Photography – Week 91
A super weak photography week. I almost opted not to post anything but figured this might motivate me to elevate my game this week.
My excuse was a crazy 24hr run to Texas for consulting work mid-week with both my arrivals happening after midnight. I also tend not to photograph much when I’m doing consulting because I’m stressed out and cursing myself for agreeing to do consulting work.
As part of the Connected Courses MOOC, we were talking a bit about understanding different networks and how to both navigate them and use their vocabulary/tools. The picture above captures a few interesting elements along those lines. I took the picture walking to work. It was one of those fortuitous moments which happen much more often if you’re out looking for them. After getting the nod from the artist (I now know it was Ross from Sure Hand Signs.), I took a few shots and really felt I’d gotten one or two that captured something interesting. I am experimenting a bit with triggering the Flickr Explore algorithm and developing more of an audience for my photos in a way that doesn’t make me feel dirty or hypocritical. Within Flickr I put it up on Flickr when I got in- something I do only if I’m really excited about a photo which happens less often than I’d like. I usually wait until late at night or the weekend to download/upload images. One of the things I did was title it clearly. I also included a variety of tags and added to one group (Flickr Today). It seems adding the picture to lots of groups would end up being punitive in the land of the Explore algorithm because people try to game […]
I’ve cropped this just about every way possible but keep coming back to this one. There is a chunk of empty asphalt. It also isn’t going to do as well in a small view as it’s easy to miss the kid on the handlebars and the cigarette- the very things that make the picture. I posted it for some feedback in one of the Flickr groups I like about street photography. This is an excerpt of one of the comments. There is absolutely nothing of interest on the entire left side of the frame. It is hard to imagine composing a photo so unbalanced. Whatever you edited out surely was more interesting than that huge expanse of empty asphalt? If cutting out whatever it is you cut out seems an improvement to you, then the original must have really really sucked. A bit rough I thought. I don’t mind direct feedback but still feel like basic mannersThis guy is from NYC and I have a historical/cultural issues with this type of conversation. Maybe he also reviews papers? ought to apply in most things in life. All that being said, I still really like this photograph. It may be that I can claim no credit for what makes it good as that was all in the moment and the content. I […]