Rolling in the Deep

Dec 04, 2018,18:59 PM

100% of photography...

① is figuring out where to stand.
② is the decision to use or not use a tripod.
③ is steeped in a commonly shared perception of quality.
④ is about finding a way to reveal the essence of the subject.

Post processing...

一 is a tool to correct a poorly executed photo.
二 is / is not part of the mental process when taking a photo.
三 can turn an average photo into something special.
四 is two parts correction and eight parts playing to the viewer.

The image...

I. is the sole purpose of photography.
II. is trending back to the large physical print.
III. is all about natural light & content.
IV. archive is part of the photographic workflow.

any thoughts...

Mt. Fuji 11-Dec-2010

As seen from the Fujigawa Service Area off the Tomei Expressway (Tokyo -> Nagoya direction) in Shizuoka Prefecture after crossing the Fuji River (Fuji gawa)

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Thought are you are a professional and a perfectionist.

 By: Bill : December 4th, 2018-19:13
I retired my Hasselblad 500c 25+ years ago and have gone digital. So I became lazy. Need to up my game. I pretty much only do #1 - Where to Stand. Thanks for the insight/process. Bill

hahaha... thanks Bill

 By: cshimokita : December 4th, 2018-19:42
I don't necessarily subscribe to all points in the three areas... and I am fairly certain that for you more than ① are in play ; ). Casey

Long list.....

 By: Quan : December 4th, 2018-19:59
add 1 more may make no harm 5. See with your heart not only eyes if I may add to the list

Good one Quan...

 By: cshimokita : December 4th, 2018-21:19
and a worthy addition. Casey

Thank you Alex....

 By: cshimokita : December 4th, 2018-21:23
That photo was taken with a Nikon F3, an AI 50mm F1.2 S, and most likely Fuji Pro 400 (color negative film) as I was using a lot of that eight years ago. Casey

Thank you!

 By: claes_t : December 4th, 2018-23:25
Very well put. If I may, I would like to add a couple of points... Before making a shot, I try to determine if the subject and the subsequent picture will stand on its own merits. Will the picture appeal to an objective audience or are there subjective el... 

Thank you Claes...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-01:50
You raised some good points, I am fairly confident that the discussions about quality and beauty will continue for some time to come. I kind of enjoy that (in photography) there is always just a little bit more ; ) Casey

Very nicely did pic i could imagine on the wall of my office

 By: Passionata_george : December 4th, 2018-23:58
displays serenity

Thank you "George"...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-01:56
BTW, are you traveling soon?

Pls check yr mail [nt]

 By: Passionata_george : December 5th, 2018-04:35

Got it... will reply soon...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-05:06

Absolutely stunning photo.

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : December 5th, 2018-00:54
And thanks for the tips, I am going to try them. My photography needs much work.

Thank you "Zabreg"

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-01:58
The expressway service area was built in a great location... where to stand was a given... ; ) Casey

very interesting guidelines [nt]

 By: Baron - Mr Red : December 5th, 2018-00:56

Thanks for the comment Joe...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-02:06
- the list is meant for discussion ; ) Casey


 By: Baron - Mr Red : December 5th, 2018-02:48
.....and i am sure everyone has their own tweaks. But for a relative beginner, its food for thought

I am in....

 By: Adamska : December 5th, 2018-01:53
thorough agreement . That image of Mt. Fuji is enormously excellent . Cheers, Filip

Thank you Filip...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-03:58
One of the view times I have experienced an expressway service area with such a view... normally all there is to see is the parking lot surrounded by sound barriers ; ) With a friend, I was heading down to Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture (a well known pottery ... 

This picture reminds me how bad I want to visit Japan!

 By: Arie - Mr Orange : December 5th, 2018-03:23
May I add a #5? Is knowing when to do 'click'

Absolutely Arie... additions and comments always appreciated...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-04:01
Location and timing. When you make the trip please let me know. Casey

Will do

 By: Arie - Mr Orange : December 5th, 2018-04:03
But I got the feeling it will take a few years before the time will be there...

;-) ;-)

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-05:07

totally agree!

 By: socabaptist : December 5th, 2018-11:42
I started with a Mamiya 645. So I'm used to trying to get it right in camera. I bought a digital camera and a mac but I have not used the mac for photo processing - ever! I'm still thinking of getting a digital camera with some filters and just using that... 

I like that Idea.

 By: claes_t : December 5th, 2018-11:47
A good first step might be to tape over the screen to avoid too much sneak peaking 😄

Thanks for the comment 'socabaptist', it was a beautiful day...

 By: cshimokita : December 5th, 2018-16:51
Yes, good way to start up... also gives you a chance to see what you like and how you want to present your photos. If you do landscapes then a PL filter might be one way to start. Many digital cameras also have film emulations that you can experiment with... 

fernando... there is tour of the lakes around Mt Fuji...

 By: cshimokita : December 6th, 2018-04:02
it seems to be popular with visitors... just one idea ; ) Casey

I an among those who think that...

 By: amanico : December 8th, 2018-01:03
Photography is about a way to reveal the essence of the subject. The image is " is the sole purpose of photography ". And Post processing is the way to turn an average photo into something special. Interesting topic!

That second line came off an Adobe advert...

 By: cshimokita : December 8th, 2018-13:36
I never really bought into the concept that post processing is the be-all-to-end-all, but it certainly can enhance in the right hands. I use it mostly for correction such as straightening, cloning, WB correction, cropping, and curves. Not all photos make ... 

This sums it up perfectly, when I started to get into photography I observed a lot has changed, the post processing ruins it for me (although I do like to edit occasionally as it can be fun)

 By: Rogi : December 8th, 2018-15:28
lots of people spend more time post processing and not enough time actually enjoying taking the photo Thanks for affirming that there are still a lot of people who like the natural photograph one shot, once click approach hehe

Rogi: Even as a job, with the required tension, it should be enjoyable...

 By: cshimokita : December 8th, 2018-16:01
I took a course some years ago and at that time it was all the rage to use only 'natural light' and print / post "as is", particularly using the entire frame (no cropping). I never bought into that either ; ) Photography is wide open... Casey

Agreed, its become more of an art tho, a lot of the "realistic" aspects have melted away, I'm a huge proponent of people actually saying what they did on their pieces, its what seperates the

 By: Rogi : December 8th, 2018-17:50
artistic from the realistic for me. I don't mind anything on photographs but a lot of art pieces represent themselves as actual photos taken in the moment a realistic photo (can we call them Franken photos? super retouched and then the photographer never ... 

I think that "more of an art thing" is a natural outworking, maybe even a bit retro...

 By: cshimokita : December 9th, 2018-00:20
although I am not about to predict the future by the various trends or rise & fall of the in-vogue...