Monthly Archives: Oct 2021

Stand Out Photographs 2

I’m trying to understand what makes images that stand out for me unlike this one and whether this is the same for everyone.

I’m sure this is a much more interesting photograph of a Junglescape than SOP1 from a botanical, adventurer or nature study point of view, but as a photograph it is very mundane. Not a standout.

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Standout Photos 1

I’m trying to understand what makes images that stand out for me like this one and whether this is the same for everyone.

For me its the softness, maybe from the small range of colours or the misty background and the variety of shapes and diameter of the tall trees. The foreground doesn’t help at all to me.

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Slow Photography

Here is a photograph that fits in the “long time in taking” category, definitely not a “decisive moment”.

My French drivers license!

At last I have my French drivers license, three years after the photograph was exposed!

There is in fact a “Slow Photography Movement” where people are not into snapping using burst mode on their digital cameras, but rather focus on working slower, the physical aspects of the photograph and documentation that extends the story of the image.

One photographer apparently uses film cameras only and waits several months before developing the film so as to extend the process. I can not locate source information on this at present so would appreciate feedback from anyone who knows about this.

Henri Cartier Bresson is known for focusing on the “Decisive Moment” when subject, photographer and equipment all came together at the instant of pressing the shutter to create a unique image.

I personally prefer something in the middle, although I have found myself taking several shots of what looks like a good image just in case they are better than my first attempt.

This looks rather dull on the blog so to lighten it up here is the current free image from my poster site.

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Shadows on Blue

A few days ago I spent some time waiting in the parking area of an amazingly complicated shopping area in Paray-le-Monial. This pair of shadowy spectators watching a wheel chair race was the first interesting photo I took. What is casting the second shadow?

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When you have time to look there is always much more to see than you would think! On this day the first thing that struck me was the bright colours and that I had seen this before – not through deja vu but because through my viewfinder. .

Going back into my library, I found a photo taken just over a year before on 16 October 2020.

Red tree, car and lamppost.
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A wider crop of the first photograph shows same autumn colours and red lampposts but adds a range of blues in the sky, parking, road signs and building.

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It also shows raw obscured sign than cast the second shadowy figure.