Posts tagged “Abstract

Abstract in a Window

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Light, shadow and some folds.

Abstracts (Three Photographs)

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A good guide to say if you like a shot is to ask if you would put it on your wall. You are not likely to get much attention with a shot that you don’t like. Not everyone likes abstract photography, and it‘s easy to see why. But if you want to experiment, especially with composition, its a great way to try out your ideas. 

Reflected Anger (Three Photographs)

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After yesterday’s post about the coming artificial intelligence that will judge the aesthetics of our photographs, I decided to post some that Ihope would confound if not displease that “intelligence”. Something tells me that the abstract may not be something that artificial (emphasis on the artificial) intelligence will find either familiar or comprehensible. No doubt I will be called a luddite, but I prefer pitchforks to pandering.

Chairs on Hold and Some Final Words on Macro (Two Photographs)

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I have found close-up photography, specifically of insects, endlessly fascinating and challenging. Macro/close-up photography is almost always about detail, seeing things in a way they could not otherwise have been seen and while that is true for other types of photography, see the photos in this post, with close up photography you are sure to surprise your audience.

I hope my comments and suggestions have helped you understand the basics and the pros and cons of trying various options. I can do no better than to tell you what works for me. I suppose at some point in the future someone will create some gear that will make all of this simpler but until then the options I have mentioned are what is available.

Quirky (Two Photographs)

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I have always held that we often don’t look close enough be it books, painting photography, character etc. to actually see what is there. Roaming the city trying to extract from the cacophony of details that have meaning, I find some odd and interesting things.

Abstraction (Two Photographs)

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Shooting reflections, puddles, and through colored glass as shown here gives large leeway for creativity. I was walking down a street and came across a plastic sculpture encased in ballistic glass. The effect on the background, of course, was of greater interest to me than the work of art. The masthead of my blog is a similar photo, a self-portrait taken in the window of a fire station with a fish eye lens. Abstract art and photography is popular in part because it gives room for imagination on the part of the viewer.


Reflections (and a new Gallery of Turtles)

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“Impressionist” photographs can result from late daylight or fall colors reflected in water. It can lead to effects that look overly “Photoshopped.” I like to stick to the minimum of “correction” in post-processing. So when situations arise where I get naturally what would normally take me past my preferred limitations for post-production it does not bother me. However much I like post-processing I am not sure I want to learn all the tricks to transforming things in Photoshop. It is hard enough and time-consuming to do the basics and keep it real.

My new SmugMug gallery is here: Turtles


Driftwood (Two Photographs and a new Gallery)

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 Many good photographic tutors tell their students to photograph something abstract or real and then review the results with them. The point is to get a student to see things with a photographic eye. On viewing the images the tutor does not criticize the work instead they ask what the person saw that made them take the photograph. They then suggest other ways the student might have captured their vision. This is a great exercise; its neutral in the sense that the photographer chooses something interesting to shoot, and the advice is about how to bring out what was seen. In this case the B&W comes closest to what caught my eye.

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Abstractions in Color and Black and White (6 Photographs)

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These branches and dried flowers I came across on a walk were striking and seemed to deserve special treatment. I processed them in color. Later it occurred to me that it was not necessarily the color that distinguished them but their shape alone. When color makes little difference to the subject its time to try B&W. It was an interesting exercise and I included the color shots so that the original version could be seen.

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Exaggerated Detail

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There was a time when exaggerated detail was as popular as HDR. The photograph above shows a form of that style. Not quite grunge but the kind of detail you would see closer up. This kind of extreme detailing effects color tonality, it is a direct result of processing successive versions of the photo with whatever tonal contrast/detail extraction technique or software you have. It works well with bricks and mortar.

Abstract Photography (Four Photographs)

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Photographs can tell a story, make us think, record events and things. In abstract photography we get to choose what the subject says and we get to imagine. You either like or dislike abstract art and it depends on whether you see anything in it. The artist takes a risk that only they see anything in the abstraction. The photographs here are examples that I see something in, and I hope others do to.