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Messages - jwilbern

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I wonder if they'll sell 70 million more.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 01, 2014, 08:19:40 AM »

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:15:00 PM »

Gone to Seed by jwilbern, on Flickr

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Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:53:35 PM »
I'd argue that all of those photojournalism shots would still be incredible even without ANY background. They're stunning works in their own right.
That's why I wrote that there will be lot of different opinions and I just wrote mine ;)
I simply don't think the shot with Ali and Frazier would be so praised is there were no Ali and no Frazier but they were some unknown boxers. Yes, the photo is great, but I wouldn't call it incredible without capturing THAT moment. But that is what photo journalism is all about, so no offence.
I think the difference of opinion here is what makes this such an interesting hobby/job and why we get so many discussions going on this forum. What catches somebody´s attention, makes somebody want to go back and have another look, stirs emotions etc. is different from person to person. Personally I have only once returned to a photography exhibition and that was Nick Brandt´s large format portraits of African animals, where he has captured that extra IT, which makes you stop at every frame. Shot with a Pentax 6x7, normal and 2xnormal focal lengths, in B&W, but still technically close to flawless.

There are numerous photographs which captured that split second happening and are great because of that. Very few of them are technically flawless and they primarily live because of the moment they captured. Architecture, portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife photographers today need to deliver near technically perfect images, unless it´s of something extraordinary like bigfoot, a plane crashed into the building or a lion ate somebody´s wife.

Our tolerance for poorly composed, low contrast and grainy images is not what it used to be. Today, I´m sure the Ali and Frazier images would have been shot with a 1DX and a 200/2 or 300/2.8, at 12 fps and after selecting the best frame and run it through PP it would be technically flawless. Considering the equipment that photographer had at the time, that image is probably close to what was technically possible.
If Ali's "Phantom Punch" happened today, it would have been perfectly captured at the moment of impact. Of course, then it wouldn't be known as the Phantom Punch, and the mystery and legend of this fight would be diminished.

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Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:18:43 AM »
I'd argue that all of those photojournalism shots would still be incredible even without ANY background. They're stunning works in their own right.

That's why I wrote that there will be lot of different opinions and I just wrote mine ;)
I simply don't think the shot with Ali and Frazier would be so praised is there were no Ali and no Frazier but they were some unknown boxers. Yes, the photo is great, but I wouldn't call it incredible without capturing THAT moment. But that is what photo journalism is all about, so no offence.
Excellent topic. The boxing photo is actually Ali vs. Sonny Liston. Ali had just landed the famous "Phantom Punch" which was so quick that many of those in attendance didn't see it, and no photographer captured it. It's a fascinating story, and for more information, see Wikipedia Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:09:14 AM »

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:09:22 PM »

Clearing Up by jwilbern, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:54:04 PM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:04:48 PM »

Doves by jwilbern, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:17:30 PM »

MV beach by jwilbern, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New EOS 70D has a lot of specs on sensor
« on: September 28, 2013, 08:06:02 PM »
A spec is a specification. A speck is a foreign object on the sensor

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 22, 2013, 08:26:14 AM »

Clearing Up by jwilbern, on Flickr

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I am also a fan of Dxo Filmpack. There are many ways to modify the presets to get the look you want. For this tree, I used Kodak HIE filtered (High Speed Infrared).
beech tree by jwilbern, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:50:23 PM »

Just Hangin' Out by jwilbern, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Turneresque?
« on: September 15, 2013, 08:48:40 AM »
Thanks for the amazing photos. Fredric Church and Thomas Cole are two other 19th century painters who's depiction of light is worth studying and enjoying.

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