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    Moonrise Hernandez

    Can someone explain to me why Moonrise Hernandez is a good photograph, as I don’t get it.

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    ITs because of the beautiful interplay between the sun and the moon and the light on the crosses and village. I have it set as my desktop background and I can stare at it for hours. Its a beautiful photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Can someone explain to me why Moonrise Hernandez is a good photograph, as I don’t get it.
    How do you know it is a good photograph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    How do you know it is a good photograph?
    I don't and don't think it is, but it is by Ansel which many people like.

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    I think it's a reasonable background for a portrait.
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    It's interesting how the presentation changed over the years.
    I found a photo of Ansel posing with two versions of the print. The later one has a much darker and more dramatic sky.



    It's a "good" photo because people are willing to pay lots of $$$ for an original.
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    Ansel Adams, who could beat us all to death with prehistoric equipment and supplies, was extremely excited about this scene..We're all trolling critics and Ansel was an artist..if you don't get it, figure out why you aren't smart enough..EC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    It's interesting how the presentation changed over the years.

    I have a photo of Ansel posing with two versions of the print. The later one has a much darker and more dramatic sky.

    It's a "good" photo because people are willing to pay lots of $$$ for an original.
    In modern American society, $$$ are the only metric of quality.

    - Leigh
    But does that make it a good photo, or a $ value photo?

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    I watched a documentary on Adams, a straight print (no dodging/burning at Grade 2) is very boring and very grey (lack of contrast). I think it is beautiful as there is a contrast between the light crosses and the dark sky. While I don't find it an interesting photo, I do find it a beautiful picture.
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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