The Forgotten Wall

Uploaded: September 10, 2001 06:42:22

Description

Shot with a soft focus filter to lend a dreamy like feel to the image, ...I hope?! Prague - December 2000.

Comments

doug Nelson September 10, 2001

I like this composition, A LOT. We'd like to see more of your work.
Why, though, would anyone travel to Prague, use decent optics, and intentionally blur the image in the camera? I'd go for the best possible image quality, THEN scan the image into an image editing program, and add a shot of blur. You'd always have the shot for other interpretations later.
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Mark Antony Franklin September 10, 2001

Doug,

Many thanks for your comments and critique, I greatly appreciate both -

The answer to your main question is several-fold. Firstly, I was experimenting with some new Tiffen filters that had just been kindly bought for me a few days earlier as a part of a birthday present - it would have been ungracious not to have used them, especially as my family, who bought them, ...were with me, celebrating my father's 60th birthday, which falls 6 days after mine!

Secondly, this was the image I immediately conjured in my mind upon stumbling across this quiet street - a kind of dreamy solitude and neglected ambience.

Thirdly, I'm not a great fan of post-photographic manipulation - using filters is sacrilege enough imho - although I am coming around more to PS, I still don't use it for anything other damage repair and tinting B&W images - if it ain't right initially, it ain't right at all, ...of course I'm more than happy to be persuaded otherwise!:)

I wonder what Cartier-Bresson and Adams think/would have thought about all this digital spookery?! :))

Lastly, I simply wasn't clever enough at the time to think of other interpratations later - ...but I concur with you and shall probably maximise the 'decent optics' a little more in future! :)

Many thanks again

Kind regards


Mark

PS: Like your attitude to 'Worldly goods' by the way!

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doug Nelson September 10, 2001

I was afraid I'd come on too strong-I'm told I have a strange sense of humor. I got started in B&W, and my mentor then passed on his fetishes for shadow detail and image quality. Let Jim make you a gallery of your own here, if this shot is an example of what you're doing. We'd love to see more. #1057

Colleen M. Walsh October 06, 2001

Mark,

Just noticed this is one of yours that made the finals! Please accept my sincere praise and contratulations on this wonderful accolade from betterphoto.com.

I absolutely love this kind of shot. I'm attaching one of my own. I love lines and curves in a photo esp. when it's leading your eye to somewhere you can not see, but can only imagine what might be around the corner.

Aside from the photograph, your comments about your family are so kind and sweet. They are lucky indeed to have a son like you.

Would that also mean your birthday is coming up in December?

Col #1602

Colleen M. Walsh October 06, 2001

Mark,

Just noticed this is one of yours that made the finals! Please accept my sincere praise and contratulations on this wonderful accolade from betterphoto.com.

I absolutely love this kind of shot. I'm attaching one of my own. I love lines and curves in a photo esp. when it's leading your eye to somewhere you can not see, but can only imagine what might be around the corner.

Aside from the photograph, your comments about your family are so kind and sweet. They are lucky indeed to have a son like you.

Would that also mean your birthday is coming up in December?

Col #1603


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