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reflections 2.5

By unk001  
this again is a photo from my pond...in color and shot in raw setting with minor touch ups with lightroom, other than than not a lot of "fussiness" Smile... I do need to explain where i am coming from in my approach to photography... I was formerly trained as a fine arts painter i studied abstract Expressionist in the likes of Jackson Pollock, Raymond Duchamp-Villon ( sculpture), Franz Marc . and a very long list of others.. I "see" my photography through those eyes... not so much as the image but what can and must be represent in those terms...some may be flat and some may show the world as it it is but to me always an abstractions of a reality i see. that is what I mean as a photo "speaking" to you a shot of the empty desert around me is a expression of a world where only a few live... the photo " off the Grid" is to me a representation of that. I wish and need to upload more... but time and life seem to get in the way... However confined to live with a cane , just to get around, to the spaces close by. the photograph reflections is how I see the greater world...
enjoy (or not) c

Tags: Pond Specialist and abstract Reflecton

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TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
11 May 2017 2:16PM
One of the beautiful things about this thing we call photography is that everyone has a different reason for doing it. Everyone sees things differently. And everyone will produce something that, hopefully, ultimately pleases themselves before it pleases anyone else. Not, perhaps, with the commercial side of photography, because when it's your livelihood, you need to produce what's desired either by picture libraries or by clients.

However, for the creative photographer like you, creating an image which salves the soul in some way, or is a representational abstract of their way of looking at the world, is for me what it's all about.

For instance, your image above is actually quite emotive for me. It's about the shadow-self, in some ways. The sides of ourselves that we keep hidden away, for fear of their beauty maybe being sullied by the negativity of someone else's lack of understanding. I find the reflections uplifting, too. Especially those little hints of blue in amongst the greens. The fact that they're reflections also makes me smile, because often what we show others in life isn't necessary our real selves; they're reflections of our real selves. And as water represents the emotions, it's also rather apt Smile

So whether you intended this image for critique or not (you ticked the box, so ... ?) my view is that I like it very much. Would I change it at all? Probably not, to be honest, as I'd then be changing your world view and with an emotive image like this that's a tough call! If it were mine, I would perhaps balance the tonal range on the right hand side a little more, so that darker side isn't so much of a contrast. But then again, we're not all good all the time and we all have shadows on our souls for one reason or another, so maybe I wouldn't Grin

Good image though!

Tanya

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
11 May 2017 3:37PM
This is what I was hoping to see in a colour version of your first b&w reflection - blue sky filtering through the leaves. It creates a nice ambiguity for me because it hints at hidden depths in the water of your pond.

I love the mystery in this, one of the joys of reflections is that you are never sure quite what is real, what is a trick of the light or the ripples. It's all about the fleeting moment.

I've uploaded a simple modification, which is a square crop to concentrate the blues and the lighter areas in the middle of the frame. And I lightened somewhat for a better sense of clarity, of light dancing on those leaves.
Moira
dudler Plus
16 984 1536 England
11 May 2017 6:30PM
I hope Tanya changes her mind and does a modification! It may change the vision, but it could be spectacularly beautiful...

As the original picture is... It's really lovely just as it stands: and Moira's modification is simply an alternative crop: so is mine.

Andre Kertesz it was a Hungarian born photographer who was largely confined to his New York apartment in old age. He continued to make interesting, mind expanding pictures of what he can see from his windows and of ornaments. There was still artistic vision and challenge in his world. So, if your mobility is curtailed, go on taking the pictures that you can, rather than mourning the pictures you cannot. (I write as a fairly active man in my early sixties who is beginning to see that there are some things he will never do.)

If they are as good as this one, which I'm tempted to think is the best thing you posted on the site, the journey was worthwhile!
unk001 5
11 May 2017 6:30PM

Tanya, Thank you so much for your comment

Quote:"when it's your livelihood, you need to produce what's desired either by picture libraries or by clients."...
Photography like my art/painting has always been my (unsupported) passion for 50 of my 60+years. I have always found a way... That is not to say that I have not had, in the past, clients and commissions...It's just that I really haven't pursued that part of making art. I'm at a time where I really don't need the trouble or the income from "clients". I do art/photography to look into myself.


Quote: "It's about the shadow-self, in some ways. The sides of ourselves that we keep hidden away,..." [

The reason I referred to my photograph "off the grid" ( in my portfolio). it is that I have traveled around the Navajo res. and around the state. some people choose to live off the grid however some don't. the lonely powerpole represents those people and the hardships they face on a daily basis.

Moria,

Quote:"one of the joys of reflections is that you are never sure quite what is real, what is a trick of the light or the ripples. It's all about the fleeting moment."

as is everything in life as a photographer/artist i try to capture that moment in time. to stop and truly see that moment and what it means to me. and hopefully what it means to someone else Maybe 1 person out of a thousand will "get it" That is a good thing but not really important to the art i create...c



unk001 5
11 May 2017 6:42PM
As always John you're right on the mark. I Don't dwell on what I can't do, but am forced to think about it, However slowing down and see the world around me, even if it' a bit smaller it forces one to see not just look at the light and how it all fits together.... As Dorothea Lange said "Catch a piece of Lighting" TKX John I will keep you posted on my travels to the move to the East coast.
unk001 5
11 May 2017 6:43PM
PS I to would like to what kind of mod Tanya would come up with. Smile
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
11 May 2017 6:44PM
LOL ... I'll give it a go tomorrow if I've got some free time, Charles! Grin
unk001 5
11 May 2017 7:04PM
I can't wait to see it Grin
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 599 England
11 May 2017 7:13PM
The mods with a small increase in contrast give it that spark to ignite the interest and thought processes going.
I too would like to see what Tanya comes up with for this one Smile
unk001 5
11 May 2017 7:48PM
Tayna... PS in regards to you doing a mod what I would like to see a reflection of your own work. How you relate to my image with your creative mind... you can consider this an assignment from me to you.. I am always enthralled by the images in your portfolio... c
dudler Plus
16 984 1536 England
11 May 2017 9:08PM
Nice one, Charles!

An excellent challenge - and I'm confident that Tanya will rise to it!
unk001 5
11 May 2017 10:01PM
Tanya just a note It need not be tomorrow just take your time...
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
12 May 2017 9:37AM

Quote:Tayna... PS in regards to you doing a mod what I would like to see a reflection of your own work. How you relate to my image with your creative mind... you can consider this an assignment from me to you.. I am always enthralled by the images in your portfolio... c


So, no pressure then!!? Grin I was actually trying to envisage this morning how I might mod this one, which will be interesting as I don't think it's going to be easy. But I'll give it a go ...
unk001 5
12 May 2017 5:41PM
Tanya consider it a collaboration.. and yes no pressure. Smile ... have fun ...c
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
13 May 2017 12:54AM
Having read your narrative Charles, and especially noting the Impressionistic intent, I would, and did approach a mod very differently.


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unk001 5
13 May 2017 3:53AM
Willie... love it...😊
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2017 10:42AM
Actually, I love it too Smile Apologies for not doing one - pressures of work / life / other stuff. However, having seen Willie's take on a mod I think it's perfect! I did play around with it initially when I said I would, but just couldn't get anything that seemed to speak to me. So glad Willie's done his Grin

Tanya

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