A tree is a tree is a tree. A photo of a tree can be whatever the viewer wants it to be.
That is exactly what I originally wrote in my much longer post, which I edited out to make my point more concise. (Ya, I'm an optimist.. )
Originally Posted by blansky
Hernandez is far more than just serendipity of being at the right place at the right time, and it is more than just realizing the potential in a negative. Adams was simply very well prepared to take advantage of the opportunity. I would bet dollars to donuts that many an aspiring photographer has tried to re-capture the magic of that moment. Some will have gotten wonderful photographs, some true art, and some merely snapshots. Contemplation today can lead to understandings that may influence your work many years down the road.
Clive has posed a very large question here. (It's one of his talents) There are a lot of books on the art of seeing, pre-visualization, photographic contemplation, etc. Some agree, and some disagree... (like here on our much-loved APUG) Good things to think about as we sort through our gear on the way to a photo outing... Which I'm doing right... now.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points
system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
I was going to say this, only I was going to use more words and not be as clear. So, um, yeah, what he said.
Originally Posted by jnanian
San Diego, CA, USA
The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
-The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_
Originally Posted by Jim Jones
And a tree can be whatever the viewer wants it to be.
Originally Posted by Jim Jones
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
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You think long you think wrong.
You over analyze you paralyze.
I've nothing to offer the OP.
But this might be a good time to mention that Mitch Epstein just did a project on trees, showing later in NYC and excerpted in the New York Times Magazine and discussed here:
8x10 b/w film, probably digital output. I generally am a fan of his work, but I can't say I am crazy about this group of images.
Anyway, some interesting talk in these links about photographing trees.
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"If a man knew enough he could write a whole book about the juniper tree. Not juniper trees in general but that one particular juniper tree which grows from a ledge of naked sandstone near the old entrance to Arches National Monument."
- Ed Abbey
You turn up in a war and contemplate it for some time and be entranced by it, will you take a more meaningful photograph of that war as opposed to if you just turn up and photograph it?
Originally Posted by cliveh
The answer is time has nothing to do with it. Neither whether you are entranced by it as well--those are personal feelings and just having them does not give them to the image and turning those feelings into concepts does not help.
It simply comes down to whether the photograph is good or not. How you get there does not, to use a popular term, "inform" the image.
I know, writers say the darnedest things. Unfortunately for photographers, they have to be grounded in reality.
Originally Posted by Klainmeister