A Day in the Life....

© Jacob Stewart

A Day in the Life....

Jacob Stewart 4/3/2002 7:14:19 PM

I have only had one photo class so far, so please be kind!!! Any suggestions/comments would greatly be appreciated. #4552

Piper Lehman 4/3/2002 10:45:48 PM

This is great, Jacob! My daughter likes it too--she's looking over my shoulder right now. I'm guessing you took the middle person first--am I right? The clock is a nice touch, and the fridge light is also great. Excellent shot.
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Mark English 5/9/2002 2:12:18 PM

Jacob,
One photo lesson be d*mm*d... even with the (very) minor technical shortcomings, this image is highly creative and original. I'd say you're going to be one h*ll of a photographer. Congratulations! #7786

Robert L. Woonacott 5/9/2002 11:04:10 PM

Jacob and all fellow Photographers:

When it comes to Photography I don?t think there is a right way or wrong way to take any photo. I have seen in the last month more photos then I can care to name, and all of them are great photos. I really feel this way because who is anyone to judge anyone photos? We all have our own style of shooting, there are people who shoot flowers and plants, and there are people who shoot animals and all kinds of birds, there are people who shoot buildings and land formations. (Sighs) So I ask again, who are we to judge any one who can pick up a camera and take a picture.

The photos that I have seen on this site are the best photos in the world, it doesn?t matter what it is or how it was taken or what camera you used, what matters here is how we all share our own eyes with everyone else. We ask for advice, we comment on every one?s photos and it is just about the same thing everyday. I have always had a thought how nice it would be to see what others see, and from here we all get that one chance to look through the world of someone else?s eyes.

If we are just starting out, or have done this for many years there is still so much to learn about photography. Photography isn?t about who is the best or who can take a better photo then anyone else, it is about capturing that moment in time for all to see. One photographer might have one of the best cameras made out on the market, but does that make him a better photographer then a guy who spent ten bucks on a Wal-Mart throw away? I don?t think so, and I bet everyone will agree.

So Jacob, for just starting out, you are doing as well as everyone else from here. You are the same no better and no worse. You are a photographer not because you can do work like this, but because you were able to share your photo with us. That is what makes you a good photographer. And keep up the good work!!!!
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Debbie Groff 5/10/2002 4:12:47 AM

Bravo Robert! I love your attitude!
And as for this picture. How cool! I have tried this technique a couple of times and failed miserably. Great job!
I love to keep trying tho and your photo is an inspiration to try again! #7822

Detlef Klahm 5/18/2002 6:15:36 PM

the story you are telling is so much more important than any minor short-comings....set up and composition make up for a great " day capture"..some art directors could take notice....Bravo! #8067

Robert L. Woonacott 5/19/2002 1:28:40 AM

One thing, you are not going to get other people to comment on a photo like this, at least not someone who thinks they are better or might think it was just done by luck. There are too many people who have these what you would call big heads, and won?t recognize a person because they think they are the best.

From time to time we see photos that really capture our eyes, and the person who captured that photo comes on here and shares it with everyone in hopes that someone will tell them, what I nice photo you have taken. This may be sad, however it is true, most of your so called professionals will only talk to other professionals and comment on their work, while leaving the lower photographer in the dark.


All that I can say right now and I have said it before. Just because you spend a lot of money on a camera doesn?t make you the better photographer then anyone else. Our eyes see the same thing, and can take the same photo if in the same place. All this big heads out here are just scared, because the Digital Movement is here, and its here to stay, and it can only get better. So I say, lets stop saying who is better then the other guy, and comment on others photos. Give them that good feeling inside that we all like to get when someone likes our work. And lets not all forget the number one rule, don?t judge a book by its cover, you have to read what is on the inside to truly know the whole story.

And for those guys with the big heads who think they are God of all photographers, and you know who you are. It?s better to be unheard then to be heard in this case. Everyone has to start some where even if it is at the bottom and using throw away camera.

