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Rob C

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1740 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 " 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

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1741 on: December 22, 2016, 02:18:24 pm »

How about a rush of lavender for a more sunny disposition?



Or deep long shadows from a cemetery and converted to BW for a sombre feeling?

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1742 on: December 24, 2016, 02:47:57 am »

Happy holidays to all!
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1743 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

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1744 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
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1745 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.
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« Reply #1746 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



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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1747 on: December 28, 2016, 01:28:54 pm »

You continue to be very inventive, John. Nice work.
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1748 on: December 28, 2016, 04:42:25 pm »

For us Xmasers with nothing much better to do:



;-)

Hah! "Ho ho h"

(I think I hear Santa coughing. Or choking.)

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1749 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...

;-)

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1750 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.   ;)
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1751 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:







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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1752 on: December 31, 2016, 02:36:39 am »

In Birmingham city centre



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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1753 on: December 31, 2016, 03:54:49 am »

In Birmingham city centre



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.

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« Reply #1754 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.
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1755 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.
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1756 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

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1757 on: December 31, 2016, 11:52:26 am »

I see, I think I'll leave it be then.
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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1758 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

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Re: Show us some Abstracts!
« Reply #1759 on: December 31, 2016, 09:32:33 pm »

I've got to say: I sort of like that one, John!
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