Lots of chatter this week, some really enjoyable banter with quite a few laughs thrown in. More folks are stopping in to offer their 0.02--as BeerTeam points out in one of his posts--and I agree. Thanks one and all.
For whatever it's worth, here's my take on this week's efforts.
BeerTeam starts us off this week with his take on "harmony." Obviously and apt interpretation and a nice record (no pun intended) of a beautiful piece of artwork. I never know what to make of pictures of pictures, or of statues for that matter. It's well-executed and thoughtfully composed. He has focused on the foreground--BB King and Eric Clapton--rather than the center of the picture, so the focus recedes nicely into the image and the depth of field becomes shallow. It's sharp, clear, well-saturated. . . . Lots of decisions go into a shot like this, believe it or not. Like whether to include the bricks in the left frame, to shoot it at an angle or just a portion of the mural straight on. It's a nice interpretation.
Statdawg is back with more Friday night lights. This is an inventive interpretation of harmony and one that fits well, I think. It's also an "insider's view" that not all of us have experienced. The crowd of players in the bottom half of the picture emphasizes harmony and a certain sense of immediacy, too. To nitpick, I would have liked that camera to have been lowered slightly, allowing for more a view of the players and less of the ceiling. Here, dead-center composition doesn't work as well as it might elsewhere. I think seeing the names/numbers of the back row of jerseys may have added some visual interest. Still, a really nice shot, and one that tells a story as well.
Rocketman is back with several nice entries. This is a thoughtful execution of the theme. Neither inspired nor insipid, this is just a nice architectural shot encompassing the house's natural surroundings, particularly important for this structure. Seeing the opportunity and taking advantage of the ability to shoot from slightly above offers an atypical architectural view that really works for this photo. Rule of thirds, anyone? Rocketman's got it.
I agree with GrossJohann. This is your best of the three. It's the amazing convergence of various lines in a single image, and the B&W makes it so. If there were color here to deal with, the eye would be overwhelmed. There's no doubt that this is a geometric study, but having found so many from which to choose in so ordinary a place. The repeating vertical lines of the window, the fence posts, the stairs, and even the banister rails along with the diagonal of the banister and the curve of the drapery make this a really complex, dynamic, and even exciting image. I'm not certain that I would characterize these lines as harmonious, but they do demand that I study them. This makes me think of the concept of "found art." It's really nice.
Kbasa treats us with two interesting images this week, both dynamic still-lifes. The movement within these images is what's of interest, at least to me. The image above is less successful for two reasons. One he points out himself and this is a blurring of the subject. The second reason is: What's the subject? Flowers or garden ornament? They are fighting for my attention. I LOVE the water (blurred with a slow shutter speed) running through the spouts. This would be a wonderful image with the yellow flower removed, or blurred into the background, or something. . . .
Lots of comments on this image, each of which I agree with. This image, of water running down a taught chain, is really interesting and very unusual and is far more successful for the same reasons that the photo above struggles. Flowers, yes, but in the background where they help the image rather than compete for attention. The DoF is just shallow enough to help the subject pop. It's a great still life, but with motion, and a creative interpretation of the theme. The blurred and translucent drops shooting off of the chain add a kind of texture making this feel a bit like a painting. I see where Dave is coming from when he says this was a challenge to compose, but I like the result. You could have gone horizontal or vertical, but that would have been infinitely less effective. This is one of my favorites this week.
BMWDean is back this week with harmony. I agree with his assessment: this ain't a great photo, but it does illustrate harmony. It is, however, a great snapshot. It's a photo of buddies grabbed in a hurry. It could be composed differently, etc., but that's not what this photo is about. What does work amazingly well, and we amateurs can take a lesson from the the use of fill-flash. On almost all digital cameras, the built-in flash can be activated or "forced." When used in bright sunlight, this is the result. A bright, vivid image that looks almost surreal. We aren't used to have perfect illumination in both the background and foreground. The shadows on fellow 2's left arm and on fellow 3's face under his hat show how the flash helps to get rid of shadows while maintaining a somewhat naturalistic light. It's a beautiful exposure and a really nice record. 100 bonus points for having Daryle in another shot with his mouth wide open. Let's see if you can do it again next week; you're on a roll!
Right off the bat, widebmw gets 50 bonus points for having harmony at Harmony. That's funny. Being a Death Valley rat, I have visited this site many times, but didn't even think of this until he posted this. It's another snapshot of riding buddies having a good time. What's not to like. Might have been composed differently, perhaps the camera a bit closer to emphasize the bikes/riders? If time allowed and if the effort were warranted, I'd have put the LT on it's center stand or the other two bikes on their side stands, maybe arranging them a bit. Kind of picky, I know. . . . I'd love to boost the contrast, too. This can be adjusted in the camera, or after the fact, too. Looks like a good time. Nice to know such disparate motorcycles can coexist.
Bricciphoto brings us a couple of neat B&W studies this week. Look at the contrast! These are beautiful exposures. Though I don't care a great deal for the white background, I like the second image much better. I suppose it's the simplicity of the components in the image; perhaps it's a more intriguing mix of tools. This looks more like a surgeon's work space to me. I like that these were photographed top-down rather than at some angle. It may seem an obvious choice, but I've seen lots of other efforts.
I really like this photo. It's an absurdly simple shot and concept, but it works really well. It's an unexpected reflection and the hand is a wondrous study. Talk about the ultimate tool; where we would we be without two? I love the range of light across the back of (I assume) his hand. And that the background is obviously a garage, but doesn't overpower the subject, tells a story in itself. I think it's the illumination that is move fascinating about this image. The lighting is good on the back of and on the palm of this one hand. And how often do you see both the back and palm of the same hand in an image? Really neat stuff. . . .
GrossJohann's "Metaphors for the Musician" certainly garnered a great deal of comment this week. I'm not struck by this photo in the way that many others are, but clearly, I'm in the minority here. It is a nice photo. That it is staged rather than spontaneous is a testament to photographer and subject. It's a great study of a beautiful girl studying her scales. I do prefer the shot posted later with her hair swept away from her face. Congratulations on a successful and obviously well-liked photo.
I much preferred this shot. The lighting here is exquisite. The DoF is manipulated to great effect here with the foreground and background receding beautifully into buttery softness. It's a great still-life of an ordinary subject rendered in a most artistic way. The stark, black background only serves to accentuate the subject. This is a really, really nice shot.