Gosh I did it again, I have talked to long. I just wanted to get my point across with both barrows blazing. We are and will always be equals no better no worse.
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Cheryl Meisel 5/20/2002 1:37:58 PM

Sorry I am so late to comment but congrats on this great photo. I love a photo that makes you look deep into it and hold you there lol.
ROBERT YAHOOOOOOOO you said it all for me in a nutshell. I don't like to nit pic others work and I DON'T! Unless it is something we over looked you know. But photos are ART, every artist is different sees things differently in his or her eyes. I respect that with my heart. The sky is the limit I say, go for it! And I am just one of the many that will sit back and enjoy each of your art works. Cheryl #8099

Jacob Stewart 5/20/2002 1:55:32 PM

I MUST DISAGREE WITH ROBERT WHEN HE SAID THAT THERE ARE NOT RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS. PHOTOGRAPHY IS MORE THAN JUST PUSHING THE SHUTTER RELEASE-IT IS ABOUT FRAMING, BALANCING, AND TELLING A STORY. AS PHOTOGRAPHERS, WE ARE EDITORS. WE LEAVE CERTAIN ELEMENTS OUT AND WE CREATE VISUAL HIARCHIES BETWEEN ELEMENTS. MY "WRONG" PHOTOS ARE THOSE THAT DO NOT CONVY A PERSONAL MESSAGE.
I POSTED THIS PHOTO FOR YOUR FEEDBACK: NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE. WE SHOULD (KINDLY) CRITIQUE EACH OTHER-IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET BETTER. THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS. #8100

Robert L. Woonacott 5/20/2002 2:23:00 PM

Ah the right way and the wrong way of taking photo, this s a good subject. You know when I read that I didnít at first know how to reply, however my mood has changed once again and it still comes back to the main story. Jacob, you are right in this matter when it comes to the perfect photo. However sad but so true, taking a photos isnít all about capturing just the perfect photo, and putting it into frame, and having to deal with the elements, its called personal choice. In your own photos that you must take, you look through the eye piece and see what you are going to shoot and then you adjust the focus and a few other things, and then you snap the photo.

Letís look at it this way, letís just say you and a friend are taking photos together, and you both take a picture of the same object. Now you have a really expensive cameras and you friend has one of those throw away cameras. My point here is simple, just because you have the better camera doesnít make you the better photographer, it only takes the photo the same way your friend took the photo. There is no wrong way or right way, just like I said, because if we all wasted our time on making sure it was going to be the perfect shot, then I donít think we all would have anything to show.

Jacob, you are a good person, and you were right. However when it comes to photographer I think it is open to anyone that can pick up any camera and snap that photo. What matters more is the fact that you have showed your photos on this website, for all to see. So that kind of makes everyone equal in my book. No better No worse.
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Jacob Stewart 5/20/2002 2:41:50 PM

Photographer's are not equal. Look at the greats (Arbus, Avedon, Capa, Smith, Etc.) Look at their photos. Would you argue that their photos are of the same quality as everyone elses? Look at them. They stand out. In our minds, certain photos are etched. Why do we remember certain images and not others? Everyone likes certain photos better than other photos-it is impossible not to favor anything. If we didnt favor a damn thing, we wouldn't be able to decide on what clothes to wear, what cars to drive, what religions to believe. Great photos exist. If great photo's exist, their must be master's (Arbus, Smith, Riis, Etc) who create these wonderful images. All wonderful things are created by wonderful beings.
To assume that all photographer's are equal is a great disrespect to icons and a comment starves any of us from self-improvement. #8104

Piper Lehman 5/20/2002 3:14:03 PM

Touche', Jacob. I agree with you. #8105

Robert L. Woonacott 5/20/2002 3:30:18 PM

Well I guess your right you won't hear anymore from me on this touchy subject. #8106

