Pictorialism

Challenge #2 in the Landscapes series. Hosted by pcassel, casperskitty.
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A photographic movement called pictorial started in the late 19th Century. The purpose was for photography to imitate etching or oil painting and thus achieve legitimacy through that path rather than being thought of as 'snap shots'. Here is a good article with illustrations from the WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictorialism Alfred Stieglitz was probably the most famous of its practitioners although he was an American and the movement started in Europe. The movement ended or was greatly reduced in influence with the pure photography of Ansel Adams and his allies who insisted that photography was a fine art in and of itself. It didn't need to imitate anything. Here's your chance to enter a photograph in the pictorial style.
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Morning Landscape with Shepherd, Dog and Bridge.
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This photo (actually 4 of them) was captured on foggy morning 1st October 2006 in Co. Mayo (Ireland). I was shooting the river when a shephard with a dog passed me by. Unfortunatelly my lens wasn't wide enough to catch him and the bridge at the same time - that's why I took several photos and have to stitch them. It always reminded me of paintings of the Romanticism period (late 18th century to late 19th century). Thanks to this competition I had a chance to "redo" it once again.
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Submitted: Thursday, 24th September, 2009 13:54 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 24th September, 2009
Focal length: 18 mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F5
ISO: 200
Notes: First I stitched 4 photos. After resizing to easy manageable size I brought in to our attention tha shepherd and the dog (increased contrast).Than I convert it into BW picture. Next I sharpened the picture, increased the conrtast and added small vignette. Than I added glow/grainy filter (I'm sorry, but I use polish version of Photoshop so I don't know exact english commands). At the end I resized It to current size, reduced contrast and darkened a bit. I think that was all. Hope you like it.
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