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The Move of The Saxophone

By Titikaka  
Chris Potter, saxophonist from the Cross Currents Trio @ Pančevo Jazz Festival, 2019

Tags: Black and white Specialist and abstract Saxophonist Jazz festival Movement blur Jazz musician

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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2019 5:01PM
Hi Nikola, welcome to the Critique Gallery. You've been on the site a few years, I think this is the first time that you have ticked the critique box.

Thanks first of all for including your Exif data in the upload, because it may be useful for other members looking in. But I have two questions:

What are you looking for from the Critique Gallery?

And what does this say to you, are you satisfied with it, does it do what you intended?

I will add just one small criticism, which is that you didn't need F29, which is well into the range where you will suffer some reduction in image quality. F8 would have been fine, so you could easily have used a lower ISO, again improving image quality, while still keeping 0.4 second.

But that is almost incidental, this is one of the best motion blur / intentional camera movement (and I am guessing that both are involved) images that I have seen. ICM in particular is rarely applied to people, I wish it was used much more. It gives a sense of energy, dynamism, and also something of the dark side, of chaos. That's what I'm seeing here, there's almost electricity sparking in the air.

Plus the enormous bonus of the relatively sharp face. Concentration and calm in the eye of the storm. A mix of superb technique and good luck, I am guessing again.

It won't be to everyone's taste, because not everyone appreciates chaos, but in the main gallery this would get my User Award and a few others I suspect.

Well done, I am seriously envious. But avoid F29...
Moira

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
19 Dec 2019 5:28PM
And welcome from me, too, Nikola.

I think that you were probably trying a couple of blurred images in the middle of a conventional series of gig shots - otherwise, you would have used a much lower ISO, and avoided the tiny aperture...

Thsi really works well - my only suggestion is to darken the midtones for more drama, and consider a black vignette, to hold the brightness in around the edges.

It would be interesting to know how much camera movement there was, and how much the subject moved - also, whether strobe ligthing added to the effect...

I've done a modification, using Levels and a bit of burning in. What do you think?
Vambomarbleye 5 153 14 Scotland
19 Dec 2019 5:38PM
Not much to add to what Moira and John have said, a great intentional camera movement shot. It would certainly get my award in the main gallery.

Alan
19 Dec 2019 6:39PM
One of my favourite Tenor players... though he's pretty damn good on soprano too...
Being very familiar with Chris Potter's music, I think you've captured the power and energy of his playing very well. Image quality, as far as I'm concerned, becomes completely irrelevant with this kind of image, it simply isn't the point.
None of the "rules" apply. You caught Potter in full flow, you succeeded in getting that across, and that's it.

End of story.

Well done.

Regards,
Alan
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4332 Canada
20 Dec 2019 4:34AM
A well done shot.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2019 1:45PM
F29 and image quality? I don't think anyone will notice any loss of image quality. I always struggle with these, being a technically trained photographer - I struggle with what purpose the image might serve? I like to see an area of sharpness at least with any movement then associated with it.

But, as the comments above suggest, I am the odd one out. I would be interested to see what an agency made of it.

Paul
20 Dec 2019 2:38PM

Quote:I always struggle with these, being a technically trained photographer - I struggle with what purpose the image might serve?..... as the comments above suggest, I am the odd one out.

No offence, but some might therefore struggle to see what purpose your comment might serve...
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2019 4:16PM

Quote:I always struggle with these, being a technically trained photographer - I struggle with what purpose the image might serve?


Ye gods, I despair - what does that comment add? Paul, you seem to be incapable of appreciating creativity, and you always seem so proud of it. And why should an image serve any purpose other than to give enjoyment and inspiration to others?
20 Dec 2019 5:33PM
Moira, you're banging your head against a wall, a very dull grey solid one.
Titikaka 6 1
22 Dec 2019 4:12PM
I would really like to thank you for all the commenting, critics, suggestions, modifications and especially your kind words regarding this photograph.

@mrswoolybill - What are you looking for from the Critique Gallery? I just wanted to feel and see what some other experienced photographers think of this work. I haven't had much chance for it...

And what does this say to you, are you satisfied with it, does it do what you intended? After a long time I felt really satisfied when I got back home and saw what I did during the concert. Usually its really hard for me to feel that feeling, because I always have something that I would like to change...it wasn't the case now. Wink

@dudler - I like the modifications. It brings more drama to the image, which is appealing to me.

@whatriveristhis - This was my first time seeing him live and he also played on Clarinet this evening at the festival. It was remarkable really!

@paulbroad - I didn't quite catch what You were saying.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2019 10:01PM
Thanks for your detailed feedback, it helps here when we get a conversation going. I hope we shall see more from you in the Critique gallery. You'll find that it's a good opportunity to see your work through other people's eyes.
All the best,
Moira
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
24 Dec 2019 10:20PM
Thank you for coming back to us, and for detaield and thoughtful responses.

I think the outstanding words are 'I always have something that I would like to change...it wasn't the case now.' That means that you captured the spirit of the occasion, as you experienced it! It's important to have control of hte technical side - but the ultimate aim is to share what you saw and felt. Well done!

What I see in this is a flow of music, and inspiration. So much going on that you were immersed in, and enjoying.

A great way to be at Christmas! Here's to more good pictures in 2020.

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