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    • vegasphotog

      For anyone that has spent any time over at DP Review....I suspect you have experienced total exasperation from forum participants in regards to any images you might post up. I suspect 90% of the posters with more than 1000 posts have never actually been compensated for any of their images as photos taken of a personal cat or dog or grandbaby in the confines of their underlit flat are too abundant to be commercial viable. I have been shooting professionally for almost 20 years but it is a small segment of my business.

      So, I was wondering if any other photographers out their have a fav shot of theirs that might not be technically perfect but, regardless, it is still a fav shot of yours? As photographers, probably most of us have a detailed story for every shot so maybe the personal experience is what compensates for a less technically proficient shot?

      This is my buddy Sean....he scored a great deal on a beach house out in Westhampton, Long Island. I have grown up by the beach my entire life and lived on Oahu for several years while in the Navy. So, I think I know something about beaches. Gawd....I had never been out to the Hamptons and fell in love with this beach area....especially off-season.

      So, I shot this on the 1st day the first time I went out for a visit...some might say the blurriness of Sean drops technical points but for me it shows a certain "activeness" to a perceived volatile situation of the raging waters. The waves looks wild and he looks brave to go out to sea. But, for the most part it was just mushy bullshit waves but with some slight compression of the optics, to me is seems dramatic.

    • Chris

      I love it. Have you noticed that as we obsess over technical detail, people who buy or display our photos do it for some emotional reason, the story behind the photo? "It's the way George used to love to sit with the dog, the way I'll always remember him."

      This is mine. We were camping with a group of motorcyclists in Colorado when suddenly word came there had been a crash a few turns down the road. By instinct, I grabbed my camera and ran.

      The amazing woman in the photo is Gwen and the man with the helmet still on is her son Jonathan. They had ridden 2-up with Jonathan on the back from New England and had just started to return when the accident happened. She got a flat tire around a sweeping bend that put both of them and their motorcycle in the river.

      I started shooting and one of the paramedics shouted for me to stop. But Gwen had the presence of mind to say "let him shoot." Jonathan is squeezing the paramedic's hand to signal that he's okay.

    • vegasphotog

      whoa....such a powerful shot Chris! Even though you cannot see Jonathan's face, EVERYONE has an intense involvement in the shot. The anonymous blue glove is equally important.

    • vegasphotog

      Chris...btw....it might be too far fetched, but, wasn't Gwen active on the ADV site? I think this is a photo I took of her maybe back in 2006 when I was living in Alaska and a newb ADV guy.

    • Chris

      That's her!!! ❤️She's lived an amazing life since then, re-creating a century-old ride on an Indian and writing about it. I had a great call with her a couple of months ago. I'll see if I can get her to join this conversation.

      This was her and Jonathan in camp the day before:

    • vegasphotog

      Speaking of getting technical. You must have shot this with at least 300m+ to make that back tire look like a drag racing slick. LOL

    • Shoganai

      Thank you for the opportunity to join this site and this conversation Chris. Thank you vegasphotog for bring back those great memories.

      To Chris - "If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?" Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

      So thank you Chris for thinking of me, I'm honored and humbled.


      Life sure has taken a hard 90 into a rock wall for me, but more like this... 

      “The trick Fletcher is that we are trying to overcome our limitations in order, patiently, We don’t tackle flying through rock until a little later in the program.”
      “Jonathan!”.
      “Also known as the Son of the Great Gull ” his instructor said dryly,
      “What are you doing here? The cliff! Haven’t I didn’t I.., die?”
      “Oh, Fletch, come on. Think. If you are talking to me now, then obviously you didn’t die, did you? What you did manage to do was to change your level of consciousness rather abruptly" - Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


      On topic, a technically perfect photo is like a perfect number to a mathematician. It has a beauty most people cannot fully appreciate. And for those who can, it adds great depth of understanding.

      But even a photo of mediocre quality that reaches into our hearts and connects with our emotions can be so powerful as to even change what we think about ourselves and the world.

      I feel the greatest photographers throughout time are the ones that see and understand the emotions they photograph and are also technically brilliant. They make the connection though the lens directly to the observer of the image.

    • Awais

      Very interesting post and stories behind these images. Yes i believe the same some photographs might not be good technically an interesting story changes whole perspective for a photograph and people forget technicals.

      in summers of 2009, i was trying to relax in our terrace at around 12 AM, when streets are deserted. It was a dark night in neighbourhood, as electricity was gone since hours and it was impossible to stay within concrete structure due to humidity levels, Only light source was a low powered emergency light coming out of my neighbour's house. The only sound i could hear was a sound of joy and loud laughters, a young girl having amazing time with her companion, who seemed to be a father, they were running around the streets. I have no clue who were they. All i could do was take a blurred panning photo of them as they passed our home.

      Later a lot photographers interpreted the image very differently, "They seems to be fleeing a crisis situation"

    • Shay

      I'm not a photographer, 99% of my photos are snaps taken on bike trips.

      but two of my fav photos are below:

      The first is of a deer in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. I snapped it not knowing that she was just about to give birth, watched for 20 minutes and then snapped a second photo

    • Shay

      no 2 : the newly born faun taking it's first steps. nothing technically great about either photo, but they capture a lovely moment in nature ( I think).

    • Moose408

      While it is nice to have a technically correct photo, it isn't always desirable or necessary. Some of my favorite photos aren't as sharp as I like but I'm only going to be posting them on social media so they are sharp enough. Even some of those I've blown up to 24x36 and they sell like crazy. They look great as long as you view them from a few feet and don't press your nose against the glass. :)

      Keith Carter (https://www.keithcarterphotographs.com/) is considered one of the top living fine art photographers and the majority of his photos are out-of-focus, and far from technically perfect. He talks about embracing the imperfections.

    • Chris

      Wow, those Keith Carter photos are crazy unique and emotional. ❤️I don't remember seeing photos like those for a long time, maybe never.

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