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Rajan Parrikar
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Is something amiss here? A clone patch gone awry? Or is it an optical illusion?







Dec 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Is something amiss here? A clone patch gone awry? Or is it an optical illusion?


Optical illusion. I did not clone there.



Dec 31, 2012 at 06:53 PM
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allstarimaging wrote:
Hi Mark,
Thank you for posting. I enjoy your work and your insights and looking forward to the tutorial. If possible I'd like to see the straight out of the camera image for comparison sake. Hapyy New Year.

Jack



Although a Jpeg representation is almost always a horrible representation of reality, if you go here: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1168509/0

you will see the approximate difference between the Jpeg and the carefully developed image (although the horizontal). Even just my careful custom raw default setting blows away any "in the camera" generic Jpeg.



Jan 01, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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This one is very nice, but now that you have posted the link and I compare side-by-side, I think I prefer the landscape orientation just a bit better. It feeds my eyes more to look at.

That thing above looks like the shadow of a rock.



Jan 01, 2013 at 01:09 AM
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philtax wrote:
I have no issue with what is or is not art. The issue for me is somewhere in the definition of "photography", as opposed to "photo illustration". For me, one of photography's greatest strength is its implied credibility. "Moonrise" is probably one of the photos that got me interested in landscape imagery and I would imagine that I have plenty of company in that. Would I feel differently if I learned that the crosses were not part of the original scene but were added later? Or if, say, a large interfering telephone pole had been "removed"? You bet I would!
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While I'm more fascinated by making and viewing photographs than by talking/writing about them, that probably tells you more about how much I love photographs than about how much I love discussing! ;-)

I think the role of what you call "implied credibility" and which I simply refer to as "believability" is an interesting and important one in photography. I don't believe the highest calling for a photograph is to reproduce the real, but I think that it is important that the photograph be honest in the context of whatever truth it claims to portray. That is a confusing enough sentence that I should probably illustrate what I mean.

To my way of thinking it is fine for a photograph to be as fantastical and non-realistic as the photographer wants to make it, and the photographic distortion of the real can be the very point of the work. Anyone who hasn't already done so should take a look at the wonderful (film!) work of Jerry Uelsmann. It is most certainly not realistic. However, the distortion and invention is clearly acknowledged and embraced and, in fact, makes the images work. (It is also quite fair to point out that the fact that these fantasies are created using the supposedly "real" medium of the photograph makes them work in ways that would not be as effective if they were paintings.) For myself, there is no clear line between photographs and other forms of visual art. (I was tempted to say that the fact that photographs generally begin with "captures" or real things could be the difference, but then I remembered that some painters and sculptures include photographic material in their work.)

But this work is entirely credible. It is precisely what it appears to be, and it does not lie to us (not can it) by making us imagine that the world could actually look the way it does in Uelsmann's prints.

On the other hand, if a photograph (or the photographer who made it) makes a claim that the image does represent the concrete and "real" thing, yet also distorts it and claims not to do so, we have a problem. I'm thinking of a particular photograph at the moment that was the subject of some discussion a while back, about which the photographer told a compelling story of searching and privation and finally achieving a singular experience that resulted in the photograph. Yet, upon further examination, it was plainly obvious that the photograph (and apparently the experience it represented) had not actually occurred at all, but had both been constructed by the photographer later on. I'm thinking of another photographer whose work I've seen in a rather large commercial gallery that carries his name. The marketing material for this person takes great pains to paint a picture of a person who eschews modern technologies, who makes photographs that portray the things as they were, who doesn't "manipulate" images in the ways that others do, blah, blah, blah. However, any reasonably aware photographer or lover of photography who looks at the work can easily identify the specific alterations that were applied to "juice" up the images.

In the first case (Uelsmann) the images have been "processed" to a far greater degree than in the second. Yet Uelsmann is the photographer whose work is credible since it is exactly what it claims to be, and the other photographer is the one who cannot lay claim to credibility since he felt obligated to present the work in the context of his own falsehood.

I know some of you find this sort of thinking to be tedious and pedantic, and I can understand that. On the other hand, some think that the primary goal of art is to express the person of the artist - and that the question of whether that core of the work is real or faked is a pretty important thing - whether the work leans more to realistic depiction or fantasy and invention.

