BartyLobethal

BartyLobethal

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Works as a Curdemudgeon
Joined on Apr 21, 2011

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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
On Night Time on the Farm in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (1 comment in total)

This is excellent. Simple composition, just the barn and the stars, atmospheric colours. The light bleeding in on both sides adds to the symmetry.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:30 UTC as 1st comment
On moonlight over the Marmarole in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (1 comment in total)

This is an interesting image, but there are no star trails in it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:28 UTC as 1st comment
On Kennard Nebraska Star Trails in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (5 comments in total)

This is very good. A great combination of skill at capture and in processing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:27 UTC as 5th comment
On Moonlit in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (2 comments in total)

This is a good image. My problem is that it is simply not possible to get that amount of trail in the stars with this combination of shutter speed and focal length. Therefore you have either entered incorrect EXIF data, or you have performed some work in post processing which you are not telling us about.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:25 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On via lactea in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (3 comments in total)

This is not a terrible photo of the milky way, but there is no movement in the stars, which is required in this challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:22 UTC as 1st comment
On Starring !!!!!! in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (1 comment in total)

This image is ok, but there is no movement in the stars, which is the point of the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:20 UTC as 1st comment
On left of center in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (2 comments in total)

This is an interesting image, but there are no star trails in it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Star Tracks and Abandoned Foundry in the Startrails (FULL COLORS ONLY) challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:17 UTC as 1st comment
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