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11-17-10 – Artistic Bent

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  • #2076
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Let your inner artiste out to play- Show us your three most artistic photos. Difficulty: Photos from previous contests will be allowed only if they were outside of the top ten finishes for that contest. More Difficulty: No HDR.

    Another quality theme suggestion by SilverStag!

    #33918
    ennuipoet
    Participant

    Aww, man, I guess I’ll break the seal on this question: What about HDR’s this week?

    I ask because most of my “artistic shots” are done in HDR.

    #33919
    SilverStag
    Participant

    I hate to be a killjoy, but I really dislike HDR. I see it as too gimmicky and overdone to death.

    #33920
    ennuipoet
    Participant

    I hate to be a killjoy, but I really dislike HDR. I see it as too gimmicky and overdone to death.

    I respect that. I even agree with it! See, this is why we can’t have nice things! There is a lot of crappy HDR out there giving the form a bad rep.

    #33921
    Kestrana
    Participant

    I love playing with HDR but it was easy to select my shots for this contest without even thinking about my HDR. The real question is whether or not the voting public defines an artistic shot the way I define an artistic shot…

    #33922
    ennuipoet
    Participant

    I love playing with HDR but it was easy to select my shots for this contest without even thinking about my HDR. The real question is whether or not the voting public defines an artistic shot the way I define an artistic shot…

    Therein lies the rub. What is art? (Let me find my turtleneck and beret, pack a bowl and put on small dark glasses.) While photography is art, not all photography is art. I take a lot of stuff that accurately depicts the reality I perceive, I tend to think of “art” as an interpretation of filtered through my conscious world view. Sometimes that is how I perceived something, sometimes it how I present what I perceived. Thus my question about HDR, it wasn’t about playing with something cool (even though it is cool and fun to play with) but about how I use that tool to create an artistic vision of the reality I’ve photographed. (smokes) Whoa! That was, like, deep, man.

    #33923
    ravnostic
    Participant

    Therein lies the rub. What is art? (Let me find my turtleneck and beret, pack a bowl and put on small dark glasses.) While photography is art, not all photography is art. I take a lot of stuff that accurately depicts the reality I perceive, I tend to think of “art” as an interpretation of filtered through my conscious world view. Sometimes that is how I perceived something, sometimes it how I present what I perceived. Thus my question about HDR, it wasn’t about playing with something cool (even though it is cool and fun to play with) but about how I use that tool to create an artistic vision of the reality I’ve photographed. (smokes) Whoa! That was, like, deep, man.

    Dude. [inhales deeply] I totally dig this, man! Far out.

    #33924
    olavf
    Participant

    Therein lies the rub. What is art?

    I don’t know, but I know what I like…

    /serious answer: I believe that art is something that makes you think, or feel an emotion about it. So, from a photography aspect, that’s the defining level between something that’s artistic, and something that’s a snapshot to me. That nebulous line between ‘that’s a cool picture’ and something that touches you deeper; makes you ponder what you’re looking at on a deeper level. It can be anything from a simple rose to a highly orchestrated studio shoot to a random person on the street, but it has to illicit some emotion, and/or a ‘pondering’ (for lack of a better word) on a core level to really be artistic.

    And there’s a lot of things that I would consider ‘art’ that I don’t necessarily like. And a lot of things that some people wouldn’t consider ‘art’ that I do. And a lot of things that people call art that for whatever reason doesn’t speak to me on some root level, and I therefore can’t appreciate it as such, whether I “like” it, or not.

    At the gut level, I think it’s an individual thing. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, and vice-versa, if you will.

    #33925
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    We might want to put a note about no HDR, otherwise people will think it’s open to that.

    #33926
    SilverStag
    Participant

    We might want to put a note about no HDR, otherwise people will think it’s open to that.

    Yepper.

    #33927
    olavf
    Participant

    We might want to put a note about no HDR, otherwise people will think it’s open to that.

    Yepper.

    Allowing, but not limiting, previous contest entries certainly implies that they’re okay.

    /I’m fine either way, but you’re not likely to see any HDR entries from me, either

    #33928
    Kestrana
    Participant

    Or just a note “all normal farktography rules apply”.

    #33929
    ravnostic
    Participant

    Or just a note “all normal farktography rules apply”.

    Pardon me for saying so, but why not simplify? Entries that are previous non-top 10ers most likely wouldn’t fair any better here than in any original contest (else they’d have struck a chord in the original). The odds that something new on the order of top 10 wouldn’t be entered are slim to none.

    Since there were valid contests that allowed HDR, the blanket difficulty with the added contradictory caveat just muddies the waters. Eliminate the ‘difficulty’, and previous ‘artistic’ efforts will still be hugely varied within this venue.

    I know most of my highest voted pics have numerous alternatives that I took, where I picked just one of many. If one wishes to retry a planned artistic shot subject, they probably have alternative shots of the same. Heck, I must have 20 shots of the Ding Dong Tower of Pisa! And that was my ‘throwaway’ entry!

    Just a thought.

    #33930
    clouddancer
    Participant

    So I have something to go by with this, what types of artistic styles could I use to get jump started on an idea? Only one my brain can come up with now is blur, but I have limited potential for that unless the rain stops. I’m rather flummoxed on this.

    #33931
    orionid
    Participant

    bokeh
    Soft Focus
    Vaseline Filter (How To) also ho to
    redscale
    Vignetting
    Expired film

    There are many many many more ways to go about this, just get creative. Think of a rule, then break that rule. If you think there’s something to it, run with it. If you don’t like the effects, break a different rule.

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