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Critical eye - A little less than a happy high
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Critical eye
Drew pointed me in the direction of The Everyman Photo Contest, and I've convinced myself that submissions are a good idea. Since it's not entirely impossible that I scare myself into inaction, I'm assembling pics to send before the weekend. I'm limited to exactly two submissions (thanks dellaluna ^_^), which is where you good folk come in. If you could have a look and help me choose what to send off, if I should send it off, etc. If you remember something else you think should be here instead, tell me that, too.

1) Black & White: I honestly don't think I've got anything for this category short of desaturating something, which may be outside of the submissions mandate.


2) Landscape/Nature




3) People/Portrait




4) Travel/Architecture





5) Macro/Abstract: Mixed feeling here. I've got this, but otherwise not a whole lot to play with.


6) From the Attic: Again, not sure if I've anything that fits. Most of the family's old photos are kept by my grandmother, and they've some terribly interesting images.
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: September 21st, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, good shots! :D Tough decision.

I'm sad I can't participate since I've profited from selling a couple of my photos.
komos From: komos Date: September 21st, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Help?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: September 21st, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Butterfly and Chess Player are my personal favorites, but the fireworky/flame one is REALLY awesome.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the go player works better in the category. I just like to trot out the iron pour shots every once in a while because they're so striking. Must go to another soon.

Should probably get off my ass and get down to MassArt, too.

Thanks. Don't know what I'd do without you.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 21st, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

Landscape/Nature:
1 really shows off your eye to best advantage, as it's stunningly composed, very precise, and surprisingly geometric, which stands out in this kind of category.
I feel like 2 has more graphic potential to it -- in terms of color difference and depth especially.
I vote for 1
People/Portrait:
1 is really busy -- a kind of intense "capture a moment" kind of shot. It's really intensely red, and the focusing/foreground doesn't provide a clear focal point.
2 is really quiet, serene, and beautifully composed. The lighting is ethereal, the colors are complementary and rich, and the image has its own narrative. Not only do I prefer the photo, I feel like it supports #1 from th Landscape/Nature category as well.
I vote for 2
Travel/Architecture:
1 is really fabulous because it's an amazing contrast between the motion (full sails) and stillness (wood, perspective) that make boats such an amazing thing.
2 is a really fun architectural shot, but it's got a lot less depth and substance to it.
I vote for 1
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

If someone ever questions your eye, remind me to give them a good dressing down.

Do you prefer this sail shot to the one I posted in 7shots last week?
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 22nd, 2005 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

It's a tough call, the one from 7shots is more dramatic, but that gives me less to look at. I'd go for the one up here. However, given the limitations (unless one of these somehow counts as "attic"), I'd just throw out the butterfly and the go player.

(Also, thank you.)
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 22nd, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

I second these picks.

The rose is a nice shot, but it's just a little too much of one color. if the dead flowers were brown, I think it'd be a winner, not just a contender.

The iron pour shot is great, but not much of a portrait type pic, which is what the category seems to be looking for. Go player is a far more useful shot for this.

Sails vs. pipes, the sails is definteily a better image, no doubt in my mind.

Overall, I'd say flutterby and Go player.

(no brewing tonight, in case you were keeping track)
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

Groovy. Thanks.

Next week for the brew, then? Thoughts on the [*yawn*] tripel idea?
I still totally owe you guys dinner.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: But where're the titles? there's a whole award for that!

Ugh. I mean, I love tripels, but I don't wanna brew one right now.
I might do a 2.5 gallon all-grain batch of it, just for kicks.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting tired of big beers. I want to see something balanced and with character. I'm honestly not sure if I'll be in on the project.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The link on the side of my gmail for this conversation is to:
www.coppermoonshinestills.com
Gotta love that.

I hear you about the 'big beers' thing. Do a wee batch of extract, and we'll compare the all-grain to the extract. ^_^
iterum From: iterum Date: September 22nd, 2005 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I vote a straight ticket for the "2" party.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It's funny that the go player attracts as much attention as it does. Of them all, it was probably the most accidental of the shots.

Thanks. ^_^
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: September 22nd, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Accidents tend to be the best shots when they turn out good because it seems completely realistic.
From: dellaluna Date: September 22nd, 2005 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice shots!

Personally my favorites are the first one of the bug/butterfly in "Landscape/Nature" and the second one of the man in "People/Portrait".

Since you can only send in two I would go with those. At least I think you're allowed to only send in two, but I may have read the instructions wrong since I just scanned them quickly.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You scanned more thoroughly than I did. ^_^

The first shot is a butterfly. Top down shot of this guy.
why_style From: why_style Date: September 22nd, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm gonna throw my wrench into things and vote for the flowers even though everyone else seems to like the butterfly. i remember when you posted this to 7shots. i loved it then, and i still love it now. it's a great shot visually, and i also love trying to interpret meaning from it - i guess sort of my definition of art is that it can't just be pretty, it has to be intellectually stimulating in some way too :) for a second i'd probably pick the boat shot here, though i don't think the go player would be a bad choice either - both are very interesting shots, but i just prefer the lines of the boat.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not the only one on the roses, not even the only one who weighed in...
teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: September 22nd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like the Go player. My philistine art appreciation bone says it's people I want to look at. I keep staring and wondering what's on his mind and which of the 107.49x1048 games (wikipedia) he's going to play that day. It's also a gorgeous day and it makes me want to be there.

For your reference, most of the time I think Chris Coop is the greatest artist ever and the last photographic series I got a kick out of is the one in a Portsmouth coffee shop wherein the artist took a set of Wizard of Oz Barbies and set up a flirtatious yet elegant hootenanny.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the go player a lot, especially since I still don't do people well. That one just worked, somehow.

I went to his website, but it looks like there's a fair amount there that would be considered NWS, so the exploration must wait. Thanks for the rec, though.
teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Crappo. Sorry about that.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem. Got pointed at Shane Glines much the same way. ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's actually one of my favorite of the butterfly pics, if only because it's not a wing shot. I'm drawn to it because it doesn't look like anything I could find in a guidebook. It ends up feeling more alive this way.

You know, I had someone write and ask for permission to use the bridge shot? That was kind of groovy...
why_style From: why_style Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
i do like the butterfly pic specifically because it's not your standard wing shot. i suppose i understand why the wing shot is so popular - pretty colors, nice shape, it's a challenge to get them at the right angle while they're still and all - but i've seen so many that i like something different. my sis is a photographer and just last weekend she was showing me some butterfly shots she'd done and the ones at less than standard angles definitely stood out to me.

i wonder if the connection between the bridge shot and electro has anything to do with that lancer commercial from a couple of years ago with the girl doing that weird raver dance in the front seat. it is cool that someone wanted to use it though.
komos From: komos Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need a passenger like that. Especially if she can work the speed/stop motion into her movements. That would be freaky.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: September 24th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
For "people/portrait" I was surprised that you didn't include the ones of the two people that you took from the knees down or the couple walking with their arms around each other and their heads facing opposite directions. I liked them both, a lot.

Of the ones here, I like the sails and the rose one best. There was another photo you posted in the past that's stuck in my mind, too, I believe it was a fallen apple...
komos From: komos Date: September 24th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the go player is stronger than either of those shots. I like them, but I think this is a better competitor.

Still haven't entirely decided, though I will get a pair off by deadline.
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