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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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Thursday, 17th September, 2009 (GMT)
Thursday, 24th September, 2009 – Wednesday, 30th September, 2009 (GMT)
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A couple of weeks ago I went down to the lake, looking for subjects. Two swans (and a lot of gulls) were in the water. Without any apparent reason, an old woman who was on the shore slowly stood up to walk toward them. The swans just stared at her walk, still and waiting. Truly an unreal, out-of-time situation... It seemed as if the three of them had some kind of meeting in the shallow water. But just after a few more steps, the woman got back to the shore, and immediately the swans went away.
|Submitted:||Thursday, 24th September, 2009 18:36 (GMT)|
|Taken:||Sunday, 13th September, 2009|
|Focal length:||5 mm|
|Shutter speed:||1/1000 sec|
|Notes:||The original shot was nothing special, so I cropped, reduced colour saturation to black&white, turned to sephia, enhanced contrast and darkness and intentionally applied a lot of noise reduction, in order to lose details. All with Acdsee.|
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