34:55 pm
Anyway, jumping isn't a game plan: I am anything but a religious person, having been estranged from that by early forced exposure to missionary zealotry. But, and this is key: I believe firmly that life is a gift. Consequently, to throw that gift back into the face of whence it came is an insult, the very thing that will negate the possibility of reunition (neologism?) with my wife. I won't run that risk, ever! If I'm mistaken I shall never know, but if I am correct... hallelujah!

;-)

Rob
Amen to that, Rob!

Eric

Quote
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/2211645_orig.jpg)
Another gem.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 15, 2015, 03:38:50 pm
Quote Rob:I won't run that risk, ever!

If she were Jasper Johns she would be able to notate well enough that her intent of Take that Risk, as in "it is not a cloud", as in "just take the leap!" though the destination be not promised or clear...I did entire heartedly intend life affirming...should have tipped one to you first before the attempt to elucidate...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2015, 03:56:04 pm
Patricia,

Love the shot; love, too, the interpretation that I was reading doom where none existed.

There's something in a cup. This is not a prelude to burlesque.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on December 15, 2015, 06:45:13 pm
I liked it better than the non reflection
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Post by: Diego Pigozzo on December 15, 2015, 08:51:42 pm
Eric, Diego, Rob... I find myself musing if time passing while poking around in the abstract, isn't (for me at least), seeking to see outside an old skin waiting too long to slough off...taking a chance on a (life) line to no certain destination seems to whisper "just jump!"

Thank you.
And Diego, I am still enjoying watching you stay open enough to experiment with that which you find yourself near...keep it up! Almost child like unconditional curiosity and experiment is indeed to be celebrated.

Well, for me personally is more a matter of enjoying the feeling of being amazed by the train of thought that an abstract image gives me, no matter how irrational or useless those thoughts may be.
Something like "...it looks like and horse. I wonder what's the smell of an horse. Maybe it's something like eating a carob. I ate a carob as a child, when I went to sicily..." and so on.

On "child like unconditional curiosity and experiment" I agree with you 100%: I hope to stay childishly curious all my life. :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Diego Pigozzo on December 15, 2015, 08:55:13 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/2211645_orig.jpg)
Really cool, I like it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 15, 2015, 11:38:58 pm
I hope to stay childishly curious all my life. :)
Well said, Diego. As far as I'm concerned, that's what this thread is all about.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: tnargs on December 16, 2015, 01:24:10 am
Water and Glass

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 16, 2015, 04:15:33 am
Really cool, I like it.

Thank you, it's one of the reasons that I envy the film world: that transition from one thing to another that you get when you focus a long lens at different extremes of distance is always lost in stills - you just can't express motion in a single frame, and it isn't about blur lines.

Was a time, on our terrace, that I'd point a lens over the hedge and at something a few hundred yards away - or even at a small tree just fifty yards away, and the feeling as the top of the hedge went from crisp to blur, the sunlit leaves changing shape like that, was magical. The solid world turned liquid without having altered at all.

Rob C
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Post by: Mike D. B. on December 16, 2015, 05:20:35 am
Chatting pods.
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Post by: Rob C on December 16, 2015, 10:10:32 am
Chatting pods.


And all three giving birth to snails!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 16, 2015, 10:18:24 am
Well, for me personally is more a matter of enjoying the feeling of being amazed by the train of thought that an abstract image gives me, no matter how irrational or useless those thoughts may be.
Something like "...it looks like and horse. I wonder what's the smell of an horse. Maybe it's something like eating a carob. I ate a carob as a child, when I went to sicily..." and so on.


There's another thing happens: I often find myself with the caption well before I see the picture lying somewhere waiting for me.

There's a mixture of opinion regarding captions, and whether they help or hinder the enjoyment of the 'viewer' and I have to admit, my opinion is that the picture belongs to the photographer, and it's up to him/her to indicate what it means to him or to her. Equally, the shooter has the right to refrain from writing anything. I'm not certain there's necessarily credit in casting one's creation out into the world without a birth certificate.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 16, 2015, 12:42:02 pm
My congratulations to Mike D. B. for bringing this thread to 1000 posts, with his "Chatting pods!"

Nice photo, and definitely not a cliché.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on December 16, 2015, 02:49:28 pm
Rob, snails is what most see.  But they ain't.

Eric, I wasn't counting.  Maybe I should play the lottery this week!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on December 16, 2015, 04:39:39 pm
Late night, longish exposure, sodium vapour lighting...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 16, 2015, 07:22:43 pm
My turn

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-CSb79MP/0/X2/i-CSb79MP-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 16, 2015, 09:05:42 pm
I can find all sorts of faces and creatures above the dark stripe. I interpret the stripe as representing the River Styx, perhaps.

Nice.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 17, 2015, 05:37:20 am
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-4qtz6Lr/0/X2/i-4qtz6Lr-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on December 17, 2015, 05:49:37 am
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-4qtz6Lr/0/X2/i-4qtz6Lr-X2.jpg)
Beautiful!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 17, 2015, 05:57:22 am
Thank you.
Glad you liked it ! :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on December 17, 2015, 07:01:55 am
(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-NPT6VBD/0/O/PEG_NEX6_2_3568_20151213.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-NPT6VBD/A)
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Post by: GrahamBy on December 17, 2015, 07:16:13 am
Antonio: bravo, I like very much :-)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 17, 2015, 07:20:58 am
Thank you Gram... :)
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-sb6532g/0/XL/i-sb6532g-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 17, 2015, 09:59:07 am
(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-NPT6VBD/0/O/PEG_NEX6_2_3568_20151213.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-NPT6VBD/A)

Very nice, but I bet it itches...

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 17, 2015, 01:51:23 pm
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-vTgRHvH/0/X2/i-vTgRHvH-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on December 18, 2015, 08:43:06 am

Dense, punchy colors, complex but really nice in the end!
Bravo
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 18, 2015, 11:36:21 am
Sometimes when I make a work like this, at the end I find the images too dense, too red... whatever !
Another one.
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-9SSdZbt/0/X2/i-9SSdZbt-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 18, 2015, 12:01:24 pm
Quote Antonio:Sometimes when I make a work like this, at the end I find the images too dense, too red...

Never!!! Thinking an excellent espresso maker (Pantone red copyrighted) and a devastating pair of stilettos the soles of which make me smile although only I remember their "jump! and the net will appear red"!!!!!
do very much like this one...becoming curious about the process... did see your first as a self-portrait, but kept that tilted opinion to myself at the time...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 18, 2015, 01:15:39 pm
Patricia... I am sorry but I do not understand your point.
Please, be more simple so I can understand.
English is not my native language you know...
Thank you for the comment anyway :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 18, 2015, 01:38:54 pm
Mi piace il tuo rosso~  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 18, 2015, 02:12:53 pm
Patricia... I am Portuguese.
I understood you message. Thank you ! :)

E questo, piace?

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-WspTLsN/0/X2/i-WspTLsN-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on December 18, 2015, 02:57:10 pm
Desculpas! Adoro o seu vermelhos!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 18, 2015, 03:20:14 pm
Lovely abstracts, Antonio!

I have a photographer friend who makes a killing (meaning: sells a lot) at art fairs with his abstract series. Some of which are simply macro shots of cracks in his linoleum flooring  :) You can see his work here. (http://NATGAL.zenfolio.com/p88810338)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 18, 2015, 03:24:17 pm
Lovely abstracts, Antonio!

I have a photographer friend who makes a killing (meaning: sells a lot) at art fairs with his abstract series. Some of which are simply macro shots of cracks in his linoleum flooring  :) You can see his work here. (http://NATGAL.zenfolio.com/p88810338)

No dice; wants me to register to look. Crazy.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 18, 2015, 04:03:20 pm
Thank you Patricia ! :)

Let's resume back to English ! :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 19, 2015, 12:49:18 pm
I had some time in Nottingham. Not much and boy was it a grey day.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5780/23479205459_632a557743_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/BLM4Me)Rails-Doubled-DSCF0422 (https://flic.kr/p/BLM4Me)

and

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5650/23761461921_a9cb4832db_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CcHGMX)Rail-DSCF0430 (https://flic.kr/p/CcHGMX)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 19, 2015, 01:05:46 pm
Like the square-ish one more. Great colors in both.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on December 19, 2015, 03:05:01 pm
Something on the more simple side.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 19, 2015, 03:39:24 pm
Something on the more simple side.
Chuck


Love that!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 19, 2015, 03:42:01 pm
Thanks Slobodan.

The red droplet is very red but I like the composition - at least I think I do :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 19, 2015, 03:53:42 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5650/23761461921_a9cb4832db_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CcHGMX) (https://flic.kr/p/CcHGMX)
Mike

I do like this one Mike !
Very balanced. Thank you for posting ! :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 19, 2015, 04:46:22 pm
Thank you Antonio, it was a very grey day with a little rain which didn't help. An odd building as well. Some sort of art gallery I think.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 19, 2015, 04:50:06 pm
The window
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-k437k6N/0/X2/i-k437k6N-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 19, 2015, 04:51:27 pm
I have seen this series on Flickr and while this is good I think there is a better one. I'm curious to know what post processing you applied.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 19, 2015, 05:08:56 pm
Tank you. I am afraid but I do not know anymore.
I have done certain images published now and shown here a long time ago.
Years even. What I have done now - since I have evolved a bit since then - is a level adjustment followed by a detection of "Out of Gamut" and correction with "Brightness and Contrast" in CS
In this last command I adjusted the Lightness, avoiding out of gamut areas and visually getting the most pleasant settings.
Perhaps you this a better one. The three of them make a tryptic.
:)

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-HVjTdZX/0/X2/i-HVjTdZX-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 20, 2015, 10:34:52 am
Ok, Rob, how did you get that one? Love it, btw.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on December 20, 2015, 11:07:38 am
Ok, Rob, how did you get that one? Love it, btw.
I am shaking my head. In a good and admiring way!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 20, 2015, 12:27:19 pm
Antonio, it's interesting the way your pictures have a painterly look. It seems you are drawn to walls that look like collages.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on December 20, 2015, 01:30:29 pm
Improvisation.

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 20, 2015, 02:33:26 pm
Ok, Rob, how did you get that one? Love it, btw.


;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 20, 2015, 03:49:44 pm
My guess is that Rob used his mouth and two colored brushes on a black layer.
:)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on December 20, 2015, 05:09:42 pm
I have a photographer friend... You can see his work here. (http://NATGAL.zenfolio.com/p88810338)

No dice; wants me to register to look. Crazy.
+1
Hint: If you are trying to entice people to look at your photos, requiring them to give their email address before they can view is an immediate turn off.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on December 20, 2015, 05:15:13 pm
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-WspTLsN/0/X2/i-WspTLsN-X2.jpg)
I like this!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pcgpcg on December 20, 2015, 05:15:57 pm
The window
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-k437k6N/0/X2/i-k437k6N-X2.jpg)
And this!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 20, 2015, 05:29:53 pm
Thank you Paul !
I am glad you liked them ! :)
Health to you ! :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 22, 2015, 03:44:47 pm
Some very nice work lately, especially like Antonio and Mike's posts. Here is one I took today.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Dalhousie/i-C6GKSQb/1/L/Dec%2022-%202015%20Port%20Dalhousie%20021%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 22, 2015, 03:56:31 pm
Here is one I took today.

Ha! Clever lamp positioning - levitating!

I think I have the same lamp(s), just different color:

(http://www.slobodanblagojevic.com/img/s8/v75/p1609272115-4.jpg) (http://www.slobodanblagojevic.com/p631768190/e5feb8b33)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on December 22, 2015, 04:14:38 pm
Improvisation.

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg

I like this a lot.  Very subtle.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 22, 2015, 04:18:46 pm
And it's very cool Slobadan, the juxtaposition of red and blue colours and shapes. I often think, these type of images don't do very well in BW because they depend on colour for their magic.

From the same place, but far more busy and complex.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Port-Dalhousie/i-q6NBKxC/0/L/Dec%2022-%202015%20Port%20Dalhousie%20074%20halfbw-2-665%20high-L.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 22, 2015, 05:03:49 pm
Clever lamps John as Slobodan said - levitating.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 22, 2015, 06:38:41 pm
Good work guys !!!!  :D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 22, 2015, 11:37:13 pm
Wow, some really great stuff here.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 23, 2015, 02:07:25 pm
This image was produced years ago. Then, I was making 30/40 in landscape/horizontal. Not anymore. Now this size/proportion is only vertical.

I do like it very much, don't you ? If you think I know how I did it... just forget. :)

I still remember that it was with a portrait I took in India in which we couldn't see her face.

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-TNSrM8s/0/X2/i-TNSrM8s-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 23, 2015, 04:16:25 pm
This image was produced years ago. Then, I was making 30/40 in landscape/horizontal. Not anymore. Now this size/proportion is only vertical.

I do like it very much, don't you ? If you think I know how I did it... just forget. :)

I still remember that it was with a portrait I took in India in which we couldn't see her face.

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-TNSrM8s/0/X2/i-TNSrM8s-X2.jpg)

That's amazing!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 23, 2015, 04:56:57 pm
Thank you Armand :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 24, 2015, 01:44:38 am
Quite spectacular, Antonio. It reminds me of dream-like sequence in which people and animals pass each other and blend into each other in fleeting moments. Very nice indeed.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 24, 2015, 06:46:05 am
Thank you John !  :)
Sometimes when composing, merging, melting down, hiding etc with images one falls in amazing images... this is one of them.
Shall I ever, be able to repeat ?  ::)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 26, 2015, 12:56:39 pm
I like this one a lot and hoping the bw version gives it a little more mystery.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-zFKWrMR/0/L/Sept%2024-%202013%20Ottawa%20541%20bwcopy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 26, 2015, 12:59:08 pm
Very nice although perhaps I would like a little more space near those lovely curves near the edge. Lovely tones, B&W just right for this.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 26, 2015, 01:12:05 pm
Nicely done John !
How about this one ?
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-ZnrLjWq/0/X2/i-ZnrLjWq-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 26, 2015, 07:26:13 pm
Hi all,

My PC had a stroke and is in the hospital, which is why I haven't checked in in about a week and a half. But WOW! What a flurry of great images, from Antonio, John R, Churly, Mike, Patricia, Slobodan, Bob, Rob C, and probably some others I've forgotten. These recent ones are quite stunning: beautiful, elegant, complex (especially from Antonio) or minimalist (Rob C).

It's really a treat to come back to all this good stuff.

-Eric

P.S. No more images from me until my PC is back, maybe early next week.  :(
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 27, 2015, 05:19:58 am
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-LGpjLJK/0/XL/i-LGpjLJK-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 27, 2015, 06:14:48 am
Antonio, you are getting very subtle with your sand and wall images. The wall has a pinhole look. Nice work.
Rob, quite intriguing. I have an idea of how you did it, but that is is beside the point. It works- a high key look, from obvious to blur and unreality. Nice...

Two different approaches: one is finding and composing the shot, the other is to find and use your creativity to render a more stylized look. Not as easy as people think. You have to free your mind to see something in the everyday.

JR

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 27, 2015, 10:29:06 am
Thank you John. That is not sand, in fact. It is a roof in an abandoned building ...
The surface is quite degraded and the grain in the image helps that perception.
Thank you for commenting
Here, there was hole in the ground and the light was coming from there. The stucco is peeling because of the humidity.

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-Q9H6N4J/0/XL/i-Q9H6N4J-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 27, 2015, 10:39:50 am
Allow me to post another photographed in another area of the same building.

(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-TWcRnv3/0/XL/i-TWcRnv3-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 27, 2015, 10:40:14 am
(http://www.antoniocorreia.com/photos/i-LGpjLJK/0/XL/i-LGpjLJK-XL.jpg)

This one, Antonio, until I took my glasses off, made me think of those cursed pantihose things in the other thread. I only had my glasses on because I'm trying to train my eyes to work in conjunction with them. The glasses. Without them, I have a perfect pair of natural Softars 1, but I read as perfectly without them.

Until I was forty-four I had to use Softars to get the look...

Happy New Year to you, too.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Antonio Correia on December 27, 2015, 10:43:13 am
Health is only - mark my word please - "thing" I wish to all !

Is out there, anything better than that ? You tell me ! !

:)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 11, 2016, 03:35:47 pm
I am putting together a slide show and came across some of these. I like the play of light and shadow.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-ZmvHH6P/0/L/Sept%2024-%202014%20East%20Mall%20bldgs%20016%20smug-bwcopy-L.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-Bd4JqHJ/0/L/Sept%2024-%202013%20Ottawa%20375%20bwcopy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on January 11, 2016, 04:08:51 pm
Some fresh ice on a log with a low sun shining through.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on January 11, 2016, 04:51:17 pm

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-CN3DKbK/0/O/PEG_A6000_1_4823_20151230.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201512/i-CN3DKbK/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 11, 2016, 09:50:40 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 13, 2016, 07:25:18 pm
Just having a little fun on these cold dreary days.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-tK95MkC/0/M/July%2020-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20033%20cropcopy-1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-xpTRkSw/0/M/July%2020-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20174%20liquify3-1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-S2fp42t/0/M/July%2020-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20048%20copy20-1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/RBG-impressions/i-5gDZ4tC/0/M/July%2020-%202015%20James%20Gardens%20040%20copycrop-liquify7crop-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 14, 2016, 05:53:29 pm
I go for the last of the four.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 14, 2016, 06:59:27 pm
Man, what you been smokin', John? Them is real wild!

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 14, 2016, 07:31:07 pm
Thanks Eric and Bruce. I was going to call the post, take a walk on the wild side.  Eric, if truth be told I have "creative" competition coming up and decided I should try something new and different. Your suggestion is good, I will tell them I was smoking something!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 15, 2016, 05:57:05 pm
Perhaps a bit more subtle than John   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 20, 2016, 09:32:52 pm
Perhaps a bit more subtle than John   ;)

No less mysterious however  8)

Very nice
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 20, 2016, 09:33:58 pm
A Seagull Flyby.

(http://i.imgur.com/E4zsxlO.jpg)

I "animated" the  exposures following the image above

(http://i.imgur.com/4C6w8Mx.gif)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 21, 2016, 02:40:09 am
If abstract is about intent then these might qualify as I don't intend that the viewer thinks about what they are but the shapes within them.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1653/23860370053_230eefec22_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CmsCJz)[


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1517/24119419899_c5d910bb4f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CKmkee)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1540/24191609300_769db38269_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CRJjC5)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on January 21, 2016, 06:14:48 pm
Nice!  I particularly like the flyby and the shadow flower.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 21, 2016, 06:52:17 pm
"Flyby" for me. Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 21, 2016, 08:53:06 pm
"Flyby" for me. Nice.
[/quote

Thanks, sometimes those "mistakes" are a delight!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 21, 2016, 09:53:27 pm
NIce work DRMIke. I think the first one with railing, in particular is really fine and subtle. Mike W. the seagull is intriguing. If only you tried harder, you could have frozen him ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 22, 2016, 06:57:47 pm
NIce work DRMIke. I think the first one with railing, in particular is really fine and subtle. Mike W. the seagull is intriguing. If only you tried harder, you could have frozen him ;)

Thank you.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 24, 2016, 09:58:19 pm
vaguely reminiscent of some city planning maps


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1550/24569098196_7b06a818e6_o.jpg])
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on January 25, 2016, 01:51:48 am
cow path road design ca. 1640
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on January 25, 2016, 09:11:56 am
Patterns in nature

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on January 25, 2016, 12:07:28 pm
cow path road design ca. 1640

 courtesy of Google Earth 1640
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 25, 2016, 12:21:03 pm
Nice one bns
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 25, 2016, 12:24:19 pm
If abstract is about intent then these might qualify as I don't intend that the viewer thinks about what they are but the shapes within them.

I like your eye for shapes and forms, Mike.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 25, 2016, 12:27:34 pm
Thank you.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 27, 2016, 10:48:49 am
I've finally got a few new ones (and one from 3 years ago):

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 27, 2016, 10:51:20 am
Beautiful, Eric.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 27, 2016, 11:41:00 am
Thanks, Slobodan.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 27, 2016, 11:04:38 pm
Where you been lately... there's a new kid in town... can't say more than Slobodan has. You make BW and the important parts sing with texture and lines.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 28, 2016, 12:41:06 am
Thanks, John.

I have driven past this small reservoir in Brookline, MA, hundreds of times and for a long time have intended some day to check it out for photographic possibilities. So I finally got to do it just a few days ago, after just enough below freezing weather for most of the pond to have iced over, but before the first real snow of the season. The second and third images I posted are from that day, and there are several more. The first of this set is at a pond nearer my house that I have photographed many times, this one within the last two weeks, and the fourth one is that same pond but back in 2013.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: muntanela on January 29, 2016, 09:39:40 am
Beautiful, Eric.

Particularly 2 and 3, particularly 3.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 29, 2016, 12:37:13 pm
Thanks, Muntanela. 3 is my wife's favorite, too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on January 29, 2016, 06:15:42 pm
3 is my wife's favorite, too.

Mine too, great seeing.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 04, 2016, 09:27:50 am
Fun with snow drifts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 04, 2016, 12:56:29 pm
Nice ones, Bob. I really like the second.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: diuser on February 05, 2016, 11:19:22 am
infernal cataracts
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 05, 2016, 02:02:35 pm
Wild! Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on February 11, 2016, 12:54:18 pm
Imagination Dunes at Dusk
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 11, 2016, 01:47:53 pm
Trees on the bank of a lake.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on February 11, 2016, 03:13:55 pm
Palm pattern

cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on February 12, 2016, 08:00:32 pm
swing bars (there, not abstract anymore)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 15, 2016, 07:12:49 pm
Three shots of new ice with soft light, taken a few days ago.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bns on February 15, 2016, 07:32:54 pm
Nice shots, Eric. I like the lines in number 2 the best.

Cheers,
Boudewijn Swanenburg
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 15, 2016, 07:49:00 pm
Love the subtlety and simplicity of the lines Eric.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: kencameron on February 16, 2016, 06:23:30 pm
I found this one. My cellphone took it and Google uploaded it to Photos.  I fiddled with it in LR Develop, but ended up coming back to something close to the original. It occurred to me that if it were rendered in acrylic and massively upsized it would not look at all out of place on the wall of my local gallery, in an exhibition they are currently running of work influenced by Kazimir Malevich's iconic painting "Black Square" (https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Malevich.black-square.jpg&imgrefurl=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimir_Malevich&h=812&w=820&tbnid=HfzKgFUMfuH9kM:&tbnh=186&tbnw=187&docid=uyqIfQ317NLTcM&itg=1&usg=__XPhn_G2BIeK5gDOWR3KfjsyzSAQ=).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 16, 2016, 07:09:54 pm
Very abstract, Ken. But maybe you should crop it square to fit with the gallery's theme.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on February 16, 2016, 07:14:16 pm
...work influenced by Kazimir Malevich's iconic painting "Black Square" (https://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Malevich.black-square.jpg&imgrefurl=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimir_Malevich&h=812&w=820&tbnid=HfzKgFUMfuH9kM:&tbnh=186&tbnw=187&docid=uyqIfQ317NLTcM&itg=1&usg=__XPhn_G2BIeK5gDOWR3KfjsyzSAQ=).

There is a better version of that black square:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: kencameron on February 16, 2016, 07:18:14 pm
Very abstract, Ken. But maybe you should crop it square to fit with the gallery's theme.   ;)
I did think about that, Eric. Not all the images in the exhibition were square, and I also wanted to pay my respects both to the "found object" tradition in modern art (I found a rectangle) and to those in LuLa who think it unethical to excessively post-process. But on further reflection, you are right, and I will add in a square version (which I actually like better). ::)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: kencameron on February 16, 2016, 07:23:56 pm
There is a better version of that black square:
Brilliant. Credits? Yours?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on February 16, 2016, 10:29:22 pm
Three shots of new ice with soft light, taken a few days ago.

-Eric

I really like these, especially the first two. I wonder how you guys up north tolerate the weather. Taking and processing elegant images probably helps. 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 16, 2016, 11:37:46 pm
I really like these, especially the first two. I wonder how you guys up north tolerate the weather. Taking and processing elegant images probably helps.
I don't have any nice, warm beaches with glorious sunrises like Florida, but I hope you have noticed that I'm getting some inspiration from your minimalist beach shots.

It did hit 14 below zero the night before I took these, after many days of weather in the 40s and 50s. So taking was quick and cold, but processing was nice and warm.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 19, 2016, 01:05:15 am
the soap bubble burst

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1508/24494974063_2e2d4c8f7a_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 19, 2016, 08:29:24 am
Nice one, Michael!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 19, 2016, 08:37:50 am
the soap bubble burst

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1508/24494974063_2e2d4c8f7a_c.jpg)

I love the softness of the colours Michael.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 19, 2016, 08:39:12 am
Long shadows from a low sun.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 19, 2016, 03:03:22 pm
I really take to your second one, Bob; it feels 'complete', to me, where the first doesn't (again, to me).

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on February 19, 2016, 03:29:42 pm
I love the softness of the colours Michael.

With the light changing as location of the rapidly moving bubbles did, catching that burst in that light was a rare occurrence.

Thank you
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on February 19, 2016, 06:09:27 pm
I really take to your second one, Bob; it feels 'complete', to me, where the first doesn't (again, to me).

Rob C

Thanks for the comment Rob. The first is more about the shadows effect rather than the subject of the picture.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 19, 2016, 11:48:17 pm
Taken at sunrise, where I decided the water patterns were more interesting that day. I should have raised the ISO even more to increase shutter speed  and better freeze the patterns, which look a little murky. The noise is quite acceptable on Pentax even at ISO 1600. Next time, as they say.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Fifty-Points-outing/i-3sKXZbN/0/L/Feb%2019-%202016%20Fifty%20Points%20166%20cropcopy-1000-L.jpg)
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Post by: John R on February 21, 2016, 09:07:52 pm
Went for a walk. It was beautiful but the light was harsh, so took took patterns and shadows.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-K45vCKh/0/L/IMGP8058%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-WSSZw5q/0/L/IMGP7965%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on February 25, 2016, 01:35:28 pm
Down by the boats

Rob C

Rob, very painterly of you...

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 25, 2016, 02:03:52 pm
Down by the boats.

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/1412400_orig.jpg)

Rob C
I love it!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 25, 2016, 04:06:54 pm
Thank you guys; it's just one of those 'presents' that we, as photographers, are sometimes given. And as I've said before, until they arrive they aren't even a distant idea in my mind. Well, they almost never are, except the times when I start with a caption that sticks in my subconscious, and then the image comes knocking some time later.

I did start out with a love of paint: that was due to my mother, who took me - not dragged - to places within wartime Britain that still had open doors with treasures beyond.

So I suppose those experiences remain for life, even when the original love - paint - turns out not to possible for you later on. But the mind doesn't really care that much - there are always alternative ways to live those feelings through your life.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on February 28, 2016, 12:57:00 pm
Below Great Falls in Virginia...

(http://theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Turbulance.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 07, 2016, 01:17:36 pm
.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 07, 2016, 06:39:24 pm
Or is it kaleidoscope?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on March 07, 2016, 09:22:55 pm
Worm Trails

(http://theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Worm%20Trails.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on March 07, 2016, 11:18:41 pm
Worm Trails

(http://theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Worm%20Trails.jpg)

Nice, I have a couple but didn't get them as good as yours
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on March 07, 2016, 11:48:21 pm
Rob C: Both of your abstracts are arresting. The blue patch is sumptuous and painterly. The "planetary" one is cool too,
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 09, 2016, 10:55:12 am
Every once in a while I stop working on my computer and spot something interesting in the house. Here is one I took of light coming through and hitting door. For me whether some highlight or other element is over-exposed can be a matter of aesthetic choice and not always strictly a blown highlight.