Cheryl Meisel 5/20/2002 3:35:31 PM

Ok ok of course there are GREATS! Hummmm I wonder if anyone nit picked them? LOL. Then too, there are unknowns who are GREAT! Later to be famous. And of course there are those that are NEW and are great but little knowledge of them makes them unknown but does it make them LESS great? One more thing, sometimes one has to grab the camera and SHOOT! There is no time to do anything fancy, or you will MISS THE SHOT! It is a little different then sitting there painting a picture. Anyway I just meant, let's say we have a great photo in front of us. Let's not nit pick it for small stuff. Now I don't consider myself great in anyway, but my love and my passion for it are taking me up the ladder. OK I had a photo I entered on here that most loved. With a simple sony MVC FD 92. I had a comment that told me it "it was a waste of film" This person went on to tell me how they were an editor and it would not sell. Ok well when I took the photo I was not taking it to sell it, nor will I ever in all my life take a photo for the purpose of SELLING IT. I took the photo because it grabbed me, the white reed in the green. If I were to sell photos it would be the ones I loved, but all sell or not would be something that I took because I WANTED to take it. Get me? It is this way that I refer to as the artist eyes. Whether we are great or not we all look through different eyes and see different things. That is how it should be. So yes there are greats in everything and we all can't be GREAT GREAT! But I still think most of us have something to give. As for the selling bit, I will die with that opinion. If your taking photos just to sell them, I don't think your an artist, just a business man. LOL Cheryl #8108

Robert L. Woonacott 5/20/2002 3:40:23 PM

Thank you for backing me up on this one, I couldn't have said it any better. Thank you again!!!!!! #8109

Jacob Stewart 5/20/2002 4:45:21 PM

THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS! I HAD NO IDEA THIS WOULD STIR SUCH A DEBATE. CHERYL, I REALLY GOT A KICK OF YOUR LOL'S. I THINK YOU MAY HAVE MISSED MY POINT. I BELIEVE IN CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. HOW MUCH IMPROVEMENT CAN BE MADE WHEN YOU ONLY RECEIVE PRAISE? IF MOST LOVED YOUR "SIMPLE" DIGITAL (IS THAT A PARADOX?)PHOTO, ISN'T IT GOOD TO HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT, EVEN IF IT IS CRITICAL? ISN'T THAT WHY WE PUT PHOTO'S ON HERE? IF WE ALL JUST WANTED PRAISE, WE COULD JUST SHOW OUR PHOTOS TO OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, ETC. THE ISSUE CHERYL BROUGHT ABOUT ABOUT SELLING PHOTOS IS INTERESTING. JUST BECAUSE YOU SELL YOUR IMAGES, DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN ARTIST. HOW DO ARTISTS SURVIVE? THEY SELL THEIR ART. AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPH IS AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPH-EVEN IF YOU PRODUCED IT TO SELL. ART HAS MANY VALUES, INCLUDING DOLLAR VALUE. THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS. #8111

Cheryl Meisel 5/20/2002 5:00:50 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOO I didn't say that or I didn't MEAN THAT. Selling a photo is cool, sure. I said TAKING A PHOTO for just that purpose to me is NOT an artist. Anyway laughinggggg see we all have different views lol. Bye now that's all from me folks! Cheryl #8112

Robert L. Woonacott 5/20/2002 7:51:42 PM

One thing bothers me here, first off we start out by complementing Jacob for his work, nothing more and nothing more then that. Then Jacob comes on and comments on his own work which is ok, however I really think he should take the time to read all comments.
Jacob, you first said that you only had one class so far when you submitted your photo, and all that I did was come in and give you some incentive to keep up the good work, and gave you that backing on how great your photo was. Then after you win in the contest, and after someone else makes another comment you wait this long to comment on a subject that is long over due.
What really puzzles me the most is this? What I said stands, and I could careless about who is the best photographer out in the world. All that I know is everyone who takes a photo is a photographer they are capturing that moment locked in time. Sure there are greats out in the world, and sure that have their work out there and making money out of them, but really who cares, that doesnít make them better then you, you are as good as them so misunderstanding one comment for another is something we all have to take notice to.
Are you trying to be one of the greatest? No you are Jacob, you are your own person, and your photography is your own. Maybe someday you will sell your work; maybe you wonít but no matter what happens you will always be Jacob.
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Cheryl Meisel 5/20/2002 8:00:00 PM

