LOTS OF TALENT ON DISPLAY
Last month I started a new feature: a monthly artists’ critique based upon the photos submitted to our affiliated Flickr Group pool. (If you’re not a member of The Discerning Photographer Flickr group, you need to join and add your images!) My aim in doing this was to replicate a bit of that old art school critique session, a time when we all were forced to put our work up for discussion and evaluation. I also hoped to elevate the level of the typical commenting that takes place at Flickr: ‘Great capture!’ ‘Awesome photo!!!’ etc. It seems like anyone seriously interested in improving as a photographer would want to hear a bit more. So here we go, our February look:
‘Water Works’ by CJ Schmidt. This photograph is beautiful. It shows you something (thanks to a really fast flash speed) that you can’t see with your naked eye. (I’d be curious to know, CJ, some of the details of how you shot this one: is the blue done post processing or did you incorporate gels on your strobes at the time of exposure? Is the image the result of lots of attempts, or did you have a trigger set up to trip the shutter? Let us know!)
‘Orange’ by Devansh. Devansh offers this explanation with the photograph:
‘A “sadhu”, helps carry a massive flag. To get a sense of the scale of this flag, think of it as a sail, of a medium size sailboat. The flag is so massive, that, they use a 10meter eucalyptus tree, as a flag pole.’ Beautiful color here. I’m wondering if the composition would be stronger with the figure not so centrally positioned: any thoughts about this, anyone?
‘Jurassic Study’ by Stephen Cotterell. A classic, simple still life: nicely framed and lit, simple white surface. All of the results takes your eye where it needs to go, into the texture and wonderful natural beauty of the spiral.
‘Spotting Terrain Toward the Summit,’ by Bernd Limbach. And now for something completely different! I love how cleanly put together this photograph is: the framing, which leads my eye from the right foreground, back along the line of climbers and then finally, to noticing the subtle outlines of the white-on-white mountains in the background. Nicely done.
‘Archer Daniels Midland Facility, Red Wing, MN’ by Slobo2010. A wonderful nighttime composition at an industrial facility. The smoke adds mystery to what would otherwise be an okay photo, elevating the result, in my opinion. Other thoughts on this one?
‘Nine in a Row,’ by Hella Martens. Martens is a new member of our group, and I’ve really been enjoying a series that she’s working on involving, of all things, rolls of toilet paper. This is one of these compositions. I highly recommend that you search her photostream for more interesting examples. I’m curious, Hella, what was your inspiration for starting the project?
‘To turn or not to turn the page,’ by Ana Matos. I love this photograph! It’s a beautiful abstraction on one level, isn’t it? But I have questions: is this a straight photograph? Or is part of the blur created post? Please tell us about this image, Ana!
So there you have it: my picks from our Flickr group for the month of February. Please use the Comment form below to give your thoughts, ideas, questions, likes or dislikes on these images. My hope is that we can get a bit of conversation going around these images. Just no ‘Awesome Capture!’, please!
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