Gary Lenon said:
You can't say you weren't forewarned. I said I'd tear it apart...:lol:
Gary Lenon said:
Like I said it was a hurried shot..not intended for a work of art. That being said, I found this photo to be interesting and a welcome relief from snapping shots of utvs and atvs.
It will definitely cut your work down...not many will step in front of the firing squad. :shock: I do know that I will be more concerned with stabilty with even my "snapshots". I used to take a tripod with me most of the time, but got away from it. Faster shutter speeds will help too.
I think we can learn faster if you also tell us if you see something positive in a photo to go along with the negatives (no pun intended). I will submit another photo soon, as soon as I lick my wounds. :shock:
Believe me, I've been drug over the coals more than once myself!...:lol:
When I took the evening photography course in NYC, my instructor was formally the head fashion photographer for Sears Catalog and he would find every speck of dust and flaw. He didn't hesitate to point every one out. I'm easy, in comparison...:lol:
On another occasion, I found an ad in the paper that announced a photo seminar in Anchorage, which was sponsored by the Professional Photographer Association. Tickets were available to anyone that wanted to buy one, so I did. It was held on a Saturday and I attended several demonstrations and seminars. At one of the seminars, it was announced that there would be a critique for anyone that wanted to submit a photo. There was plenty of time left, so I rushed home and took one of my favorite works of art off the wall and returned to the seminar.
The photo was taken with a medium format film camera, a Mamiya RB67.
For those unfamiliar with the RB67, here's a review ya'll might understand ~~~> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4hW2xQ7KWk&feature=related
A little background on the photo... I happened to be driving '59 Chevy convertible, with the top down, through Thompson Pass, on my way home from Valdez, Alaska. It was a beautiful fall day and the leaves were at their brightest for Alaska. I happened to look to my left and saw a pond next to the road, which had a log floating by the near shore and a snow topped mountain was reflected on the perfectly still surface. I stopped and took several shots with a 35mm and the RB67. I couldn't quite get the shot I was looking for, until I stood on the rear seat and held the RB67 at arms length and directly over head. I had to squeeze the shutter release with my pinky. I liked the shot so much that I had it enlarged to 16x30, by a professional print shop, and framed it.
When I had it critiqued at the seminar, the first thing they noticed was the lack of sharpness, most likely from camera shake. They pointed out a few other flaws also and made suggestions for improvement. I was disappointed, to say the least. In fact, every time I looked at that photo from then on, all I could see were the flaws, so I gave it away. If they had sugar coated their comments, just to boost my ego, I would have learned nothing. Instead, I appreciated their honesty and those mistakes were burned into my brain and helps me to take better photos... I still have moments of memory lapse, it's a condition that comes with age...:lol: