A Question of Photographic or Artistic Style

Thank you all fro your invaluable critiques. After carfull consideration I chose versions A. Version A is my version B is unaltered.  [updated 2/26/2015]

The reason I felt the need to do this is because on 1/26/2015 I had critique from the Portfolio Review. I appreciate their honesty and will consider what they said. This is just one of several reviews designed to help prepare us for the selection by the Gallery, who will choose the winning entrants. It was pointed out to me that photographs, not Photoshop work on the images is what flies with the gallery to be used. Blurs and other tricks done in camera are OK. For example, they loved abstract images of trees blurred to look like a pattern and other similar things created by the camera. But I was told that mine looked like I used Photoshop just because I could, and if it wasn’t a good image to begin with Photoshop wasn’t going to save it.

Straight photography is not what I want to do and does not fulfill me as an artist. I think that if I just use my photos unaltered they will be like many other photographs of nature. I need to create art. I enjoy drawing and painting on an image, bringing things into it, and to fulfill my vision. I cannot hope to please everyone, and I do not always succeed in making a successful image because art is subjective. Learning photography and art is a process that never ends.

I added a version C, a compromise between A and B, of the Brown thrasher with less brown but still keeping my hand drawn outlines and brushwork. Version A I envision hanging in a room with pastel green-gray walls.

Brown Thrasher, Central Park 10/5/2014
Version A. Brown Thrasher, Central Park 10/5/2014
Brown Thrasher, Central Park 10/5/2014
Version B. Brown Thrasher, Central Park 10/5/2014
Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
Version A. Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
Version B. Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014
Verion A. Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014
Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014
Version B. Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014

Select Three

My next task is to select only 3 of all images I’ve created since last September I managed to whittle it down to 5.

I recieved the following votes from social media and email as of 1/25/2015 :

  • 1 to remove Brown Thrasher
  • 4 to remove the House Sparrows
  • 3 to remove Golden Leaf and Fall Flower
  • 5 to remove Grasses
  • 2 to remove the Hermit Thrush

Thanks for your votes. Voting is now over. I will leave out House Sparrows. It was fun seeing which ones you all liked.  I’ll show the winning three at B&H on Monday, January 26.

Brown Thrasher with Berry, Central Park 10/5/2014
Brown Thrasher with Berry, Central Park 10/5/2014
Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
Golden Leaf and Fall Flower, Central Park 10/25/2014
House Sparrows Bathing, Conservatory, Central Park 10/5/2014
House Sparrows Bathing, Conservatory, Central Park 10/5/2014
Grass, Central Park 10/5/2014
Grass, Central Park 10/5/2014
Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014
Hermit Thrush, Central Park 10/25/2014

Central Park January 13

Tuesday was a freezing cold day. I only managed to take a few photographs in Central Park. Here are 4 edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. Which one is your favorite?

American Robin, Central Park 1/13/2015
American Robin, Central Park 1/13/2015
Squirrel Swirl, Central Park 1/13/2015
Squirrel Swirl, Central Park 1/13/2015
Sweetgum in Ice, Central Park 1/13/2015
Sweetgum in Ice, Central Park 1/13/2015
Tufted Titmouse, Central Park 1/13/2015
Tufted Titmouse, Central Park 1/13/2015