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Fun with MF images 2024

chriswebb

Well-known member
907X/CFV100c | XCD 135 with 1.7x teleconverter stiched pano over 4 shots.

Snowy Sunrise II (screen) - 20240229.jpg

I was taking a shot of the sunrise and turned around and saw the light here and took a quick pano before I had time to really compose and setup properly but thought the light and color was striking... By the time I setup a better composition the light had changed. I am still learning how to incorporate Hasselblad/Phocus into my current workflow.
 

cunim

Well-known member
Here's my take on critiquing photos and maintaining the peaceful vibe of this forum: If I ask for it, please feel free to fire away with your thoughts. But I'm just here to share some images, not to engage in a debate about the finer points of composition, etc. My photos aren't up for sale; I'm just in it for the sheer joy of sharing what I see. So, unless I specifically ask for feedback, let's keep the peace in this delightful corner of the internet. I've seen enough virtual smackdowns in other forums where self-proclaimed experts try to school photographers on their work. Let's skip the drama and enjoy the ride. If someone requests your opinion, sure, feel free to share it. But if not, keep the peace and move on.
@darr is the grownup in the room and summarises well. You know, I think it would be fun to have a button you could push for "comments welcome". Actually asking for comments is too formal, but a button..... Those of us in the boonies may have no one around to share photos with. Be nice if we could indicate a few shots that are at the edge of our capabilities and could use help. I would use the button sparingly but, if I think comments on a particular shot could teach me something, why not open it up?

An alternative would be to have a thread titled "Have mercy". We could post there if we felt supremely confident - or masochistic.
 

lookbook

Well-known member

Calligraphy ...
Fujifilm GFX 50r | GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR
I think in a forum that is ultimately about good pictures, you should also be able to talk about it.
If you don't want this, you should label your picture, not the other way round.
 
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docholliday

Well-known member
I don't want to seem argumentative, and I never comment on the artistic aspects of a posted image. However, when I see something that lacks in technical execution (several examples, usually showing the originator is not aware of it), I feel the need to point it out. Generally so the poster might consider improving their technique. Nothing dramatic. People who are posting here have laid out serious money for their occupation or hobby and it could be hoped they are just as serious about the execution.
Here's my take on critiquing photos and maintaining the peaceful vibe of this forum: If I ask for it, please feel free to fire away with your thoughts. But I'm just here to share some images, not to engage in a debate about the finer points of composition, etc. My photos aren't up for sale; I'm just in it for the sheer joy of sharing what I see. So, unless I specifically ask for feedback, let's keep the peace in this delightful corner of the internet. I've seen enough virtual smackdowns in other forums where self-proclaimed experts try to school photographers on their work. Let's skip the drama and enjoy the ride. If someone requests your opinion, sure, feel free to share it. But if not, keep the peace and move on.
I'm probably a bit different than most people on forums these days. I'm here to be non-serious and see other's views of the world. I get my judgement when I present my images to clients and they hand me a check (and sometimes a tip!). I've also had my share of judging competitions where I'm brutal and honest, but am expected to be. As a studio photographer, most of my shots get no acknowledgement or are even under NDA because of the materials. If I post something, it's usually personal work or something unique that I'm allowed to show. And I hope that somebody gets a sense of enjoyment from it or learns something.

I've gone up an escalator and seen my image full size on a wall at the top, picked up a magazine and seen my shot, and walked into stores thinking "that shot looks familiar" before realizing it *is* one of my shots on a large poster or rack. It's just another shot to me, though it does bring a smile to see the final product in all it's glory. As a software developer, I've heard "now that's a work of art" and that's satisfying to see that the days of work on a fast, efficient algorithm or database query was noticed. There's also the share of "could you do/make this better/faster..." to go along with each smile.

I'm not here to judge anyone and just because you don't see me pressing a Like button all time doesn't mean I don't like (and appreciate) the work of others, hobbyist or professional. If an image truly makes me double-take and stare, I'll probably throw a Like at it. Now, with that said, if somebody asks me to critique their piece, I'm not going to sugar coat it and "be nice". The request tells me that somebody is actively looking for my thoughts and I'm willing to give them. But even then, those are *my* thoughts...I'd never go after somebody's artistic choices, but rather on the technical/composition/editing aspects. Something like "have you thought about cropping in on the xx" would be more sugar than vinegar in that case.

This is the "Fun with MF" thread. It should be fun and not technical. It's not a "what's wrong with my shot" thread. I don't even think that a PM is necessary if you don't like it..."Didn't yo mama tell you if you ain't got nothin' nice to say, don't say anything at all?" could apply but you could just as easily scroll on down and not look at the piece that's offending you.

Just my 0.5515 sheckles on the thought...
 
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vjbelle

Well-known member
An image I took numerous years ago while traveling in Spain. My wife and I were in Cordoba and went to this very touristy place and while walking through this image caught my eye and I had to take it. I collapsed the legs on my tripod so as not to trip anyone and got on the ground and framed it so that the verticals were actually vertical. I'm sure people thought I was nuts but I really wanted to take it. Converted to black and white in CR.

Victor B.

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