JUNE THEME: Signs of human presence

Forums Monthly Theme JUNE THEME: Signs of human presence

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  • #4313
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    D. Williams
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    Ken … that is the price of your motherhood! 😉

    Meg … being picky, I’d like to have seen a bit more tree especially the branch this was hanging from just to frame the image a bit more.  I was wondering where my spare tyre went!  (I wish)

    Glad we got the image posting sorted out.  Imageshack uploader is brilliant 🙂

    #4314
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    meg cumming
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    Thanks for sorting me out with Image shack young lady. Glad I can now get on and do some posting of images rather than watching.

    As to the tree I did have other ones from the series and as usual I picked the wrong one. This I suddenly remembered last night about twenty to ten and went out to photograph it. With it getting dark I had to play with the settings and on occasion use flash. I agree that more of the tree and branch would be more aesthetically pleasing. So heres another version with more of the tree and branch.

    Anyway its my spare tyre…you don’t have any!

    #4332
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    TWO LITTLE COOTS–(no not D &M):roll:  Two little Coots   nesting. Full 450mm  lens and much cropped-hence resolution challenged.Too wet to get closer, human presence–you bet–plastic a hazzard to wild life.:)

    #4334
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    meg cumming
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    Well spotted ken and good thinking. humans are so untidy.

    #4341
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    Peter Robinson
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    I’m playing catch up again! Sorry I’ve been AWOL. Life’s been quite busy for a few weeks.
    Anyway here’s some of my views. In the first of Ian’s four photographs I keep wanting to see what’s in the background that I cant see. Perhaps that’s because I find the trees there are leading me in that direction? I find the second a bit confusing to be honest. I know the shed in the background is the main subject, but I think it’s a bit too dark and hidden and my eye wonders around wanting to settle on something. The third one is my favourite of the four. It has a good depth giving foreground and leads in to the shed. I think I would have made it squarer by cropping of the top quarter just above the rounded tree to keep the eye going to the shed. What do you think? It’s so unusual to see a colour photograph from MAC and would be interest to know why he choose to reproduce this in colour. This one is very bright and saturated with dark shadows. I find it quite a sad and thoughtful picture.
    I like the toning in Meg’s first shot. I’m not sure why but I think I would have liked to have seen the hole in the middle of the tyre, like in the second version. I really like the texture the lighting gives to the mangled tree bark in the first version. In the second it looks like you used flash as the texture isn’t as strong.
    Ken’s dogs are now a fixture of the forum and it always good to see them. There cant be many forums with it’s own pet dogs.

    #4342
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    Peter Robinson
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    Ken, i like your shot of the coots which comes with the ‘signs of human presence’. Well seen Ken and well caught.

    #4344
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    Ian McNab
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    Pete >>> Some replies to your comments:

    I find the second a bit confusing to be honest. I know the shed in the background is the main subject, but I think it’s a bit too dark and hidden and my eye wonders around wanting to settle on something.

    It’s a pipeline running through a massive concrete block. I agree, it’s a dark – the dynamic range of the scene was very big. But I also wanted the pipe and concrete not to be too obvious, but, rather, to be something the viewer came upon suddenly, after wandering about in woodland grove. (Signs should be a bit understated?)

    It’s so unusual to see a colour photograph from MAC and would be interest to know why he choose to reproduce this in colour.

    It’s Fuji’s digital simulation of Velvia, too – so intentionally ‘vibrant’. It’s a child’s grave, covered in brightly coloured plastic toys and mementos. I wanted to emphasise the incongruity between the bright ornaments and the sombre nature of the reality; and to emphasise what the family must have been feeling for them to have placed tokens of this sort there. Like you, I felt it a very sad and affecting scene, made all the more poignant by the vibrant vitality of the toys and gifts.

    #4346
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    The third one in IAN”S  set of four–is that “Image Shack”///:roll:   The coloured one Pe:-Pter referred to–grief does have a strange effect hence the juxtaposition of  colour and sombre as Ian mentioned. Oscar has buried with him the mug we once shared.:-P

    #4412
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    Dennis Crabtree
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    I may have concentrated too hard on the theme but have come up with two images to portray our human presence and separateness from other earth bound living entities.

     

    Canon EOS 1100D, EF-S 18-135mm, 37mm, f/22, Tv 1/160, ISO 160, Natural Light

     

    Weights & Measures

    Canon EOS 1100D, EF-S 18-135mm, 53mm, f/19, Tv 1/180, ISO 100, Natural Light

     

     

    #4413
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    MEG   I reckon your tyre would look good–camera on tripod –slow shutter speed and give tyre a little twizle( not flash of course). I get in a bit of a twizle when I am tyred.!

    #4421
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    Peter Robinson
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    That an interesting and thoughtful take on this months assignment Dennis. I like the way the elements in the second image interact. 3 different tools for measuring different things.

    #4425
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    Ian McNab
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    Dennis >>> I agree with Pete: a very thoughtful approach to the theme, and a couple of interesting conceptual photographs. Very nice indeed.

    #4430
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    Dennis Crabtree
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    Thanks guys, I found this months theme quite a challenge.

    These days there’s not many places you can point a camera and not see signs of human presence but as the month is not out yet, below are some other ideas I’ve cooked up but as always, having the idea is one thing, making it a good photograph is something else.

    a)  Drive to Wales to photograph a road sign (two languages) humans are the only animals to use language.

    b)  Whilst sunbathing, wait for a a clear blue sky and photograph an aeroplane vapour trail.

    c)  A trip to the beach to capture some footprints in the sand disappearing into the sea (a Caribbean beach would be best but pricey).

    #4431
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    meg cumming
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    Pete and Ken thanks for your comments much appreciated. Yes I did use flash in the second one because it was shot late at night and therefore some of the exposures were turning out really dark. Ken I think the twizzle sounds an interesting idea will give it a go.

    Dennis like your thinking on this months theme. Good to see you posting on the forum aswell. Pete also good to see your comments and yourself back on the forum.

    #4432
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    D. Williams
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    I like your thinking Dennis.  Very clever.

     

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