Taken with Canon G1X 'point and shoot', which I now intend to keep in the car at all times. Slow to work, but ah, the image quality! I was rather dismayed to learn that Canon has started using Sony's smaller sensors on the newer versions. Love the large sensor, almost APS size.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-vX9dVBC/0/L/House%20colourcopy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 09, 2016, 11:10:00 am
Nice one. Always good to find something in the home.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 09, 2016, 11:27:59 am
Rob C: Both of your abstracts are arresting. The blue patch is sumptuous and painterly. The "planetary" one is cool too,

Thank you Bob; the first came as most my stuff does these days, during a random wander - that time, along the rows of boats up on the hard in the local yacht club.

The 'planet' was hitched onto during lunch one day when I gazed upwards to Heaven in disbelief at what I was eating. Boy, does one miss all the attributes of a great, late (and extremely competent) wife!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 09, 2016, 11:21:12 pm
Street abstracts taken today near Kensington Market while visiting at the hospital. After visiting hospital, although grateful for the care, I felt like I needed some therapy. What better way than walking around with camera, all while the patient was sleeping. Taken with G1X.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-NXgvRgB/0/M/IMG_0013%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-zWdFf8r/0/M/IMG_0046%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-w5SFzv3/0/M/IMG_0028%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 09, 2016, 11:34:03 pm
More Street abstracts; lots of therapy!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-TG2x96L/0/M/IMG_0068%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-6pjG9Db/1/M/IMG_0002%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Kensington-Market/i-6vtSKK7/0/M/IMG_0064%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Guillermo Luijk on March 10, 2016, 03:19:52 am
(http://m4.i.pbase.com/o5/18/613318/1/67809064.sNKkVuFw.cucurucho800.jpg)


(http://m8.i.pbase.com/o5/18/613318/1/67730978.HFzXVSyG.azules2.jpg)


(http://m6.i.pbase.com/o6/18/613318/1/73843586.hGtkmIZd.lamina02.jpg)


(http://m1.i.pbase.com/o5/18/613318/1/67728141.0OnyGOFN.freedom2.jpg)

Enviado desde mi GT-I9195 mediante Tapatalk
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 10, 2016, 08:55:30 am
Very good photography, Guillermo.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 10, 2016, 02:38:36 pm
Was just about to say the same, excellent work Guillermo. But the second blue image will not pop up and remains small, so I cannot quite see what I am looking at.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Guillermo Luijk on March 10, 2016, 03:31:11 pm
But the second blue image will not pop up and remains small, so I cannot quite see what I am looking at.

Fixed! it's my mom's pool. Thanks for your comments. Four extra pictures.

(http://m4.i.pbase.com/o5/18/613318/1/69974134.BSGmywTU.fugitive2.jpg)


(http://m0.i.pbase.com/o6/18/613318/1/76037510.LTGc0nDP.audi.jpg)


(http://m5.i.pbase.com/o6/18/613318/1/76036415.Aq78R7HG.battersea.jpg)


(http://m3.i.pbase.com/o6/18/613318/1/70123583.1Yncm5u3.europa08bisQ.jpg)

Regards
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 10, 2016, 03:58:50 pm
Excellent work, both sets, Guillermo!
It's nice to see some of your non-technical posts.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 10, 2016, 04:39:55 pm
Damn, Guillermo, you just shattered my preconception that techies are mediocre photographers ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 11, 2016, 02:30:00 am
I'm glad you fixed the blue one - lovely work.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 11, 2016, 02:30:37 am
Seen in a Brummie car park

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1565/25053195873_a308d537dc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EaSbhZ)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 11, 2016, 06:48:11 pm
Back to nature.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 11, 2016, 08:10:12 pm
Nice ones, Mike, Rob C, and Chuck!

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on March 11, 2016, 10:24:14 pm
Best thread on LuLa!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on March 12, 2016, 06:09:59 pm
Lena

(http://v3.harlempix.com/wp-content/gallery/thalia-backstage/DSC11829.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 12, 2016, 06:15:48 pm
Good one...where you've been, Harald?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on March 12, 2016, 06:18:59 pm
Good one...where you've been, Harald?

Do you mean during the last months or taking this picture? In case the latter: Backstage of a theatre.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 12, 2016, 06:28:37 pm
The former :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on March 12, 2016, 06:40:13 pm
The former :)

Suffered serious illness, experienced recovery and new orientation, bought a hundred years old house to live together with daughter and grandsons, renovated that house from the very bottom...

... Decided to enjoy photography again, bought a X-Pro2, try to regain creativity.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 12, 2016, 06:43:06 pm
Welcome back and glad to hear you are doing better.
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Post by: Harald L on March 12, 2016, 06:54:02 pm
Welcome back and glad to hear you are doing better.

Thank you very much, I really appreciate!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 12, 2016, 11:00:09 pm
You've made a great comeback photographically. I hope your health keeps improving, too.
Glad to have you back.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 13, 2016, 05:35:17 am
You've made a great comeback photographically. I hope your health keeps improving, too.
Glad to have you back.


As the man said!

Photography can be a great form of therapy - I know, not guess.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jose Viegas on March 13, 2016, 08:08:37 am
Really enjoy following this thread, hope you don't mind if I also participate  :)

Some street abstracts made in Guarda, Portugal, a city founded officially in 1199.

(http://s20.postimg.org/rszslk3fx/DSC06383_Dx_O.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/twa7t838t/DSC06385_Dx_O.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/e0ldpxcod/DSC06382_Dx_O.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 13, 2016, 08:39:10 am
Very nice ones, Jose.
Welcome to the thread and to LuLa!

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Jose Viegas on March 13, 2016, 08:51:48 am
Very nice ones, Jose.
Welcome to the thread and to LuLa!

-Eric

Thank you for the welcome Eric!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on March 13, 2016, 09:21:29 am
Thank you very much, I really appreciate!
Yes, glad to see you recovering and doing. I always liked your moderate but intelligent in the may posting you have made over the years.

One day you will have tell us why Harlem22. Also would really appreciate your thoughts on the Fuji Pro 2, as I am seriously considering switching over.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 15, 2016, 09:24:46 am
Plenty deep enough for me. Very fine, Rob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 15, 2016, 10:38:53 am
I like it Rob. Not sure what it is, but kind of like when looking at clouds, I can see what I want to see.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 15, 2016, 11:46:31 am
Eric, Arlen; thanks - that's what is rewarding sometimes.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on March 16, 2016, 02:50:42 am
Two hoar frost studies

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-LGDDXNT/0/O/PEG_A850_2_07743_20141208.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-LGDDXNT/A)

(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-RsdLMVj/0/O/PEG_A850_2_07744_20141208.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201412/i-RsdLMVj/A)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on March 17, 2016, 07:49:03 am
Pegelli: nice frost  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on March 17, 2016, 08:19:41 am
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/2095627_orig.jpg)

Rob C

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by Boccioni?

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 17, 2016, 10:24:01 am
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by Boccioni?

Peter


Hot damn! How I regret not being allowed a formal art education! I had to look 'im up!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 19, 2016, 09:27:41 am
In Marcel's tripod holes:

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/1377532_orig.jpg)

Rob C
Man, you've got a good eye!

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 19, 2016, 09:41:23 am
Nice shots Rob.  I like what you are doing with this series.  Here are a couple that kind of recall your fish but without the colors.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 19, 2016, 09:48:28 am
Yes, Eric, that's the left one: the right one, the camera one, isn't that brilliant anymore...

However, since the glaucoma came visiting, whereas I needed specs to read with after hitting forty-four, I now don't, but where I once had exceptional distance sight - confirmed by a disbeliever with binoculars one day when I could read the logo on a distant ship's funnel - my distance vision now sucks. I think I was better off with the original disablity. In fact, the best monitor specs I ever had were ones that I inherited from my mother... perfect! Now they are hopeless for anything except sentiment.

;-(

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 19, 2016, 10:12:28 am
Nice shots Rob.  I like what you are doing with this series.  Here are a couple that kind of recall your fish but without the colors.
Chuck


Very attractive! Makes me think of Japanese or Chinese art! (I am ready to duck should anyone think that a non-PC comment.)

For my part, I do enjoy the blur - perhaps because it frees me from having to find legitimate subjects: after living in the same "village" since '81 I know it just a tiny bit too well to see it afresh!

I truly believe that you (as in one!) can become quite blind to what you have. Some many years ago I found myself sitting up late one night in my mother's house in Scotland, watching tv alone, she and my wife having no interest in the show, and long departed to their beds. We'd just driven over from Spain (where I still live) and the thing on the box was a travel item which took in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca. I was stunned at their beauty, despite having driven along them so often as not to notice anymore. I supose I have some excuse in that driving narrow mountain roads does require you look more at the road than anything else... But the surprising thing was, I felt terribly homesick for them! The same thing hit me another night when I stayed up to watch American Graffiti for the umpteenth time: I ended up moist-eyed for a youth that was only slightly a m¡rror of my own. So much for the power of music, and for how it marks periods of your life you sometimes wish you never had to leave behind. I'll always remember my last day in school... we broke up in the morning with a service at the local abbey, and a few of us friends left early and walked away together, peeling off as our ways parted. How sad it was to realise, years later, we were never to meet again.

Rob

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 20, 2016, 09:09:34 am
Found Light - Found this walking down a hallway in my home. 
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 20, 2016, 09:51:19 am
Another nice one Chuck; supports what I have said a few times here: you can find beautiful material right under your photographic nose if you but seek it out.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on March 20, 2016, 12:55:57 pm
Found Light - Found this walking down a hallway in my home. 
Chuck

Nice... I betcha it's there all the time.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 20, 2016, 03:28:35 pm
For my part, I do enjoy the blur - perhaps because it frees me from having to find legitimate subjects: after living in the same "village" since '81 I know it just a tiny bit too well to see it afresh!
Rob

Rob - I see this as a follow-on of your series.  In this case the blur is an alternative that frees me from finding enough light to shoot at 1/5000 s.  Lesser technique? - maybe, some would certainly say so.  I don't think that makes the subject less legitimate but accept that it won't suite everyone's taste.
Best,
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on March 20, 2016, 03:30:08 pm
Nice... I betcha it's there all the time.

Peter

Peter - Not there - but somewhere, which is I expect what you mean.
Best,
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on March 20, 2016, 06:44:09 pm
Peter - Not there - but somewhere, which is I expect what you mean.
Best,
Chuck

Yes sir...

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 21, 2016, 01:08:55 pm
Dune Ridge Abstract. From my recent trip to Death Valley. FWIW, the softness is deliberate; at least it's not tack sharp, front to back ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 21, 2016, 02:42:56 pm
Another Dune Ridge Abstract
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 21, 2016, 03:07:34 pm
What's up with that deliberate blurring!?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 21, 2016, 03:55:54 pm
Rob, I like many of the latest images in this series very much indeed.

Are you post processing as large images and then reducing for the web? In other words, is there any hope that these will one day be printed?

Keith


Hi Keith,

I work on them as they come, full-format, TIF, as far as the point where I decide to add 'noise' and sharpen or not. Then, I  Save As and reduce the size to the standard one to fit my website page, and do that 'noise'/sharpen bit then, not on the full-size file. Once there, I add a title and make a jpeg at 72. However, I've taken to adding yet a further, final Layer: once I have the titled jpeg I go into Curves, click on the eyedropper for 'white' and apply it to the white border. This seems a bit more than one needs, but it's been my experience that the white border can become contaminated with a very tiny colour cast at times - I think I discovered this when I was working on the 'Olde Worlde' set of pictures where I was adding heavy black or dark brown edges to the pictures. It may be a bit OTT but takes no time, so may as well!

Regarding printing: I've thought of it a few times - not just since I got into this blurr kick - but before. However, the now-dead HP printer I had was never much good for colour but excellent for black/white.

Funny thing: I love black/white more for realistic images, but absolutely love working with blobs of colour! My wife would not have been surprised: she always figured I had problems of one kind or another. I think that's why I'm such a Vincent fan -  it's a form of visual expression that doesn't appear to be too challenging - to me, at any rate - whereas clever, sophisticated work would defeat me at the very start. I could never have imagined myself a Caravaggio!

Oh - there's the second part of the Art of Scandinavia on tonight on BBC 4 at 9pm (your time). Enjoyed the first one very much!

But back to print: if I ever do sell this place (might have to revise price, seeing the new average house price in the UK tonight on Sky is shown as well over 300,000 quid. Estate agents here expect 5% now, which is better for sellers than they used to grab!) In Britain, I would certainly buy another printer and make prints, then have a go at gallery dreams. Not a snowballs here.

Thank you for the kind comments, too: nice to know another artist likes!

;-)

Rob

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 21, 2016, 04:05:56 pm
What's up with that deliberate blurring!?
Just trying to be trendy! ;D
PS One man's blurring is another man's lack of clarity ;D ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 21, 2016, 04:22:32 pm
Indeed... they look much better without my reading glasses. Something about "two wrongs..." ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on March 21, 2016, 08:24:16 pm
I guess I'm just old-fashioned, David. I would like to see these dunes sharp.

On the other hand, the look of substantial blur, like the recent stuff by Rob C and earlier by John R works just fine for me.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on March 21, 2016, 10:02:54 pm
Despite Slobodan's protestations to the contrary ;) these were not blurred purposefully. Clarity was not pumped up and aggressive sharpening was not applied although I did apply a significant amount of NR). They are fairly severe crops (horrors!  :o ) just because I liked the lines and when I snapped them, I knew I didn't have enough reach so thought in the moment about cropping  :-[ (hoping for forgiveness by RSL ;) ). Inspired by Rob and others, I thought a little blurring would be tolerated. My biggest challenge, IMHO, was taking relatively low contrast images and trying to find a modicum of contrast without blowing (as in defeating the purpose of or destroying) the mood. I chose B&W renderings because these seemed to be about line, darks and lights, not color. Anyway, I am comfortable if the overall conclusion is that they are not successful re other folks' taste. I appreciate the comments nonetheless.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 22, 2016, 09:55:41 am
Hi Rob, try as I might I can't get past Andrew Graham Dixon.

Oh, how I mourn the passing of Robert Hughes!


How do you fare with the guy who used to/does? write for the Sunday Times - the one with the unpronounceable Polish name? Waldemar Janus-Something, I think? He did a recent one on the Renaissance as Wasn't...

I think Andrew is a bit pompous, but I'm prepared to look past that; the first episode of the Scandinavian thing was far better than last night's which ended up being a bit of a bore. I hope for better next Monday!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on March 22, 2016, 11:03:53 am
Hi Rob,

I read his column regularly and have recorded the Renaissance series but have yet to watch it.

The very fact I read and watch him, has in my estimation, put him above AGD ;-)

Stopped buying the ST a few years ago - pretty much when Ann died; she always loved it even when we lived in the UK. Last time I bought it it cost €5 and made a helluva mess of the furniture: ink smudges. Printed here, it lost a lot of the content... a shadow of the UK version.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on March 25, 2016, 09:50:40 pm
Ephemeral edges.


       (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/139530731/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on March 26, 2016, 05:31:21 am
Cracking shot - absolutely beautiful!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on March 26, 2016, 02:02:03 pm
OooooooooooooHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, schweeeeeeeeeeet!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 28, 2016, 03:17:30 pm
Rather red

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1709/25987410411_6b62cceba8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FAqgJc)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 28, 2016, 03:38:06 pm
Perfect, Mike!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 28, 2016, 03:50:37 pm
You wouldn't lose the lines in the whiter area?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on March 28, 2016, 04:20:56 pm
Not really. If they were askew relative to other lines, maybe, but they are in harmony actually. I might lose what appears to be vignetting, though, or minimize it (particularly in the lower right corner).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 28, 2016, 05:13:19 pm
I did apply a vignette. I shall lose it and see how it looks. I never know if they help or not.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on March 29, 2016, 12:23:25 pm
Love the lines, love the vignette, love the image, love this thread.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on March 29, 2016, 01:18:21 pm
It is a great thread, varied and interesting.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on March 29, 2016, 06:00:05 pm
Stripes...

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on April 03, 2016, 11:34:01 pm
     ~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 04, 2016, 04:14:50 am
Amazing image, Patricia; the sense of scale is utterly confusing, which makes it delightful - even if the colour also makes my fingers feel even more frozen than ever!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 04, 2016, 02:30:44 pm
Amazing image, Patricia; the sense of scale is utterly confusing, which makes it delightful - even if the colour also makes my fingers feel even more frozen than ever!

;-)

Rob C
Indeed. Brava, Patricia!

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 05, 2016, 05:17:14 am
Indeed. Brava, Patricia!

Eric

Kinda like Ansel in microcosm, or Ansel finds a cellphone!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 05, 2016, 04:47:33 pm
Fire!
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 09, 2016, 11:50:49 am
Been sick most of the winter. So couldn't wait to go out. In this case to the Conservatory. But next stop will hopefully be a real large outdoor garden. Hope the spring flowers and blossoms are as good ever.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-KRrjWxh/0/L/IMGP8243%20copy2-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 09, 2016, 02:59:18 pm
Hey John,

Hope you will remain in good health from now on. Of our concerns, health should top the bill.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 09, 2016, 11:42:26 pm
Hey John,

Hope you will remain in good health from now on. Of our concerns, health should top the bill.

Rob C
I second the motion. Do keep well.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 10, 2016, 10:16:13 am
Thank you Rob and Eric, much appreciated.  A few more:

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-nLpKxTq/0/M/April%208-%202016%20Centennial%20Conservatory%20075%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-S3VQgLM/0/M/April%208-%202016%20Centennial%20Conservatory%20065%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-c36ZNmz/0/M/April%208-%202016%20Centennial%20Conservatory%20086%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 10, 2016, 12:36:14 pm
Nice ones, John. You're back in the groove.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 13, 2016, 04:56:52 am
Thnaks again, Eric!

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-qDQsZpx/0/M/IMGP8332%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 13, 2016, 10:31:08 am
Glad to see you back in the saddle, John, and that you haven't lost your touch. Intriguing images, as always.
Title: Pictures at (an Exhibition) a Museum
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2016, 12:20:28 pm
One of my favorite museums for photography is Mass MOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) located in a complex of old mill buildings in North Adams. They have some fascinating exhibits including huge works that couldn't fit inside any ordinary museum. But I often find that details of the museum building itself are quite interesting as well. Here are a few from a recent visit:

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some more Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2016, 12:21:43 pm
And a few more:
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 13, 2016, 01:39:57 pm
Very cool finds, Eric. The first ones in each set are my favorites. The second one in the second set reminds me of a planarian (http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/16454/title/Planarians-enter-the-genomic-era/).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 13, 2016, 03:08:05 pm
Very cool finds, Eric. The first ones in each set are my favorites. The second one in the second set reminds me of a planarian (http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/16454/title/Planarians-enter-the-genomic-era/).

+1 ;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2016, 03:13:24 pm
Thanks Arlen and Rob.

If mine is a planarian, it's been squashed pretty flat and probably not very useful for genetic research.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 13, 2016, 05:37:10 pm
Nice one, Rob.
I get your drift.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 13, 2016, 10:23:04 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 14, 2016, 03:47:35 am
Nice one, Rob.
I get your drift.   ;)


Thanks, Eric.

For me, the attraction with this type of image (the making of) is that you can do it amost anywhere. All you have to do is think a moment. I suppose the strange thing about it all is that it requires pre-visualisation of something you (I) can't honestly define down to the last detail at all. It's a surprise when it works and a deep disappointment when it fails - which happens, too, even with such apparently random ideas where one could be forgiven for believing that since there's no precise plan, then how on Earth can there be failure? And no, I don't think it's anything like 'street' where you also never really know what you've achieved until you see it later on the screen.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 14, 2016, 10:21:48 am
Not quite a "real" abstract, but I often think when subjects are isolated in this way, they are a kind of abstract. I was helping someone learn about rhythm and patterns this morning.

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-kLRDWxt/0/M/April%2014-%202016%20Burlington%20Pier%20069%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 14, 2016, 10:25:47 pm
I'll add this one from 7 years ago
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on April 15, 2016, 06:53:57 am
Great minds etc.

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/2542941_orig.jpg)

Rob C

Heavy lifting chess...not tried that as of yet.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 15, 2016, 09:44:35 am
Heavy lifting chess...not tried that as of yet.

Peter


Peter, I'm as bad at chess (worse!) than I am at computer skills. I suspect that the mindset for excellence in both is fairly similar. However, visual connections are easy for me to spot and apply, but mental strategies are too complex and painful.

In a sense, my love/hate relationship with PS is similar: I know how to do what I have to know how to do, but have zero interest in the next step until it becomes unavoidable, which means I then either unavoid it or dodge hard to the side and let it miss.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 15, 2016, 12:14:07 pm
In a sense, my love/hate relationship with PS is similar: I know how to do what I have to know how to do, but have zero interest in the next step until it becomes unavoidable, which means I then either unavoid it or dodge hard to the side and let it miss.

Rob
Rob, I've worked with computers for over fifty years, and quite some time ago I decided that when approaching any new piece of software, I should make a list of ten things that would be useful to know how to do in that program. My list typically includes "How to start the program, how to save work done in it, how to print what I've created, and how to exit."

Once I'm comfortable with my Top Ten, I may learn additional bits as needed.

I've been using PS for over ten years now, and I suspect my PS list has grown to as many as maybe twelve or thirteen. In Lightroom I may be up to over twenty!

So you have my sympathy.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 15, 2016, 03:43:01 pm
This one drew a chuckle from me when I first saw it. Come to think of it, that has happened with all of your recent ones, Rob!


Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 15, 2016, 06:51:10 pm
From the conservatory. I can barely wait for the tulips to come out.

JR

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-ZM2mgcC/0/M/April%2013-%202016%20031%20Centennial%20conservatory%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://johnroias.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-kggt46T/0/M/April%2013-%202016%20034%20Centennial%20conservatory%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on April 16, 2016, 03:07:04 am
(https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201604/i-JnRxRT9/0/O/PEG_A6000_1_5520_20160408.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201604/i-JnRxRT9/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 16, 2016, 08:44:13 am
Nice, wild stuff, John and Pieter.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 16, 2016, 08:59:22 pm
I think I have to go out and shoot some Grabstracts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 16, 2016, 10:02:23 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 17, 2016, 04:24:33 am
I think I have to go out and shoot some Grabstracts.


Wear your guns slung low! Gives you a psychological edge over them (the Grabs).

;-)

Rob

P.S. This one was 'shot' as I was paying for my menu del dia lunch in the local (one of many) bar.

I think the owner thinks I'm a bit strange, but he feeds me nonetheless. Actually, there are some oddballs here: one hums and half-sings to himself a lot. He's also a superfast eater - gets through his refuelling stop much faster than can I. Having said which, how different life becomes on one's own: eating out used to be done for pleasure (read: a change from the kitchen for my wife) - now it's pretty much necessity, and the type of place frequented has fallen by several notches. Which raises the interesting question: is it better to eat out, expensively well, once a week and suffer self-insult from my own kitchen over six days, or, alternatively, eat out "okayish" for six and treat myself to a very good paella I have developed to my personal satisfaction over seven years, on the seventh day? I don't want it twice a week.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 17, 2016, 01:39:45 pm
I definitely feel that your recent images arquite interesting and entertaining.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 20, 2016, 02:16:32 am
Yes Rob, some very intriguing images, is the word I would use. Although I have a pretty good idea how my images will turn out, it is seldom exactly as I expect. Like this one, which is quite intriguing in BW format.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-pQxdWW9/1/M/Sept%202-%202013%20Oakville%20091%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 20, 2016, 04:15:37 am
Hi John,

That's a nice contrast between blur and crisp components - like it!

I think that part of the pressure to do this sort of imagery is derived from boredom, and a wish to produce something different, a break from the traditional, representational stuff that has become all so easy to do well (technically) as to no longer provide either challenge or any sat¡sfaction in achievement.

Your remark that one can't be sure of getting exactly what one wants from these experiments is telling: that's the new buzz, the place where the interest is to be found, mirroring the extended thrill of waiting for the Kodachrome to come back home, not in terms of time but of anticipation of whether we pulled it off or not. I think I've already said somewhere that disappointment in this kind of shot, when it fails, is quite intense in its own way, despite providing a wider scope for the faking of success, for self-delusion, for who can tell you you failed, other than yourself?

Taking that a mite further, I think that black/white is even more critical in measuring success or otherwise: it strips away several layers of possible camouflage from a bad idea. Which is not to say that colour, of itself, isn't often the whole idea. Which simply goes to illustrate the possible complexity of this genre.

Not an easy road to satisfaction, but few of them ever turns out to be.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on April 20, 2016, 12:19:48 pm
Temple Newsam, Leeds, UK.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 20, 2016, 12:53:53 pm
Graeme, excellent play of colour, shapes and light. High impact with three dimensional quality.

Well seen.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 20, 2016, 01:01:38 pm
Yes Rob, some very intriguing images, is the word I would use. Although I have a pretty good idea how my images will turn out, it is seldom exactly as I expect. Like this one, which is quite intriguing in BW format.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Oakville/i-pQxdWW9/1/M/Sept%202-%202013%20Oakville%20091%20bw-smugcopy-M.jpg)

JR


I really like this one, John. A departure from your excellent color abstracts, but just as compelling.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on April 20, 2016, 02:03:01 pm
Graeme, excellent play of colour, shapes and light. High impact with three dimensional quality.

Well seen.

JR

Thanks John
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 24, 2016, 11:27:25 pm
Out on a hike on a nice day recently I pulled out my pocket camera for some snaps at a small pond.
I felt somewhat inspired by some of the folks who post here, including John R and Rob C, as well as C. Monet, who is not currently a LuLa member.
Here are three..
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 24, 2016, 11:45:52 pm
Very well seen, Eric. I love the first one.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on April 25, 2016, 03:07:53 am
Nice, Eric!

That Monet guy you mentioned has a problem: he's not Internet-connected, and so he can't post here. I think it's something to do with French labour laws.

Trouble is, after a while in the genre - of Monet photo-pictures, not French labour laws - you might find it difficult becoming attracted to doing anything else: the surprises you can get are pretty appealing. And you don't face the inevitable battle against the odds that anything to do with humans almost always presents.

;-(

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 25, 2016, 05:19:21 am
Hey Eric, just had a peek at your images and the interesting comments that came after. It prompted me to look at Wikipedia and read up on Monet. It seems he was most interested on the effects of light on subjects and gradually moved from realistic painting to painting those effects as colours and shapes. From the Wikipedia article:  "He began to think in terms of colours and shapes rather than scenes and objects." and "Monet repeatedly painted the same subject in different lights, at different hours of the day, and through the changes of weather and season." So as fine as these images are, you have no choice but to go back and do it again;)

JR

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 25, 2016, 01:30:40 pm
Thanks, guys.

If C.M. would simply send me some of his images, I'd be happy to post them on his behalf.

Here are three more. All six were shot during a ten-minute break after an hour of hiking.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on April 25, 2016, 02:36:29 pm
...of interest to me Eric, being aware of your personal color awareness filter, is that while on the surface you have sensed C.M., the palette is unquestionably borrowed from Georgia O'Keeffe in her later years. Nice food for thought today. Thank you
p.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RSL on April 25, 2016, 02:55:11 pm
Out on a hike on a nice day recently I pulled out my pocket camera for some snaps at a small pond.
I felt somewhat inspired by some of the folks who post here, including John R and Rob C, as well as C. Monet, who is not currently a LuLa member.
Here are three..

Very nice, Eric. They're very Monetey.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 25, 2016, 02:59:50 pm
Thanks, Patricia and Russ.

