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Boring (redux)

pegelli

Well-known member
You do realise that entire photo books have been dedicated to doors. Seems to be an entire photographic genre all of its own.

So no, apparently not boring. ;)
Yes I know, however with those books the appreciation is often more with "who made the photos" rather than "what can we see on the photos" 😲

Here's another door I liked, but probably boring to most people


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Duff photographer

Active member
Yes I know, however with those books the appreciation is often more with "who made the photos" rather than "what can we see on the photos" 😲
Ah yes, indeed. It reminds me of the doting parents praising their child for the terrible drawing of a house they made, while grimacing at the drawings the other children have made. I use it as a good-mannered "put down" on some well known photographers.;)

As regards the door photo, I can't really fault it. Technically perfect (if such a thing is allowed in photography) which adds to the minimalism of the subject. The over-riding perception of the photo is the strict, ordered linearity contrasting with the untidyness (perhaps decay?) creeping in. I wouldn't hang it on my wall, but I appreciate it nonetheless.

Cheers,
Duff
 
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cunim

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@pegelli, gotta give it to you. The doors qualify in this thread. Well shot.

Here's some vines shot with my A7R2. I have an even sleepier one in which blowing snow makes the vines hard to see. Yes, this photo is unlikely to interest anyone, but I shot the same vines later, stitched, edited and converted to mono. For some reason, stitching, removing color, and tweaking a bit made these vines into a photo I liked. Showed me that photographic technique has the power to create interest in what otherwise can be boring.

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Duff photographer

Active member
@pegelli, gotta give it to you. The doors qualify in this thread. Well shot.

Here's some vines shot with my A7R2. I have an even sleepier one in which blowing snow makes the vines hard to see. Yes, this photo is unlikely to interest anyone, but I shot the same vines later, stitched, edited and converted to mono. For some reason, stitching, removing color, and tweaking a bit made these vines into a photo I liked. Showed me that photographic technique has the power to create interest in what otherwise can be boring.

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Mono is fine of course, but colour can also have its place where the colour palette is limited, as in your pic, adding to that minimalist effect again (as I mentioned with Pieter's pic). Maybe a little more editing work would bring that out more?

Cheers,
Duff.
 

cunim

Well-known member
Mono is fine of course, but colour can also have its place where the colour palette is limited, as in your pic, adding to that minimalist effect again (as I mentioned with Pieter's pic). Maybe a little more editing work would bring that out more?
What makes this topic so difficult is that, for a photo to be worthy, it has have been taken without boring intent. Sure, I can take a shot of my shoe, but that doesn't qualify here because it never had a chance to be anything but boring. In contrast, I think a lot of us have taken many shots (like my first vines example) that seemed like a good idea at the time, but which turned out to be uninteresting - even to us, We tend to delete those so they can be hard to raise up when we want them for a weird thread.

End of the day, boring is not so much about the photos, as it is about learning to interpret the world in interesting ways. Here's a better version of the vines shot that I don't find boring because I was a different person (more experienced) when I took it. Although it won't show here (severe compression of 13k pixel pano), I had learned to incorporate structure and detail more effectively, and I had learned to appreciate these nuances more. That is why, to my eye, this image is better than the earlier one - but I needed to take that earlier (now boring) shot to understand how to get to the next one.

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bensonga

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The color version of this image contains various shades of blue, green and grey totes and is interesting to me, so I made prints of it for an upcoming print exchange. I'm working on monochrome versions now to see if I can find one worth printing. I sometimes like to submit both color and monochrome prints of a photo for an exchange.

I'm not sure about this version. I do like subtle and understated monochrome prints, but I haven't decided yet if this one falls into the "boring" category. Any thoughts?

Gary

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