Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by MickLL, Jan 16, 2015.
But that would be with like minded people.
I just never quite know if you're winding us up, Barney.
Frequency seperation with high speed flash sounds painful to me, though I'm sure you could fill a conference room with people fascinated by the subject...
Isn't this a good example of the value of internet forums? The more specialist the interest, the more useful the forums, because it's far more likely to find like-minded people online than in your local club. Also, the chances are that whatever you're trying to do, someone, somewhere has already tried it and is happy to share their experience.
If you are referring to the assessment day held at Birmingham on Sunday 3rd March 2013, then I was there (just checked my diary).
In that case, I would have to suggest that the problem is with your mental block against being inspired by true excellence and creativity (or maybe just failing to recognise it when you see it.). That being so, I really do not know what you are looking for in the photography of yourself and others.
Perhaps exposure to the mediocrity of internet chat-rooms has dulled your senses to real artistic endeavour. I hope not. But I do wonder where you imagine you might find worthwhile stimulation if you do not make the effort to interact with other photographers in clubs, societies, exhibitions, etc.
That said, I do recognise that, in any of the arts, there will be personal likes and dislikes. I can wander round the National Portrait Gallery or the Tate Modern and find much that I like, much that I might appreciate but not particularly like, and some that I might struggle to appreciate.
However, I hope that I never exhibit the arrogance or pomposity to decry that art that does not appeal to me, just because it does not appeal to me or because I do not understand it. The fact that someone, somewhere, has considered that it deserves public exposure is good enough for me - just as any photographs selected as good enough for an RPS panel deserve to be applauded even if they do not excite my personal preferences.
You and I both are entitled to our personal preferences and opinions - that does not make my preferences more artistically valid than yours nor my opinions more valuable.
Dare I suggest that a little humility on your part might lend your opinions a greater degree of credibility?
Just as a small exercise in comparative evaluation, take a look at some of the Members' Galleries here: http://www.smethwickphotographic.co.uk/Members-Galleries.html and compare the images with a selection of galleries on this site.
There is no other reason to "decry" art.
If the consumer, for want of a better term, doesn't like it, then it's not art; to them. It's "arrogance or pomposity" to claim that "your art" must be "their art"...
Sorry to resurrect this thread.
Last week at a county photography clubs competition, the judge was marking a morning sunrise image taken in Norfolk. It was a lovely picture. The judge praised everything about it.
His final comment was "It's the kind of picture you'd love to hang on your wall"
"....and for that reason it won't win anything tonight"
At county level, it would have to be a pretty unique sunrise to get anywhere I guess. Sunrises in general feature somewhere further down the scale of difficulty for many. Not sure wall hangability is a real criteron.
I think a good sunrise/sunset/landscape picture is harder to achieve than "in-vogue" overly manipulated black & white multi-layered HDR images that seem to be the latest craze nowadays.
Just more proof, to my way of thinking, as to why this whole judging thing is simply a matter of opinion.
Much better to have the whole membership vote for their favourite image of the evening. Then people who like pictures to hang on their walls could vote for those, while people who like fisheye views of old cars could do the same...
I told you before what happened when my old club tried that as a season opener (true story). About 60 members put in four shots. Mine came 1,2,3 and 5. The fact that every one of them bombed during the league season, does not in any way alter my view that the membership, by sheer force of numbers, were perfectly correct.
My own club encourages the public to vote for their favourite picture at our annual exhibition. It's very rare indeed for one picture to get more than about 10% of the vote and the public's favourite almost never matches the judges favourite(s).
No I think 9/10 of them are sunsets.
I did win a public vote once at the annual exbn with a shot that also won at regional level. But in general I agree.
Mine too and last year three prints got almost dead equal with one (mine) one vote ahead. Personally I would have put the other two ahead as I thought that mine was too "chocolate box"
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