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

9 thoughts on “A Question of Photographic or Artistic Style

  1. Barbara Bryan 2015-01-26 / 9:48 pm

    #1 photo: On my first viewing I definitely preferred A. Then I reread what you’d written and I viewed again and I hesitated some in making the choice but I still prefer A. But if those judges want to minimize photo shopping, I might choose B. Really B is very nice. It’s just that A is definitely more artistic. (When I wrote this #1 comment, I initially did not have these last 2 sentences here – I went on to write about the other 2 photos. Then I came back and looked at #1 again, felt more appreciation for B and wrote the last 2 sentences…

    #2 photo – it is not easy to see immediately the difference between A & B. Given what the judges prefer therefore, I would think maybe it’s best to go with B. However, that doesn’t really answer your question as to which do I prefer. Well…I don’t have a strong preference. Your version is “cleaner”, more precise with some better color (orange). However the B version, being less of “clean” line does seem to reflect nature more accurately – it’s slightly “busier” looking which I think is not bad at all – maybe a plus in that in that sense, it brings the viewer into nature more.

    #3 photo – I consider myself to not have much of an “artistic eye” (although I may be slowly developing it some. That would explain to me why initially, I preferred B version. However, when I spend time with the 2 versions, I feel I understand why you would like A. I feel about A that non-art people would prefer B. But you asked for opinions and for me to have an opinion I feel that A is demanding – demanding of the viewer think, sense. imagine. So for myself, I would probably ultimately choose A.

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    • Anne Lazarus 2015-01-27 / 10:46 am

      I like version A of Brown Thrasher. I like the B version of the Hermit Thrush.

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  2. Tom May 2015-01-27 / 10:19 am

    When all is said and done, I prefer all the “A” pictures because of the colors seem to pop out.

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  3. eileen tamplin 2015-01-27 / 10:24 am

    what a dilema. Number 1 i prefer b because i love the bird on the blue sky. Number two i prefer a, not for any real reason it just looks better. Number 3 i prefer a, it reminds me of a crisp winter day rather than a sunny summer and he looks like a winter bird. (if that makes sense).

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    • Sherry Lynn Felix 2015-01-27 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks Eileen. I will continue working. Love gettnin comments back, it helps me to know how others see things.

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  4. Louise Fraza 2015-01-27 / 7:07 pm

    Of these three pictures I liked B best for each. I have loved a few of the images you’ve done with photo shop previously but on the whole I prefer the unaltered photos.

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  5. Crisisalive 2015-02-26 / 12:44 pm

    I agree with Louise. I prefer the “B” in each. I think that for me they stand out more. Just my opinion.

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