11-15-2013, 12:17 AM
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  • ben74
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"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words."

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

"You don’t take a photograph, you make it."

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."

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 11-15-2013, 09:38 AM
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  • CRAusmus
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A true master. His photos you can get lost in absorbing details for what seems like hours. Just sit and stare at some his photos sometime, you'll see what I mean. A true master of composition and the art of photography.

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 11-15-2013, 10:24 AM
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  • Johnny
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I agree 100% with both post above.

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 11-15-2013, 11:49 AM
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(11-15-2013, 10:24 AM)Johnny Wrote: I agree 100% with both post above.

+2 He had some of the best B&W pics I have ever seen.

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 11-15-2013, 12:27 PM
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  • Deco
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Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

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 11-15-2013, 06:58 PM
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  • freddy
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Thanks for sharing this, Ben. There is a reason Ansel Adams' photographs are so respected and well loved and those quotes give us an idea of why.

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 11-15-2013, 09:09 PM
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(11-15-2013, 12:27 PM)Deco Wrote: Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

* Mitch Dobrowner is, probably, my favourite B&W photographer! His B&W photos seem to be ethereal! I don't know how he does it, but his pictures are living and breathing portraits. Smile

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 11-17-2013, 03:59 PM
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(11-15-2013, 12:27 PM)Deco Wrote: Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

It was anything but easy for them though. Stories of Adams climbing mountains for ages and then just sitting in the same spot for days waiting for the lighting to be just right, are everywhere. There is a patience among the greats that the rest of us will never comprehend. Remember too that when Adams would climb up these mountains he was lugging a 4x5 camera, oodles of very heavy plates, insanely heavy tripods and everything else necessary.

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 11-17-2013, 04:11 PM
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  • MaxP
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Thanks.

I have three Adams prints in my office. I appreciate the validation of his genius.

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 11-17-2013, 05:55 PM
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  • Deco
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(11-17-2013, 03:59 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(11-15-2013, 12:27 PM)Deco Wrote: Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

It was anything but easy for them though. Stories of Adams climbing mountains for ages and then just sitting in the same spot for days waiting for the lighting to be just right, are everywhere. There is a patience among the greats that the rest of us will never comprehend. Remember too that when Adams would climb up these mountains he was lugging a 4x5 camera, oodles of very heavy plates, insanely heavy tripods and everything else necessary.
The frustrating thing for me is finding the right position to shoot from. The light was good in this but my positioning (composition) was poor.
[Image: View_zpsc86cb854.jpg]

Same with this... It's frustrating.
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 11-17-2013, 06:02 PM
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(11-17-2013, 05:55 PM)Deco Wrote:
(11-17-2013, 03:59 PM)wingdo Wrote: [quote='Deco' pid='311856' dateline='1384547258']
Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

It was anything but easy for them though. Stories of Adams climbing mountains for ages and then just sitting in the same spot for days waiting for the lighting to be just right, are everywhere. There is a patience among the greats that the rest of us will never comprehend. Remember too that when Adams would climb up these mountains he was lugging a 4x5 camera, oodles of very heavy plates, insanely heavy tripods and everything else necessary.
The frustrating thing for me is finding the right position to shoot from. The light was good in this but my positioning (composition) was poor.
[Image: View_zpsc86cb854.jpg]
The composition of my photographs should be so poor. Rolleyes That is truly beautiful.

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 11-17-2013, 06:42 PM
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(11-17-2013, 03:59 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(11-15-2013, 12:27 PM)Deco Wrote: Ansel, Cartier-Bresson, and Eisenstaedt are my favorites. I've always had trouble with composition. Those guys make it look easy.

It was anything but easy for them though. Stories of Adams climbing mountains for ages and then just sitting in the same spot for days waiting for the lighting to be just right, are everywhere. There is a patience among the greats that the rest of us will never comprehend. Remember too that when Adams would climb up these mountains he was lugging a 4x5 camera, oodles of very heavy plates, insanely heavy tripods and everything else necessary.

* Amazing what some of these gents did, back then! Great form of meditation! Biggrin

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 04-11-2014, 11:13 PM
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And they did it with glass plates! Imagine lugging glass!

There was a local exhibition of Ansel Adams works that I was lucky enough to attend, and his work is better than good, but a lot of it was done in the darkroom. That's no big deal, and it changed my attitude regarding PhotoShop. Not in creating an image or fundamentally changing one, but in making the image as I remembered it, or as my eye saw it.

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