I have left the colors alone, so that pool must be a fan of O'Keeffe, as I am (but my wife isn't).

No water lilies in the pool, however.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on April 25, 2016, 11:05:54 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 26, 2016, 03:50:59 am
Cool, Armand.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 27, 2016, 07:30:51 am
Sometimes an impression is just illusion. Where does the real come in. Reflections and the play of light in nature is awesome and inspiring.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Algonquin-Area-Autumn-2014/i-qRdv6Zp/0/M/Oct%206-9-%202015%20Agonquin%20Highlands%20area%20470%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 27, 2016, 04:03:43 pm
Out on a hike on a nice day recently I pulled out my pocket camera for some snaps at a small pond.

2 very enjoyable series Eric.  :)

Here is something from last weekend after an overnight fog.  Unfortunately it lost some sharpness on the jpeg compression.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 28, 2016, 05:05:41 am
Chuck, it looks fairly sharp to me. This is an excellent water droplet image. The larger droplets, which of course gives the image the overall structure, remind me of hot air balloons.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 28, 2016, 05:14:26 am
While waiting for the flowers to come out, I decided to process some autumn images and really like this one. Used a high pass technique that I just learned last night to give the image a blend of sharpness and blur.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-z6B39G7/0/M/Oct%206-9-%202015%20Agonquin%20Highlands%20area%20290%20copy1000-M.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 28, 2016, 09:36:29 am
Chuck:  Wonderful shot! To me it looks like an army of zillions of ladybugs, of different sizes, on the march.

John R: I love both of your new ones.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 28, 2016, 09:48:26 am
John I really like this one too, and one love to see it larger. Also, any chance you could share the sharpness/blur blend technique?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 28, 2016, 07:29:08 pm
Eric and John - Wow - lady bugs and hot and balloons and here I was caught up in trying to figure out the whys of the size distribution.  Got to loosen up a bit .  :)

You can't see it in the low resolution images but some of the full resolutions shots in the group from which this shot came show small domains of of oriented droplets which remind me of a lot of oriented lamellae in crystals.  :P

A lot of really enjoyable shots in this thread from a number of different contributors.  Keep them coming.

Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 29, 2016, 07:45:21 am
John I really like this one too, and one love to see it larger. Also, any chance you could share the sharpness/blur blend technique?
Hi Arlen. I am not really that good with PS. I usually do basic stuff. As you probably know, excessive blur can also ruin an image and be very disconcerting for viewers, if not done just right. I almost always sharpen my ICM images. Then I learned to simply select areas within an image to sharpen, leaving the remainder soft and blurry. I got the more global technique from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOeZD8ZKCjQ

Scroll to the 3/4 mark and look for High Pass techniques.

From what I gather, it will sharpen around edges of elements leaving the remainder almost untouched. You can use the opacity tool to reduce sharpening. If I find it unsuitable for my other images, ie, sharpening where I don't want it, I will go back to selecting areas and then apply this high pass technique to the selected areas. It looks especially useful for soft, almost flat light images. Thank you for the feedback. Here is a larger image:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-z6B39G7/2/L/Oct%206-9-%202015%20Agonquin%20Highlands%20area%20290%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 29, 2016, 11:15:48 am
I've settled on high-pass filtering for ICM shots as well but the real trick that John has mastered so well is the amount of movement and contrast control.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on April 29, 2016, 11:27:13 am
Thanks for showing this one bigger, John. It's one of your very best, IMHO (and you have very many winners).

I plan to study the high-pass part of the video, and, with luck, I may have something worth showing in about another five years.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 29, 2016, 12:31:55 pm
Thanks for showing this one bigger, John. It's one of your very best, IMHO (and you have very many winners).
Eric

Indeed, it's absolutely wonderful. I would even dare say the word masterpiece. If it were mine, I would surely print it large.

And thanks for the description of the finishing technique and the link; I'll check it out as soon as I have a chance.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 29, 2016, 03:02:07 pm
I've settled on high-pass filtering for ICM shots as well but the real trick that John has mastered so well is the amount of movement and contrast control.
Chuck
Thank you Chuck. As a matter of fact, the author of this technique mentions that high-pass is inherently contrasty. So he creates two layers, and reduces the contrast to zero in the top layer, as far as it will go. Then after applying sharpness to said layer, he will choose a blend mode for the two layers. He explains each blend mode in turn. I used the overlay and that was good to go. But you can use the others and then alter the opacity if you find it too much. Of course if not enough, you can go back and increase the sharpness.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on April 29, 2016, 11:15:07 pm
Not in the same league IMO as the previous contribution, but I rather liked this recent capture, so I'll throw it into the pot.


(http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/163111739/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on April 30, 2016, 07:23:13 am
It looks superb to me, Arlen. It draws you in right away. Love the colour contrast between the violet-blue background and the orange-red net. The irregular shape of the blue area positioned as a diagonal in the picture space gives an otherwise calm image a dynamic quality. And the small lines of red are wonderful accents that make you rest and explore the blue space, before continuing on. You can even see this as one lattice work juxtaposed against another- the small net lattice vs the large blue window lattice. First rate abstract IMO!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on April 30, 2016, 01:39:29 pm
Yes - I agree with John.  It works very well.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 01, 2016, 12:04:02 am
Me too.

Very fine.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 01, 2016, 02:59:52 pm
Thanks guys, your feedback is much appreciated.

John, yesterday I spent a couple of hours experimenting for the first time with Intentional Camera Movement. I see that getting the images to come out how you want is very challenging, to say the least. It gives me even more appreciation for the stellar results you have presented in this thread.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 02, 2016, 02:27:25 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 02, 2016, 03:26:53 pm
Nice and bubbly, Armand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 03, 2016, 02:02:14 pm
I'll stick with cords and strings for one more image.


     (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/163141333/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 03, 2016, 04:13:32 pm
Very suave, Arlen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 04, 2016, 02:08:48 pm
Why, thank you, Eric. That's a term I have not seen applied in the context of an image, but I will add it to my photographic lexicon.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 04, 2016, 02:12:54 pm
Just stumbled upon this, shot on a compact some years ago
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on May 07, 2016, 09:38:59 am
Space Flotsam
Apologies for the size.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 08, 2016, 09:36:56 pm
Imagine despoiling this beauty with a bicycle!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-mHP8mjW/0/L/Dec%2028-%202015%20City%20Hall%20Downtown%20147%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on May 08, 2016, 10:42:01 pm
Imagine despoiling this beauty with a bicycle!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-mHP8mjW/0/L/Dec%2028-%202015%20City%20Hall%20Downtown%20147%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)

Great shot!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 09, 2016, 07:33:44 pm
I've been playing with ICM for the last week. Although I'm starting to get a somewhat better feel for what to expect with different camera settings and movements, the results have been pretty disappointing. This is the only one so far that I would even consider letting anyone see.


Beamed Blooms


     (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/163184494/original.jpg)


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 09, 2016, 08:28:11 pm
That's definitely a keeper, Arlen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 09, 2016, 08:52:28 pm
Looks pretty good, Arlen. This looks like about 1/15-1/8, panned rapidly? Though I like it, I think as you get experienced, you can try for slightly slower down/up, pan-movement. That would have shortened your flower lines, and I think would be slightly more pleasing. Easier said than done, I know! You want to get that composition in the final image, and not just the right blur. Less cropping, no matter which kind of photography is always desirable.

Are you using an Olympus? And is there any noticeable lag when you press the shutter?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 09, 2016, 08:57:48 pm
Went out today to RBG, in Burlington, Ontario. Great place for trees and flowers. But what did I bring back?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-CnVxw7v/0/L/IMGP9206%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 10, 2016, 01:11:16 pm
But what did I bring back?

You brought back something pretty darned interesting, that's what. I like it.

Concerning the image that I posted, yes it was shot with an Oly E-M1 and Oly 40-150mm f/2.8 lens at 85 mm (170 mm equivalent). The E-M1 has very little shutter lag, less than most DSLRs, including my Canon 5D. The shutter speed for this shot was 1/4 sec. I think you are right about the panning speed. I find it very tricky to get the right speed and direction, and to press the shutter at just the right time. It seems that you have to start panning before you press the shutter, and to continue panning after it closes, to avoid some artifacts. Getting all this down correctly within a fraction of a second will definitely take some practice. How long have you been using this technique?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 10, 2016, 02:33:28 pm
About 5 or more years. I was kind of reluctant to waste too much time on it until I started seeing some good results. Then it took me a while longer to realize that I could get a higher percentage of successful images with practice. You seem to have hit the nail on the head as far as basic technique is concerned. One more tip. You can use your tripod as brace for more controlled and shorter blur streaks. So with camera unmounted, place arms or hands atop tripod head. Then make you motions. If you find it uncomfortable just place something on top of head. The free hand technique, as you describe it is good for that clean linear look and this is what most people strive for. Take note that results of panning up vs down may look similar but they are not. If you include trunks of trees for example, you will readily see the differences. One drags part of the top of the image toward the bottom, while the other drags the bottom upwards. Look for ghosting at bottom or top of image and decide if that is what you like.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 10, 2016, 04:56:58 pm
One from the RBG gardens.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dB5V89w/0/L/IMGP8926%20LowQcopy-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on May 11, 2016, 10:24:55 am
That's another winner, John. But I'm trying to figure out how you managed to get most of the flowers only modestly blurred, while others are rendered as streaks. Multiple exposure?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 11, 2016, 06:26:30 pm
Yes, two exposures. More than two everything gets murky. Multiple exposures works good when you make micromovements.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 14, 2016, 12:11:07 am
Outside the National Gallery of Art, Ottawa, Canada. Then, of course, I have to try out the seats.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-9frCxQp/0/L/IMGP9535%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-jGFgQ98/0/L/IMGP9543%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OTTAWA/i-fFPHDhf/0/L/IMGP9655%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 14, 2016, 08:32:26 pm
More subtle, more light blue with a hint of yellow.

JMR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OTTAWA/i-xdwz6NN/0/L/IMGP9785%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on May 15, 2016, 01:17:19 am
(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32254_122866474399693_7293032_n.jpg?oh=1498de885f21c5b9d6cb812d13286503&oe=57D83578)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 15, 2016, 01:24:35 pm
(https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32254_122866474399693_7293032_n.jpg?oh=1498de885f21c5b9d6cb812d13286503&oe=57D83578)


So whose (maker's) hood is it?

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Michael West on May 15, 2016, 02:19:39 pm
Rob  C.

I have no idea as to what sort of auto it was other than "olde".  I was too shocked by the lovely naturally occurring stripping to even look...beyond that.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 16, 2016, 04:03:52 am
Rob  C.

I have no idea as to what sort of auto it was other than "olde".  I was too shocked by the lovely naturally occurring stripping to even look...beyond that.


Are you kidding? That probably represents hours of polishing and mind-bending effort!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 16, 2016, 01:47:02 pm
Since the image was soft to begin with, I decided to play around with it.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OTTAWA/i-KgsBmwv/0/L/May%2013-%202016%20Ottawa%20jpegs%20317%20bwcopy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 16, 2016, 02:28:34 pm
Must be the way I live: I see a bar and foot-rail...

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on May 16, 2016, 02:32:30 pm
Must be the way I live: I see a bar and foot-rail...

Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 16, 2016, 02:47:41 pm
Must be the way I live: I see a bar and foot-rail...

;-)

Rob C
Close Rob. But thank you for the feedback Slobodan and Rob. It's a museum railing set against a corner installation. The internal architecture and design of the building is quite fine combining modern and native inspired elements.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on May 18, 2016, 02:23:40 am
Possibly a bit literal for an abstract but the intention is there.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/27018647901_f3bab0600d_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HaxCGV)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on May 18, 2016, 08:20:42 am
City Girls?

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/8354415_orig.jpg)

Rob
I prefer woodland nymphs...much less frightening.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 18, 2016, 08:54:20 am
I prefer woodland nymphs...much less frightening.

Peter

Living by the sea, I'm quite partial to the charms of water sprites (not to be confused, of course, with those totally useless mermaids).

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 18, 2016, 07:27:31 pm
I know it looks like Christmas, but it's just me experimenting with the refreshing colours of springtime. And as Rob said, it is hard to resist the siren song of the unexpected.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-VT9pN9M/0/L/IMGP0074%20copy1000-L.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on May 19, 2016, 08:06:12 am
...totally useless mermaids.
Rob C

And unicorns...don't forget unicorns.

 :~ )
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 19, 2016, 08:54:49 am
And unicorns...don't forget unicorns.

 :~ )

Ah, unicorns.

I'm reluctant to say much about them, other than that, so far, they are far more fortunate than either elephants of rhinos: they have managed to avoid medical status even in the further reaches of the planet.

Rob

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 19, 2016, 06:30:08 pm
Serenity of green and overcast light.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-ZbGdZ4P/0/L/IMGP0328%20May%2019-%202016%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 19, 2016, 06:43:25 pm
OK, back to another "classic" JMR. Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on May 20, 2016, 02:15:43 am
Lovely colours John. Clever work.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on May 23, 2016, 07:39:07 pm
An apparition that briefly visited us a few days ago....
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on May 23, 2016, 07:41:39 pm
And a couple of colour ones...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on May 25, 2016, 02:50:08 am
Found this tonight
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 25, 2016, 04:21:52 pm
And a couple of colour ones...

The last one, of the window shadows, has really got me scratching my head trying to work out what's reflection, what's shadow and what's what: very good indeed! No, don't spoil it with any explanations!

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 29, 2016, 06:38:44 pm
Not a rainbow.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-4fmHxC5/0/XL/IMGP0892%20copy1000small-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 31, 2016, 11:38:27 am
An A Wake ning - More at 1/20 ISO 400 F:/8 From a Moving Boat moments before sunrise.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on May 31, 2016, 01:35:13 pm
An A Wake ning - More at 1/20 ISO 400 F:/8 From a Moving Boat moments before sunrise.
Cool shot Chris. I have some shots like this. Can't say I really notice the splashing water until after I saw the processed shot.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on May 31, 2016, 02:43:22 pm
I'm always surprised I can see individual water points at that low of a shutter speed.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on May 31, 2016, 03:20:29 pm
Why not Chris? They are always poised at zero in their move from up to down - the decisive moment.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on June 01, 2016, 01:09:22 pm
They are always poised at zero in their move from up to down - the decisive moment
Rob C

This the way I would photograph basketball jump balls. Lots of practice and you get good...stays with you as well.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on June 01, 2016, 05:19:01 pm
This the way I would photograph basketball jump balls. Lots of practice and you get good...stays with you as well.

Peter


Better yet, you don't have to be a yoof any longer to make the shot!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on June 02, 2016, 02:48:55 pm
And a couple of colour ones...
I like these, even if I wouldn't call them abstract in anyway.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on June 03, 2016, 09:55:02 pm
I like these, even if I wouldn't call them abstract in anyway.

Thanks

You're probably right.  :)

Graeme
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 29, 2016, 03:28:43 pm
On the colourful side...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-8m8VTv3/0/L/June%2019-%202016%20RBG%20110%20copy3%20abstract2-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on June 30, 2016, 02:52:37 am
Given the intent was not to record just what was there this might be abstract :)

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/8/7284/27927244556_9367a6851b_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JxQqQu)

It has been suggested the line at the top is redundant. I don't agree.

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on June 30, 2016, 04:53:35 am
Can't believe I just found this thread!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/All/2013/July2013/i-LtsMRkg/0/X3/_DSC9292-X3.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on June 30, 2016, 05:00:04 am
That's a tough shot to assess. I seem to say this too often but I'd want to see it printed large and I suspect it would gain strength as part of a set.

I like the colours, I like the treatment but then I am left wondering about the composition if that means anything in this context?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on June 30, 2016, 05:09:53 am
That's a tough shot to assess. I seem to say this too often but I'd want to see it printed large and I suspect it would gain strength as part of a set.

I like the colours, I like the treatment but then I am left wondering about the composition if that means anything in this context?

Agreed, a lot of my shots need to be very large to work, for me anyway.  Almost everything I shoot is stitched/stacked to get me up in the 60-100MP range.  I can't wait for huge 8K+ displays, because I don't have enough wall space!

Yes, a set would be cool, too!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on June 30, 2016, 06:11:07 am
This one is surely not stitched? Kudos to you if it is :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: mk_takes_pictures on June 30, 2016, 07:33:37 am
Agreed, a lot of my shots need to be very large to work, for me anyway.  Almost everything I shoot is stitched/stacked to get me up in the 60-100MP range.  I can't wait for huge 8K+ displays, because I don't have enough wall space!

Yes, a set would be cool, too!

I'm sure this one would make a great print.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on June 30, 2016, 02:03:32 pm
You weren't looking closely enough!

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-339-a3_orig.jpg)

;-)

Rob C
Hey Rob, such tongue in cheek titles,"Watching paint dry." Why did you take it? Must be you like to watch the paint dry ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on June 30, 2016, 02:47:42 pm
Hey Rob, such tongue in cheek titles,"Watching paint dry." Why did you take it? Must be you like to watch the paint dry ;)


Hi John,

It was an early one in a series I organized for myself.

I bought a piece of board and some cans of spray paint, and then, along with some really really old paint in semi-dried tins, I made the artwork and shot it with the camera.

Once done, I repainted the board with different colours and 'designs' and made fresh photographs of the results.

Kept me going interest-wise for a while, but as with so many things, one eventually realises that they are only substitutes for something else, and just stops... But it was fun whilst it lasted.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on June 30, 2016, 06:34:28 pm
As suggested by Eric

Chasing Egrets
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Guillermo Luijk on June 30, 2016, 06:39:10 pm

(http://www.guillermoluijk.com/misc/paseolite.jpg)

www.guillermoluijk.com

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on June 30, 2016, 08:33:17 pm
A nice bunch of very varied new ones.
Thanks BBrantley, Drmike, and Guillermo, as well as old regulars JohnR and Rob C.

And to DRMike: I agree: The line is needed to balance the dark grate near the bottom.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 03, 2016, 11:29:04 pm
Guillermo, very nice work. Not only does it have an abstract feel, but it is natural in tone.

This is supposed to be a castle, but it looks more like a mansion. I noticed the shadows which brought out the relief in the facade. Without shadows it would have very little appeal.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-pVtkGTC/0/M/July%203-%202016%20RBG%20%26%20Dundurn%20Castle%20204%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-2nhwDkc/0/M/July%203-%202016%20RBG%20%26%20Dundurn%20Castle%20136%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 04, 2016, 08:20:39 pm
Light play.

JMR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-zfWDDsc/0/M/July%203-%202016%20RBG%20%26%20Dundurn%20Castle%20118%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on July 05, 2016, 02:22:07 am
Is it abstract? I don't know but it wasn't taken as a picture of a door :)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7472/27115804415_8c7f09efbc_o.jpg)

Mike (https://flic.kr/p/Hj8zXe)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 05, 2016, 09:35:39 am
Is it abstract? I don't know but it wasn't taken as a picture of a door :)

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/8/7472/27115804415_8c7f09efbc_o.jpg)

Mike
 (https://flic.kr/p/Hj8zXe)
It works for me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on July 05, 2016, 12:00:14 pm
Dreaming My Life Away-ay-ay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 05, 2016, 03:33:37 pm
Nice, Chris.

With a hint of JohnR, and not an egret in sight.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 05, 2016, 03:49:34 pm
Yes, Chris, that last impressionist image was an egret-ious oversight on your part.

Here is one taken about 20 minutes ago in the house.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Qj9rjfg/0/M/July%205-%202016%20house%20images-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 05, 2016, 04:25:47 pm
I can't find the egrets in that one either, John.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 05, 2016, 04:56:25 pm
Yes, Chris, that last impressionist image was an egret-ious oversight on your part.

Here is one taken about 20 minutes ago in the house.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Qj9rjfg/0/M/July%205-%202016%20house%20images-M.jpg)


They're both on his shoulder à Long John Silver, Eric.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: rogerxnz on July 05, 2016, 11:52:40 pm
Someone is bound to have asked this before but, can an image be classified as an abstract if you can recognise what it is?
Roger
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on July 06, 2016, 02:37:29 am
Good question. In my view it is greatly about intent - is the above a photograph of a lamp or one that plays on shape, light and form which happens to be recognisable as a lamp.

My door above is a door but I don't care that it's a door, I like the shape etc.

I'd also add - who cares :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on July 06, 2016, 02:40:43 am
Following on the above question - is this abstract? I'd happily enter it in arhitecture in a club competition but equally it's so obviously a play on light, colour and geometry it has lost its original being.

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/2/1623/25924632414_659ff7730f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FuSw1W)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 06, 2016, 06:08:41 am
Someone is bound to have asked this before but, can an image be classified as an abstract if you can recognise what it is?
Roger


No, Roger, I don't think that it can. I think that people confuse a graphic with an abstract.

My dictionary defines it as such: relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality.

That seems perfectly clear-cut to me, but of course, I'm not a lawyer.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on July 06, 2016, 06:11:34 am
Key word attempt, I wasn't interested in the door but it happened to be represented well. I didn't attempt to do so :) Stretching it a bit I agree :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 06, 2016, 07:00:01 am
Yes the dictionary is correct. But we have discussed this before. We could have just easily called this thread, semi-abstract, or non representational imagery. In my experience, whether in art or photography few if any works appeal to people if they do not have something that people can relate to. When in an art venue or gallery, you sometimes hear comments like, I could have done that piece of garbage. If you do abstract work, you walk a fine line.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 06, 2016, 08:58:11 am
As I have suggested before, my own quasi-definition of "abstract," at least for this thread, is that if the poster sort of, kind of, thinks of an image as "abstract," then it is. If the intention is to show a visual effect rather than to show the identity of the object(s) in front of the camera, than it is OK in my book.

So what I wonder now is:  Is this post of mine sufficiently abstract???   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on July 06, 2016, 09:43:29 am
I attempted to answer that question before, in this thread:

http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=100317.msg821965#msg821965.

The gist of which is there are 14 different dictionary meanings, plus two idioms, of the term "abstract." Especially pertinent is #5, related to fine arts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 06, 2016, 10:18:32 am
I attempted to answer that question before, in this thread:

http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=100317.msg821965#msg821965.

The gist of which is there are 14 different dictionary meanings, plus two idioms, of the term "abstract." Especially pertinent is #5, related to fine arts.
And you did it very well there.

Thanks for the link.

Much to my amazement, I had completely missed that thread, which spun out while I was traipsing through the Dordogne last year.
Your images there are not about buildings as man-made structures in which people live or work, they are clearly about the patterns and light effects, which makes them abstract (#5) in my book.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 06, 2016, 01:18:18 pm
Is this the silly season? If it is, I shall refrain from commenting because my problem will be that I won't know when said season has ended.

On less abstract matters: two or so years ago I worked out the selling price for my apartment on a pound/euro conversion rate of €1,32 to the pound. Today, I discovered the pound is now worth €1,17. Of course leaving the EU won't have any effect on the pound in your pocket, just as Mr Wilson said some decades ago on another fiscal matter!

I just hope as a last desperate hope, that the matter will be thrown around in Parliament, that it finally accepts the need to take responsibility and actually govern and take at least one important decision, and that bloody clause never activated.

Watching Blair's interview post the C. Report, I felt kinda sorry for him. How wonderfully savvy these journos are today; how few of them ever had to make any decisions that made any difference at all. Oh, the strength of the wolf pack, or even, in this case, the jackals.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: diuser on July 06, 2016, 02:19:36 pm
the multiverse
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on July 08, 2016, 05:52:04 am
Green honeycomb…
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 09, 2016, 01:53:19 am
For some reason this one reminds me of surveillance, peeping eyes and sensors.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-m657BGV/0/M/Feb%2021-%202016%20Fifty%20Points%20jpg%20206%20copy1000-M.jpg)

And this one is more like light trying to envelope a space.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-RTNBFbr/0/M/Feb%2021-%202016%20Fifty%20Points%20jpg%20238%20invertcopy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on July 09, 2016, 02:22:33 am
The first one reminds me of meerkats.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/bf/c7/a7/bfc7a703fcf502ba1d2dc504593b8ee0.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on July 09, 2016, 03:07:25 am
(https://photos.smugmug.com/All/June-2016/i-Spf2n8W/1/X2/_DS27274-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on July 09, 2016, 03:13:19 am

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Events/Dyxum-Kroatia-2016-05/i-PHqgXtv/0/O/PEG_A6000_1_7639_20160529.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Events/Dyxum-Kroatia-2016-05/i-PHqgXtv/A)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Events/Dyxum-Kroatia-2016-05/i-tCmMdH6/0/O/PEG_A6000_1_7644_20160529.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Events/Dyxum-Kroatia-2016-05/i-tCmMdH6/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 09, 2016, 04:09:31 am
Very nice, brantley. The orange-yellow speckles are complimentary to the blue and really tie things together nicely. Sometimes when I see such subtle arrangement and distribution of colours I want to increase the contrast to bring out the contrasting colours even more. It may be difficult because you have soft, almost flat light. Just a thought, anyway.

 I see Pegelli is trying to become Scots, what with all that plaid. Nice work gentlemen.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on July 09, 2016, 04:43:56 am
Sometimes when I see such subtle arrangement and distribution of colours I want to increase the contrast to bring out the contrasting colours even more.

Absolutely, a great point. 

This image in particular is a confounding example, because it has two things going on:  first, over time I have learned to moderate away from just cranking the contrast on everything.  I find I enjoy a lot of softer palettes in narrower gamuts just as much.  (And one of the nice side benefits of that approach is that, since I am always shooting for printed output, they tend to stay in gamut!)

The other thing going on with this one is that there is a ton of "microcontrast" that is getting lost in this low-resolution version.  I really should have a dedicate pipeline for sharpening at each resolution, but even then I would not be able to make this particular image look the same.  I'm afraid it really has to be seen at at 8MP or greater for the local contrast to pop out correctly.  I didn't realize that when I posted it here.  :(
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 09, 2016, 11:35:18 am
Yes, nice work, folks.

I rather like the pastel effect of Bbrantley's image. I t looks to me as if it wants to be printed as a large mural.


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 09, 2016, 03:13:42 pm
Absolutely, a great point. 

[snip]... I really should have a dedicate pipeline for sharpening at each resolution, but even then I would not be able to make this particular image look the same.  I'm afraid it really has to be seen at at 8MP or greater for the local contrast to pop out correctly.  I didn't realize that when I posted it here.  :(
Actually, I agree with your comments on contrast, and moreover, with Eric's point as well. Nothing wrong with soft pastel images if it suits the subject. And your image does. But on line such images can appear to look soft due to poor focus or camera shake. I find I always have to walk a fine line with pastel-like images. Want the soft look, but not the out of focus look. Fine image, all the same.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 10, 2016, 08:07:06 pm
From the museum of civilization in Ottawa. The place is a sea of opportunity for Architecture and abstracts.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OTTAWA/i-LBNWWpr/0/M/May%2013-%202016%20Ottawa%20jpegs%20601%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/OTTAWA/i-4n7nwm2/0/M/May%2013-%202016%20Ottawa%20jpegs%20292%20copy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 10, 2016, 09:06:40 pm
Very civilized, John.  Also, gently pastel (except for the lower left, but that's to obscure the watermark slightly).  ;)

Nice,
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 11, 2016, 02:25:05 am
Thanks, Eric. Maybe that is what I should call my series from there- civilized!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on July 11, 2016, 05:15:28 am
Very civilized, John.  Also, gently pastel (except for the lower left, but that's to obscure the watermark slightly).  ;)

Nice,

+1. I really like these two.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on July 11, 2016, 12:36:09 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/8199419_orig.jpg)

Rob C

Nice one :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on July 12, 2016, 05:59:08 am
Nice one :)
I agree, very nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 12, 2016, 08:55:39 am
I agree, very nice!
+1.

