canonpro: ****To all those haters, who say his work is poor, etc. Your just out of touch, Cooper really is an innovator, the firey trash the dress shot for example is from 9 years ago, seriously think of photos 9 years old and show me something from then that was this well done. How many photographers out there have tried to immulate his trash the dress themes. To the haters, look at your photos from 2006, and post them, to show us how great your work was.
Wow, all photos older than nine years are not as well done as these.
Eric Hensel: Guess what kids -art is an ego-driven field. And it's a business.I was good in photography class at 17 (in 1969) I had the talent, like Taylor, but I didn't have the drive. Most of the creativity you say he lacks comes from happy accidents, and those will come with time. Stick with it, kid, and listen to critics, but not nay-sayers. Most of the 'critics' here wouldn't know 'creativity' if it bit them on the ass.
Well, Eric, when you begin by saying "Guess what, kids...." I think we know whose mother is in play!
First rule. Hire the best stylist.
You already wasted your time, Eric, trying to sound intelligent. You failed.
"...art is an ego-driven field." Hardly an insight. So are sports, big business, writing, music, medicine, acting, etc., etc. What is your point, really? Critics vs. nay-sayers? You then say "critics" as opposed, I guess, to critics without quotations, which are, of course, different from nay-sayers. And then, to conclude, you throw out 'creativity' without defining it or, for that matter, distinguishing it from creativity without quotations. Wow! And fourteen readers liked your comment???????
M H S: Nothing like a little jealousy to bring out the haters.
Beautiful photos and deft post processing. Keep up the great work Taylor.
I'm guessing some of the negative commenters have never been involved in mentoring or nurturing young people,and are simply bitter old talentless hacks.
The editors have been deleting entire posts lately
yvest75: boring junk
Ah, yes, the inevitable "OK, buddy, let's see YOUR stuff" post. Predictable. If a poster is watching a lifetime .220 hitter whiff at yet another curve ball and says "He stinks! The guy couldn't hit breaking stuff if his life depended on it" inevitably someone on DPR is going to write, "Well, buddy, let's see YOU hit a curve ball!"
Tom Goodman: Sorry, he isn't "redefining what it means to be a modern photographer". Indeed, he isn't redefining anything. These are technical tours de force and little more. What they define is the inability of artifice and method alone to make enduring work. They are forgettable images.
Internet "sensations" come and go and these will be gone before yesterday's news.
Sorry, he isn't "redefining what it means to be a modern photographer". Indeed, he isn't redefining anything. These are technical tours de force and little more. What they define is the inability of artifice and method alone to make enduring work. They are forgettable images.
Lars Rehm: wow, so much negativity here. I have an Instagram account and post something occasionally, I am definitely not a power user though. One thing is certain though, while there is an awful lot of terrible photography on Instagram there is also some amazing imagery on there...just like on any other image sharing platform. I'd suspect most of the people making comments about selfies here have never had a good look at the app or website...
More likely the comments come from people who doubt there are 400 million photographers worth paying attention to!
Proof positive that there is a prize for everything and one!
cinemascope: Soulless fast food
Best comment of the decade
Took a licking and kept on clicking
Dazzer8888: You might as well just show us some stills from a Pixar movie, that's about as much as this technical exercise has to do with reality.
Although to criticise these as "bad examples of HDR" is over-simplifying the technique involved. I think the multiple exposures taken were really just a small part of the process........obviously hours were spent photoshopping every pixel of these images, and the multiple exposures simply gave the photog the "best" exposure to choose from for photoshopping each area of the image.
Well, I think this exchange establishes the photographer didn't labor hours upon hours to achieve his results. Good thing.
NearerNirvana: Trey has shown how doing HDR really badly appeals to the masses - but underneath this facade he is a very skilled & talented photographer.It's a bit like discovering a gourmet chef runs Denny's
And that three hours later you still cannot remember what you ate!
Don't confuse tours de force of technique with imagination or profundity.
Hannah Arendt said it best: The Banality of Evil
See Dick enjoying the bombing of Iraqis
Prairie Pal: I fail to see ANY imagination and I couldn't skim past the images fast enough. Yeah we've all heard of photoshop, isn't it marvelous what it can do, Gosh-Darn! Slow news day? I mean REALLY? Really dpreview, you were impressed by this? It's all cutting room floor material.
Man am I sick of the notion promulgated ad nauseam on DPR that no one is entitled to criticize featured work unless they present their own work. Prove it by showing us what YOU do is the last refuge of internet posters. The Davinator said it most succinctly: "Featured does not mean it is good."
Tom Goodman: I cannot comment on the astrophotographic correctness of these images but I can say they are utterly fungible with thousands of other similar pictures and, thus, are eminently forgettable. As far as I am concerned they fail the three major tests for memorable work:
1. Did I wish I took the picture?2. Do I wish I owned the picture?3. Did I go out into the world after seeing the picture and see the world as the photographer did?
No on all three counts.
You are all too kind, especially to my dogs who would gladly lick your faces were you to send me 8X10 glossies.