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Old 03-19-2013   #1
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What do you think? 5 comments

Here's a photo that I wouldn't mind a few comments upon. After say, 5 comments, feel free to post a new photo for 5 comments. We could keep this running, with a photo, 5 comments, then a new photo, followed by 5 comments, and so on.

Be honest, and give reasons supporting opinion. No thin skins or hurt feelings! The picture poster should try to refrain from replying. Just be quiet, listen, and maybe/hopefully learn.
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Old 03-19-2013   #2
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This photo does not say anything to me. It looks like a snow/ice scene but does not transmit a feeling or emotion. The contrast is low and the image definition to my eyes is hazy.
When I do a winter scene, I want people to feel cold just from seeing it.
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Old 03-19-2013   #3
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I agree with Marc above with most of his comments. I am also capable of appreciating a picture purely for aesthetics or it's composition. Aesthetically, it does not do much for me but it's composition does.
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Old 03-19-2013   #4
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If you told me this picture came from the Curiosity Rover on Mars I would call it amazing!

Otherwise, the light is a bit flat, which is why for me it doesn't cut it. Composition wise it's not bad - minimalistic, difference in size of the two visual elements. Side lighting showing more texture might bring it to life.
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Old 03-19-2013   #5
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pet rock photo is a nice change from cats?
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Old 03-19-2013   #6
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Not enough contrast. Almost a white-out. Other than that, I like it. Now I guess I have to dig up a 5-comment photo. I'm looking.

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Old 03-19-2013   #7
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Old 03-20-2013   #8
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As-is, this does nothing for me.

Also . . . at first it looks like an opportunity to create an "abstract expressionist" type image; but after staring at it, I don't think that I (personally) could get there from here.

I can't see anything very exciting coming out of this (from me ! ) - maybe just an interesting play of the lines and edges.

Please accept my comments not as destructive or offensive criticism.
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Old 03-20-2013   #9
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Confused subject matter. i see the nice border between the water and the ice, with nice wave texture on the water, and somewhat interesting shadows on the ice. The intrusion of branches in 3 of the 4 corners of the frame is distracting and not supportive of the image.
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Old 03-20-2013   #10
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не рыба не мясо.

Its not a "shadows-on-snow" picture, nor a water picture.

If you would have used a longer exposure to smooth the water out, then the transition of water and snow would have compelled more to me and this angle could have worked.

On the positive note, the tones are lovely.
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Old 03-20-2013   #11
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An image like this would be more interesting to me if it lacked the intruding border elements of the branches and grass, and lacked the bottom edge shadow from, I think, the lip of the snow pile. When it's more about pure patterns juxtaposed, that's when a photo like this is more striking, to my eyes.
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I'll jump the gun here to keep this thread alive . . .
Old 03-22-2013   #12
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I'll jump the gun here to keep this thread alive . . .

Please comment on this . . .

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Old 03-22-2013   #13
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Nice idea, but I can't decide what is in focus and what isn't.
Looks very 'soft' so I decide the lens used would do 'better' stopped down.
Use a pm to hit me over the head if you feel that way inclined! LOL

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Old 03-22-2013   #14
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For me this photo has a nice soft pleasant mood. That early morning feel when one is still in the process of becoming alive to the day shaking off a restful sleep. Soft window light & warm brown tones of the pot look inviting for a good coffee.
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Old 03-22-2013   #15
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I don't mind the (very) soft focus. I think the sort-of-soft border makes it look more intentional than perhaps it was.
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Old 03-22-2013   #16
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I recognize this as the probably original of http://www.cafephotos.net/Gallery1/Gallery1.html, more of an extreme-post-process to use Peterm's recent phrase. About this version I have the same puzzlement as Jesse, though comparing this to many of your exceptionally sharp and well-seen CafePhotos suggests that the soft focus or use of the declarification slider is intentional.

In a shot this tightly framed (or cropped) by a usually sharp clear photographer, absence of clarity translates to one of two possibilities for me: 1/Sentimentalization of the object. I can imagine the pot has sentimental value to the photographer, but the image does not embody this to me, the visual skeptic. 2/Metaphor. The pot conveys comfort, warmth, containment, roundedness; the window frame in its proximity conveys edges, limits, essential difference. It could be a photograph about the differences between a long-married couple, or between an individual's own conflicted impulses. But my effort to discover metaphor is too arduous for this slight and fuzzy-warm domestic image. It's seen as though through tears, but tears of what? So again, it does not answer a skeptic's query about its apparent sentimental impulse.

