August 11, 2005

Parallel photography.

Oscar compares photographs of the same subject, taken by three of us blogographers on last weeks photowalk.

10 comments:

Paul said...

Wait, before I look at the photo's, did you just make this up: blogographers?

Goesh said...

#2 is more willing to address the merger of light and shadow and in so doing evokes more mood and inspires the imagination. It takes but little effort with #2 to imagine and 'feel' all kinds of scenarios and doings associated with this tavern. It grants a drama that the photographer has been able to sense and grapple with. A certain photographer I know of should pursue blk&wht imagary.

Oscar Madison said...

You might as well know that Blogger #2 is none other than Althouse.

Ann Althouse said...

Goesh: B&W is just a pushbutton on the computer these days.

Paul: Yes! Copyright Althouse!!!

Paul said...

I Knew it! I was in the presence of the Birth of A Word!
I am your witness, you were first!
Good word too.

Kim said...

With all due respect to the blogographer, I like blogger friend #1's composition best. The painted "tavern" sign is, to my eye, more interesting than the turret. The tavern sign is emphasized in #1 but lost in the shadows and hidden behind the bicycle (not Mr. B, I hope!) and street sign in #2. Also, I like how the tavern is dark and parking lot area is light in #1. This makes more of a statement, even if unintentionally, than in #2, where the demarcation between light and dark falls midway on the building itself.

But both are better than Oscar's! :)

Tonya said...

Kim, you certainly should consider pursuing a career as an art critic. You have quite an eye for composition, color and detail.

Kim said...

Tonya -- you must be blogger friend #1? :)

Gads, I've become one of those emoticon people. I :( emoticons.

Goesh said...

The trick Paul is to think in blk&wht then to capture the hues, merging, blending, shading via positioning, lighting, time of day,etc etc. There is nothing really distinct about the image , it is pretty much a look-at-what-I-saw-when walking picture, maybe a memory to someone who had been in the joint, a plain bologna sandwich of a picture if you will. The harsh, shaded contrast of #2 puts at least a spot of mustard on the sandwich and a sprig of garnish and gives some life to what could have been. Which photo most invokes the image of a 1930s mobster slinking in for meeting with the Don? Which photo yields a vision of long past, wild frat parties and the guzzling of beer in the 1950s? That's all gone and the almost violent contrast of light and shadow makes you realize it. #2 provides for some drama, or you can merely look at some yellow painting, windows, signs, an old car, etc. with the others.

Paul said...

goesh, see that's why I just stuck with the birth of a word.
But if I had to pick my favorite and I must, it'd be #2 because it captures everything I want to know about the location - and - it's colors are true and sharp. #3 is somewhat blown on the sky and roof on the right. #1's too busy for me.
A great description for me to carry for what little digital photography I do, thanks.