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Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:53 am

Cold but very enjoyable - I am keen for some feedback on the last image, i took a whole bunch of this tree, but none really seemed to gel with me.

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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby Matt. K on Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:10 pm

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The last 3 images are gallery quality fine art photographic images.Whilst the first 2 of these can stand on their own I feel the third image would have been helped with another element...say a small, Faustian figure in a dark coat and hat, hunched over against the wind and tramping thru the snow. Or something of that nature. However, it is still a very fine image and beautifully crafted.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby zafra52 on Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:12 pm

Great photography! The first three are superb in composition and colour. I simply love the second last. I agree with Matt about the last one. Because the the trees continue outside the frame, it needs something else to hold attention. This same need is not that evident in the second photo because you have some rocks in the background or the first photo because you have the sun peeping through the branches that commands your attention.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby Matt. K on Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:57 pm

Forgot to mention....in the second image the white spaces have a similar effect as silence in music. The spaces create a peaceful, almost spiritual feeling. Love it that you moved back and allowed the space to enter the frame.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby gstark on Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:16 am

The second and third of these do it for me. As Matt says, the white space in the second, but the other worldliness of the third is just magic.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby ozimax on Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:50 am

Gerry you have to stop posting these. I have now given up on photography, given my gear away to the old lady next door and taken up knitting as a hobby...:)

Seriously though, these are sensational. Getting frostbite to capture these scenes makes you a legend.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:35 pm

Matt. K wrote:Gerry
The last 3 images are gallery quality fine art photographic images.Whilst the first 2 of these can stand on their own I feel the third image would have been helped with another element...say a small, Faustian figure in a dark coat and hat, hunched over against the wind and tramping thru the snow. Or something of that nature. However, it is still a very fine image and beautifully crafted.


Thanks Matt, your right, another element is needed to make it work, i'll have ot go back and see what other images I have of this and revisit the processing.

zafra52 wrote:Great photography! The first three are superb in composition and colour. I simply love the second last. I agree with Matt about the last one. Because the the trees continue outside the frame, it needs something else to hold attention. This same need is not that evident in the second photo because you have some rocks in the background or the first photo because you have the sun peeping through the branches that commands your attention.


Thanks Zafra-man, that disconnect made by the trees running out of the frame is a tricky one, having a figure in that gap between teh trees may well hide that disconnect. Thanks for commenting.

Matt. K wrote:Forgot to mention....in the second image the white spaces have a similar effect as silence in music. The spaces create a peaceful, almost spiritual feeling. Love it that you moved back and allowed the space to enter the frame.


I search for images like that :) I love simplicity and singular elements, I am glad you appreciated the effort in that composition since I did put considerable time into composing that one in the snowing cold :)

gstark wrote:The second and third of these do it for me. As Matt says, the white space in the second, but the other worldliness of the third is just magic.


Thanks Starkman :)

ozimax wrote:Gerry you have to stop posting these. I have now given up on photography, given my gear away to the old lady next door and taken up knitting as a hobby...:)

Seriously though, these are sensational. Getting frostbite to capture these scenes makes you a legend.


Ozi, if you were there you would have captured equally or better images, to be honest this kind of photography is not that hard since the scenes are so beautiful. The hard bit is just getting things to align and getting to the locations.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:58 am

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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby Matt. K on Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:07 pm

Yes! But didn't expect you to go all the way back up the mountain with a model just to prove a point. :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:47 pm

Matt. K wrote:Yes! But didn't expect you to go all the way back up the mountain with a model just to prove a point. :shock: :shock: :shock:

its amazing what you can do in PS ;)
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby zafra52 on Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:36 pm

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Thanks Zafra-man, that disconnect made by the trees running out of the frame is a tricky one, having a figure in that gap between teh trees may well hide that disconnect. Thanks for commenting.


In my eyes, that added figure changed the composition dramatically. He is now the main subject and as you said it hides the disconnect, but is not what you originally intended. I also agree with your other comments.
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby bigsarg7 on Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:30 pm

That 3rd pic is truly great. Must have been quite cold when taking that one!! it was clearly worth it, definitely a photograph to be framed and mounted on the wall in a prime location! well done!
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby sevencolours on Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:11 am

Gerry

I am constantly astounded at the beauty you find around you and your ability to capture it

the last image, it is an empty, lonely image. so maybe not a person, but a line of footsteps leading from the very front of the image through the gap in the trees, fading into the distance.

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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:09 am

bigsarg7 wrote:That 3rd pic is truly great. Must have been quite cold when taking that one!! it was clearly worth it, definitely a photograph to be framed and mounted on the wall in a prime location! well done!


yeah it was around -3 or so, but to be honest I was pretty toastie, if your moving around a fair bit its easy to stay warm, this with the right clothes makes it enjoyable - the big thing is to make sure you have warm feet and hands.. nothing worse than cold toes :)
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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby biggerry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:11 am

sevencolours wrote:Gerry

I am constantly astounded at the beauty you find around you and your ability to capture it

the last image, it is an empty, lonely image. so maybe not a person, but a line of footsteps leading from the very front of the image through the gap in the trees, fading into the distance.

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thanks mate, easy to take pictures of beautiful things :)

I hear what your saying with the footprints.. I did try it, but trying to get the footsteps to stand out is hard... so here is another variation which I am liking at the moment...

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Re: Ball freezing photography

Postby Murray Foote on Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:35 pm

I think with the last one, it just needs cropping in from the right a little. The trees at the right middle ground with the snow on their trunks are fine but I think it's just the ones to the right of them at far right that distract.
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