One other note... I'm always cognizant of how my eyes travel in a photograph and how the image ends along the edges. A "successful" image is one where the artist manages to keep my eyes from leaving the frame and the edges help define those boundaries.
I hope these are helpful tools for you to use in evaluating and sorting out which images work best for you. Feel free to share your set of criteria. Inquiring minds want to know...
1 · August 4
Here are some intangibles (in no particular order) I think are important that I look for beyond the usual technical and composition elements.
• Negative space
Their presence (or lack of) and the dynamics of how it's presented in an image can dramatically affect (both negatively and positively) the overall feel and visual impact of that image. At times, these intangibles are powerful enough to override (maybe even complement) imperfections and shortcomings in the technical and composition elements. They have the potential and the leverage to elevate an image from standard pedestrian fare to "fine art". Again, all of this is very subjective, so the bottom line is whatever works for you and your set of criteria.
0 · August 4
Here are the questions I ask myself...
• Does the image capture my attention and maintain my interest?
• Does the image present a fresh, original or different perspective?
• Does the image reveal a deliberateness in intent and style?
• Does the image draw me in and make me want to spend time to study it in depth?
• Does the image connect with any of my life experiences?
• Does the image have personality and charisma?
• Does the image move beyond a literal representation?
• Does the image provoke imagination or provide latitude for interpretation?
• Does the image keep me coming back for more?
• Do I discover new things when I do come back?
• How often do I come back?
• Does the image make me want to see additional work from this artist?
• Does the image make me want to probe the psyche of the artist?
Hmm... one can almost substitute the word "image" with "person" and apply this test to HR screening and hiring.
0 · August 4
Since there is a 1,000 character max here for each post, I need to post this in multiple parts.
A photographer friend of mine asked me yesterday about my thought process on how I go about evaluating and critiquing photographs. He's going to judge a couple of contests and will be gauging which ones are most "successful" that work for him.
I thought I'd share my response with you. These are my own personal views.
For me, it's all about how an image engages me. It's purely a right brain emotional gut reaction and VERY, VERY subjective. My choice is no better than the next person's.
It's like music. Often times I can't articulate why I like a song. I just find myself cranking up the volume because it really moves me. Someone else might think it sucks.
Yes, there are technical and composition elements you can speak to, but at the end of the day, these are the only questions that really matter to me. Responses aren't a simple Yes/No. It's a scale with much discussion.
0 · August 4
It also has a motion blur component to it as far as I can tell. If motion is vertical the pole will be solid. If there is some horizontal motion but with the majority of the exposure time at the center then the horizontal blur will be less exposed. If it is multiple but with a primary longer exposure and secondary exposures that are less exposed, this might explain some of this effect. I am rambling but looks like some fun experimentation is in order.
0 · July 20
Vivian's and my 5DM3 appear OK. Canon Rumors has info on this. http://www.canonrumors.com/2012... the original like leak was from the LCD. My guy in Salt Lake City performed a mod to correct this. It was strategically placed electrical tape inside the unit. As to the latesest light leak with the night light, How often does one shoot with this illuminated?
0 · July 16
bad French. parce que il est le television Americain. is that better?
Is there anyone besides me who would enjoy having a photo book made from the photos everyone is posting? Maybe it's a little selfish of me in that there are so many good images from everyone. Really enjoy seeing them.
0 · July 13
Just tuned in to a NCIS episode set at Hotel Lutetia! It's a rerun from 2012 called "Recovery" according to the Xfinity schedule. If you're interested you can probably find the episode online. Fun! Lots of shots of the Concierge, lobby, hallways. And at least one shot of the front entrance :)
0 · July 2
Another very talented photographer, Peter Monteforte, who is a friend of mine and Chester's, was in Paris at the same time we were. If you are interested in seeing his shots of some of the places we visited as well as some different takes, go to montefortephotography/travel/Paris. I think you'll enjoy his perspective.
0 · May 19
I just got a message from Find my iPhone. It was an announcement that all data and settings on my phone are being erased. It is a little disconcerting that I lost the phone on April 27, initiated the erase on that date, and am just now being notified that the erase is happening. I wonder what has being going on from then until now. wow.
0 · May 16
A note about Hotel Lutetia: We were up early on our last day, and went to the front desk to check out at 6:30. I mentioned that we were catching the 7:30 am shuttle to the airport to be sure they wouldn't lock us out of the room prematurely. At 6:50 we headed down to be first in line for breakfast, imagining quickly scarfing down a croissant and coffee. In the hall on the way to the elevator we passed a hotel employee wheeling a breakfast cart. Turned out it was for us! We enjoyed a full breakfast at leisure in our room compliments of the hotel. I thought that was pretty classy!
0 · May 12