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Looking Up - Does it have fine art appeal on first glance? Anything that doesn't work for anyone?

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Added by A former member
on Aug 8, 2010.
 

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  • Russ K.

    For a fine art application, this picture might work, but it would entirely depend on the quality of the print, where it is presented, and the other work it is presented with. There is an awful lot of work in this genre out there today, so the competition is fierce. cheers, Russ

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  • A former member

    Thanks Russ. Re: genre competition - I often wonder if it's possible to stand out in the digital photography realm any longer. The competition is extreme. Differentiating oneself using hard to duplicate hardware / software techniques is getting harder too. I'll keep looking. There's value in being the first to do it.

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  • A former member

    Fine art is a hard genre to define, but in the broadest sense it's something that exists primarily for it's aesthetic value and fulfills an artists vision. Subgroups within 'fine art photography' add their own restrictions to it, primarily to exclude others forms that are more popular than what they are currently doing :) Regardless of how this image is defined I like it all the same. Since Russ is a successful 'fine art' photographer I would go with his answer.

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  • A former member

    Thanks Andy. The long exposure effect on the stream exiting the pipes in a different direction from the clouds higher up in the sky adds an extra element to this image IMO.

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  • Bruce I.

    For me, there is not much to complain about. I think it is well balanced, very active with all the multiple lines, you've made great use of the shades/tones and I really do love the texture of the clouds. The only element of contention would be the few branches in lower left corner. But I'm sure you left those in on purpose. For me it was like "Oh, cool; an organic element in an otherwise inorganic scene." To answer your other question, yes I think it has fine art appeal (however, I'm no expert).

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  • Russ K.

    The "genre" I wrote of was not fine art in general, which is indeed a very slippery subject. The "genre" I was referring to was the whole "long exposure" segment, a very crowded space indeed. Andy's assessment of "fine art" is as good a definition as I can come up with - with the proviso that "commercial viability" and "fine art" are not necessarily connected. "Commercial viability" mostly has to do with elements that have nothing to do with the actual work. cheers, Russ

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  • Russ K.

    PS. I really do like this picture - it is one of the better ones I've seen in the genre. The trees belong. One of the great conundrums of the digital world is it's pretty much impossible for non-engineers to invent anything. And it's pretty much accepted that any effect can be figured out and copied. That is very tough to work against, given the zillions of folks doing just that. cheers, Russ

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  • A former member

    Too true Russ. Thanks for the compliment, of great value coming from you especially. I'm transitioning through being demotivated due to the "zillions" of easily found work on the web, but at the same time, challenged by it too. I sometimes think the occasional real estate work I do for a few bucks is the only real source of satisfaction in photography (I told you I was "demotivated" .... LOL )

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  • A former member

    Claude, I can sympathize with you. The internet has been great because I can find so many good blogs with people talking about photographic issues I am interested in, but at the same time it's shown that there are hundreds of thousands of good photographers out there and how hard it is to stand out from the background noise.

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  • A former member

    Andy: I spend a lot of time on this web site, which sets the bar for me. The challenge is to get your photo published by this magazine, and this is the competition: http://www.fotoblur.com/magazine/submissions

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  • A former member

    To tell the truth Claude, I think I prefer what you've posted here to most of what I saw in that link. Most of the images were overbaked IMO. Kind of like store-bought tomatoes - they may look perfect but they're flavourless. At least yours has some mystery to it.

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  • A former member

    I submitted this photo, but it's currently down somewhere near the bottom of the list. Photos voted on filter to the top. I had a photo once that was 13th on page one, but still didn't get publish. It's very challenging.

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  • A former member

    I hope my comments on the magazine weren't too harsh - I understand I'm quite opinionated :) They were, if anything, extremely good quality and to even get on the list would be way beyond my capabilities, so congratulations.

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  • A former member

    I use the site to get feedback on the quality of my photos. Members add their vote on the photos you upload, and they're very picky. It's a way of learning what attracts folks the most.

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  • A former member

    Who is doing the voting? Is it mainly the other posters? Do they also judge on content and ideas or is it just technical quality?

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  • A former member

    I think you have be a member (i.e. registered), then a check box appears on the bottom third of the photo that you click on. You can only click once, and not on your own photos submitted. The voting process in in the last month prior to publishing.

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  • Gino P.

    Love this shot Claude. Where was this taken? I like how the whispy clouds contrast with the cold steel. The branches seem out of place though.

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  • A former member

    It's the ornate heating pipes on 12th at VGH. The trees are left in intentionally as a an organic juxtaposition to the industrial steel and echoes the streaked clouds. If I had wanted them out, I couldn't crop them, because it would remove to much of the pipes, and I didn't want to Photoshop them out, because the photo is as it was shot.

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  • Gino P.

    I drive by that all the time but never seen it the way you captured it. Looks great. I see what you mean about the trees now.

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