But we expect that from Rob.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 13, 2016, 12:14:22 pm
Soft Lavender.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-vPTzjwR/0/M/JMRO1406%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 14, 2016, 09:51:51 am
Sometimes the colour shifts when I do in-camera motion work. If I like, I leave it. Impossible greens!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-WmqzMV3/0/M/July%2013-2016%20Weirs%20Lavender%20farm%20071%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-xsQQTkH/0/M/July%2013-2016%20Weirs%20Lavender%20farm%20076%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-KwJKRqQ/0/M/July%2013-2016%20Weirs%20Lavender%20farm%20055%20sharpcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: RSL on July 14, 2016, 10:22:04 am
Tracks
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on July 14, 2016, 01:25:18 pm
More nice ones. Thanks, guys.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 16, 2016, 05:52:04 am
Part abstract, part architecture, with busy ornate patterns. A legacy from the past. Lots of noise due to high ISO, but hopefully not that noticeable.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-WWKBW6x/0/M/May%2030-%202016%20Doors%20Open%20092%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-HvjBpjH/0/M/May%2030-%202016%20Doors%20Open%20059%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on July 16, 2016, 01:10:48 pm
A couple from Thursday.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 28, 2016, 04:12:20 am
I did simplify the background to render the arch shape more dominant, yet simpler.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-LV88Ggn/0/M/Dec%2028-%202015%20City%20Hall%20Downtown%20194%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on July 28, 2016, 07:00:08 am
A question: I really don't put much weight on labels, so it's not meant to be a challenge or attack... but what do the various readers of this thread consider to be "abstract"?

-I'd certainly put Rob C's blobs and streaks of colour in that category, even if I can work out that at some point a car tail-light was involved.

-Reflections in water can so break up the original image that it becomes an unidentifiable colour collage, or a just-slightly distorted reflection, or somewhere in between. For you personally, how far along that scale does the image remain abstract?

-John R's image above could be taken as a classical piece of architectural photography. We all know it's a stair case, all the details are present and undistorted. However they also have compositional arrangement that would allow them to still form an interesting image if one hit one's head hard enough to forget about the existence of staircases. Is that sufficient?

-Would the same be true of, for eg, one of Bill Brandt's nudes?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 28, 2016, 09:11:57 am
Graham,

For me, it has to be something that's not obviously/instantly identifiable; the more difficult to interpret the better.

I was originally put into the way of this stuff years ago, looking at Keith's found artwork:

http://www.keithlaban.com/foundpaintings.html

and also from looking at this fellow's work:

http://www.peterdefty.com/Site/ABSTRACTS.html

If you just do close-ups of details that are clearly representational, then that's something else.

I brought this up some time ago, and suggested a lot of material currently filed here under Abstracts is really Graphics, but apparently people didn't want to discern differences. That's up to them; I simply think it's careless, and does the site no favours, not least of all because it confuses newer photographers interested in understanding genre.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on July 28, 2016, 10:57:07 am
On the found image/failing paint/rust theme, you might also want to look at Tom O Scott's work:

https://500px.com/tomoscott

It's not as sustained, and it's mixed up with some B&W seal portraits and so on, but there is nice work...

Of course in many cases you can identify that it's a rusty piece of steel with paint falling off. The critical factor seems to be that its real life identity has no relationship to its aesthetic value: an architect might give some thought to the appearance of his stairs, but I doubt a commercial ship-builder gives a thought to the eventual decay of painted metal work... other than trying to avoid it. I guess the same is true of eg Lucien Clergue's shot of patchwork repairs on an American road.


Then what if they are naturally occurring, like Scott's birefringence patterns in oily water... is it a miniature landscape? In fact, there is a gallery full of Clergue images that could be called "abstracts" classified under "landscapes":

http://www.anneclergue.com/lucien-clergue-portfolio-paysages

All good mind-broadening stuff, anyway.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 28, 2016, 12:00:43 pm
How about if the thread were called Abstracts and Patterns, or Abstracts and Such?  ;)
The looser "definition" might fit the kinds of images that members like to post here, without eliciting confusion or consternation in some.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on July 28, 2016, 12:41:31 pm
Actually, on my own web site, I use this menu title: Graphics & Abstracts (http://www.slobodanblagojevic.com/p631768190). Covers all, overlaps and gray areas too.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 28, 2016, 01:02:47 pm
Some interesting work on those sites. Thanks for the links guys. I think the original intent was to create a thread for abstract, or semi abstract, or unusual hard-to-classify images, free from critique, and that was inclusive. Don't misconstrue, I do like and appreciate the comments. But I am just looking to share my work and see other people's work. Arlen's idea of Abstracts and Patterns sounds like a good idea to me, but it's all water under the bridge now. I do like Grahamby's point that although one can easily recognize some subjects, or parts thereof, many images have an abstract quality because they focus on shapes, colours or implied motion, or some other quality that is not easy to categorize.

So you want pure abstracts, take this  ;)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-cSF8gBB/0/L/Jan%209-11%20badlands%20126%20-900%20LLcopy-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-25rMnhN/0/L/Jan%209-11%20badlands%20128%20ss%20LLcopy-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-B4G6BNs/0/L/Jan%209-11%20badlands%20116%20LLcopy-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 28, 2016, 01:07:32 pm
Or how about on-the-border, minimalism combined with abstraction?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-BLRRFnz/0/M/Feb%2024-13%20Badlands%20100%20copy1050%20LLcopy-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 28, 2016, 02:30:02 pm
I'll echo John's thanks for those links, Rob and Graham. I had seen Keith Laban's work, but not the others. Rob, to me some of the abstracts that you've posted here rank right up there with those.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 28, 2016, 02:50:20 pm
I'll echo John's thanks for those links, Rob and Graham. I had seen Keith Laban's work, but not the others. Rob, to me some of the abstracts that you've posted here rank right up there with those.


Why thank you, Arlen, I'm glad you found some enjoyable! It's quite interesting to do them - partly because I'm never really sure how they are going to turn out, even though I obviously have an educated guess at where I want to go. It's a little like waiting for the Kodachromes to come back! The basic file is always pretty flat, so then it's a new departure yet again from what I was actually dealing with in the first instance. Best thing is, no people involved to have as a 'standard' for comparison, so anything goes.

Thanks again,

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 28, 2016, 06:42:05 pm
I think I know just what you mean, Rob. I feel pretty much the same way about extreme close-up abstracts that I do from time to time. It's really hard to tell exactly what I got from viewing the camera screen, so I'm often anxious to get them on the computer to take a good look. Most go in the trash, but a few nuggets pop up now and then.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 28, 2016, 11:04:01 pm
This one's from a few days ago.



     (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/163766096/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 29, 2016, 05:41:43 am
Excellent Arlen. It somehow invites you in to explore the mystery. Did you use extension tubes?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on July 29, 2016, 11:23:35 am
Excellent Arlen. It somehow invites you in to explore the mystery. Did you use extension tubes?

JR


Nah, silk sheets come more to mind, but YMMD.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 29, 2016, 11:59:50 am
 ;D

They're kind of like clouds, what you see in them reflects the mind of the beholder.

John, it was just my Olympus macro lens at closest focus, 1:1; and a slight crop for the sake of composition.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 29, 2016, 06:39:51 pm
When I played around with the colour slider on this one, it started to look like the flames from hell, so I left the it alone. More pastel-like.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-5Q2Rgfr/0/M/JMRO1517%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on July 30, 2016, 01:48:02 pm
More graphic then abstract, then...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on July 30, 2016, 03:42:42 pm
When I played around with the colour slider on this one, it started to look like the flames from hell, so I left the it alone. More pastel-like.

Flames from hell might be exciting, but I think it looks very good as is. Pastel seems to fit these kinds of images quite well.

Graham, nice catch. But realize that when you delve into pavement, you are playing on Eric M.'s turf.  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 30, 2016, 05:20:57 pm
I shot this at an oblique angle and despite using f16 or f22, I was not able to get the whole subject in focus. Thus part of my nebulous image is as is as soft as my understanding of the universe.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-X9K4nWS/0/M/JMRO1544%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tim Lookingbill on July 30, 2016, 06:06:48 pm
From the length of this thread it appears abstracts are more popular than I thought. Some really nice work here.

I find hunting for them with a wondering eye as much fun as making them.

Macro shots of soda lime glass Pyrex lit under a combination of kitchen window daylight and fluorescent tubes can create some unexpected color combinations and distorted shapes and tones.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on July 31, 2016, 09:36:16 am
Welcome to the club Tim. I am going to try some of those techniques that you mention. I always wanted to try photographing light through glass.
In the meantime, it's back to the fantasy garden.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XNd4wJP/0/M/July%2029-%202016%20James%20Gardens%20jpegs%20011%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on July 31, 2016, 12:18:39 pm
Now that I see it, I think I prefer the saturated version.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on August 01, 2016, 03:07:16 am
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 01, 2016, 03:28:10 pm
Had a good day yesterday. So here is one more.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-VTQTF6T/0/L/Aug%201-%202016%20RBG%20067%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: tom b on August 02, 2016, 06:59:57 am
Not one of mine, "The view from Jupiter's south pole from the Juno spacecraft has just been released. Amazing".

Jupiter (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209711521603161&set=a.4400917899460.2181631.1183923795&type=3&theater)

Cheers,
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 03, 2016, 10:14:37 am
Playing with fire.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-676cKCs/0/L/JMRO1890%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on August 03, 2016, 07:13:58 pm
John, many of your images really get me to thinking. Like, now just how the heck did he do that?


This one was shot during the same session as the last one I contributed.


  (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/163807252/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on August 03, 2016, 08:31:54 pm
Reflection of a building in a nearby river
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 03, 2016, 08:59:32 pm
I've been away for a week and a half, and some very nice images have shown up in my absence.
Thanks, folks!

Notice of coming attractions:
As soon as I have some new images ready to post, I plan to close this thread and open another thread with a new title that I hope will satisfy those who object to my own fuzzy definition of "Abstracts."   ;)

Watch this space...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on August 03, 2016, 09:19:15 pm
Looking forward to your new images, Eric.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on August 03, 2016, 10:49:51 pm

Welcome home Eric~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on August 04, 2016, 03:13:46 am

Welcome home Eric~


Such hard, unloving lips...

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on August 04, 2016, 05:45:26 pm
This one was shot during the same session as the last one I contributed.

I like... thanks :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 05, 2016, 12:42:59 pm
I worked on this one a bit because I like the raw abstract look so much I could not let it go.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-bCpxhRv/0/M/Aug%203-%202016%20James%20Gardens%20049%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 08, 2016, 11:16:19 pm
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-Bv5VFQC/0/M/Aug%201-%202016%20RBG%20026%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on August 09, 2016, 12:37:55 am
Patricia, that's gorgeous!  It must qualify as an abstract because it took me several minutes to figure out what it was.  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 09, 2016, 11:03:09 am
Decided to try a sort of bw version of this multiple-exposure shot.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XpxFsHm/0/M/Oct%2022-%202012%20High%20Park%20043%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: marton on August 15, 2016, 10:22:37 am
Here we go
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 15, 2016, 02:56:22 pm
I went on guided walk of a neighbourhood in the city and couldn't help transforming some of what I saw.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-qfHdmLW/0/M/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20058%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)

Or just plain changing the perspective.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-SBs7jpk/0/M/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20130%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 15, 2016, 11:54:38 pm
Awesome shots, John!
Do you exhibit prints of your abstracts?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: wmchauncey on August 16, 2016, 11:17:08 am
Ponder a universe that cracked

(http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l383/chauncey43/crack-in-universe-copy.jpg) (http://s329.photobucket.com/user/chauncey43/media/crack-in-universe-copy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts, Designs, and Patterns, Oh my!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 16, 2016, 01:07:16 pm
A while ago I said I was going to close this thread and open a new one with a title that might be less offensive to those that feel that my quasi-definition of "Abstracts" is too loose. But so much good stuff keeps being posted here that I have changed my mind.

Since I can't find a way to change the title of the entire thread, I have changed the title of this post to show what I was intending.

Cheers,

Eric

 ;D

P.S. I love your universe, William!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on August 16, 2016, 02:49:40 pm
To continue
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 17, 2016, 04:04:54 pm
Awesome shots, John!
Do you exhibit prints of your abstracts?
Thanks for the comments Eric. Not really, but I do slide shows in club settings and have been asked to do an exhibition. I am working on it.

Here is one, that believe it or not was taken in camera with about 40 in-camera exposures. More expressionist than abstract.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dHTGpth/0/L/RBG%20Aug%2017-2016%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-qmwdsXt/0/L/JMRO2017%20Aug%2017-2017%20RBG%20copy1000smug-L.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on August 21, 2016, 10:39:41 pm
(https://photos.smugmug.com/All/July/i-zzPf4hj/0/X2/_DS27733-Pano-X2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on August 22, 2016, 03:49:44 am
A broken pattern

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: petermfiore on August 23, 2016, 10:57:59 am
A broken pattern

This is a glass, half full or half empty, kind of picture...down or up. I go with the staircase up. Either way I like it.

Peter
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 23, 2016, 09:32:04 pm
Familiar places, new design.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-H258PD9/0/L/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20177%20copy20299-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on August 24, 2016, 12:20:55 am
It's been a while since I checked in on this thread, and some fine contributions have been added in the meantime. I particularly like Pegelli's broken pattern, Bbrantley's red specks on blue green, John R's black and white multi-exposure, and Patricia's B-I-L-lumine.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on August 27, 2016, 02:48:35 am
~from Little Island.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 27, 2016, 08:28:02 am
~from Little Island.
Beautiful! It really draws me into its depths.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on August 27, 2016, 05:21:47 pm
Greetings Eric. Greetings Arlen. As one of you knows, it has been a long and somewhat traumatic road to return to the sea, and at long last with no need to leave these islands. I am fortunate beyond words to be on an island directly on a reach linking the islands of Penobscot Bay. Pre glacial history is visible in places of eruption at surface and my time, whenever the pressing severing process from my former life allows, is spent familiarizing myself with the tides and ledge locations and accessibility for this winter's explorations. Did finally start to unpack a crate containing some gear, which I have been unable to justify even touching for a good while now. The moment I am behind a lens, or extended onto parallels by them, I am ripped away from the responsibilities I must yet complete to breathe this luxury of age. I am so appreciative of this LULA community. It has kept me feeling alive with hope as I navigated here to see the richness of possibility among such diverse members. I promise to attempt not to overstay the welcome always extended, but I now never leave for the most trivial reason without a camera or sketch notebook of some sort close at hand.
Thankyou, and Lumine!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on August 27, 2016, 10:46:51 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 28, 2016, 12:15:05 am
Patricia,

Do keep that camera and sketch pad handy, and share more with us as you merge with your island!

Arlen,

Those last two images make a fine visual response to Patricia's post.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 28, 2016, 02:14:36 am
I would love to see Patricia's bw, other-worldly image. But so many people are posting huge images that will not fit on my screen- and I have 25 inch screen! Maybe I have some setting turned off. Every image used to resize automatically. But since I upgraded my computer, only images smaller than 1200pix will fit on the monitor.

Anyway, like most of what I see, but would love to see the silver movement from Patricia without having to download the whole image!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-xf9KjmK/0/L/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20007%20bwcopy0009-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-3jrM6cL/0/L/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20017%20smugcopy0025-L.jpg)




Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on August 28, 2016, 08:27:53 am
I would love to see Patricia's bw, other-worldly image. But so many people are posting huge images that will not fit on my screen- and I have 25 inch screen! Maybe I have some setting turned off. Every image used to resize automatically. But since I upgraded my computer, only images smaller than 1200pix will fit on the monitor.

Anyway, like most of what I see, but would love to see the silver movement from Patricia without having to download the whole image!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-xf9KjmK/0/L/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20007%20bwcopy0009-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-3jrM6cL/0/L/Aug%2014-%202016%20Annex%20Walk-%20Toronto%20017%20smugcopy0025-L.jpg)
John,

What browser are you using? I find Firefox is best for LuLa for me. I click on a thumbnail and a new page opens with the image just fitting my screen.
I used to use Internet Explorer, but in Win 10 now it messes up many things.

P.S. Nice buildings. Did you have them custom built for you to photograph?   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 29, 2016, 11:41:53 am
I use Chrome. Maybe I will try Firefox. I figured out the problem. I had Chrome set at 125%, so the image would not auto fill. Now it does. I simply reverted to 100% and then selected 125% form text only.

Here are some images of abstracts that I spotted at my local grocer. You can see part of the sign, which I did not want. But a couple of days before, there was no sign, so I envisioned a fine abstract but was too late!! The sign went up.

Here is the first with sign.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-nmwDzjV/0/M/IMG_0006%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)

Here is second, cropped to what I envisioned before sign went up. In fact I wanted the
shadows to project in the white area.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-NXCqfW9/0/M/IMG_0006%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Here is one with longer shadows, but again waited about one hour too long. Lost oblique
shadows which are are much more dynamic. Still looks cool, I think.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-5BfRVdn/0/M/Aug%2029-%202016%20grocer%20abstract%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on August 31, 2016, 08:47:32 pm
From the surreal garden.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-w86vpbX/0/M/JMRO2191%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on September 11, 2016, 09:57:02 pm
Shot this during a photo walk a few weeks back.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on September 12, 2016, 04:59:01 am
Shot this during a photo walk a few weeks back.

Andrew, lovely streamer effect :) Thanks for posting that.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 13, 2016, 09:32:10 pm
By window light.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rfqDgVm/0/M/JMRO2401%20copy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 13, 2016, 11:09:13 pm
Outdoor light. Hit auto contrast and everything went berserk, way too saturated. Had to tone it down to more realistic levels.

JMR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-2mZQ6fL/0/M/Oct-12-07-highpark%20001%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: philaitman on September 14, 2016, 03:45:42 am
Shot this during a photo walk a few weeks back.

I like that a lot Andrew.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 14, 2016, 10:13:03 am
I like that a lot Andrew.
I do too.

And John R is always reliable.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on September 14, 2016, 09:29:23 pm
Thanks Eric, Phil and Graham! Was surprised I got the shot to be honest, we began the hour long challenge for the photowalk (light and shadow) with about 20 minutes of light left, before the clouds rolled in. I guess it just goes to show that it ain't over till it's over! This was the other shot I took the same day, I used the Velvia profile on my X-Pro 2 to enhance the dreary conditions.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on September 15, 2016, 12:37:15 am
  I  think I'll contribute a couple.

  (https://photos.smugmug.com/Vacation/Bodega-Bay-10-07/i-kD486pq/0/O/_DSC1877.jpg)



  (https://photos.smugmug.com/Vacation/Bodega-Bay-10-07/i-RhLczRj/0/O/_DSC1883.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 15, 2016, 03:55:23 am
Two beautiful images, Rich; simple and (probably) straight is usually best, as you illustrate here.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 16, 2016, 09:09:35 am
Bold and colourful.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-dc5BPWK/0/M/IMG_0016%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 16, 2016, 02:29:55 pm
Bold and colourful.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-dc5BPWK/0/M/IMG_0016%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)



Gripping graphic (pace Eric!) that does what it does very nicely.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on September 16, 2016, 10:48:39 pm
Two beautiful images, Rich; simple and (probably) straight is usually best, as you illustrate here.

Rob C

 Thank you for the kind words. Yes, pretty much as shot, no crop, little development.

  Rich
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 16, 2016, 11:54:58 pm
Very nice ones, Rich and John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on September 18, 2016, 01:11:04 am
Thanks Eric.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 18, 2016, 03:29:14 am
Don't ask :)

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8454/29635032362_67d84a6d84_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/M9KhDQ)[

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 18, 2016, 04:32:37 am
Cyborg's runny nose?

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 18, 2016, 08:39:33 am
Cyborg's runny nose?

Rob
I can come up with several other interpretations, too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 18, 2016, 04:47:08 pm
Excellent Mike!

Let the colours roll.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Bygone-Days/i-QcfXbbv/1/M/Sept%2018-%202015%20Bygone%20Days%20001%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on September 18, 2016, 07:01:11 pm
Very nice, John. Great palette, neat reflections, and shapes.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bbrantley on September 18, 2016, 11:54:58 pm
Loving these abstracts, folks.  Keep them coming!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/All/2013/May2013/i-Q3dZcBg/0/XL/_DSC0494-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on September 19, 2016, 12:37:02 am
Loving these abstracts, folks.  Keep them coming!

(https://photos.smugmug.com/All/2013/May2013/i-Q3dZcBg/0/XL/_DSC0494-XL.jpg)

Wonderful colours bbrantley, the flowing lines make the shot appear more like an abstract painting  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on September 19, 2016, 10:33:38 am
Wonderful images in this thread!


Ghosts

(http://www.frankdisilvestro.com.au/img/s3/v43/p524802666-5.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 19, 2016, 01:09:00 pm
Nicely spooky.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 20, 2016, 08:30:57 pm
Shifty shadow play at work.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-ggBZmtH/0/M/IMG_0001%20bwcopy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 21, 2016, 10:11:21 am
Very cool, Rob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 21, 2016, 11:40:14 am
I don't see any blue, but it is still pretty cool and full of energy.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on September 21, 2016, 11:43:32 am
John, please report to the colour management and screen calibration thread... ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 21, 2016, 02:35:31 pm
I don't see any blue, but it is till pretty cool and full of energy.

JR


John -

I took my cue from the Red Sea: sailed it end-to-end four times (steamer, not dainty sails!) and nary a glimpse of red over the rail! Perhaps if I'd travelled on the other side... guess I was only half-posh.

Interesting about the energy: physically, I have practically none left. This makes me feel more secure in my beliefs of forms of immortality post-death.

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 22, 2016, 12:59:50 am
My, my, Rob, but you have have been around the world. I only I will have such memories...

I confess that this image has been somewhat manipulated, to give it RBG look. However, this is allowed in my camera club, and I wanted to show you can have exotic images without going to exotic places.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-KKrGbpQ/0/M/IMG_0009%20copy3%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 22, 2016, 05:19:23 am
My, my, Rob, but you have have been around the world. I only I will have such memories...

I confess that this image has been somewhat manipulated, to give it RBG look. However, this is allowed in my camera club, and I wanted to show you can have exotic images without going to exotic places.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-KKrGbpQ/0/M/IMG_0009%20copy3%20copy1000-M.jpg)


Hi John,

Early travel. Well, it was all beyond anything over which I had a say at the time, but I did enjoy it as much as anybody under sixteen does. ;-)

I know the truth in what you say about the need to move or not to move elsewhere in order to find pix. The real need is to open one's eyes, and look, and then see.

I think that part of the problem is found in trying to make one's current location fit into another set of circumstances. For example: I love Saul Leiter's work, but the parts of it I admire mostly involved a small area of New York. I live between two villages - pretty much - with the closest thing to a city being Palma, some sixty klicks away, a long drive only to find parking problems and expensive coffee with absolutely no yellow cabs! So what to do? Can't really ape that genre -maybe it's already vanished within New York - so I ended up looking for the micro detail which, through its own mannerisms, exists everywhere will you but look for it.

But that's personal work. For professional, it's almost completely the other way around: you have to travel to find the locations that suit the job. However, if you have the personal circustances that allow you to travel just for fun, then it certainly will offer you the shock of the new which, of itself, opens the eyes and thus the photographic chances of something different.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on September 23, 2016, 12:41:30 am
Backwater
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 23, 2016, 02:58:14 am
I think I'm allowed to say that this is a nicely composed shot with great colours. I forget where it's OK to comment and where not :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 23, 2016, 04:28:50 am
I think I'm allowed to say that this is a nicely composed shot with great colours. I forget where it's OK to comment and where not :)


;-) x 2

If a little dig in the direction of Without Prejudice, the only section with some requested, non-format specific restrictions, then let me reconfirm:
the idea behind Prejudice is simple - just a place to post images when you really don't want or need 'how to' advice. There's no policy regarding other comments, in the sense that you can like or hate with equal freedom; just don't suggest processing and/or cropping changes please.

Let the photographer's decisions stand, and base opinions - if any - on the image as it is, not how you'd like to alter it. You can't do much about any art gallery image, so think of these submitted pictures in the same way: they are as they are, for better or for worse.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 23, 2016, 05:02:18 am
Not at all a dig at without prejudice which I now understand, rather at least one other topic where it was suggested I was not qualified to comment so I am now much more reluctant to post but this image struck me as particularly bold.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on September 23, 2016, 07:46:12 am
Mike, there are only two types of threads on LuLa when it comes to restricted comments:

- Without Prejudice and

- With Prima Donnas

 ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 23, 2016, 09:20:20 am
Mike, there are only two types of threads on LuLa when it comes to restricted comments:

- Without Prejudice and

- With Prima Donnas

 ;)


Why can't I find Prima Donnas, Slobodan? I'd love to contribute!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on September 23, 2016, 09:44:36 am
Mike, there are only two types of threads on LuLa when it comes to restricted comments:

- Without Prejudice and

- With Prima Donnas

 ;)

:)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 23, 2016, 11:25:31 am
:)
+1.    ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on September 24, 2016, 11:44:45 am
A couple of very different images but they are both about playing with light.
Keep the abstracts coming!

Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 25, 2016, 05:11:17 am
Flying saucer with clouds in background?   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on September 25, 2016, 05:16:56 am
Excellent shadows :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 25, 2016, 06:33:36 am
Flying saucer with clouds in background?   ;)

Low-flying saucer with clouds in b/ground!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 25, 2016, 06:35:01 am
Excellent shadows :)


Not quite: I think you may be confusing time warp with shadow. It's easily done.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on September 25, 2016, 12:15:51 pm
Two From a Series on the Dichotomies of Yellowstone - the gentle reminders you're shooting in the basin of an active volcano that's overdue for a primal show.



Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 25, 2016, 03:47:18 pm
HI,

I think the lower one has caught something quite powerful.

I watched a nature docu. once about the Yellowstone area where a bison wanders across the picture whilst the voice remarks that that bison hasn't got the slightest idea what could happen at any moment. For some reason that had me falling off the sofa with laughter. In retrospect, perhaps the mirth wasn't really about the animal at all, but a reflection of every one of us all the time and everywhere!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on September 25, 2016, 07:59:20 pm
Not quite as abstract but the same kind of feeling exists as it did with the Buffalo.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on September 25, 2016, 08:05:10 pm
Stunning work Chris, although I do prefer the more abstract version of the above landscape. It's a great example of symmetry in nature, and I like the subtle tones and clarity of the ground texture.

This image is one from the "I can't believe I forgot I shot that" archive, took this sometime last year from my front door as the sun rose on a foggy morning.




Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on September 26, 2016, 09:14:48 pm
Our group did an architecture walk in downtown Toronto. I always tell people when the light gets harsh and creates deep shadows, why not look for graphic-type images. They are everywhere.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/ROM-Annex-Walk-August-2016/i-qZvSXvN/0/L/Sept%2025-%202016%20Annex%20outing%20104%20copybw-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 28, 2016, 08:00:35 am
Good stuff, folks!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on September 29, 2016, 08:15:34 am
(http://www.frankdisilvestro.com.au/img/s7/v158/p873363599-5.jpg)

Regards
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on September 29, 2016, 09:22:48 am
Very nice, Francisco.

Assuming you shot non-Leica-mono-digital ( ;-) ) did you work it in colour too?

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on September 29, 2016, 09:35:51 am
Like it :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: FranciscoDisilvestro on September 29, 2016, 12:45:59 pm
Thanks for your comments, Rob & Graham

Very nice, Francisco.

Assuming you shot non-Leica-mono-digital ( ;-) ) did you work it in colour too?