Did I overthink or overstate this? Probably. But that's the only way I can practice critical thinking. I'm glad to have Dave's other images to compare with this one, which by contrast seems relatively weak. I really am glad Frank has started this exercise, and thank him and Farlymac and you, Dave, for submitting images so far.

I also notice that Farlymac did not get a 5th comment! I like the 3 main elements of that image--water, ice, shadows--and agree with Frank that the corner-branches are distracting rather than framing. If this is a crop, I could see further cropping and more attention to the contrast of the shadows; but I'd also like to see a wider view with more of the branches (again, if this is already a crop).
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Old 03-22-2013   #17
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When you make a table top study, I think it really has to be thought out well, i.e. the composition should work, the colours (if any) should work, the texture (or lack thereof) should work too.
This photograph, is an "almost" shot - almost interesting composition, almost harmonious colours, and a texture, which is almost soft. If you fancy this kind of work, you should try to do better.
An example from this genere, which somehow works well, can be seen in the middle of this page:
http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?V...RID=24KL53ZVNE
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Old 03-22-2013   #18
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OK, I will join in. Dave, I think that the mix of colors in your image is very interesting. My suggestion is that it might be better if more aggressively abstract, perhaps not shot at an oblique perspective, but head on so that everything is flattened into "elementary" shapes.

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Old 03-22-2013   #19
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I like this image very much, just as I liked the ''over-processed'' version that Dave posted previously.

Everything about this image is in balance, everything gels.

The framing is perfect, the degree of overall softness is exactly right, the catchlight on the pot is an attractive centre point, and the colours complement each other to perfection, with the orange stopper a lovely touch.

This image is eye-catching for all the right reasons, it's very nicely shot, and I'd gladly find space to hang it on my wall....
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Old 03-31-2013   #20
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For me I find the sinage too distracting...boring. I find the angle of homes interesting. Love how the tree branches drape across the photo pointing it's finger like branches toward it's group of beautiful old cherished homes.
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Old 03-31-2013   #21
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Looks like an accidental shutter fire. Looks to be no concept.
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Old 03-31-2013   #22
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I've never liked images that have a large OOF object in the foreground ... and this is dominated by one.
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Old 03-31-2013   #23
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I am not getting any resonance from this picture; the thing running through my head is "How can I fix this for myself to enjoy?" and that can easily become rude. So I won't "fix it" but will try to understand why it doesn't drive me wild.

The geometries of the sign and the houses are solid and if those trees weren't there, I could see those geometries playing well together (with possibly a slight change in camera position).

The trees really scramble things up for me at the moment. They are not background (because I am very interested in the houses back there); they are kind of blocking my view. In fact the lines of the branches are strong but they don't lead me anywhere; and esp they don't lead my eye to either the sign or the houses


FOOTNOTE: I have now just read the previous commentary, and find our conflicting viewpoints kind of interesting. In time, I may change my opinion (it's happened before ) but I'm leaving my words as written in the first place.



EDIT: Good grief a few folks jumped just a minute ahead of me ! . . . I am number 5 . . . okay, in the morning, I will post a new picture.
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Old 03-31-2013   #25
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Like this photo a lot, has a sort of mystical, magical realism feeling, I know it's your daughter, but feels like maybe a shamanistic dance, that's just my impression.
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Agree with the magical/mystical feeling. The way she is hunched forward and the blur of her arms gives me a creepy feeling. Not what you were intending, I don't imagine.
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Old 03-31-2013   #27
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This is like speed dating or the three minute thesis. Raid, I like this picture. Yes we know it's your daughter, but in this perspective there is something a little scary (her intention) with those long arms and the shortened torso of some older woman....
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Old 04-02-2013   #28
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This is dreamlike and mystical, as others have said. For me, knowing who the girl is, is kind of confusing my interpretation of it.
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Reminds me of the Hunch of Notre-Dame coming to eat me... I can't say I dislike it.
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