As a photographer, one of the things I keep in mind is to keep between being one of those photographers who jumps on every fad that comes along, like the lens babies, or the fish eye fad in the sixties, and one of those photographers who is set in concrete. There quite a few of those around, many take superb pictures, but eventually being to repeat themselves for the rest of their lives.
I was a huge fan of the Late Ansel Adams. As a teen ager, taking photography classes in high school, his control of the technical aspects of photography to achieve his artistic intentions dazzled me.
As I got older, I noticed that a lot of Adams work was beginning to have a repetitive look. Every beach looked familiar with others going back years. Eventually the pictures that took my breath away were replaced with what I could call fabulous post card images.
I bought his five volume set of darkroom books and discovered that they were so excruciating technical, that I couldn't possibly understand what he was trying to say. I remember reading the phrase, " Reverse reciprocal transmittance of the inverse effect of light on the sensitive silver image of the film." What that actually means is, "What's the density of the negative."
I talked to a photographic engineer, who told me that photo engineers at Kodak called Adams because they couldn't understand what he was trying to say, and these were men and women with PhD's.
Eventually Adams friends created simplified versions of his books. I bought these books and sold my copies of his original books to a stuffy photographer who was a forensic photographic specialist. I was shooting evidence on the street, and he took pictures in the crime scene lab.
Eventually, I lost interest in Adams work, and felt very sad to hear that he had died. I still have great interest in his first twenty years of photography.
When I took this car shot, I was tempted to do the same thing I've done with a lot of my car shots, pick one color, darkening it a lot, and magnify a small part of the car. This time I said "NO!!" I used more of the car, skipped the monochromatic color of the shot, and I showed most of one side of the rear deck. I used a rainbow of colors, and areas of sharp colors, alternating with very soft diffused colors. I have to say, it took a little time to like the image, but now, I do think it's a good shot.
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