17 Responses to “Last Days of Summer 2010”


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  1. I agree, these do show the emotions and the comfort. Nice work!

  2. To me the cover image is in a different league from the others. It is a great piece of photography where much more than an image is shared. Truly a wonderful photograph and is a perfect example of the camera being just a tool.

  3. +Sumit Sen Thanks Sumit. I agree re the main image – I think that was the first of about 2 dozen that I shot. I like the first on the strip with the two women talking but that maybe because I know the people concerned. I try to detach when selecting and think about whether the image would stand out if I didn't know the people. This is why Garry Winograd would never look at his negatives until months or years after the shot was taken – so that any emotion he felt at the time of the shot was lost and therefore did not impact his choices.

  4. +Steve Johnson I had a question. Do you know which image will stand out when you are shooting many in changing situations?
    When we do bird photography we can end up shooting 300 – 400 images in a day. I tend to look for a few that night (I don't check in the field after I shoot) amongst the lot because I felt that I had got that one the way I wanted it.

  5. Great work again +Steve Johnson – love the rawness and simplicity of the b/w shots – brilliant sense of emotion in them which I admire!

  6. +Sumit Sen

    I have a fair idea overall but am often surprised. I never, or at least rarely, check in the field, rarely even look at the screen. The only time I will check is if I am trying something new on the fly.

    99% of the time I know if I have a real keeper the moment the shutter is pressed. – the 3 or 4 times a year type shot.

    I have got into the habit of deleting the obvious failures in camera – to be honest I know if an image falls into that category the split second after I hit the shutter button – it is only a quick two button presses to lose those, I don't need to look at the display.This probably accounts for around 60% of my shots.

    Of the remaining 40% possibles I'll have a fair idea of which of those will be keepers but the confidence level is low and I am often wrong – the 3:1 ratio seems to work though – enough margin for error. There is a good chance that my opinion will change a lot when I open them up in Lightroom.

    I archive the 10% even though only 2% or 3% will see the light of day.

    Of course this is a rough estimate and if I am shooting say candids at a wedding or news then everything is kept and archived – just in case.

  7. +Lynda Bowyer Thanks Lynda – Bokeh definitely wouldn't have worked with the main one at least (:

  8. Yeah, lol. Bokeh – that old chestnut… Am loving the fresh new images that are coming through – VERY inspiring! :)

  9. +Steve Johnson Many thanks Steve. I archive a lot more but keep about the same % available. Rest are written to removable media and stored. Nat history images often need a sequence or are regionally variable and sometimes the archived stuff comes in handy.
    The rest is much the same as yours. I delete in the car if i am not driving :-)

  10. +Sumit Sen I find that I do go back on my archives fairly frequently and that can be scary. I see things very differently year on year and things that I liked 3 years ago make me want t oscream now just as stuff that I'd written off suddenly has appeal. Very Strange.

  11. +Lynda Bowyer I joke about the bokeh thing because over the years, that has been a huge bone of contention among many photographers that I know – more for what it represents than the little circles of light themselves. I am agnostic on the issue myself (: Personally I tend to self correct – if I do a lot that has bokeh I'll do a few sessions with very small apertures and large depth of fields and vice versa.

  12. +Steve Johnson I think this happens. Also we tend to be influenced by what we see and trends affect the way be look at images. Some shots that would never fit yesterday can be understood or appreciated today. While we as photographers remain the sole judge of what we make, we can be influenced by others about images we are not sure about.

  13. Yep, completely +Steve Johnson – just as we discussed the other day on a previous posting – bokeh used in the correct context is brilliant and brings both heart and soul to the image but over-used or used without subtlety then its nothing more than a slack-wristed attempt at artistry :)

  14. +Sumit Sen Agree completely re being influenced by others. I think there is a process whereby we know what the current aesthetic demands and don't stray to far from that. I don't think that the process is a conscious one though. Of course we are also feeding our work into the general pool so in some very small part we may be determining the acceptable aesthetic.

    I enjoy the process to be honest and am more than happy to 'borrow' from others and try to do so mindfully and where ever possible with full credit. What was it Picaso said? – an average artist copies and a great one steals or something to that effect.

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