Rob

No, the original was not too colorful, I might experiment with it
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on September 29, 2016, 11:14:30 pm
Flirt~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on September 30, 2016, 12:26:33 am
Flirt~
Very close to your new home, I bet.

Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on September 30, 2016, 06:10:39 pm
beautiful tones and colours Patricia, love it :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 02, 2016, 05:49:25 pm
Opposing Forces
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on October 02, 2016, 05:57:50 pm
Rob: perfect title for a perfect abstract.

Chris: pleasing colors...well seen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 02, 2016, 06:04:09 pm
I really like that one, Rob. It makes you study it to see the subtlety of the differentiation between dark blue and black.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 02, 2016, 07:34:28 pm
Like them both, Rob and Chris. Rob's in particular, is very abstract and makes you study the image, as Arlen said.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 03, 2016, 04:00:55 am
Thank you, folks!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 03, 2016, 04:03:42 am
I really like that one, Rob. It makes you study it to see the subtlety of the differentiation between dark blue and black.

It's nice to see people pick up on the blue - apart from anything to do with art, it's encouraging to know my monitor is still working!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 06, 2016, 11:35:41 am
Rob,

If you do a book of your whimsical abstracts, I'll buy a copy.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 06, 2016, 11:45:16 am
Rob,

If you do a book of your whimsical abstracts, I'll buy a copy.

Eric, if you buy twenty thousand, then I'll be able to afford to make one!

Thanks for the sentiment, though; I really do enjoy playing around like this - the one real blessing of digital for me.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 07, 2016, 05:58:38 pm
I was travelling through Algonquin Park area and these are a few from there:

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dQGVfGW/0/L/JMRO3156%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-dbzkXL2/0/L/JMRO3440%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-5PJP2rL/0/L/JMRO2773%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 07, 2016, 11:43:15 pm
That's a very appealing set, John. Very painterly.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 07, 2016, 11:50:10 pm
That's a very appealing set, John. Very painterly.
Yes indeed.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 09, 2016, 08:34:34 am
We certainly don't get the kind of fall colors John previously posted, but we do get enough to have some fun with exposures.

Fall Colors I, II, III
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 09, 2016, 10:02:56 am
Well done, Chris.

I think there was a heron at the top of the central tree in #1, but he flew off before you shot it because he didn't want to be blurred.   :D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 09, 2016, 02:16:24 pm
Well done, Chris.

I think there was a heron at the top of the central tree in #1, but he flew off before you shot it because he didn't want to be blurred.   :D

No, it was a Great Egret he was on another branch cleaning his beak. See!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 09, 2016, 03:06:43 pm
Many of my multiple exposure attempts came out less than pleasing. So it always leads to more experimentation. And here is one.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9F5NW8W/0/L/Oct%205-%202016%20Algonquin%20area%20174%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on October 11, 2016, 01:49:08 pm
home and abroad
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 11, 2016, 02:40:03 pm
Took a second, Bruce...but pretty dang slick!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 12, 2016, 07:24:44 pm
immy Buffet
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: bob_noble on October 13, 2016, 08:05:40 pm
Autumn Palette.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on October 14, 2016, 12:18:14 am
~Ebb.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 14, 2016, 04:32:15 am
~Ebb.


If you painted like that, I believe you'd be onto a good thing.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 14, 2016, 09:31:05 am
~Ebb.
You are onto a good thing.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 14, 2016, 09:58:02 am
Autumn Palette.


Very good, simple and evocative image.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on October 14, 2016, 07:19:27 pm
Shot this one a while back, reminds me of lost souls swirling in the darkness.

 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on October 14, 2016, 09:39:41 pm
With everybody presenting different camera movements here is my little attempt from few days ago
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 15, 2016, 02:05:14 pm
I like your little attempt, Armand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 15, 2016, 05:18:51 pm
I like your little attempt, Armand.
I do too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 19, 2016, 10:33:07 am
The Cypress Stand
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 19, 2016, 12:20:57 pm
Many forecasters predicted the autumn colours would not be so good this year, at least in Ontario, Canada. Forecasters said because of the extraordinarily dry hot summer, many trees would shed their leaves without turning colour. But as far as I can tell, these are the best colours I have seen in over five years. But one thing is true, the trees have a very high drop rate. So if you want to photograph autumn, get going!

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Rockwood-Conservation-Scotts/i-JKKsrsT/0/L/Oct%2016-%202016%20Rockwood%20Conservation%20237%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Rockwood-Conservation-Scotts/i-FWdCNMn/0/L/Oct%2016-%202016%20Rockwood%20Conservation%20173%20copy1000-L.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 19, 2016, 02:14:21 pm
The Cypress Stand


Nice one; reminds me of Riaan's oeuvre too. You both employ an 'organic' kind of image manipulation that I find honest.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 19, 2016, 02:22:32 pm
Thanks Rob. Top image is simple multiple exposure, abt. 12 in "bright mode"- retains highlights; second is camera motion. Now I have to look up "Riaan's ouvre."

JR

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 19, 2016, 02:50:58 pm
Yours are nice too, but I think he was quoting my image.  :o
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 19, 2016, 02:53:02 pm

Nice one; reminds me of Riaan's ouvre too. You both employ an 'organic' kind of image manipulation that I find honest.

Rob

Actually, other than cropping and doing some curves adjustments, I didn't do any PP manipulation. I did do it in the camera by taking advantage of being in a moving boat to get a nice smooth blur on the surface.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 19, 2016, 02:56:27 pm
Actually, other than cropping and doing some curves adjustments, I didn't do any PP manipulation. I did do it in the camera by taking advantage of being in a moving boat to get a nice smooth blur on the surface.

I wasn't referring to Photoshop stuff... best manipulation is in-camera. I bought an ND filter just for that reason.

Rob

P.S.

(Problem with a Spanish computer system is that spellcheck doesn't work in English, and critical typos go unseen until too late; hence my personal version of oeuvre now "ouvre'ed" for ever and ever! Using it, the spelling device, underlines every English word in red. Thankfully, the T tool in PS can be used and checked without problems!)

P.S. 2

I think the frequency of my typos expands with the wearing of earphones.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on October 19, 2016, 03:41:17 pm
(Problem with a Spanish computer system is that spellcheck doesn't work in English,

Rob, you should be able to download extra dictionaries... I can swap between French (which I need) and English (which I'd like to think I don't, but as time goes on...) with a right-click in the text box. That's with Chrome. Same with Libre Office, where I can specify at each line which language it should work in (important also for spacing rules, quotation marks etc).

The worst experience is MS Outlook, which insists on guessing, usually gets it wrong for a few lines and then highlights the errors it created by "correcting" one language to another... I'm obliged to use it at work, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 19, 2016, 04:15:47 pm
Rob, you should be able to download extra dictionaries... I can swap between French (which I need) and English (which I'd like to think I don't, but as time goes on...) with a right-click in the text box. That's with Chrome. Same with Libre Office, where I can specify at each line which language it should work in (important also for spacing rules, quotation marks etc).

The worst experience is MS Outlook, which insists on guessing, usually gets it wrong for a few lines and then highlights the errors it created by "correcting" one language to another... I'm obliged to use it at work, unfortunately.


I have Libre Office; I also have the Concise Oxford (English), (just in case of LuLa challenges!) and I have Chrome as well as Firefox, but the Windows 8.1 that lives in the computer seems to look the other way - or doesn't activate when I write here, for example. Maybe I just don't know how to activate it to work automatically, which wouldn't surprise me in the least, and which reminds me that I should have asked my kid or her hubby, who have just gone home today! Damn; even the memory (mine) fails at the wrong moment. The dictionary works well when I double click it to open the thing up. Though I usually forget, it also speaks, but it's usually the spelling that catches me out, not pronunciation.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 20, 2016, 12:19:26 pm
It fits nicely, Rob.

I'm delighted that many posters in this thread have creatively stretched my quasi-definition of "abstract."
If it jolts the gut in some way, go for it!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on October 20, 2016, 06:23:12 pm
Pushing to fit 'abstraction', but I think it perhaps slips into the recently redefined paradigm. ;-)

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2671_orig.jpg)

Rob

I really like the tones and the composition. It's a very simple shot, yet I get a very uneasy feeling from viewing it, as if something will emerge from the fog at any moment. Nice work :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: sdwilsonsct on October 21, 2016, 07:54:40 pm
Three trees. This must be the nth time I have shot this.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on October 22, 2016, 08:32:42 am
Parallelogram
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 22, 2016, 10:27:31 am
Nice. At first glance I thought it was from Slobodan.
(That's a compliment.)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 22, 2016, 10:47:04 am
Very well done, Chris, especially the processing.

I like your doggy stick too, Rob. And in this one I can almost make out how you did it. Almost.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 22, 2016, 11:01:27 am
Very well done, Chris, especially the processing.

I like your doggy stick too, Rob. And in this one I can almost make out how you did it. Almost.  ;)

Stick: it's straight, except for the usual Curves and some toning. Like most of these things, it's done the easy way: one shot, in camera.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on October 22, 2016, 01:11:15 pm
Sucked Into a Whirlpool of Color - just having fun.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 22, 2016, 03:05:58 pm
Makes me think Alfred Hitchcock.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Andrew David on October 22, 2016, 04:59:59 pm
Makes me think Alfred Hitchcock.

Rob

...or perhaps David Lynch. Great shot David, really love the colour and light in this one!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 22, 2016, 06:28:12 pm
Stick: it's straight, except for the usual Curves and some toning.
How can you call it "straight?" I see a definite bend in it, part way up.    :D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 22, 2016, 06:29:39 pm
Sucked Into a Whirlpool of Color - just having fun.
Alain and Andrew are really getting to you, aren't they?

That really is a "fun" shot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on October 22, 2016, 07:41:57 pm
Alain and Andrew are really getting to you, aren't they?
Thanks for the comments! You know, Eric, they really have. My mother made her living (not much of one, but it was a living) as an oil painter; shows on the lawns of Golden Gate Park (SF) and the strip malls and boardwalks of California, gallery shows and even her own for awhile, and of course our small living room was her studio. She started with a blank canvas or masonite, which I had helped prepare. and something she saw inside her mind, often somewhat abstract (impressionistic?), often vivid colors and most often land and sea scapes. She created over a thousand pieces in her ~40 year career. Contrast that with my 40 years in science, living within a pretty strict set of rules, and now reaching for what I feel with an image is much different than expressing what I think with words. I know there is a bunch of similar folks here on the forum. Anyway, yes, Alain and Andrew did "get to me" and something, too, that Rob has said numerous times about being born with creativity (forgive the paraphrase Rob); it is buried so deep, but I sense something "there" and perhaps "coloring outside the lines" is a way to reach for it. Discovering it does not necessarily guarantee success, but if I am satisfied with the effort, well then, that is where what Andrew said resonated.

I know this thread is really not the place for a comment like this, but wanted to keep in context some of the things I learn here in this very special place.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 22, 2016, 08:30:02 pm
Keep it up, this fine whirlpool of colour is only a beginning. You will be surprised by what you can create or express if you are in a playful mood. Never before have we had the ability to photograph and have almost instant feedback.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 22, 2016, 11:08:00 pm
Another one in the realm of color collages.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 22, 2016, 11:18:21 pm
A stained glass window that exists only in your mind?
Neat!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 23, 2016, 02:11:28 am
Not stained, the glass is clear. But yes, the color exists only in my mind. (I will allow for the possible external existence of electromagnetic rays of varying wavelengths traversing the glass.)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 23, 2016, 08:38:15 am
Is that sugar that you put in your coffee, Rob?    ;D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 23, 2016, 11:04:28 am
Is that sugar that you put in your coffee, Rob?    ;D


"Negatory, good buddy." (Is that copyrighted somewhere?)

But I did spend some time on a tea plantation there; entertainment was shootuing birds (as in feathers) with an air gun and peeling them to get skins, which then got dried and collected. Delightfully, artistically barbaric. (What is art?) Today, it shames me, so this is obviuosly cathartic confession time. I never told my wife, not that she knew me at that age, of course; she lived in Scotland. I wonder if she knew I was on my way?

;-(

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 24, 2016, 03:48:15 pm
Paint by numbers.

JMR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rdTTLC6/0/L/Oct%2024-%202016%20Grindstone%20Creek%20175%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-b6CtwPt/0/L/Oct%2024-%202016%20Grindstone%20Creek%20110%20copy1000-L.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-Cv34BCC/0/L/Oct%2024-%202016%20Grindstone%20Creek%20119%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on October 24, 2016, 06:26:32 pm
Peterborough Cathedral abstracts.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on October 24, 2016, 06:48:22 pm
And one more.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 26, 2016, 05:36:36 pm
I like it, Rob. But how about a little help with the title?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 27, 2016, 12:45:36 am
I like it, Rob. But how about a little help with the title?
I like it too.
The title? Rob's just showing off that he knows Latin (or is it Greek? Farsi? Sanskrit?)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 27, 2016, 02:01:25 am
When I try to translate it literally, it comes out to something like "staying green". ???
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 27, 2016, 03:52:00 am
You're very close!

But why ruin a funny story by telling the punchline first?

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on October 27, 2016, 10:43:28 am
Evergreen? Even though it's not?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on October 27, 2016, 02:14:24 pm
Evergreen? Even though it's not?

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: David Eckels on October 29, 2016, 10:30:39 am
More Shades of Gray
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on October 31, 2016, 05:29:06 pm
Such mysterious images Rob creates, somewhat dark, but always interesting.

My leaves, somewhat inspired by Rob, are bidding goodby - but only for the season.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-ZTMDNbS/0/L/Oct%2031-%202016%20High%20Park%20096%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on October 31, 2016, 07:18:02 pm
That is a fine pseudo-Rob-ian image, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 01, 2016, 09:46:41 am
John, Eric,

Not sure about 'creating' images, more about tripping over the damned things every day!

They beome irresistible to me, making me so grateful for digital because, had I to buy film, I'd probably need help by now, either from the bank for spending too much or a shrink to save me from myself. The latter may still not be out of the question.

Anyway, here's one from yesterday afternoon, though with the change in the clock, it could have been any time before sunset:

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2793_orig.jpg)

Rob

P.S. Photograpy sure is a liberating medium.
Well spoken, Rob.

The trick is to notice them when you trip over them. Many of us just stumble on and don't give a thought to those images that pop up everywhere.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 01, 2016, 10:14:13 am
Well spoken, Rob.

The trick is to notice them when you trip over them. Many of us just stumble on and don't give a thought to those images that pop up everywhere.
Interesting observation Eric. My fellow club members and others always ask how I can see what I see. Not easy to answer. But I point out that it takes me a while to get into the 'groove' or mode of 'seeing' as the camera and lens does, because it is like a learned skill or language that I have to work up to: first gear, second gear, and then a more natural drive mode. Can't always do it at all. Once I am in a "seeing' mode, images come much more easily and I often wonder why I didn't see those subjects right away in the first place. Perhaps regular practice combined with self review and analysis is the answer, so that what you learn becomes second nature, as much as possible.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 01, 2016, 10:35:30 am
I view that differently: as someone whose name escapes me right now (an ever-growing curse) said, the problem with being a photographer is that pictures haunt you. You can't escape seeing them; as with women: I can't look at one without running an imaginary test shoot. I find I'm not usually a very happy guy.

Yesterday, en route for a coffee and a takeaway York ham 'n' tomato bocadillo, just after shooting the snap above, I passed the town's little square where a festivity had been set up for the kids. I never shoot pics of them, under any circumstances outwith family. But, as I said, on my way for that coffee, a kid in costume came rushing round the corner about five feet ahead of me, followed instantly by its mother, a wonderful-looking woman whom I would love to have photographed, pursued just as rapidly by a gorilla-on-steroids who was, I suppose Papa to the child. It quite depressed me, the unfairness of it all.

So yeah, life in snaps is something else: a great substitute for the real thing.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 03, 2016, 03:34:52 am
Elegant trees in the best park in Toronto.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-frc5mGp/0/L/Nov%202-%202016%20High%20Park%20118%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 03, 2016, 08:17:47 am
Now that's a "classic" John R, and one of your best.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: francois on November 03, 2016, 08:40:37 am
Now that's a "classic" John R, and one of your best.

Yes classic but always so good! I like the soft colors a lot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 03, 2016, 10:07:34 am
Thanks Francois! One more before all the colours disappear. Best colour I have seen in years.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-bGrtFS4/0/L/Nov%202-%202016%20High%20Park%20017%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 03, 2016, 10:22:10 am
...One more before all the colours disappear...
 

Now I am in love with John's work (sans the logo)!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 03, 2016, 12:25:37 pm
Great renditions of the season, John. Opportunities are waning here, as the leaves leave the trees.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peterretep on November 03, 2016, 09:01:20 pm
Nice work JohnR, love those two tree images.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peterretep on November 03, 2016, 09:07:30 pm
A macro abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 03, 2016, 09:42:14 pm
Experimenting. Didn't turn out the way I hoped but it looks unusual enough.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 03, 2016, 10:50:32 pm
Good experiments, Peter and Armand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 03, 2016, 11:04:19 pm
This thread has become the most active place on the forum. Good work, folks. And thanks, Eric.

I'll add one that may look simple, but the process of getting there wasn't. Worth the effort, or not?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 04, 2016, 12:08:03 pm
Arlen, your image is very subtle. To me it needs to be seen large (really large like a gallery canvas) to appreciate the subtle pattern of greys, whites and light earthy browns. I can't make it large enough to test my supposition, but I can step back. It captured your imagination for some reason, as it does mine, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe symbolism for blending in?

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 04, 2016, 12:22:38 pm
Arlen, your image is very subtle. To me it needs to be seen large (really large like a gallery canvas) to appreciate the subtle pattern of greys, whites and light earthy browns. I can't make it large enough to test my supposition, but I can step back. It captured your imagination for some reason, as it does mine, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe symbolism for blending in?

JR
I agree with John. I'd love to see it really large.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 04, 2016, 12:23:27 pm
Thanks everyone for the comments on the tree impressions. I went out yesterday again, the light was so beautiful, diffuse and bright, and at a low angle. An unbeatable combination. I was photographing this scene when someone walked by. If I had been expecting someone, I probably would have waited until they were more away from the trees. But I will take it, all the same.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-6bCGZTw/0/L/Nov%203-%202016%20High%20Park%20051%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 04, 2016, 01:07:17 pm
I think you guys have grasped major parts of my intention and my dilemma. I wrestled with posting a bigger version, but was concerned it would blow out past the viewable dimensions of some browsers/monitors. Here is a section of the entire image, with dimensions about as a large as think I dare make it.

And John, that last image is very striking; the more so I think with the figure being present.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 05, 2016, 07:29:40 am
Thanks everyone for the comments on the tree impressions. I went out yesterday again, the light was so beautiful, diffuse and bright, and at a low angle. An unbeatable combination. I was photographing this scene when someone walked by. If I had been expecting someone, I probably would have waited until they were more away from the trees. But I will take it, all the same.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-ZbCFFRz/0/L/Nov%203-%202016%20High%20Park%20051%20copy1000-L.jpg)


For me, that's your best one yet. The figure makes it real enough, yet also into the next space. Great colours, too.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on November 06, 2016, 07:32:41 am
Downstream from the Potoma Wayside waterfall outside Harper's Ferry, WV this weekend.

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/Autumn_Reflections.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 06, 2016, 09:00:43 am
Nice one, Stephen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 06, 2016, 06:59:38 pm
Yes, good eye Stephen!

Right beside the carved out Tree spirit are these trees who are happy not to be carved out.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-WgD5qZw/0/L/Oct%2031-%202016%20High%20Park%20158%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on November 07, 2016, 11:01:27 am
"Smoke and mirrors"

Wow!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 07, 2016, 11:27:18 am
"Smoke and mirrors"

Wow!

Thanks, Graham.

That's a reason I like the 180mm: I was out in the street that's visible in the circular mirror. Bothered nobody...

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 07, 2016, 11:31:46 am
corn field
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 07, 2016, 12:06:17 pm
corn field

That, Bruce, explains why I managed only four out of five years of an engineering apprenticeship!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 07, 2016, 12:15:13 pm
"Smoke and mirrors"

Wow!
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 07, 2016, 12:15:36 pm
corn field
Delightful.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 07, 2016, 04:02:36 pm
That, Bruce, explains why I managed only four out of five years of an engineering apprenticeship!

;-)

Rob



Ten years ago I spent a whole year studying watchmaking until I stopped short.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 07, 2016, 04:56:03 pm
My own knowledge of watch-making is limited to the aphorism, "A broken clock is correct twive every day."   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on November 07, 2016, 09:05:11 pm
That's a good place to stop, though learning about the various watch manufacturers can make camera companies seem almost sensible.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on November 08, 2016, 04:41:38 am
That's a reason I like the 180mm: I was out in the street that's visible in the circular mirror. Bothered nobody...

Yep. I love the 70-200 on APC and I'm quite often at the 200 end. The thought of carrying a 300/2.8 with a FF really doesn't appeal.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 08, 2016, 08:55:52 am
Yep. I love the 70-200 on APC and I'm quite often at the 200 end. The thought of carrying a 300/2.8 with a FF really doesn't appeal.


I think I did Smoke and Mirrors on the D200 - that makes it about 270mm equiv. I would love a real 2.8/300 Nikkor, but not in my current circumstances. I'm sometimes tempted to take the 500 reflex for a walk in town, but that definitely needs a support - even if only the two-legs-extended approach I sometimes use with my light tripod - the Slik. Very rigid little baby, and travelled a lot with me after BA broke my very pretty Rowi tripod either at Heathrow courtesy the handling staff or, possibly, in their hold en route to Nassau. Anyway, it was trying to use the 500mm there, with just two working legs available, that was the introduction for me to the technique. Slower than a unipod, but confines accidental movement to a single vetical plane instead of all directions.

That long lens weight issue is something that occassionally makes me think of going to a smaller format, but then small formats have their own problems too, one being too much apparent DOF.

Guess I'll just stay where I am unless Dame Fortune smiles upon this prodigal once again.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: brianrybolt on November 08, 2016, 10:49:43 am
Across from San Francisco Museum of Art before the refit.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 08, 2016, 02:16:39 pm
Very cool and well seen Brian!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on November 08, 2016, 04:28:58 pm
Lots of really good shot here!

As I have been mostly looking and enjoying rather than contributing, here are two that perhaps push abstraction.
Chuck

1) The Sky Is Falling
2) A Haunting of Ghosts
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 08, 2016, 04:49:20 pm
I was taken to a zoo and took one shot :) much to the amusement of my wife

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5647/30231466313_61b224d278_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/N4saFP)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on November 08, 2016, 04:57:16 pm
...
1) The Sky Is Falling
2) A Haunting of Ghosts

Really cool, Chuck.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 08, 2016, 09:21:28 pm
Really cool, Chuck.
Yes!!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 10, 2016, 01:50:47 pm
I haven't posted any pix here in a while, so I think I'd better get at it.
Here are four taken in a walk around the Brookline Reservoir the other day, including two variants of one location (the "cropped" version was done in camera, not in LightRoom). I'm curious which of these you discerning folks like better.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 10, 2016, 03:59:03 pm
Some of your shots remind me of fishing nets. You definitely chose to give these an abstract viewpoint.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 10, 2016, 04:03:42 pm
Whenever I see a carpet of newly fallen leaves, I can't resist photographing what I call a "tapestry of riches." I think most of us feel the same way when it comes to autumn foliage. But it is not always easy to make a scene with so much colour into a reasonably successful composition. And when the light gets harsh, I experiment and try to weave the remaining shapes into my composition. This is one.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-jVhQbmm/0/L/Nov%209-%202016%20High%20Park%20027%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 10, 2016, 04:25:15 pm
Eric, at first sight I thought that the cropped tangled veggie image was my clear favorite, but after more study I can see the charms of the uncropped version. I might have to look at them a few more times to come to a firm decision.

John, I think you succeeded in your fall color composition. I struggle with the same problem, and end up rejecting most fall foliage shots; as well as letting a few get by that probably should have been rejected. Letting them sit until winter before final judgement facilitates objectivity, but then who wants to see autumn colors in winter?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 10, 2016, 05:34:42 pm
Thank you, John and Arlen.

John, one thing I always enjoy about your "abstracts" is that while some might think they are in some sense "painterly," in fact your departures from literal reality make use of strictly photographic techniques, such as camera movement, etc., etc.

The recent ones succeed very much in emphasizing the essentials of the scene, quite beautifully.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on November 11, 2016, 09:36:42 am
I haven't posted any pix here in a while, so I think I'd better get at it.
Here are four taken in a walk around the Brookline Reservoir the other day, including two variants of one location (the "cropped" version was done in camera, not in LightRoom). I'm curious which of these you discerning folks like better.

Nice set Eric.  I opt for #2 because I think the added context and color provide a bit more psychological depth (if that means anything).
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 11, 2016, 10:00:50 am
Nice set Eric.  I opt for #2 because I think the added context and color provide a bit more psychological depth (if that means anything).
Chuck
Thanks, Chuck.
I think I agree with you. I took that one first, and then zoomed in for the closer version.
Maybe Russ is right: Cropping doesn't work, even if done in camera (unless it's your first choice of view).   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on November 11, 2016, 03:42:06 pm
I tried cleaning them...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 11, 2016, 04:47:48 pm
Nice one, Graham!
We don't want no Dirty Abstracts here, or we might hafta censor them! :o
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 11, 2016, 05:40:41 pm
or we might hafta censor them! :o    (and then sensor them too)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 11, 2016, 05:43:40 pm
At the low and howling...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on November 11, 2016, 06:01:36 pm
Very fine.  Goes great with the Tempranillo-Cabernet blend I just uncorked.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 11, 2016, 08:19:48 pm
How long ago? Should be ready to go by now, the robust chili is ready to scoop into bowls just as my fingers thawed....WHAT?! You didn't set a glass aside? OK, to the cellar for something darkly luscious... Or maybe even a black and tan... thanks for the tasting anyway, sorry to miss the pairing  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 12, 2016, 09:53:21 am
I don't know Rob, looks like Graham spiffed up that glass pretty well ahead of your arrival. I clearly see Q & A.  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 12, 2016, 10:07:30 am
I don't know Rob, looks like Graham spiffed up that glass pretty well ahead of your arrival. I clearly see Q & A.  ;)
That's just what I was thinking.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 12, 2016, 11:19:43 am
Would you settle for Ç, as in bent cedilla? That's as far as I can allow myself to stretch reportage.

I can understand, though, why folks would only drink from a bottle they opened themselves...

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 12, 2016, 11:49:12 am
   C'est bien, ça ~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 12, 2016, 02:16:33 pm
   C'est bien, ça ~
+ Un (or is it une?)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 12, 2016, 03:38:51 pm
This lovely, antique-like lamp has been through the mill. When I first bought it 30 years ago, everyone wanted it. Especially when it would cast warm glow from the tungsten lights. In the last few years, most want to throw it out. But since I discovered it is a goldmine for helping me "see", I hope it will render more possibilities in the coming years.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-J9GFfHt/0/L/JMRO6296%20lampcopy-1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 12, 2016, 03:48:25 pm
Now that should have been selected at the editorial meeting of the new architectural magazine with the lead article, "Old Friends become Bright and New" subbed "Minimal, Clean and Highly Sought"
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 12, 2016, 04:51:24 pm
Now that should have been selected at the editorial meeting of the new architectural magazine with the lead article, "Old Friends become Bright and New" subbed "Minimal, Clean and Highly Sought"
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 13, 2016, 06:49:32 pm
Different time of day, but still interesting.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-zRVzH3C/0/L/JMRO6328%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 13, 2016, 07:34:46 pm
Interesting how the lampshade changes color at different times of day.
I wonder what kind of tricks it engages in when you aren't looking!  ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 14, 2016, 02:59:02 am
Thank you Eric. After I read your comments, I reexamined the first image and realized the light is not on. It is on in this second image, hence the warm cast from what must be an old tungsten bulb.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 14, 2016, 10:59:49 am
Different time of day, but still interesting.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-zRVzH3C/0/L/JMRO6328%20copy1000-L.jpg)

The lampshade/sunlight shining through the blinds is an intriguing concept. It presents a lot of opportunities for continuing with the theme.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Richowens on November 14, 2016, 12:20:15 pm

  Ahhhh.. a blinding light.