Dan

Notes:

1. By the way, none of the unnamed photographers I'm thinking of as I write this are people who have any connection at all to this thread.

2. You can see some of Uelsmann's photographs here. A number of them are quite definitely landscapes. :-)

3. Speaking of removing things from photographs and of Adams, are you familiar with the story about his famous photograph of Mount Whitney in winter morning light that features a horse in a pasture? The photograph includes a hill behind the horse on which the local students in the town of Lone Pine had place large white letters "LP" - which Adams removed in post! (And if you know the photograph, you'll probably agree that the world is a better place for his decision to do so.)



Jan 01, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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HI Dan,

Hi Dan,

You always have such interesting and practical insights into these matters. I also admire Jerry Uelsmann and there's no way his surrealistic images could be confused with straight photography. Also, that's a good point about the Adams photograph. We can probably all agree that we're better off with his "edit", and the art world agrees, but it might be a whole different story if he photoshopped the horse itself. On the other hand it still seems to spur discussion. http://ralphnordstromphotography.com/wordpress/journal/ol-question/

And by the way Happy New Year to all!

Phil



Jan 01, 2013 at 03:58 AM
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gdanmitchell wrote:
While I'm more fascinated by making and viewing photographs than by talking/writing about them, that probably tells you more about how much I love photographs than about how much I love discussing! ;-)

I think the role of what you call "implied credibility" and which I simply refer to as "believability" is an interesting and important one in photography. I don't believe the highest calling for a photograph is to reproduce the real, but I think that it is important that the photograph be honest in the context of whatever truth it claims to portray. That is a confusing enough sentence
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to to much talking! we want more pictures!!



Jan 01, 2013 at 04:10 AM
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Gorgeous capture!


Jan 01, 2013 at 05:55 AM
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One work sums this up, 'spectacular'.

Happy New Year,
Ed



Jan 01, 2013 at 05:22 PM
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Mark,
Fantastic imagery. Love the colors, depth and sharpness. Have a great new year.



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Another beauty, Mark!

-Nick



Jan 02, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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Wow, great work, bring on the tutorial there is much to learn from you.


Jan 02, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Callisto wrote:
Wow, great work, bring on the tutorial there is much to learn from you.


Ditto. Great work. Bring on the tutorial!



Jan 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
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I dont have much to add to the overall discussion here except that I really like the image and I too am looking forward to the tutorial. I currently use masks and this method has me excited and at the very least will add another great tool to my workflow.


Jan 02, 2013 at 07:49 PM
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Wow!!! Killer shot Mark!! That blend if slider video tutorial is very helpful. Looking forward to seeing more work.


Jan 03, 2013 at 08:50 PM
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Looking forward to the tutorial Mark. Awesome image sir!

Mike



Jan 03, 2013 at 09:14 PM
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I remember the place looking differently, but it was in a different light and different time of the year.
I think artist is entitled to his own interpretation of the reality - after all, Mark does not identify the spot, saying "that's what it is", because it is not. That's Mark's vision of remote SW Vista, if you will, and it is magnificently done.



Jan 03, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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Mark, those images look fantastic! Love the way it really comes together and the depth in the image. lots of small pictures within the grander view! Having worked with Mark, the Blend-if methods are fantastic! Looking forward to the write-up as well.

Keep shootin' and sharin'!
John



Jan 03, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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Great use of HDR. love the shot.

Edited on Jan 04, 2013 at 08:09 PM · View previous versions



Jan 03, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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nugeny wrote:
to to much talking! we want more pictures!!


I talk in forums and make photographs elsewhere: http://www.gdanmitchell.com/

philtax wrote:
... I also admire Jerry Uelsmann and there's no way his surrealistic images could be confused with straight photography. Also, that's a good point about the Adams photograph. We can probably all agree that we're better off with his "edit", and the art world agrees, but it might be a whole different story if he photoshopped the horse itself. On the other hand it still seems to spur discussion. http://ralphnordstromphotography.com/wordpress/journal/ol-question/


For you and others who are interested in Adams in general and that Whitney/horse photo in particular... I had a chance to closely inspect a large Adams print of that photograph yesterday. I can report that you can easily see the letters LP in the upper left if you look a bit carefully... and that it doesn't diminish the power of the beautiful image one bit. If anything, it amplifies the humanity of the artist a bit. :-)

Dan



Jan 04, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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