I don't know if this thread will work or if its in the right place here ( or even if there is a duplicate elsewhere on AP)- so please mods move if so. I've not posted this thread in image bank cos the point is they don't need to be technically competent or even average - it might be a missed capture even
I was looking through my photos today to sort / discard and up load some to a new hosting site. Setting aside family favourites the photo below is the one that I return to look at again and again. I love the way the elephants are communicating with each other and how they appear to be comforting the elephant with the missing ear. I also find the colours pleasing and the whole picture calming. So post one favourite / special photo ... what will it be and why?
The sense of depth in that photograph is magical, Fumobici, as is the color and light.
Lugg was wise to hold to us to the criterion of a photograph to which we return again and again and which resonates with us each time.
When I started looking for a picture I could legitimately call a favorite, I also started thinking about how and why photographs affect us. Obviously all photographs can be considered to be moments caught in time. But as in Lugg's favorite, sometimes that moment suggests an emotion or connection that is enduring and which the photographer captured. Others, such as Kerouac's and Fumobici's, capture a sense of universal beauty and mood that make the viewer sigh in recognition, even without knowing the place shown. Then there are the pictures that seem to be a tick of time stopped as though by enchantment, and never to be duplicated when life and time start up again.
That is how this picture affects me. There is other emotional tension going on, since it's a photo of men who choose to dress and to present as women, plus there are all the textures and colors under the dramatic sky. But it's the .time.stopped. element that gets to me. You be the judge ~
Beautiful! Each photo is wonderful in its own way and, in my opinion, certainly a good representation of its photographer. What an interesting picture book a collection of these photographs would make, especially since they are all so unique. It's also enlightening to learn why you each made your particulier selection. I've been becoming even more aware that the connection a photographer has with his/her subject is a critical element in making a picture something special, even if it's just for that one moment of time it takes to frame a shot. There is sort of a pull between the photographer and the subject. Something that ties the two together can later be felt by a viewer, as well. For me as a "striving to improve" photographer, it doesn't happen all that often, but when it does it's a wonderful feeling that I remember each time I revisit a photo.
I've been becoming even more aware that the connection a photographer has with his/her subject is a critical element in making a picture something special, even if it's just for that one moment of time it takes to frame a shot. There is sort of a pull between the photographer and the subject. Something that ties the two together can later be felt by a viewer, as well.
Just had to quote that because you so perfectly put into words something true and necessary, but difficult to express succinctly. And yep, you are right about that great feeling when you see you've managed to capture that critical element.
Maybe it was taken long before digital cameras? When you developed a real photo, stuck it in a box with the rest of them and had to carry them from house to house every time you moved? Then you became more technological, scanned all your photos and now you can leave the box in one place but whenever you move you still have the copy following you digitally?
Thank you, Lugg. Looking forward to seeing what other people add over time. I feel lucky that I rather quickly came across a picture I could legitimately call a favorite. Otherwise, I'd still be combing through and dithering.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Feb 21, 2017 15:05:23 GMT
I'm not particularly well travelled and mine are Backyard Safaris more than anything more exotic. Just realised that we have to chose ONE photo.... This is my best (imo) bumblebee pic. A bombus terrestris on a lovely cosmos flower. I like the fluffiness of the bee and the subtle colours in the 'white' flower...the pollen beetles are nice too.
This is a wonderful thread which deserves revival. Unlike Image Bank, this thread invites comment -- always much nicer than simply sticking ones own picture in without acknowledging those that went before.
Reading through the thread again, I felt enriched all over again with Lugg's reasoning for choosing her picture and Htmb's succinct essay on how a picture is made.
Well I was so elated to capture this little chap, I think it is one of the most beautiful birds in the UK. I have rarely seen one completely still , such shy little birds. But I have just caught a flash of its beautiful blue iridescence ( and then only just a handful of times) and up until last weekend never been able to capture an image of one. I saw this chap quite a few times but only managed to get a couple of decentish photos. One happy snapper, just sad that I did not have my camera with a great zoom with me but hey ho .