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    Quote Originally Posted by bwrules View Post
    Social Landscape? Look up New Topographics.
    If I wanted to look something up I wouldn't ask here.

    Seriously, a quick look already turned up a general idea, much like I suspected, but I'm curious what the people using the term here mean by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
    Would like to see more:

    Straight photography
    Attention to detail
    High quality printing

    A lot less:

    "Dramatic" skies
    Negative scans
    Lith and alternative whatever
    Multiple super toning

    And the number one thing I can't stand on here:

    Making the point you used old expired film/paper.

    Wow. Agree with ALMOST everything you wrote here, although many of us don't have the means to wet print at the moment, so perhaps negative scans are mainly done for necessity. I suppose I could get commercial prints and scan those.

    I really like your answer to "Lith and alternative whatever". It does seem to me that lavish praise is often poured upon anything lith or wetplate on this forum, regardless of image quality. Don't get me wrong - I love a lot of it, and am in awe of what goes into the process, but it still must be a good image in the end, no?

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    Can we get a frame of reference for New Topographics for this discussion? Do you mean photographers like Robert Adams and Stephen Shore?

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    Also Wessel and Baltz. They all participated in a mid-70s exhibition. They were collectively referred to as the New Topographics. Some of it is quite interesting. It can be challenging to look at some of it because of the deadpan approach to the already potentially banal subject matter. But it remains an important influence on me in my own photography. There is an excellent book called New Topographics which I bought recently. It shows all the images that were in the original exhbition and discusses the exhibition itself and the subject matter.

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    Mention before that IR is a turnoff, to me that is a turn on!

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    Turn-offs:

    Architectural photos that are solely about the building
    Nudes of people tattooed and shaved
    Photos that would be okay but for that one corner or edge that is weak (ill-considered composition)
    extremely shallow DoF portraits
    The "macro photo of toys" effect
    extreme wide-angle photos
    overly dramatic or black skies

    Turn ons:

    Great examples of the above
    well done composition
    attention paid to the quality of light
    photographing
    printing
    helping others to make photographs
    Last edited by Vaughn; 05-25-2011 at 10:53 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Turn-Offs

    Most photography post WWII to Present
    Bad Portraiture

    Turn-Ons

    Most photography 1830's - 1930's
    Exquisite Portraiture

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    This is extremely difficult to put into words. I look at hundreds of photos every day and when one grabs me it is typically well executed technically, a composition strong enough to hold me in the frame and hold my attention. It is also an image that continues to draw me back to it. Any subject can be of interest.
    ~Bill
    "Real Art is a Thin Breath Exhaled Amidst a Struggle in the Mind"
    Fine Art and Portraits

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    Any well done photograph, even if it is only suitable as a textbook illustration, etc. Photography is an art and a science and good stuff is good stuff.[/QUOTE]

    Perfectly stated!
    "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest"........Paul Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    turn offs
    "rules"

    turn ons
    "breaking rules"
    Really, I had no idea.

    Roger



 

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