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On 63 Fin in the Americana, through the eyes of Pete Turner challenge (1 comment in total)

Good composition and use of light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2012 at 03:00 UTC as 1st comment
On Quit Fidgeting! in the Switch The Faces of Your Subjects challenge (10 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:27 UTC as 4th comment
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Scott Everett: This is not the first photography forum to feature a comment fueled series of debates about the merits of Erik Kim, it will not be the last. But like him and his photography or not, he is getting people engaged, out shooting, exploring techniques. I can only hope that anyone interested in learning photography is willing to explore more than a currently popular photoblog, whether it be Eric Kim, Zack Arias, or Natsumi Hayashi.

But our choice to share the thoughts of Eric Kim is purely driven by our interest in seeing photography where it is today. Reading the comments is actually a fascinating look into the passonate and personal investment we all make into this artform, and we'd be disappointed if our site was not a platform for that reality to be put on display.

Thanks for publishing this article and recent ones like it.

In common with most of these articles the actual photography I can take or leave, but the insights into the methods and thoughts of the photographers is useful and interesting.

Gear reviews brought me to dpreview. Articles like this one make it a more interesting place to re-visit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:38 UTC
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aardvark7: Pretentious nonsense and most likely you'd get arrested and put on the sex offenders register for the one shown here...

If you live in the sort of place where a photographer might actually be placed on a sexual offenders list on account of any of the photographs in the linked article, I feel bad for you.

However, if you actually think Shore *should* be placed on such a list on the basis of any of the linked images - you're the sort of hysterical moralist making life increasingly difficult for any photographer that doesn't want to stay at home shooting setups on their coffee table. Thanks for nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:31 UTC
On Evolution of an image article (123 comments in total)

The real value of this article is the insight into the planning and persistence required to get the images and the fact that the thinking and planning continues.

I went to a book launch by South Australian photographer Stavros Pippos years ago. He spoke about location scouting up to a year in advance of capturing his glorious large-format images, of consulting almanacs to establish the precise time of sunrise / sunset at the exact point on the horizon he wanted and the patience required to get certain images. One of the images was of a herd of sheep coming in to drink at a trough in the red last light of the day. He waited under a hide in the dry bed of a nearby creek for three or four evenings for the weather (and sheep) to behave as desired to get that image.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 21:56 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On Yarra River in the Rivers challenge (18 comments in total)

The beautiful Yarra! I'm tempted to add, "Who knew?", but you do apparently. Really nice shot and a deserved winner.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:52 UTC as 11th comment
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Sam Carriere: It would be wonderful is Dpreview left this NASA boondoggle to the newspapers and concentrated on matters of interest to photographers.

I'm a photographer. This article is about photography. I find this interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:15 UTC
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aired: Very likely another fake landing. Black and white photos again? Low res photos? !!!Average person will associate low resolution and grinny and de colored photos as more authentic and real than vivid high resolution photos!!!

Black and white photos and videos can mask the fake artificial lights. In pro photography world one that can shoot and edit color professionally can do black and white easily. But not the case for black and white only photographer.

The light source that look too close to the subject can be identified

Shouldn't you be off campaigning against vaccinations or searching for unicorns or something?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:10 UTC
On First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld article (35 comments in total)
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Russell Fielding: Struggling to see much of interest from those three photos. Maybe they look better larger. The last two especially could've been taken by anyone with a compact camera to hand. They're snaps to me. Sure the carelessness of carrying a baby like that is semi-arresting but is the only thing that makes the picture interesting. The first one of the buildings shows perhaps some understanding of composition but the content of the photo, to me, seems humdrum. My points are not to diss the guy so much as to suggest that on the basis of those three photographs the majority of people on this website could have taken similar or better shots. And following on from that is it not luck that some photographers become famous and some don't? Or perhaps these are unrepresentative of the guy and his other stuff is far superior.

It may be that the work seems better in context, ie when seen with with a greater number of other images. Then the images can be seen as part of a body of work with a consistent approach and style. This still might not be to your liking, but if the photographer sets out with a definite outcome in mind and achieves it, then they are in control of their craft and the rest is about personal taste.

Having written that, I also find the latter two images to be a bit "snapshotty". I can find things to like about the first one - the formal composition, the figure providing both scale and a sense of space or emptiness, even the subject matter. Some places are banal, dreary, desolate, ugly. This should also be recorded along with the sunsets and the models, mountains and motorbikes.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 08:56 UTC
On First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld article (35 comments in total)
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Cy Cheze: A derelict property with a stange guy shuffling by, a babe in peril, a slipper-clad minor in a tease pose. Honestly, how does one take such shots without getting into all sorts of trouble?

The fact that you think a child hamming it up for the camera is adopting a 'tease pose' says something revolting about you, not the photographer or the child.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2012 at 21:51 UTC
On eyc in the The camera phone (Read the Rules!) challenge (1 comment in total)

This exact same image was entered in a recent 'Creative filters: Polariser' challenge. Only there it appeared to have been taken with a Canon Powershot G12.

If wasn't actually taken with a camera phone, then the contestant has cheated (not that it did them much good).

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 03:15 UTC as 1st comment

To the person who gave this a 0.5 vote: can you tell my why you thought it either failed to meet the challenge requirements, or why you though it was a particularly bad image? What could I do to improve this image?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:21 UTC as 1st comment

Interesting. I expected this to place lower than my other entry, although I think it is the more interesting shot. Perhaps the other one was a bit ho-hum?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:18 UTC as 1st comment
On Stones in the Decorative arts: Beige challenge (1 comment in total)

I like the texture, tone and detail in this image.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:13 UTC as 1st comment
On Reed Graphic in the Decorative arts: Beige challenge (2 comments in total)

This is an excellent image. It reminds me of Harry Callaghan's "Grasses In Snow", although it is not as minimal. I think this image should win this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:12 UTC as 2nd comment
On Clearing Skies in the Decorative arts: Beige challenge (1 comment in total)

There is nothing beige about this image. It should not have been entered in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:09 UTC as 1st comment
On DSC_7287 in the Decorative arts: Beige challenge (1 comment in total)

I think this is an excellent image, however the splash of red breaches the challenge requirement for no startlingly contrasting colours.

The image could have been made more suitable for this challenge in a couple of ways:
1) Crop the top of the image to remove the patch of red. This would have resulted in a slightly squarer aspect ratio which can work in favour of portrait-format images.
2) If you have access to the right software, you could have replaced the red with a more muted colour which blended with the rest of the image.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Bittersweetcrock in the Decorative arts: Beige challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a good photo. It would benefit from a bit of cropping at both the top and bottom of the frame.

Unfortunately the contrasting red colour means it does not meet the requirements of this challenge. An arrangement of twigs or dried flowers that had lost their colour instead of the red berries would have made this more sutiable.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:01 UTC as 1st comment

Don't know how many judges you want or have Barb, but I would be happy to be part of this as a judge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 02:27 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On Under tha autumn skies in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (2 comments in total)

Fantastic juxtaposition of foreground, rickety jetty and star trails. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:32 UTC as 2nd comment
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