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Subject: [Leica] Photo: Love in a time of wind chimes
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Mon Feb 13 12:59:03 2006
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Thank you Ted for your thoughtful and instructive criticism!

I'll remember!

Best regards,


ps: I think diving shots from Barcelona are like sunsets: cheating. It
may have been the most fabulous backdrop for diving I have ever seen.
That's NOT to take away from the image you posted, by the way. <grin>

Did you feel that way shooting it?


On 2/13/06, Ted Grant <> wrote:
> Adam Bridge showed:
> Subject: [Leica] Photo: Love in a time of wind chimes
> >> Taken in front of the UC Davis memorial union:
> >> <>
> >> These wind chimes were really tuned up as I took this - we had a north
> >>wind blowing, not too strong but enough to set them off.<<<
> Adam,
> This is a classic example of "your hearing and re-acting to sound" without
> re-acting enough to the visual effect. You are to some degree, but your
> mentally and emotionally reading more into the situation than what you've
> made into a successful photograph. Simply because of the tinkling sounds on
> a pleasant day. And rarely does sound itself make a picture.   WHY?
> Because we're in "Silent pictures mode." ;-)
> Trust me, you are not alone in doing this because all of us have or will be
> affected in this manner at some time when taking pictures. I've done it 
> more
> than once, unfortunately it didn't work either. ;-)
> Putting aside the fact we don't know these are wind chimes other than you
> telling us, it's very difficult to make out what they are. Possibly a 
> closer
> angle would've helped showing them as hanging loose. And if there was
> sufficient movement, maybe a slow shutter speed allowing them to blur as
> they swung in the breeze? The couple on the other hand would have to stay
> still framed through the chimes.
> I also realize the couple were a moving target, therefore eye catching and
> you re-acted to there movement. But again they're very nearly lost tucked 
> in
> behind the chimes. Wider angle lens and them framed through the chimes up
> closer.
> You're reacting to all the right elements, I just don't feel you put them
> together strong enough. And this comes as much from experience to make it
> effective than coming off the top of your mind.
> Tighter, better framing of the couple, that is if this were a controlled
> situation. In other words the couple were there at your bidding while you
> had time to move about for better composition and expression. I think
> there's potential for a smashing good photo.
> However, in this state it just doesn't cut it.  So your home work project
> is?...
> Go re-shoot it more effectively even if the chimes are silent! ;-) But make
> sure you have a lusty looking couple under your direction. ;-0 Then work it
> to death with all kinds of angles. Don't forget it's still silent stills.
> ;-)
> ted
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