Laughing I said I would keep my big mouth shut but can't lol. Robert I am so with you in my feelings. I was going to add the same THING! I have many friends whose work I have watched grow. Some however get locked in the greats so much that I have watched their work decline. The feeling is just not the same if you know what I mean, and the photo is just another copy or (tried to be copy) of someone elses style. Somehow though some of the photos might be great they lost that artists feel that drew you to them like before. Hope I got that across and now I am DONE laughingggggg I promise. But hey that's what this is here for to let it all out and share. Nite everyone nice talking with you all. Cheryl #8117

Detlef Klahm 5/20/2002 8:02:43 PM

looking at your work and loving it is the most important reason you should take a photograph....but having your photo critiqued in a posetive manner should make you learn to become a better photographer...as with all matters in life we have a starting point and we hopefully progress from here. Images I loved dearly when I started out I do not disgard but I also understand that there are many ways to improve that same image....
Jacobs image I truely like because of its artistic value.....and its story line! #8118

Jacob Stewart 5/20/2002 8:04:42 PM

ok. this is my last reply. Robert, I never did comment on my own work. Where did I do that? The reason my reply was so late was because my mother has been ill and I have not been able to "play on the internet." Secondly Robert, I am not trying to do anything besides taking pictures. Thirdly, thanks for your reassurance that I will "always be Jacob."LOL
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Marc 5/20/2002 9:51:18 PM

well... I think everyone is trying to say the same thing without stepping on toes. It's not necessary to make everything completely artistic or technical... the good comes with the bad, that's life. Help the guy out, that's what he asked for. You'll do him a better justice if he has food for thought. I think it's a killer pic, one thing that I notice is the fridge overlapping the "afternoon" body, was that intentional? I feel that it would seem smoother if each spot blended the same way. I can imagine that it's a hard shot but hey... that's what I think. #8123

Carolyn Weikkola 10/6/2002 2:52:10 AM

I am not a great photographer, I am not even a good photographer. I agree that photography is an art. Art is simply an expression of the creator, I truly believe that. Therefore, no one should be critized to harshly for their creations. But there are times (more often than not) that I get a roll of film back and am disappointed because what I see in my head and what I see in print is vastly different. In those times I draw on the experiences of others to help me improve. I recently entered a photo that I really liked, but knew something wasn't right, I recieved good comments from one gentleman who also suggested I crop the picture differently, I did and I loved the results! I would not have known what it was that bugged me about that photo without the input of others.
I love to capture "moments" on film, but sometimes the results are to dark, or there are distractions and the moment is lost. Just because I can push a button does not make me a great photographer, I must first learn the skill.(I have no problems admitting that I would like to be a good photographer, and if I can make money doing what I love, what an added bonus, how many people get to do that?) Everybody's art is valuable, everybody's art is an expression of themselves. Sometimes though, we just need to learn how to express ourselves. #16579

Carolyn Weikkola 10/6/2002 2:57:09 AM

PS Jacob, I really do enjoy this picture. Good Job!! Keep snapping. #16580

Darren Alexander 6/17/2004 11:57:35 AM

Well.. all I'm gonna say.. is, dude.. that rocks!!!

Keep up the great work and creativity!

Peace

Darren
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Amber Blewett 6/20/2007 6:41:08 AM

Very creative...especially how you made it look mysterious and intriguind..the lighting makes it spooky and neat to look at and imagine his (your) life. #4416043

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Morning, afternoon and evening all caught on one negative.

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