High Photographic Modernism
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The Group f.64 championed the notion of "straight photography" - making prints that best expressed the technology of photography without additional artifice taken from painting and drawing. They thought that their techniques were objective, and they rejected the subjective quality of earlier photographic styles.
The famous photographers in this group, which included Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others, tended to make images that were sharp, deep-focused, well-exposed, carefully framed, simply composed, and often used difficult and time-consuming darkroom techniques to bring out detail in the image.
Being from San Francisco, California, USA, they often had Western US themes, showing a way of life that was being lost, as well as showing a land of inspiration and hope. They also photographed large public-work projects and the plight of the worker during the Great Depression. However, images submitted to this challenge need not follow these themes.
Tuesday, 11th January, 2011 (GMT)
Tuesday, 18th January, 2011 –
Monday, 24th January, 2011
Tuesday, 25th January, 2011 –
Monday, 31st January, 2011
- Image must be black and white. Color toning is acceptable.
- Adjust your image to have a full range of tones from pure white to pure black.
- The equivalent of dodging and burning is acceptable, as well as other local contrast enhancements. This must have a realistic look, without obvious halos.
- Especially if you downsize your image, you need to add sharpening. Make the image crisp and well-defined.
- Even though these images are black and white, you may want to correct for chromatic aberration on your color image to produce a sharper image before conversion.
- Remove any barrel or pincushion distortion to produce a rectilinear image.
- Be careful that any noise reduction techniques do not remove too much detail, instead use low ISO and bright lighting to avoid noise.
- No overlays, textures, or special effects. Acceptable edits include cropping and resizing, sharpening, levels, curves, black and white conversion, toning, and channel mixer.
- The name Group f.64 refers to an aperture set to f/64. Your images must have infinite depth of field, everything in the image must be in focus, so close down your aperture and focus carefully. Diffraction becomes a problem when you close down your lens, but this may be countered with sharpening during post-processing.
- The entire image needs to be sharp. Use a tripod or short shutter speed to ensure crispness, and avoid moving objects in your scene.
- Use simple composition. Try to show only one major object in your image and frame it carefully for emphasis. Avoid odd camera angles.
- No composite images (HDR acceptable if understated and not obvious).
- Avoid both overexposure and underexposure. Get good highlight and shadow detail: you will likely need to post-process to be sure your image has a good tonal range. Avoid large areas of pure black or pure white.
- Use natural lighting.
- Use your best technique to get a crisp, clean, low-noise image.
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