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Old 02-28-2007   #1
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How many of us feel like this? Sometimes I start to respond to something and wonder if this is how I sound. No worries though, I'm comfortable with my insecurity.

This is the first time I've seen this. My apologies if it's been passed around and everyone's already seen it.

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That wuz pretty good.
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The comments are just as funny:
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Try the article again, but focus on a single centre of interest, and crop on the left.
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Yes they are. Pretty good collective sense of humor there.
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Funny stuff. I think I will visit that often so I don't run out of comments when I am here on the Camel.
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Over on flick'r, someone posted a Cartier-Bresson, and it was voted off the island, so to speak. It goes to show that many do not know their history.
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Over on flick'r, someone posted a Cartier-Bresson, and it was voted off the island, so to speak. It goes to show that many do not know their history.
I find this particularly interesting because many of the "great ones" work fails to impress me.

I walked through an exhibit of Ansel Adams' early work in the Phoenix Art Museum early this year. Most of it was...boring. There were a few interesting images and it was easy to see some of his later techniques starting to come through but overall, they weren't particularly noteworthy in any respect. The ONLY reason they are worth as much as they are is his name. If my dad had taken those exact images instead of AA, they'd be considered...nothing.

I prefer to judge an image based on its merits, not the artist.
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What a brilliant article . Probably an easy target, but still nicely executed.

I was browsing through Flickr a few days ago and what struck me most was that the images that had the most contrast, false colour and OTT post-processing usually garnered the most favourable comments. The composition or general feel for the subject seemed to be secondary. I think you have to take photographic criticism on the Internet with a pinch of salt. Apart from on Photocamel of course .
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I find this particularly interesting because many of the "great ones" work fails to impress me.

I walked through an exhibit of Ansel Adams' early work in the Phoenix Art Museum early this year. Most of it was...boring. There were a few interesting images and it was easy to see some of his later techniques starting to come through but overall, they weren't particularly noteworthy in any respect. The ONLY reason they are worth as much as they are is his name. If my dad had taken those exact images instead of AA, they'd be considered...nothing.

I prefer to judge an image based on its merits, not the artist.
The thing you have to realize is that some of classic work had never been done before. I'm not a big fan of Ansel - too mainstream for my tastes - but consider that no one had seen that photography because it hadn't been made. Now we have 60 years of emulating those groundbreaking pictures and yes, it can be boring.
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The thing you have to realize is that some of classic work had never been done before. I'm not a big fan of Ansel - too mainstream for my tastes - but consider that no one had seen that photography because it hadn't been made. Now we have 60 years of emulating those groundbreaking pictures and yes, it can be boring.
But you're referring to the more popular photos that he did, I think. Many of the "famous" stuff that photographers have done deserve the accolades they've received.

But a lot of the early work is really no different than OTHERS doing the same thing at the time. I realize it's a foundation for learning and building skills to become a great photographer....but, compared to others during the same period, it's no different than they were doing.

I use my father as an example because I have some of his work after he passed away. Looking through it and comparing it to some of the masters' early work, it's not that different and occurred at about the same time period. The only difference is that my father stopped or didn't seem to make that transition to become a great photographer. The foundations APPEAR to be the same based on the work.

Being famous shouldn't make a photograph "better".


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