 Rich
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 14, 2016, 09:52:10 pm
Ascot~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 14, 2016, 11:33:01 pm
Grids galore much to my horror
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: brianrybolt on November 15, 2016, 07:05:54 am
London Facade - South of the river Thames
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 15, 2016, 09:27:51 am
Terrific stuff in this thread lately. You folks a re pushing the boundaries in very imaginative ways.
Thank you Patricia, BobDavid and BrianRybolt. And, of course, JohnR and RobC.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 15, 2016, 10:55:09 pm
Thanks Eric! Here is one from a walk with a group in downtown Toronto. When you get hard light, it's like getting a lemon, so you try to make lemonade, of course.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Front-St-Walk-Toronto/i-KPcsvvC/0/L/Nov%2013-%202016%20Front%20St%20walk%20344%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 15, 2016, 11:34:14 pm
Tasty lemonade. Not too sweet, with a hint of tartness.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 16, 2016, 08:07:00 am
Is it abstract? I don't know.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5757/22846416968_ffef9828a0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ANRRNQ)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 16, 2016, 08:57:25 am
Mike: Yes it is, by my fuzzy definition.

Rob: We have news reports of drivers of that sort every day around Boston.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts! "The Shard"
Post by: brianrybolt on November 16, 2016, 11:56:35 am
The Shard is the tallest building in the UK (London) and in the European Union.

Note the window cleaners about 4/5ths the way up the building.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on November 16, 2016, 12:27:41 pm
  The Shard
  !!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 16, 2016, 03:59:55 pm
Well done there, Brian! I like the treatment, it suits the subject and the colours.

Mike: It may not be abstract, but is well seen. The shadows remind me of sun trying to get through trees and sit well together with the blue and orange wall.

Rob: As for you Rob, are you a ghost trying to transform into human form? Sure looks eerie.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 16, 2016, 04:27:04 pm
Well done there, Brian! I like the treatment, it suits the subject and the colours.

Mike: It may not be abstract, but is well seen. The shadows remind me of sun trying to get through trees and sit well together with the blue and orange wall.

Rob: As for you Rob, are you a ghost trying to transform into human form? Sure looks eerie.

JR

JR, it's not a selfie! ;-)

I love the uncertain; I see myself therein, even if I'm not. Therein, I mean; uncertain is natural. Were I certain, there would no longer be a point in shooting. As some wag said: I like to photograph things in order to see how they'll look as photographs. I think said wag was Winogrand...

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 17, 2016, 09:12:54 am
I get another good belly laugh every time I see another of your new concoctions, Rob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 17, 2016, 10:39:28 am
I get another good belly laugh every time I see another of your new concoctions, Rob.

Eric, this is an example of the problems of af.

The damned lens (2.8/180 Nikkor) wouldn't focus on the statue at all - insisted on locking on the tiles on the building behind me. Unlike my other af lens, the 1.8/50 G, which allows manual override at any time, this ones doesn't. If only digi cameras hadn't abandoned split-image finders, there would be no problem; a pet peeve of mine. Yes, I could have slipped the entire focussing department into Manual, but I hadn't the patience at the time. If I get problems I just want to move on. At my age, no bother is worth the bother, if you see what I mean. It's a most liberating attitude. I can't honestly claim it's new to me, but at least now it doesn't cost me clients or anything like that. I suspect, from deep and measured research, that it's a family trait. The ancestors knew a thing or two.

Rob

P.S.

The window with statue is one floor up, and I'm shooting from the street. It's the D200 with the lens wide open at 2.8 and a 1/640 sec, FWIW. David's head is much softer in the original file... poor guy.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 17, 2016, 11:14:48 am
"The damned lens (2.8/180 Nikkor) wouldn't focus on the statue at all..." Aha, so your blurry, mystical images are accidents? But then again no (like Elton John), "I suspect, from deep and measured research, that it's a family trait. The ancestors knew a thing or two." So back to a mystery. Might as well keep it that way.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 17, 2016, 11:20:05 am
Another from the downtown TO walk.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Front-St-Walk-Toronto/i-tpphMBw/0/L/Nov%2013-%202016%20Front%20St%20walk%20091%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 17, 2016, 11:25:22 am
Doing the twist, now? Intriguing, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 17, 2016, 11:55:37 am
Arlen, they are simple reflections on the hood of a car. It caught my eye, and the more I moved my head, the more interesting the contorted reflections became. When I pointed it out to fellow walkers, they immediately started looking for similar reflections. So from architecture to abstractions and then back again. It was a good day.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 17, 2016, 04:52:11 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 19, 2016, 11:05:34 am
Maybe a bit literal for an abstract...

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2661_orig.jpg)

Rob
But what a beautiful commentary on abstraction as well as the surrealist movement!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 19, 2016, 01:50:38 pm
But what a beautiful commentary on abstraction as well as the surrealist movement!

I love a tuned in audience!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 19, 2016, 02:16:18 pm
For me, I m still trying to figure out why my watermark doesn't reflect in the water.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-m4q6vMN/0/L/Nov%2016-%202016%20Terra%20Cotta%20017%20desatcopy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 19, 2016, 02:29:28 pm
I like this one a lot, John. Soft and subtle. But keep working on that watermark reflection.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 19, 2016, 03:16:46 pm
Patchwork.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on November 19, 2016, 03:25:04 pm
Nice, and probably looks better as a large print.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 19, 2016, 03:41:09 pm
Nice, and probably looks better as a large print.
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 19, 2016, 03:43:08 pm
I like this one a lot, John. Soft and subtle. But keep working on that watermark reflection.
Easy enough to do in PhotoShop. Just copy the watermark onto a separate layer, flip it upside down, blur it a little, and position it in the water below.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 19, 2016, 04:37:00 pm
Easy enough to do in PhotoShop. Just copy the watermark onto a separate layer, flip it upside down, blur it a little, and position it in the water below.   ;)
Fabulous Arlen. That little orange square reminds me of a clever show I once saw. The creater used a window as portal to show other related images and to get inside the building. It was very clever and well done. Through that window, I can see a whole farm and the inside of the barn. That's what I see.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 19, 2016, 06:15:28 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 19, 2016, 09:32:42 pm
Fabulous Arlen. That little orange square reminds me of a clever show I once saw. The creater used a window as portal to show other related images and to get inside the building. It was very clever and well done. Through that window, I can see a whole farm and the inside of the barn. That's what I see.

JR

Thanks for that story, John. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for old barns, and love to wander around them with camera in hand.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on November 19, 2016, 11:28:21 pm
I like the shadow on the rock, Armand. Neato!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 20, 2016, 08:01:46 pm
Thanks, it does look a little weird.

Few from today.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on November 23, 2016, 05:22:17 pm
I don't think these pass Alain's definition but as my chief critic says 'well they are different'
Oh well.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 24, 2016, 09:56:49 pm
In the spirit of the new column on "abstractions" by Alain Briot, I thought I would submit this one taken today. And by the way guys, how do you make those small images that expand when clicked? I would rather do that than tie up all this space with huge images.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-bxS3L33/0/L/JMRO6955%20abstract%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on November 24, 2016, 10:37:02 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: marton on November 24, 2016, 10:41:05 pm
But what a beautiful commentary on abstraction as well as the surrealist movement!

Strictly speaking, Dada preceded surrealism.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 25, 2016, 09:30:19 am
Strictly speaking, Dada preceded surrealism.
and pretty much inspired/led to surrealism.

P.S. I hope it's obvious to all that the "working" definition of "abstract" used for this thread is much looser than the one Alain Briot is promoting in his current essay.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 25, 2016, 12:08:26 pm
I got it, Eric! funny how the image looks dimmer on the LuLa than on my monitor. Perhaps it is because my image is processed on a dark background.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9ck9KdF/0/L/Nov%2024-%202016%20centennial%20arboretum%20006%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 25, 2016, 02:41:18 pm
I got it, Eric! funny how the image looks dimmer on the LuLa than on my monitor. Perhaps it is because my image is processed on a dark background.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9ck9KdF/0/L/Nov%2024-%202016%20centennial%20arboretum%20006%20copy1000-L.jpg)
Abstract, Shmabstract! I love it. And it's bright enough on my monitor (I just calibrated it.)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 25, 2016, 03:00:12 pm
In the spirit of the new column on "abstractions" by Alain Briot, I thought I would submit this one taken today. And by the way guys, how do you make those small images that expand when clicked? I would rather do that than tie up all this space with huge images.

JR

Nice one, John.

Re image size:  When you use the "Insert Image" icon above the text entry box, as you did here, the image will appear full size within the post; unless it is more than 1202 pixels in the longest dimension, in which case it wil be down-scaled to 1202. But if instead you click "Attachments and other options" below the text entry box, and navigate to the file on your computer, it will show up as a small image that will expand to full size when clicked on. In that case, if it is 1202 pixels (longest dimension) or less, it will expand within the post space. But if it's bigger than 1202, it will open in a new browser window.

Note that for the "Insert Image" approach, the file must be hosted somewhere else on the web, like SmugMug; but for the "Attachments" approach, the file must be on your computer.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 27, 2016, 10:47:40 pm
I seldom like white in my impressionist images. It often spoils an otherwise good image. But I can live with this one.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-STMTDTV/0/M/Nov%2027-%202016%20Allan%20Gdns%20037%20copy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 28, 2016, 01:21:35 pm
And here is one I took which keeps attracting my attention until I could no longer ignore it. So I processed it and came up with this.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-4f5B9dB/0/M/April%2012-%202016%20Centennial%20Conservatory%20046%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: James Clark on November 28, 2016, 03:09:52 pm
I got it, Eric! funny how the image looks dimmer on the LuLa than on my monitor. Perhaps it is because my image is processed on a dark background.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-9ck9KdF/0/L/Nov%2024-%202016%20centennial%20arboretum%20006%20copy1000-L.jpg)

This is quite awesome :)  (Looks fine - nice and punchy - on my calibrated monitor, BTW)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 29, 2016, 11:41:00 pm
From the x-files.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 30, 2016, 01:18:24 am
X-actly, Arlen. I knew that. Is it from the "rock files."

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on November 30, 2016, 01:23:12 am
You may notice a fading circle in the red wall. This a place abandoned by "Target", who tried to compete in Canada with Walmart and Sears.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-6rWdQ3s/0/M/IMG_0006%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on November 30, 2016, 04:16:31 am
You may notice a fading circle in the red wall. This a place abandoned by "Target", who tried to compete in Canada with Walmart and Sears.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-6rWdQ3s/0/M/IMG_0006%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)


Nice, ultra clean one, and even the huge personal logo has a perfect, relevant place!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on November 30, 2016, 05:12:14 am
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/201611/i-PtFgBtF/0/O/PEG_A850_3_05341_20161127.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201611/i-PtFgBtF/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 30, 2016, 09:00:49 am

Nice, ultra clean one, and even the huge personal logo has a perfect, relevant place!

;-)

Rob
Right. And it shows us that John's blurry pix aren't from camera shake.   :D
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on November 30, 2016, 10:41:11 am
X-actly, Arlen. I knew that. Is it from the "rock files."

JR

No, "it's alive, it's alive".

If there is life on Mars, it will most likely look similar to this. A mixed bacterial culture within or below the rusty regolith.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on November 30, 2016, 02:16:24 pm
No, "it's alive, it's alive".

If there is life on Mars, it will most likely look similar to this. A mixed bacterial culture within or below the rusty regolith.
Each time I look at it I expect to see parts of it moving, but I haven't caught it yet.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 01, 2016, 01:53:29 pm
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/201611/i-PtFgBtF/0/O/PEG_A850_3_05341_20161127.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201611/i-PtFgBtF/A)

I like the absurdity. I realize it's not something a lot of viewers will appreciate, but I do.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on December 01, 2016, 01:55:39 pm
I like the absurdity. I realize it's not something a lot of viewers will appreciate, but I do.
Thanks Bob, appreciate the comment  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 01, 2016, 04:57:36 pm
I like the absurdity. I realize it's not something a lot of viewers will appreciate, but I do.
I like it too, and I suspected Bob would like it.
Possible title: The non-conformist?   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 01, 2016, 06:40:29 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 01, 2016, 07:35:23 pm
Pegelli image: it's obviously a growing tear in the fabric universe. We have to send a spacecraft and button it up before it sucks everything into itself.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 01, 2016, 07:47:43 pm
Went to Ripley's Aquarium with some friends. Quite a place. The glass and moving water distorts everything, but not in good way. So I ended up photographing signs and banisters and the like. Believe me those are the real, albeit, gaudy colours, which are mostly reflections from other displays and lights.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-HTwtSHZ/0/M/JMRO7496%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 02, 2016, 11:12:52 am
Substation
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 02, 2016, 12:12:56 pm
An interesting outside image of the very colourful inside of the Toronto Aquarium.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-425gzrb/0/M/JMRO7520%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 02, 2016, 12:17:59 pm
I'll ask permission - can I make a couple of positive observations?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 02, 2016, 12:23:40 pm
I'll ask permission - can I make a couple of positive observations?

Definitely not?

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 02, 2016, 12:24:53 pm
I'll wait for John I think. I appreciate not everyone wants comments on their babies :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 02, 2016, 12:26:55 pm
I'll wait for John I think. I appreciate not everyone wants comments on their babies :)

Oh dear, it was only meant as a play on words...

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 02, 2016, 12:46:26 pm
I assumed it was but I'm still waiting :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 02, 2016, 12:56:46 pm
If you think it is positive, go ahead. Except for trying to bring down the highlights, I posted image as is. But lack of critique is why I post on this thread. With obvious exceptions, I have long since given up doing critiques on other photographers on this site. It is seldom positive or productive. I always say, you can can crop an image seven ways to Sunday and still have a valid outcome, but obviously different.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 02, 2016, 01:05:30 pm
If you think it is positive, go ahead. But lack of critique is why I post on this thread. With obvious exceptions, I have long since given up doing critiques on other photographers on this site. It is seldom positive or productive. I always say, you can can crop an image seven ways to Sunday and still have a valid outcome, but obviously different.

JR
Hey John,
I think you may have just invented a new art form. How about cropping critiques any way we like?    ;D

Or, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, "My ... there is a ... picture."
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 02, 2016, 01:58:09 pm
If you think it is positive, go ahead. Except for trying to bring down the highlights, I posted image as is. But lack of critique is why I post on this thread. With obvious exceptions, I have long since given up doing critiques on other photographers on this site. It is seldom positive or productive. I always say, you can can crop an image seven ways to Sunday and still have a valid outcome, but obviously different.

JR

I think I'll pass :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 02, 2016, 09:35:05 pm
Hey Dave, I don't mind observations. Just want to try and stay positive on this thread.

I mentioned the inside of the aquarium was very colourful in contrast to the outside. Here are two samples. First is straight shot, second, a camera motion technique:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-DKJ3QNR/0/M/JMRO7271%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-rRPBSjP/0/M/Dec%201-%202016%20Ripleys%20Aquarium%20110%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on December 06, 2016, 09:37:30 am
Double Doors
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 07, 2016, 12:24:04 am
Slightly askew.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-LNdCBjF/0/M/Oct%2021-%202013%20Sumacs%20Hwy%2027%20076%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 07, 2016, 03:07:49 am
Lovely tones. Somehow the composition doesn't seem quite right, maybe the lamp needs to be more assertive?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 07, 2016, 04:13:18 am
Lovely tones. Somehow the composition doesn't seem quite right, maybe the lamp needs to be more assertive?


No, the lamp always retains its character, but shifting the logo to the other side of its stalk balances the whole. That's the beauty of logos.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 07, 2016, 04:19:51 am
It's possible.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 07, 2016, 04:28:20 am
It's possible.

You see the beauty of photography? I've just finished breakfast (such as it is) and here, on the Internet, have now found enough glow for me to start the rest of the day!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 07, 2016, 08:50:52 am
You see the beauty of photography? I've just finished breakfast (such as it is) and here, on the Internet, have now found enough glow for me to start the rest of the day!

;-)

Rob C
Well spoken, Rob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 07, 2016, 09:18:41 am
Actually, Rob has a point. I try to place logo where it does least amount of damage. Sometimes I can't do anything about it, short of not placing any logo on image.

As to not "quite right", that is true. That is why I said it was slightly askew. When you shoot upwards and off centre, everything goes askew. Notice the top windows do not line up and are not symmetrical with bottom windows. So I straightened and balanced as best I could. Architecture is one of the few subjects that needs to be shot wide with lots of room on either side to make it easier to do perspective corrections. I forgot to shoot wide. Without perspective lens and correct standing position you make do. Very engaging shapes, colours and contrasting tones. See below where I did not leave enough room on either side of windows in this alternate composition:( And say hello to lamp that is obviously trying to have a conversation with viewers.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-2fp3d2b/0/M/Oct%2021-%202013%20Sumacs%20Hwy%2027%20073%20copy1000-M.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 07, 2016, 11:40:44 am
I like it, John.
But as for your logo, I would be tempted to put the three letters in three of the windows, probably 1, 2, and 4.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on December 07, 2016, 07:36:32 pm
Rainy Night Traffic. Shot while stopped in traffic long enough for me to stop the wipers and focus.

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/RainyNightTraffic.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: donbga on December 07, 2016, 08:54:43 pm
Slightly askew.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-LNdCBjF/0/M/Oct%2021-%202013%20Sumacs%20Hwy%2027%20076%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Your online presentations would be improved wit a barely visible transparent signature.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 08, 2016, 12:05:24 am
Rainy Night Traffic. Shot while stopped in traffic long enough for me to stop the wipers and focus.

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/RainyNightTraffic.jpg)
Nice and lively, Stephen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 08, 2016, 04:59:00 am
Rainy Night Traffic. Shot while stopped in traffic long enough for me to stop the wipers and focus.

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/RainyNightTraffic.jpg)

Really like that sort of imagery; wish I had the energy to go out on rainy nights. Wish I had the energy to go out any nights! Once the computer's wound up, that's it until time for bed.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 08, 2016, 09:45:33 am
Was it a rainy night in Georgia? You should develop this further. If I could get my wife to drive I would take lots of these kinds of photos. You can produce some interesting images, as you have done.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 08, 2016, 10:39:10 am
Some "freshly fallen silent shroud(s) of snow," with apologies to Paul Simon.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-nMRnkXT/0/M/Dec%2031-12%20Bftn%20%26%20Caledon%20115%20cropcopy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on December 08, 2016, 07:24:42 pm
Was it a rainy night in Georgia? You should develop this further. If I could get my wife to drive I would take lots of these kinds of photos. You can produce some interesting images, as you have done.

JR
It was a rainy night in Northern Virginia, which isn't nearly as melodic.

Thanks for the comments everyone!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on December 08, 2016, 08:15:30 pm
Rainy Night Traffic. Shot while stopped in traffic long enough for me to stop the wipers and focus.

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/RainyNightTraffic.jpg)

Very nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 09, 2016, 02:36:22 pm
Some "freshly fallen silent shroud(s) of snow," with apologies to Paul Simon.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-a-winters-day/i-nMRnkXT/0/M/Dec%2031-12%20Bftn%20%26%20Caledon%20115%20cropcopy2-1000-M.jpg)

Beautiful!  (as usual)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 09, 2016, 04:01:21 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2911_orig.jpg)

Rob
Neat!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on December 09, 2016, 04:24:12 pm
Rob, you raised the standard of "abstract" to a new level with the dancers!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 09, 2016, 06:00:38 pm
Rob, you raised the standard of "abstract" to a new level with the dancers!


All in a morning's work, Slobodan...

No, that's a fib: all in the gifts we are sometimes offered. But yeah, no kidding, things come out to you and then again they don't. You have to take what you are given.

Thanks.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on December 10, 2016, 12:10:43 am
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2911_orig.jpg)

Rob

I don't know what it is but it's really nice!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 10, 2016, 02:32:19 am
# 21
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 10, 2016, 02:49:34 pm
# 21

At my local car wash the "slappy things" (as my pal Susan calls 'em) are a dingy red/brown.  :)

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 10, 2016, 04:31:12 pm
At my local car wash the "slappy things" (as my pal Susan calls 'em) are a dingy red/brown.  :)

-Dave-
When they saw Bob coming with his camera, they quickly dies the "slappy things."

Nice shot, Bob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 10, 2016, 10:12:09 pm
I'd not seen such stunningly blue brushes before. They must be new. I'm slowly building an impressive collection of unmarketable esoteric "upside down" photos. When the picture is oriented correctly, the blue "slappy things" remind me too much of Cousin Itt from the Addams family.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 10, 2016, 11:14:39 pm
Your new "upside down" vision seems a little like a throwback to the view camera ground glass.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 11, 2016, 01:12:39 am
Your new "upside down" vision seems a little like a throwback to the view camera ground glass.   ;)

True, but I'm only flipping them vertically. I have a nice camera obscura that I built in grad school. Whenever I get the itch to see the world upside down and flipped along the X axis, I pull it off the shelf and peer into it. Have you ever seen an upside down alligator? I'm sure Russ has.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 11, 2016, 08:42:11 am
Some of my happiest photographic moments with my old 8x10 view camera were just peering at the ground glass with no film holders with me.
I would see these lovely scenes, full size (in those days, 8x10" wasa big print), and in glorious technicolor. When I used film it was always B&W.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: BobDavid on December 11, 2016, 01:52:00 pm
Some of my happiest photographic moments with my old 8x10 view camera were just peering at the ground glass with no film holders with me.
I would see these lovely scenes, full size (in those days, 8x10" wasa big print), and in glorious technicolor. When I used film it was always B&W.

As a young adult, I tried shooting color negative film with a Calumet 4X5 and a 210mm Commercial Ektar lens. I gave up after going through a 25-sheet box. The prints I got back from the lab were uninspiring. I couldn't afford to have anything custom printed. So, like most amateurs, I went back to black and white. ... I have strong and pleasant memories of covering up with a dark cloth and viewing  topsy turvy scenes projected in living color onto the ground glass screen. And of course using a 7X loupe added to the enjoyment.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 11, 2016, 06:24:36 pm
Weston's Pepper, in color, and through a glass darkly?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 11, 2016, 11:27:11 pm
Rob, you raised the standard of "abstract" to a new level with the dancers!

Totally!  Better than a Pirelli calender!  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: jani on December 12, 2016, 08:28:08 am
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2933_2_orig.jpg)
While your "strip dancers" were stark and naked, this is simply lovely colour.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 12, 2016, 09:24:05 am
Jan,

Thank you for the comment; it's particularly pleasing to me because that search for colour, as almost apart from shape or substance, it really what attracts me about colour. Take colour too literally, and then I find that black/white offers me more. Thing about all photography that hit me after I stopped doing it commercially, was that everybody knows what something looks like, and thus, what's the point of making a straight picture of it since there's neither mystery nor question. In other words, where business needs accuarte information or even better fibs, the amateur side of the art is entirely open to the individual's personal quest of leaving reality aside, wherever that leads.

Peter,

Thanks for the compliment, and FWIW I have to agree about Pirelli insofar as they truly do seem to have lost the plot in the past few years. In fact, I would venture out on a limb and say that ever since they did the Hans Feurer one in the Seychelles, which opened a several-year gap in production, they have been hoist by their own petard of hubris, thinking, when they took up production again, that the honest route of letting a photographer do his thing was no longer enough: the pretentiousness of the art world crept (rushed?) into the things and they made that fatal mistake of embracing Concepts. Calendars are not about concepts, calendars are about people wanting something attractive and possibly useful on their wall. One usually gets to see a single page at a time; concepts require a time-continuity of visibility in order to make any sense: you have to  be allowed to flick through the whole thing at once to get it. IMO, with calendars, all they (concepts) do is stifle the model and snapper on the ground. I've been through that one several times myself, and it ends up in tears and lost relationships.

Eric,

I don't think Weston would have approved; come to think of it, I don't think many of that era would have approved! Fortunately or otherwise, I have seldom fitted my times for very long: seems I arrive either too soon or too late, and the older I get the stronger the impression I have that yep, it is all far too late in the circle for personal synchrony with the zeitgeist! For this whirl, at least!

;-)

Rob

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 12, 2016, 03:30:13 pm
As my Aunt Anna likely would've said, had she seen Rob's last three photos: "Those snaps are positively spiffing!"

Positively spiffing, always spoken with an affected posh accent, was among her favorite phrases. Whenever a photo of mine earned this verdict I knew I'd done very well.

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 12, 2016, 05:04:56 pm
As my Aunt Anna likely would've said, had she seen Rob's last three photos: "Those snaps are positively spiffing!"

Positively spiffing, always spoken with an affected posh accent, was among her favorite phrases. Whenever a photo of mine earned this verdict I knew I'd done very well.

-Dave-


I think I love your Aunt Anna! Not so sure about them being my last photos, though; had high hopes on making more later on...

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 12, 2016, 08:41:51 pm
Rob,

I would say your three most recent photos are positively spiffing, and I look forward to many more, as I expect Dave and Aunt Anna do too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 13, 2016, 09:07:08 am
Rob,

I would say your three most recent photos are positively spiffing, and I look forward to many more, as I expect Dave and Aunt Anna do too.

Eric,

Having wasted the morning in a badly-attended Community of Owners EGM, I take your post as a positive lifting of my soul! I'm so relieved that I refused to stand as pressy anymore a few years ago: the sense of community has changed so dramatically in the past thrirty-six years; most of the original people who bought wanted to be able to retire to the place or simply enjoy it themselves whenever the fancy took, whereas the newer lot see it only as a means to making rental (illegal without permits, which you can almost never get) income, and obviously want to spend as little as possible on maintaining the area. BobDavid may soon have a new subject to cover! I hope I jest.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 13, 2016, 11:16:13 am
everybody knows what something looks like, and thus, what's the point of making a straight picture of it since there's neither mystery nor question.

Agreed.  I've recently arrived at that location a few times myself, wondering as I'm shooting something: "Haven't we seen this before? What's the point?"

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the amateur side of the art is entirely open to the individual's personal quest of leaving reality aside, wherever that leads.

And that's why it's so good to be a retired photographer these days, rather than a professional.  We're now amateurs again, in the best sense of the word.  We to it for the love of it.

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all they (concepts) do is stifle the model and snapper on the ground. I've been through that one several times myself, and it ends up in tears and lost relationships.

What a shame.  The word "stifle" should never appear in connection with any shoot.

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it is all far too late in the circle for personal synchrony with the zeitgeist! For this whirl, at least!

NEVER too late!  8)   "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 13, 2016, 02:17:46 pm
Agreed.  I've recently arrived at that location a few times myself, wondering as I'm shooting something: "Haven't we seen this before? What's the point?"

And that's why it's so good to be a retired photographer these days, rather than a professional.  We're now amateurs again, in the best sense of the word.  We to it for the love of it.

What a shame.  The word "stifle" should never appear in connection with any shoot.

NEVER too late!  8)  "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

And you say that wearing shades!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: donbga on December 13, 2016, 03:42:30 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2881_orig.jpg)

Rob

FWIW, IMO the use of faux frame and matts impede the potential impact for online presentation. Nice work otherwise.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 13, 2016, 04:01:28 pm
FWIW, IMO the use of faux frame and matts impede the potential impact for online presentation. Nice work otherwise.


It's not as simple as that.

You really have to choose how you want your images to accept contrast outside of them. In other words, were I to process my pictures to view them within white, I'd do one thing, but to be seen within grey or black, another level of internal tonality is required. The same development does not work the same within different backgrounds; try framing one of your own pictures within several different tones of background and see what you conclude. When I process, I automatically create a white border around the job.

My website is tailored to suit the format you see here, and that's all anybody on LuLa or anywhere else is going to get unless they buy a print. Which, as I no longer have a great printer for which I can buy inks (thanks, HP!), means that I may decide never to print again, and so I shall keep the prints I already hold.

In photography, there's usually a reason for everything.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on December 13, 2016, 07:20:23 pm

You really have to choose how you want your images to accept contrast outside of them. In other words, were I to process my pictures to view them within white, I'd do one thing, but to be seen within grey or black, another level of internal tonality is required. The same development does not work the same within different backgrounds

I often put borders around my online images for similar reasons. Trouble is, some images look good to me against a darker background, but not as good against a lighter one, no matter how I adjust the development. Jumping between various backgrounds within a single website seems a bad idea, though.

Add my praise to your last three contributions, Rob. All outstanding.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2016, 04:20:36 am
I often put borders around my online images for similar reasons. Trouble is, some images look good to me against a darker background, but not as good against a lighter one, no matter how I adjust the development. Jumping between various backgrounds within a single website seems a bad idea, though.

Add my praise to your last three contributions, Rob. All outstanding.

Thanks for the kind comment, Arlen, and you're right: some images can't really work on both types of background. It's an extreme example, of course, but the one of the ribs, Ups and Downs, set against black would lose its edges completely and just become part of an extended page, or whatever it's viewed against. There was a similar effect in the old darkrooms, where one had the choice of white plastic, transparent perspex or even coloured developing dishes; they could give you a false impression of what you were processing, as could processing under the wrong safelight, sometimes a red, which wasn't the right choice because for my WSG stuff it should always have been a sort of yellow/green tinged safelight called an OB or something like that -  no longer sure, exactly, of its code so long ago.

The other point about the darkrooom colours, apart from the safety angle, is that you had to become accustomed to a standard, much as with ambient light on monitors, where you unthinkingly understood what a print would end up looking like at the end of the process. Have to say, a wet print on a plastic draining sheet over the wash tank often looked far nicer than it ever could dried. ;-)


Lots of things in photography to make life difficult!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 14, 2016, 04:22:53 pm
Rob,
I would say your three most recent photos are positively spiffing, and I look forward to many more, as I expect Dave and Aunt Anna do too.

;D  Properly corrected, I am.

(Attached photo of Aunt Anna & Dave taken in Oban, Scotland, while on a bus/boat tour to the island of Iona, summer 1972. There's an in-joke being shared, thus one face's grin and the other's grimace. Anna was an expert cut-up.)

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 14, 2016, 05:46:25 pm
;D  Properly corrected, I am.

(Attached photo of Aunt Anna & Dave taken in Oban, Scotland, while on a bus/boat tour to the island of Iona, summer 1972. There's an in-joke being shared, thus one face's grin and the other's grimace. Anna was an expert cut-up.)

-Dave-

Aunt Anna has a very familiar face; the style of dress and hair are very much of Scotland in those days. You can tell at once that Carnaby Street, insofar as it ever made it up to Scotland, was limited to the very young, and older poseurs like, ahem, fashion photogrsphers I know rather well! But on the other hand, my Ann (wife) was rather keen on style, and often would buy from the makers stuff we'd just photographed... them wuz the days!

If you went to Iona, you did better than I: I made Oban, but never the islands - AKAIR. I just had no local curiosity. Unless you want to include some cameras. I see you already had one... where's the uke or banjo?

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 14, 2016, 07:29:35 pm
I think I would have liked Aunt Anna a lot.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 15, 2016, 03:01:23 pm
If you went to Iona, you did better than I: I made Oban, but never the islands - AKAIR. I just had no local curiosity. Unless you want to include some cameras. I see you already had one... where's the uke or banjo?

;-)

We did get to Iona as part of a loop around the Isle of Mull, also stopping at Tobermory along the way. Can't remember now if it was a single day or two day boat trip. I do remember the water was choppy. My camera was a Kodak Instamatic. This was around the time my dad started letting me use his Leica, though it was left at home on this vacation in favor of his more pocketable Retina. The plastic uke was also left at home.  :)

Anna lived in the US for decades, but the dress she's wearing was probably made by my mom. I remember that Mom liked '60s fashion from a distance but had no interest in making clothes influenced by it.

Anna was truly a gem. Huge influence on me.

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 15, 2016, 03:13:18 pm
We did get to Iona as part of a loop around the Isle of Mull, also stopping at Tobermory along the way. Can't remember now if it was a single day or two day boat trip. I do remember the water was choppy. My camera was a Kodak Instamatic. This was around the time my dad started letting me use his Leica, though it was left at home on this vacation in favor of his more pocketable Retina. The plastic uke was also left at home.  :)

Anna lived in the US for decades, but the dress she's wearing was probably made by my mom. I remember that Mom liked '60s fashion from a distance but had no interest in making clothes influenced by it.

Anna was truly a gem. Huge influence on me.

-Dave-

Very few males have had much impact on my way of thinking; almost everything that I hold dear or in which I believe I find basic truth has come from the distaff side of my life. Influence from the male membership of the family tree has been practically zero. I think women have more imagination and much more sense of reality, too, whereas males seem to major in one direction at a time. It's not about multi-tasking at all, but about breadth of personality.

Perhaps that's why many men fear them.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 18, 2016, 05:40:31 pm
I see that Rob has been tearing up this thread lately. There is smoke everywhere. They are all somewhat mysterious. Must be a new found love.

Here is one I took today, which I think conveys a little bit of loneliness. Debated whether I should tone down contrast and accentuate the loneliness even more.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-X7FsZNR/0/M/JMRO7896%20copy1000-M.jpg)

 

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 18, 2016, 07:59:57 pm
Nice one, John. Even if it is sharp.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 19, 2016, 04:33:11 am
Nice one, John. Even if it is sharp.   ;)

I know how it feels. It has my sympathy. Only the return of summer can help either of us.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 19, 2016, 09:28:56 am
Can't wait for summer. Must learn to photograph in, and enjoy all seasons. Doctor's orders, no excuses. So here is one more minimalist image from my walk.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-R3TjDtX/0/M/Dec%2018-%202016%20Terra%20Cotta%20062%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 19, 2016, 10:49:32 am
Can't wait for summer. Must learn to photograph in, and enjoy all seasons. Doctor's orders, no excuses. So here is one more minimalist image from my walk.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-R3TjDtX/0/M/Dec%2018-%202016%20Terra%20Cotta%20062%20copy1000-M.jpg)


You may have been walking, but your buddy, Batman, was clearly flying.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 19, 2016, 11:31:48 am

You may have been walking, but your buddy, Batman, was clearly flying.

;-)

Rob
+1.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 19, 2016, 04:12:22 pm
So you see, it's no lie: the rumours are true!

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2908_1_orig.jpg)

Nancy & Sid? Marilyn & James Dean (never woulda guessed!)?  :)

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 19, 2016, 04:51:07 pm
Thread drift. That's not an abstract.
Just sayin'
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 19, 2016, 05:13:47 pm
Thread drift. That's not an abstract.
Just sayin'

Wot!? Ghosts not abstract?

Jus' thinkin'

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on December 19, 2016, 08:01:21 pm
Yeh, ghosts are abstract, by definition.  :)
But this thread is so good, so unique, I hate to see it drifting off course.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 20, 2016, 02:23:53 am
Batman mythology notwithstanding, it's pays to explore our shadows and it makes light even more welcoming; especially in Winter! Getting home after work is no fun. It's dark and there is no time to photograph.

 (https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-bNVstZN/0/M/Dec%2018-%202016%20Terra%20Cotta%20031%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 20, 2016, 03:51:06 am
Batman mythology notwithstanding, it's pays to explore our shadows and it makes light even more welcoming; especially in Winter! Getting home after work is no fun. It's dark and there is no time to photograph.




Already being home because there is no work is even less fun; don't knock the alternative!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 20, 2016, 04:02:13 am
Yeh, ghosts are abstract, by definition.  :)
But this thread is so good, so unique, I hate to see it drifting off course.


How ironic that I made a similar observation some time ago, and had my little knuckles politely rapped!

We are in danger of being thought of as fundamentalists. Not a good idea in today's clime.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 20, 2016, 11:29:45 pm
Rob, I see... I think?... very mysterious. A shaft of light makes an appearance and points to a window we cannot see through. I better go sleep on this.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 21, 2016, 11:18:49 am
Rob, I see... I think?... very mysterious. A shaft of light makes an appearance and points to a window we cannot see through. I better go sleep on this.

JR


I agree with you, John, better to lie down!

The explanation is terribly mundane: I just saw it and liked it, which is pretty much all I think photography ever is, unless you're trying to sell something. It's what I'm always trying to say to people: it's in one's head/eye or it isn't, and if it is, all you can do about it is photograph it, for better or for worse; and even then, with or without one, it exits whilst it exists... hence my Glimpsed Parallels gallery. I have a couple of recent shots where I can't even find again the polished steel plate on a wall where I shot the reflections. I am sure I know where I made them, but the plate - vanished! And I live between two tiny towns. God knows whether Leiter could ever have found some of his windows again, let alone redo the magic he noticed within them!

One of the reasons I'd love to be able to move back to a city to end my days is because of the variety of stuff around, especially for somebody like me who has been away from big conurbations almost for ever, it feels, but at least for about half a lifetime. So much 'new' old stuff to rediscover... perhaps.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 21, 2016, 04:45:25 pm
I just saw it and liked it.

Every photographer should write that on the blackboard 1000 times!
That is, indeed, the essence of photography.

Thanks, Rob.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 21, 2016, 07:30:02 pm
Rob, it was tongue in cheek. However, I do believe some of the images we take during the course of our lives do reflect how we feel, or that we choose to photograph certain subjects because they have a certain resonance for us. One example is the image I just posted that I said represented loneliness and isolation. That's is what I saw when I first encountered it.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-X7FsZNR/0/S/JMRO7896%20copy1000-S.jpg)

And if one continues to have certain subjects with a theme or similar treatments, I think one can say that it may represent something. Not your latest image, but certainly some of the images you have posted have a kind if underlining look or theme. Does it have meaning? I can't say for sure, but it may have. And if you exhibited a whole body work, we may see a theme, or not. I don't think we should exclude possible social, cultural and psychological meaning in photographs or a body of work, but certainly not for most images. It goes without saying that the images with the most impact usually have an emotional appeal as well. So keep it up.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 22, 2016, 04:33:56 am
John,

I know you were joking: I never had that sort of impact on anyone with a snap!

But on a broader sense of the photographic images one makes: yes, there are bound to be personal sensations that drive one to recognize particular motifs as being relevant to one's own being, and that's probably why I keep well away from landscape. It is historical: I used to specialize in model pictures, and when that ended I found myself faced with the stark choice of either spending my own money on the delightful creatures or doing something else, something available and free rather than imported and prohibitively expensive. Available meant landscape, and I simply felt nothing for it beyond its use as frame for a person. Of course I could see a beauty in sunsets, multi-coloured beaches and shallow seas, but the prettier they were the more they required the human touch (for me) to make photographic sense.

So, that made me think of alternatives: find a new genre or just sell everything off and take up social drinking (and its consequences) when drink isn't permitted due to heart problems. Fortunately for me, the Internet reopend my memory to stuff that was seminal when I first became attracted to the medium, and in many ways it saved me from floundering about like a dying fish in the bottom of a boat. Which was where 'street' came in, but not necessarily in the sense of confrontational stuff, but more of what being in public can reveal in a visual sense. Hence, reflections within windows, views on advertising media, and so forth. I'd say that at the taking stage, these all conform to a broad concept of what I may think street is, but at the processing stage, I know very well that I try to eliminated as much as I can and concentrate on whatever I feel might really be the point of that image.  At that time, the moment of where to fly, I have to admit to a somewhat jaundiced view on society and the human condition as I experience it. So if bleak is the speak, then that's perhaps fairly accurate a reflection of where I feel that I am. Conversely, there are times when I go out with a caption in my head, trying to find something to suit it. But usually not: usually it's about the thing hitting me right on the nose.

Frankly, I don't care very much for situations where the plot is laid out plainly for all to see; I suppose it's why I would much prefer doing fashion photography again rather than calendars, given both chance and choice, and unlike in my professional life, where I honestly didn't feel myself much influenced by other snappers if only because there was never time to think about dong anything "à la" but just to get on with it in one's own way as rapidly as possible, in post-pro life I find the opposite true, and the more I trawl and absorb those Americans and Europeans of the 40s and 50s, the more drawn I am to try to enter into a contemporary version of their world. Of course, that's impossible too, if only because nobody wears real hats anymore, and yellow cabs are not plentiful on the streets of Mallorca. I think the last time I saw a striped barber's pole was in 50s Glasgow.

So maybe even what I do get around to doing is actually born of a sense of frustration and that will out in the pictures too, I guess. What's funny, to me, is seeing other contemporary people trying to ape Leiter, Levitt, Klein, Callahan, Levinstein et al. and do so with razor-crisp images and terribly vibrant colours, killing the real sense of what was with their oh so very modern tools.

If one has to be nostalgic, be nostalgic for the real thing, try to be honest to it.

Rob

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 22, 2016, 02:18:24 pm
How about a rush of lavender for a more sunny disposition?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-zmgrGdD/0/M/July%2013-2016%20Weirs%20Lavender%20farm-raw%20009%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Or deep long shadows from a cemetery and converted to BW for a sombre feeling?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-LfNHh7p/0/M/Dec%2018-%202016%20Terra%20Cotta%20151%20bw-copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Mike D. B. on December 24, 2016, 02:47:57 am
Happy holidays to all!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 27, 2016, 11:41:11 pm
Well I have been working on my inventory. I expect to get rid of half. I never should have listened to the advice,"save everything." Of course I mean cull juduciously not radomly.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-f2R3zSj/0/M/Feb%2020-12%20Downtown%20083%20copy3-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Tony Jay on December 28, 2016, 12:09:31 am
Well John don't ditch this one please!

Excellent work - even to how you have signed your moniker!

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 28, 2016, 08:45:06 am
Well John don't ditch this one please!

Excellent work - even to how you have signed your moniker!

Tony Jay
+1.

Nice almost disappearing watermark.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 28, 2016, 11:12:02 am
Thanks Tony and Eric. Some beautiful noise from my inventory files and from night shot experiments. Discovered that with moving subjects such as water and trees, or moving the camera, you can get some really interesting aesthetically appealing images by recovering the shadow areas.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-3djhDk4/0/M/Aug%202-12%20HP%20088%20panocopy2-1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-wX7jHpG/0/M/Aug%202-12%20HP%20106%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 28, 2016, 01:28:54 pm
You continue to be very inventive, John. Nice work.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on December 28, 2016, 04:42:25 pm
For us Xmasers with nothing much better to do:

(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2899_orig.jpg)

;-)

Hah! "Ho ho h…"

(I think I hear Santa coughing. Or choking.)

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 29, 2016, 05:25:54 pm
Hah! "Ho ho h…"

(I think I hear Santa coughing. Or choking.)

-Dave-


Well seen, Dave! I didn't get that connection until you pointed it out! I was thinking more along cattle-branding lines...

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 29, 2016, 05:32:52 pm

Well seen, Dave! I didn't get that connection until you pointed it out! I was thinking more along cattle-branding lines...

;-)

Rob C
Your unconscious mind is even more mischievous than your conscious mind, Rob.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 30, 2016, 08:41:29 pm
Saw that great abstract from Harold which reminded me of this set of two buildings I explored:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-mctkTtP/0/M/Aug%2026-12%20Evans-QEW%20bldg%20078%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-8phhvgr/0/M/Aug%2026-12%20Evans-QEW%20bldg%20089%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-D3nF3GG/0/M/Aug%2026-12%20Evans-QEW%20bldg%20097%20bw1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 31, 2016, 02:36:39 am
In Birmingham city centre

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/365/31952197006_0f4088f988_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QFvmYo)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 31, 2016, 03:54:49 am
In Birmingham city centre

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/365/31952197006_0f4088f988_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QFvmYo)

Mike

Love the left side in particular; great balance of components in the overall shapel! However, I believe that left part would make a wonderful image on its own.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 31, 2016, 03:57:05 am
Just the metal on the left or with some of the three buttons?

I'm not prissy and on a good day I could move the buttons.

A square crop would leave just one button which might be OK.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 31, 2016, 09:21:30 am
I like it just the way it is, but the left part alone would also work, but be very different.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on December 31, 2016, 10:49:05 am
Just the metal on the left or with some of the three buttons?

I'm not prissy and on a good day I could move the buttons.

A square crop would leave just one button which might be OK.

No, just the left on its own. If you want to include the buttons, you already have a fine picture as it is.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on December 31, 2016, 11:52:26 am
I see, I think I'll leave it be then.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on December 31, 2016, 05:36:23 pm
It was Dec 3, 2012, I was on winter walk hoping for some interesting winter subjects after a snowfall. But it was so warm the snow melted, so I photographed the trees--sort of.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Hilton-Falls/i-nvLwKMC/0/M/Dec%203-12%20Terra%20Cotta%20056%20copy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on December 31, 2016, 09:32:33 pm
I've got to say: I sort of like that one, John!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 01, 2017, 12:07:09 am
Thank you Eric. I can't think of a better way to usher in the New Year given my circumstances, so here is one more for the the new year.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-bjMdKMb/0/M/July%2018-12%20Bronte%20Pier%20120%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 01, 2017, 12:12:11 am
That's nifty. It doesn't look like trees at all. Maybe a Ferrari in free fall?
Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 01, 2017, 06:54:14 pm
Eric you are right, it is a reflection on car hood. And here is one with a simple gradient applied and it too is a reflection from an elevator door.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-R3kg62h/0/M/June%2018-12%20RBG%20051%20copy3-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 01, 2017, 10:18:27 pm
One glance at that and I immediately said "Elevator door"... NOT!
Nicely playful and certainly abstract.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 03, 2017, 07:29:45 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 04, 2017, 10:48:06 am
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Yes, less is very often more! Nice pair of pairs.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 04, 2017, 10:39:58 pm
Thank you. I very much enjoy simple and strong compositions even if I don't come up with as many as I would like.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 05, 2017, 02:30:44 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on January 05, 2017, 05:29:07 pm
Designed by winter and the hand of man.


  (http://www.pbase.com/art1/image/164795362/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Stephen Girimont on January 05, 2017, 07:46:48 pm
Rained again yesterday...

(http://www.theintimatelandscape.com/shared_images/WetCommuteV.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on January 05, 2017, 08:18:44 pm
Nice work Stephen, I really like that one!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 05, 2017, 08:33:01 pm
Nice work Stephen, I really like that one!
+1.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 05, 2017, 10:44:46 pm
Excellent Arlen! Well seen. And I like the panoramic crop that enhances the long look and avoids a static middle.

Nice work Stephen. Reminds me of fish in a tank with undulating water.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 06, 2017, 02:11:35 am
Arlen, for once I think the framing enhances the image which in itself I think is strong enough not to need any help anyway. Nice geometry, nice colours, nice lack of colours :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Arlen on January 06, 2017, 03:43:15 pm
Thanks guys. Mike, I have an Action that applies that frame. I thought it needed something to separate the white parts of the image from the background, but it could probably have been just a thin black border line.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 06, 2017, 06:51:21 pm
Anyone want a seat at the table? A refreshing picnic lunch, maybe?

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/High-Park-Toronto/i-cHhj4PQ/0/M/Jan%2028-2013%20High%20Park%20004%20smugcopy-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 07, 2017, 04:24:59 pm
Hello, Hello, Aloe...in a rush...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-c6w4CFQ/0/M/Feb%2018-13%20Allen%20Gardens%20029%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on January 07, 2017, 05:15:58 pm
Like the picnic facilities :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 07, 2017, 06:01:44 pm
Hello, Hello, Aloe...in a rush...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-c6w4CFQ/0/M/Feb%2018-13%20Allen%20Gardens%20029%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Rish? No. That's an image that invites me to slow down and just soak my eyeballs in it. Beautiful!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 07, 2017, 06:02:53 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2995_orig.jpg)

Rob C
Ah! A Rob C rewrite of a BobDavid subject. Nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 08, 2017, 05:15:10 am
Ah! A Rob C rewrite of a BobDavid subject. Nice.


Wot!!! This is the sea!

Actually, it's a shot with (if my memory isn't playing short-term tricks with me again) the seldom-used D700 and my manual 2/35 at f2.8. I stopped down a tiny bit just in case the thing wasn't going to be crisp enough on the grid wide open. The point is, I should just have stayed wide open and got a wee bit more blur, because doing manual focus, as I sway about so much, at that close distance focus without af is going to be approximate at the best of times! Perhaps C focussing would have helped, and a manual optic preclues that, and I think that this is one of those few types of shot when sharpness on the main thing really counts... Tripod? Are you kidding?

Oh well, it's 2017, so new things happen.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 08, 2017, 01:57:53 pm
Green from the tree that reminds us of the season of snow.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-6wJzkkS/0/M/Feb%2018-13%20Allen%20Gardens%20019%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Telecaster on January 08, 2017, 04:43:20 pm
(http://www.roma57.com/uploads/4/2/8/7/4287956/d-2995_orig.jpg)

I see ya, Saul!

Err…Rob.

-Dave-
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 09, 2017, 01:13:57 am
This is not good Rob. It looks like you are on the inside trying to get out. But I am afraid, since you do so much good work on the inside, you have stay there.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 09, 2017, 01:15:52 am
Visited City Hall square with club group last night. Verrrry colddd!! The city tree lights slightly desaturated to bring out the reds even more. And square image with unusual foreground- as if I tried to smudge it- but it all the result of focusing and defocusing two images.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-sx6Wm49/0/M/Jan%208-2017%20City%20Hall-2-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rBNbD6L/0/M/Jan%208-2017%20202%20copy1000%20City%20Hall-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on January 09, 2017, 04:04:33 am
Rob... sumptuous, as usual.

(I was listening to Bernard Stiegler, a French philosopher, who was saying that the primary goal of art prior to the 20th century was "to be sumptuous". I rather liked that).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 09, 2017, 06:05:27 am
Thanks for the kind remarks, people.

John's not far off target: I do feel I live most of my present life trying to be somewhere else. I could even say that it goes beyond that, to knowing that I have also felt myself never to belong fully anywhere at all. Perhaps it's due to living in several different countries as a kid, and then again years later on. Perhaps all of us who never really grew up living in any single home town feel that way. In fact, there are times when I look at my life, both the good and the bad of it, and think that I never actually managed to grow up at all, which probably explains why I have enjoyed so much of it. I have also come to realise that I have been truly blessed, and am not at all sure why. Even the hard bits turned out good in that they gave me the inner strength to handle spiritual pain. Crack my leg and I scream as loudly as the next!

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on January 10, 2017, 08:14:59 am
Visited City Hall square with club group last night. Verrrry colddd!! The city tree lights slightly desaturated to bring out the reds even more. And square image with unusual foreground- as if I tried to smudge it- but it all the result of focusing and defocusing two images.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-sx6Wm49/0/M/Jan%208-2017%20City%20Hall-2-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-rBNbD6L/0/M/Jan%208-2017%20202%20copy1000%20City%20Hall-M.jpg)

Very interesting.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 10, 2017, 09:06:21 am
Thanks Graham. I was bemused that some people said there is nothing to photograph. It is like saying to a painter, don't go there we have exhausted all possible interpretations. I am always sympathetic, because I once thought that way too.

A few from the same outing. At the time Toronto City Hall was built, it was considered one of the most striking modern buildings:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-LJc2Gp7/1/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20087%20copy1000-M.jpg) (https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-B8kPhgN/0/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20212%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-2htchXg/0/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20217%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)

Those from Toronto will recognize this scene and what I have done to it.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-4sM3wZq/0/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20220%20copy3-1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on January 10, 2017, 10:16:25 am
Funny what sunlight can do with a ventilator.

There is a scene in Godard's Alphaville I think... I can't find it now (and google is now flooded by results for a Japanese pop-band who've taken that name).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 11, 2017, 01:18:59 pm
The flag sure went nicely with the shapes and colours.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-T7J7PBm/0/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20147%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 11, 2017, 07:43:40 pm
Shadows
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 13, 2017, 02:31:53 am
This bench, much overlooked, finally made its way into my graces.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-VmRcpWg/0/M/Aug%2023-2014%20Riverwood%20Park%20016%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 15, 2017, 11:59:29 am
Some shadows

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/432/32175156862_a2ef921471_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R2d6aQ)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 16, 2017, 10:07:49 am
The lamp called this morning.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-BdnnrnQ/0/M/JMRO8340%20bwcopy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 16, 2017, 10:38:23 am
I like the sweeping curves and I like the way they are interrupted. I think the grey edge on the right works well but I'm not so sure about the top, does it look just a little pointlessly messy?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 16, 2017, 11:04:32 am
Yes, I suppose I could have cropped out the top border of the lamp shade, but I left it in because I am doing series on lamp abstracts from window blinds and sun and shadow effects. I want people to recognize the abstracts are from the lamp, shade and sun and how you can work a scene and get many results.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 16, 2017, 11:05:24 am
Makes sense :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 16, 2017, 11:19:56 am
For now, most are variations on the larger scene of the lamp seen here. I am going to try for some really close up abstracts like the alternating stripes. Should be interesting.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-ZcwSJrv/0/M/Jan%209-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20005%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 16, 2017, 12:00:16 pm
For now, most are variations on the larger scene of the lamp seen here...

A very pleasing color palette, scene and composition in itself.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: graeme on January 16, 2017, 05:12:27 pm
For now, most are variations on the larger scene of the lamp seen here. I am going to try for some really close up abstracts like the alterating stripes. Should be interesting.

JR

I love this image.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 16, 2017, 06:34:57 pm
Thank you Slobodan and Graeme. Me lamp thanks you too ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 16, 2017, 06:43:23 pm
It looks like a fascinating series, John.
When I first saw it, it feelt to me as if your lamp was trying to steal some of the shadows from DrMike's image.

Personally, I prefer the original, with the top of the lamp showing.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 17, 2017, 08:28:09 pm
Thank you Eric.

Ring around the Rosie, to warm you up on this midwinter day. But the irony is this was taken in a cemetery.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-ddFrBT6/0/M/Jul%2013-%202014%20Woodlawn%20cememtery%20023%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-fMZRPTt/0/M/June%201-%202014%20RBG%20215%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 18, 2017, 01:47:26 am
The Cloud Gods are watching those who critique in a mean spirited and unhelpful way! This one had one eye and mouth when I spotted him. But of course I am just kidding. I have to do something for creative competition ;)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-KVZCvfd/0/M/June%201-%202014%20RBG%20016%20copy1000-2-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 18, 2017, 09:48:55 am
By the water's edge.

JMR
One with fast movement of camera:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-W7f2wmT/0/M/July%2011-%202014%20Sunnyside%20048%20copy1000-M.jpg)

One with faster movement of camera:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Landscape-Impressions/i-6w9r6LQ/0/M/July%2011-%202014%20Sunnyside%20054%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: chuckn on January 18, 2017, 09:31:31 pm
Train Parts

Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 19, 2017, 05:21:32 am
Chuck, the high contrast works for me. Good distribution of black areas. Those are truck parts for a rail car. Interesting thing is you can tilt your camera any way you want for abstracts like these. Try some where the truck parts are lined up on a diagonal. So many interesting shapes, circles, triangles, lines, etc.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 19, 2017, 05:39:04 am
Two in-camera double exposures slightly cropped for maximum effect.

