SI comments

Discussion in 'Photography' started by tony cooper, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. tony cooper

    tony cooper Guest

    I was talking with my daughter on the phone about the SI, and
    encouraging her to add her own comments. She doesn't have access to
    newsgroups, but can relay them through me.

    She's shy about it, saying that her views of the images might be
    out-of-place here. I pooh-poohed that replying that she's no more or
    no less qualified as a critic than any of us.

    I pointed out the wide variation in reactions to images. For example,
    I *like* that green fencing in Stick's image...interesting little spot
    of cool color contrasting the warmth of the other color. I *like* the
    excessive noise or film grain in PeterN's sailboat and bridge shot.

    I *like* the extreme out-of-focus background of my Armadillo because
    it identifies the setting but allows the 'dillo to be the primary
    focal point. I *like* Martha's flowers by the guardrails, the tilt of
    Otter's grocery store, and Eric's crowd scene. I don't mind cut-off
    figures in a crowd scene.

    All of the above have been disliked by others. That's what comments
    are all about, though. We all have different reactions, likes and
    dislikes, requirements of composition, and internal "rules" of what
    should be or should not be done. Otherwise, comments would be a dull
    thing to read.
    tony cooper, Aug 23, 2012
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  2. tony cooper

    otter Guest

    When I look at many pictures, my mind automatically compensates for
    any tilt. I don't use the border as a frame of reference, usually.
    The exception would be if there is a clear horizon in the picture. In
    that case, a tilted horizon is annoying to me. However, I know it
    bothers some people if verticals are not parallel to the frame, and it
    is usually not hard to fix, so why not. I went ahead and fixed it in
    my library. It doesn't look that much different to me, but it doesn't
    look any worse. The picture is not a great work of art, anyway.
    otter, Aug 24, 2012
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