First combines two images straight on.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-4VSr3BM/0/M/Jan%2018-%202017%20Etobicoke%20Conservatory%20100%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Second combines a zoom with straight shot.
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-Kr4X6XT/0/M/Jan%2018-%202017%20Etobicoke%20Conservatory%20101%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 20, 2017, 10:15:15 pm
Reducing a beautiful green scene to BW is not something I usually do, but I really like how the slight movement has created little strands of light, almost like steel wool in play.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-DKwJJPX/0/M/July%2028-%202014%20James%20Gardens%20232%20bwcopy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 22, 2017, 05:22:18 am
Incongruent.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-nvrpWsx/1/M/sept%2026-%202014%20Halton-badlands%20042%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 22, 2017, 09:57:51 am
Playing with shapes.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-BcBhVQH/0/M/Sept%2023-%202014%20Walmart%20bwcopy2-1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/On-the-Road/i-HFGj2c6/0/M/IMGP2733%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 22, 2017, 10:46:25 am
Love the first one with the light fluffy cloud drifting past a solid set of cubes. Nice conversion too, never an abstract though.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 22, 2017, 06:30:03 pm
I thought this artsy thread might benefit from some scholarly work on abstract art, Nobel-Prize level:

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/18/this-is-your-brain-on-art-a-neuroscientists-lessons-on-why-abstract-art-makes-our-brains-hurt-so-good/
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: donbga on January 22, 2017, 07:35:25 pm
Some shadows



Mike

I like. Is okay to say that and just that?

Don Bryant
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 22, 2017, 09:31:02 pm
Hey Slobodan, thank you for that link. It is very interesting reading, even the comments to the articles. Beats the unfiltered chaotic and crude comments of most You Tube channels. Now I will look for the works of the artists mentioned therein.

Thanks, JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 23, 2017, 02:28:54 am
I like. Is okay to say that and just that?

Don Bryant

Can't see why not :)

Just because I'm a windy, pompous gasbag I don't see why everyone else should be :)

Mike
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 23, 2017, 05:19:54 am
I thought this artsy thread might benefit from some scholarly work on abstract art, Nobel-Prize level:

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/18/this-is-your-brain-on-art-a-neuroscientists-lessons-on-why-abstract-art-makes-our-brains-hurt-so-good/


Nope, I don't like this sort of stuff any more than I do the standard hype from curators and similar committted (and thus compromised) people writing on the art of photography.

The simple truth is that anyone with a minimum of writing ability can produce this sort of material. One can state any position one desires, elaborate and convince the willing about anything; it's done in politics every day, and in advertising, every second.

From my point of view, all the different types of art represent are people striving to make themselves distinct from their peers, combined with the natural, inborn inclinations towards form and presentation that lurk within them, the very things that oblige them to take to art in the first place.

References to olden times are faux: in those years art was ever commissioned, it was executed/created for the greater glory of religion and banks and the glorification of ancestry of popes and other dignitaries. Art for art's sake didn't exist. It was a commercial venture, pure and simple. Without patronage it (art and artist) could not exist.

Modern painters also have to make enough money to keep 'em alive, but once a commercial market exists within which to strive and try one's luck, the ever-present problem of standing out is instantly appreciated on both sides of the financial exchange, and so people experiment until they find a niche that pays off. That's the business of art, just as it is of photography. Those who photograph and/or paint without that commericial imperative are seldom household names, and so what they do or do not do is of relative importance to themselves alone; they do not form 'movements' nor do they create schools of visual thought and style.

For myself, I think that I increasingly find abstract paintings appealing. Why? Simply because they allow one to see something different almost all the time: they don't bore one, as would looking at the Mona Lisa ten times a day. Of course, for that to hold, one must first find an abstract piece that has instant appeal to one: if not, hatred will grow just as rapidly as regret of purchase. And I think that also applies to me with photographs, which are perhaps even more limited and constricted by their very ability to record too damned much information too well, and thus deny my own imagination the freedom to roam and extrapolate upon what's there. That's part of the fun of art: bringing your own head to it. When there's too much evidence there's not enough room for self. So then, why bother owning the thing in the first place? Just investment? A bit of reflected glory if somebody coming to visit you recognizes the creator's name?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: donbga on January 23, 2017, 07:07:27 am
Can't see why not :)

Just because I'm a windy, pompous gasbag I don't see why everyone else should be :)

Mike
You mean like a bloviating old fart?  ;)

Don Bryant
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: drmike on January 23, 2017, 08:03:29 am
You mean like a bloviating old fart?  ;)

Don Bryant

That's me :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2017, 09:31:36 am
For myself, I think that I increasingly find abstract paintings appealing. Why? Simply because they allow one to see something different almost all the time: they don't bore one, as would looking at the Mona Lisa ten times a day.
This part nails it for me, Rob. A good abstract image invites my mind to explore it with my own imagination, not bound by what I'm "supposed" to see or feel.

The essay that Slobodan provided a link to buries the essential notion in a lot of excess verbiage.

I can't make up my mind. Is the writer of that essay a
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windy, pompous gasbag
, or a
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bloviating old fart
? Or both?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 23, 2017, 09:55:15 am
All these comments remind me of the song, "Hurt so bad". When I thought it was all so good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTf18vueoKg

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 23, 2017, 10:38:23 am
Most of my multi-exposure images do not turn out well, but I keep trying because I really like the look of the end result when it does turn out well.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-MnG4mkZ/0/M/sept%2026-%202014%20Halton-badlands%20077%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2017, 02:36:44 pm
Time for less talk (from me) and more images. I may have shown one of them before.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 23, 2017, 04:23:56 pm
Time for less talk (from me) and more images. I may have shown one of them before.


This is going to be a dangerous post that may upset many; so, if you're easily upsettable, read no further.




Eric, the first one reminds me of the little Dutch boy who saved everybody by sticking his finger into a dyke.

Rob

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/little_dutch_boy.html
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Bruce Cox on January 23, 2017, 04:52:45 pm
It may be a myth for people with little experience with dykes, but it is getting older all the time.

The wall is certainly at war with flatness.  It's my favorite.

Bruce
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2017, 05:48:38 pm
It may be a myth for people with little experience with dykes, but it is getting older all the time.

The wall is certainly at war with flatness.  It's my favorite.

Bruce
Thanks, Bruce.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2017, 05:52:33 pm

This is going to be a dangerous post that may upset many; so, if you're easily upsettable, read no further.




Eric, the first one reminds me of the little Dutch boy who saved everybody by sticking his finger into a dyke.

Rob

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/little_dutch_boy.html
How could I pass up reading a post with a come-on like that, Rob?

Actually, my response is that now I'm tempted to photograph my thumb and make a composite with my thumb stuck in the pipe hole.   :D

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 23, 2017, 06:24:14 pm
Eric the third image looks familiar. One of your early posts? I really like the last image and the tinges of blue throughout.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 23, 2017, 08:19:20 pm
Eric the third image looks familiar. One of your early posts? I really like the last image and the tinges of blue throughout.

JR
Thanks, John.
The third one I may well have shown before, but probably in B&W if I did.
The last one is a window air conditioner that I saw walking in New York a couple of years ago.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: armand on January 27, 2017, 03:27:31 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on January 27, 2017, 04:56:48 pm
Thanks, John.
The third one I may well have shown before, but probably in B&W if I did.
The last one is a window air conditioner that I saw walking in New York a couple of years ago.

Eric


Cool trick! Did you engage it in conversation?

;-)   ;-)    ;-)  Just a joke - not being a pedant - honest!

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on January 31, 2017, 01:32:18 pm
The Toronto city Hall has a decidedly abstract shape. Love to photograph it. The immediate lighted areas kind of made it difficult to see what was in the night sky, so the blue sky that seemed to float by and surround the the city hall was a bonus.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Toronto-City-Hall-outing/i-PmFzXZc/0/M/Jan%2015-%202017%20Toronto%20City%20Hall%20058%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: pegelli on January 31, 2017, 02:07:45 pm
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/201701/i-nRK8j2q/0/O/PEG_NEX6_2_5221_20170130.jpg) (https://pegelli.smugmug.com/Other/201701/i-nRK8j2q/A)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on January 31, 2017, 11:27:16 pm
Spanish Moss
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 01, 2017, 01:06:41 pm
Chris you should look up a song by Gordon Lightfoot called, appropriately enough, "Spanish Moss."

This one is not moss:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-XdnMK9n/0/M/Aug%2018-%202013%20Caledon%20Badlands%20133%20copy1000-M.jpg)

Taken in the same locale:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-dKhbrbS/1/M/Aug%2018-%202013%20Caledon%20Badlands%20040%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 01, 2017, 04:13:05 pm
It's Queen Anne's Lace, a member of the wild carrot family.

Although a weed, some people do grow it in the garden. In July the crown does look lovely and has a fringe of pink.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 01, 2017, 04:23:01 pm
It's Queen Anne's Lace, a member of the wild carrot family.

Although a weed, some people do grow it in the garden. In July the crown does look lovely and has a fringe of pink.

JR

Thanks John - noted that down now!

Does it have an edible root, or is the carrot connection too vague? However, that's probably going to be academic now, as the entire field has become a fresh forest of pines and wild oak. The maquis part is so thick it is pretty much impassable now, and I doubt much can grow through that cover.

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Olivier_BERTRAND on February 01, 2017, 05:45:38 pm
Lost in textures ...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 01, 2017, 08:00:16 pm
Thanks John - noted that down now!

Does it have an edible root, or is the carrot connection too vague? However, that's probably going to be academic now, as the entire field has become a fresh forest of pines and wild oak. The maquis part is so thick it is pretty much impassable now, and I doubt much can grow through that cover.

Rob C
Yes Rob it is edible but inadvisable. According to Wikipedia, it is kind of woody and not very good. You must be homesick or nostalgic for the flowers you saw back home. I tried to find some in my files but have only this one which is a double exposure.


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 02, 2017, 04:10:15 am
I like your double exposure - nice technique with pleasing sort of diffusion.

Homesick? Moi? Not really. Spain has been my home for thirty-six years, a longer period than I've lived anywhere else.The Q.A.Lace stuff grows/grew right here in the ex-farm across the hedge. Yes, I am hoping to sell this place at some stage and return to the UK, but that's not driven by homesickness but by all maner of fiscal considerations. Had I no kids, I wouldn't give it a thought other than to how I might fare if the Brexit mess deprives me of health insurance out here.

I am trying hard to convince myself that there are advanages for me to returning, but it's a struggle and adventure in self-deception, as every call back there to anyone reminds me: they think I must be crazy to think of going back having made an escape! On the other hand, maybe they just rather have me a few thousand klicks away.

Flowers? I never enjoyed gardening. My wife sort of did, as did my mother, too, filling large gardens fore and aft her house until she got too old for it all and had to spend money paying gardeners to keep it all going. Which of course, was never as artistically done as she'd managed to do it.

You just can't replace love with paid hours.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 04, 2017, 09:54:54 pm
Rob one must garden for pleasure, because I have tried it, and it is a lot of work.

Here is one, same plant in winter, with a subtle treatment.

JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-pQtwLjX/0/M/Dec%203-12%20Terra%20Cotta%20005%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 05, 2017, 08:30:42 am
It's a natural subject and I will say no more.
JR

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-WgWTz9Q/0/M/Aug%205-2013%20RBG%20038%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 05, 2017, 08:40:48 am
Wow, John!
I've run out of things to say about your abstracts. Beautiful, natural or not.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 05, 2017, 09:27:41 am
Thanks Eric. Lilipads turning autumn colours on water reflecting blue sky.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 05, 2017, 10:03:07 am
As usual a number of engaging shots on this thread.  I haven't contributed for a quite a while so here are 4 with somewhat different flavors.
Chuck
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 05, 2017, 01:45:10 pm
It's the first one that works for me, the right mix of complexity and repetition. Although like the doors posted earlier, that's probably just a question regarding my psychology :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 05, 2017, 04:40:11 pm
As usual a number of engaging shots on this thread.  I haven't contributed for a quite a while so here are 4 with somewhat different flavors.
Chuck
Very different from what I've come to expect from you, Chuck. But very fine!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 05, 2017, 09:35:52 pm
Yes Chuck, a nice set. The first and last are quite mysterious.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 06, 2017, 10:00:23 am
OK, here's a new one (at last) from me.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 06, 2017, 10:55:13 am
White chocolate and blueberry muffin?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 06, 2017, 11:22:56 am
Of course not Graham: squashed butterfly, obviously!

A little fluttering of the wings before destructions, and we'd have had an original Ernst Haas!

;-)

Rob C
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 06, 2017, 01:00:59 pm
OK, here's a new one (at last) from me.
Looks both like the remains of a muffin and a flower. Excellent!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 06, 2017, 01:36:32 pm
Minimally speaking...

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-nPJxZVL/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20011%20copy1000-M.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Badlands-of-Caledon/i-htCJDdc/0/M/Dec%2012%202014%20Badlands%20030%20bwcopy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: churly on February 06, 2017, 01:59:28 pm
OK, here's a new one (at last) from me.

Now that is mysterious!  :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 06, 2017, 04:05:24 pm
White chocolate and blueberry muffin?
Close.
Looks both like the remains of a muffin and a flower. Excellent!

JR
But no flower. Just the remains of a blueberry muffin on a red napkin.
I guess I should have given it a John R-type blur treatment. My abstracts are getting too easy to decode.

So congratulations to GrahamBy and John R for deciphering it so quickly. The next time you are both in Boston at the same time, I'll happily stand you both to a beer.

Sorry, Rob. Better luck next time.

-Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 09, 2017, 10:27:17 am
Sizing up the elements.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Pictorials/i-BjnWLkq/0/M/June%201-%202014%20RBG%20210%20bwcopy-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 09, 2017, 02:13:21 pm
You have a good eye for graphics, John. Even without color.
Title: Herculaneum - Italy
Post by: brianrybolt on February 13, 2017, 09:52:15 am
This is an amazing place and should be visited if you are near Naples.
Title: Re: Herculaneum - Italy
Post by: Rob C on February 13, 2017, 10:54:22 am
This is an amazing place and should be visited if you are near Naples.

And that's an amazing photograph! But hey, what else did you expect from Italy?

Well seen.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Herculaneum - Italy
Post by: Peter McLennan on February 13, 2017, 11:59:35 am
This is an amazing place and should be visited if you are near Naples.

Superb!  Reminds me of Klimt.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Peter McLennan on February 13, 2017, 12:04:27 pm
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/262/32501314830_0c38ab3338_c.jpg)
Nearly a meter of snow fell in 24 hrs here recently.  Then, freezing rain.
While plowing my driveway, I had to get off the tractor to shoot this with my phone.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 13, 2017, 12:55:55 pm
Sizing up the elements.

Like :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: N_N_Nikmat on February 16, 2017, 02:40:22 pm
Interesting reflection in the wet beach sand yesterday
Title: Re: Herculaneum - Italy
Post by: graeme on February 16, 2017, 04:23:09 pm
This is an amazing place and should be visited if you are near Naples.

Nice one.
Title: Re: Herculaneum - Italy
Post by: N_N_Nikmat on February 17, 2017, 04:37:37 am
This is an amazing place and should be visited if you are near Naples.

Agree this is great.  The shadows really frame it nicely.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on February 17, 2017, 08:36:40 am
Too complex to be abstract?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/MonochromeMagic/Infrared/i-8NMbW3w/0/XL/P2164613_edit3-XL.jpg)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/MonochromeMagic/Infrared/i-8DKH8dV/0/XL/P2164614_edit1-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: JNB_Rare on February 17, 2017, 09:14:45 am
Tugboat Tough

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Patricia Sheley on February 18, 2017, 12:36:32 am

 Sans Chaleur~
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 18, 2017, 04:41:44 am
Nice one, Patricia.

But I'm happy not to share the temperatures! Having a year or two ago discovered myself to have become a victim of the dreaded Raynaud (I used to think of him as chilblains), doing the shopping with plastic bags becomes a painful experience in winter... an old neighbour of mine has had the condition since she was eighteen, poor wench. The things people tell one.

Next time I feel it coming on I must check the thermometer in the hall: I could well be owner of a built-in trigger mechanism that could double as a handy body thermometer of my own. You see? Always the positive guy, looking for the bright side in everything! Just like my snaps.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: JNB_Rare on February 18, 2017, 06:41:05 am
Sans Chaleur~

Very nice.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 18, 2017, 10:26:02 am
Very nice.
I agree.

I understand that parts of Maine have had amost eight feet of snow. Probably somewhat lesser amounts on the coast where Pat does her magic.
We only have a couple of feet of the white stuff here near Boston, and tomorrow is supposed to get above 50 F.

Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 18, 2017, 11:56:16 am
Too complex to be abstract?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/MonochromeMagic/Infrared/i-8NMbW3w/0/XL/P2164613_edit3-XL.jpg)


(https://photos.smugmug.com/MonochromeMagic/Infrared/i-8DKH8dV/0/XL/P2164614_edit1-XL.jpg)

Not at all, Matt; my brain contains more veins and lukewarm pasta, and yet it's pretty abstract at best.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 18, 2017, 01:15:55 pm
One thing I really like about these recent posts is that folks are willing to stretch the boundaries of "abstract."\

Trees, tugboats, snow and ice: All good material for creative seeing.

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 18, 2017, 08:57:55 pm
Too complex to be abstract?
Not sure I like your vignette treatment of the borders, but the sprawling branches are wonderful and abstract enough for me. When I first saw these images I immediately started mentally creating my own crops. Not because I like it better another way, it's the way I work in the field when I encounter such wonderfully abstract subjects with so many possibilities.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 19, 2017, 06:39:44 pm
Saw Grass Morning
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 20, 2017, 04:00:13 am
Tugboat Tough

Oh, very nice :)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: JNB_Rare on February 20, 2017, 08:05:47 am
Saw Grass Morning

Lovely. The two horizontal arcs add so much. Well seen.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: MattNQ on February 20, 2017, 09:40:23 am
Not sure I like your vignette treatment of the borders, but the sprawling branches are wonderful and abstract enough for me. When I first saw these images I immediately started mentally creating my own crops. Not because I like it better another way, it's the way I work in the field when I encounter such wonderfully abstract subjects with so many possibilities.

JR

Thanks John. The white vignette borders were a bit of a 'let's see how this looks'  experiment. The branches I find immensely interesting and so much potential - just a matter of finding the most effective way of presenting them.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: JNB_Rare on February 20, 2017, 11:13:28 am
ENERGY: Two thoughts came to mind with this image. First, was that the energy needed to create this scene (enormous pressure, erosion from waves, rain and wind) was being reflected in the rocks themselves. I was also reminded of Aboriginal philosophy, in which existence consists of energy. All things are animate, imbued with spirit, and in constant motion. The picture was taken on Gaff Point, a unique, unspoiled promontory on the south coast of Nova Scotia. The Gaff Point trail takes one through conifer forests, across heaths and grasslands, beside high cliffs and along a spectacular rocky coastline. It is here, among those rocks, that I have found some of the most beautiful samples of form, texture, pattern, and colour.


Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 21, 2017, 03:15:07 pm
Wonderful JNB. Those striations are mesmerizing.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 21, 2017, 03:20:14 pm
This image was taken in somewhat heavy overcast light and so is a little flat - very little specular light. But I thought the graphic pattern was strong, so I took the shot anyway.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Port-Hope-and-Cobourg/i-bF2HQdb/0/M/Dec%2028-%202015%20City%20Hall%20Downtown%20005%20bwcopy2-1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: JNB_Rare on February 21, 2017, 07:51:04 pm
This image was taken in somewhat heavy overcast light and so is a little flat - very little specular light. But I thought the graphic pattern was strong, so I took the shot anyway.

In addition to the strong graphic quality and appealing composition, I like the random reflections in the windows.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 21, 2017, 09:14:37 pm
In addition to the strong graphic quality and appealing composition, I like the random reflections in the windows.
Yes.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 23, 2017, 11:48:16 am
It was a beautiful foggy day yesterday, so we went out looking for woodland areas to photograph. Kind of dangerous to park on the shoulder when the fog is so thick. But went to this area where we found a more suitable place to park. Here is one result that I played around with.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-BXKKmRM/0/M/Feb%2022-%202017%20Glen%20Haffey%20006%20copy1000-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 23, 2017, 07:40:41 pm
Lovely, John.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 23, 2017, 10:58:37 pm
Thank you Eric. Here is a second image from the same outing. More abstract and surreal than the first image.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Camera-Impressions/i-8JVkqjf/0/M/Feb%2022-%202017%20Glen%20Haffey%20005%20copy3-1000-M.jpg)

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 23, 2017, 11:35:20 pm
Hi John,

Curiously, to me, the previous one has just the right abstract and surreal quality, while this one is slightly less exciting (to me).

But these inspire me to try again to find some blurry tree photos. I tried some quite a whiile back, inspired by your earliest moving forest images, but I didn't get anything that was worth posting. It obviously takes a lot of practice and a good eye to get to your level.

Cheers,
 Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 23, 2017, 11:56:36 pm
Try 1/8-1/4 sec with moderate telephoto, like 50mm and up (70-200 zoom is good) . You can use 1/15, but then you really have to move the camera a little faster. Use small fluid movements, not jerky. Trigger shutter same time as you start movement, it's almost instantaneous. If you use wider lens, try at 1/4 of sec to ensure blur is transmitted. If on long end, say 200mm, movement is more erratic due to hand and body movement, slight movement produces greater and exaggerated effects, so be judicious. Now it's up to you to find the right subject matter!

Good luck!!

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 24, 2017, 08:45:02 am
Try 1/8-1/4 sec with moderate telephoto, like 50mm and up (70-200 zoom is good) . You can use 1/15, but then you really have to move the camera a little faster. Use small fluid movements, not jerky. Trigger shutter same time as you start movement, it's almost instantaneous. If you use wider lens, try at 1/4 of sec to ensure blur is transmitted. If on long end, say 200mm, movement is more erratic due to hand and body movement, slight movement produces greater and exaggerated effects, so be judicious. Now it's up to you to find the right subject matter!

Good luck!!

JR
Sounds right.

It reminds me of the old one about "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?"
The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!"

Eric
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 24, 2017, 09:01:19 am
Sounds right.

It reminds me of the old one about "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?"
The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!"

Eric


Huh, I was driving down to England from Scotland one year in the mid-70s and stopped somewhere to ask directions that my local map didn't make clear. I got out of the car in some High Street or another and asked a passing pedestrian if he knew the way to Luton and he said yes, thanks! Had I been bigger, I'd probably have spent the night in jail.

Assholes are nothing new.

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on February 25, 2017, 02:21:23 pm
Red Riding Hood and the wolf.

My first thought.I can't help it.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 25, 2017, 02:39:41 pm
Red Riding Hood and the wolf.

My first thought.I can't help it.

I like your imagination! Wish I'd thought of that.

;-)

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 25, 2017, 03:16:22 pm
It's the best kind of image that can be "read" in different ways.

Nice one, Rob (and Red Riding Hood).
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: degrub on February 25, 2017, 07:59:29 pm
reminds me of the scene in Jurassic park where the T-Rex puts his eye to the toilet window.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 26, 2017, 04:38:34 am
Thought I might put this here...
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 26, 2017, 08:29:05 am
Nice, Graham.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: HSakols on February 26, 2017, 11:14:49 am
From Glacier Point, Yosemite
 
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 26, 2017, 01:14:55 pm
Very sensuous, Hugh.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 26, 2017, 01:33:47 pm
Very sensuous, Hugh.

Stop right there!

This sort of image should be banned for its indecency! If it's not good enough for Fuji (officially) to tolerate, then why must we be forced to look? It could make us go blind!
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on February 26, 2017, 04:40:51 pm
From Glacier Point, Yosemite

Abstract? Really?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on February 27, 2017, 06:19:09 am
Rob,

don't you think that after the recent discussion a pink "3" could be misinterpreted? Just take the "twist" as request and turn the pic 90° clockwise and there we go to indecency again...

Sometimes you have to search for ambigiouty;-)

Harald
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 27, 2017, 07:10:16 am
Rob,

don't you think that after the recent discussion a pink "3" could be misinterpreted? Just take the "twist" as request and turn the pic 90° clockwise and there we go to indecency again...

Sometimes you have to search for ambigiouty;-)

Harald


I don't dare, Harald; that would be less than honest as photographer! Worse, personal morality aside, what would happen to the white 3?

I can imagine any number of complaints arise about that from the aternative reality branches of LuLa. Making pink straight would mean the rest was - what?

Sometimes I think it would have been easier taking up politics: I could have stood as an Independent candidate and offered the voters whatever turned them on; wait - isn't that what everybody does already?
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: GrahamBy on February 27, 2017, 07:21:25 am
Sometimes I think it would have been easier taking up politics: I could have stood as an Independent candidate and offered the voters whatever turned them on; wait - isn't that what everybody does already?

I just read that Breitbart gets more page views than pornhub... so it seems the strangest things excite some people.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Harald L on February 27, 2017, 07:35:40 am

I don't dare, Harald; that would be less than honest as photographer! Worse, personal morality aside, what would happen to the white 3?

I can imagine any number of complaints arise about that from the aternative reality branches of LuLa. Making pink straight would mean the rest was - what?
...

Making the pinks straight mean the rest are perverts. And more, just substitute pink by green, red or brown and you can clearly see the secret sauce of politics.

...
Sometimes I think it would have been easier taking up politics: I could have stood as an Independent candidate and offered the voters whatever turned them on; wait - isn't that what everybody does already?

Jep. That's the concept of deception by ambiguity.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 27, 2017, 11:20:07 am
All I can say is Thank You Rob and Harald!

This is much more creative and fun than anything in the Trump II thread, and more substantial, too.   ;)
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 27, 2017, 03:44:33 pm
Thought I might put this here...
The thumb nail image looks quite disappointing. But when I enlarge, oh my, what fine pattern of light and shadow combined with curve movement.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Rob C on February 27, 2017, 05:15:43 pm
I just read that Breitbart gets more page views than pornhub... so it seems the strangest things excite some people.

I think Breitbart gets a mention in the Mr Trump Saga thread; I have not looked at it (Breitbart). IMO the entire thread has overrun its course and it's devolved into an endless belt of yes, no, yes, no.... must be the digital influence coming through. Never head of pornhub - probably take hours to get into it, I suppose, so I'll restrain myself - oops! - and think of other things.

Must try to get my ass out into the field and try to find some nice faces...

My twenty-five? year-old granddaughter's coming to spend some time with me in April I think; she's nice, but as she's family I can't bring myself to bother her with the boredom of getting portraited (feels slightly more interesting than being portrayed - I think). I'm conscious of having pissed my own two kids right off photography with so many studio test shots. My wife escaped: just said no, and meant it.

;-(

Rob
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 27, 2017, 05:18:56 pm
The thumb nail image looks quite disappointing. But when I enlarge, oh my, what fine pattern of light and shadow combined with curve movement.

JR
Exactly my reaction, too.
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts! Fortielse
Post by: Patricia Sheley on February 27, 2017, 10:53:43 pm
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Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: John R on February 28, 2017, 12:09:23 am
Patricia, funny that you should post this as I am looking at my recent shoot of similar subject matter. But your image manages to look raw and painterly at the same time. Nice work.

JR
Title: Re: Show us some Abstracts!
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 28, 2017, 12:17:47 am