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    dickinsonjon
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    An Abstract experiment

    I've been learning the tools a little, using GIMP to adjust the curves on B&W images to get a balanced look on abstract compositions. Here's an example - taken with the venerable Finepix Z1 - I'd appreciate some Small Sensor folks feedback if that's OK?



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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    Well, never mind what you did to the image; I like it as shown! Texture, garayscale, and composition are good.

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    I like the textures and the tones, but wouldn't call the picture abstract for it simply is not that.

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    I'm not sure abstract is the right word either. It reminds me a bit of the M.C. Escher drawings, teetering between viewpoints. As in, am I looking down or looking up?

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    Hi Jon,

    Nicely treated image here. I like the composition and as I follow the pipe I start to wonder whether I am looking up or down.

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    Thanks for the feedback folks. Mitch, you're right of course, it's not abstract, I used the word ill-advisedly. There's another word I should have used, but can't quite put my finger on.....

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    Quote Originally Posted by dickinsonjon View Post
    There's another word I should have used, but can't quite put my finger on.....
    Maybe the word would be minimal? Though the content is recognizable, the composition and tonal values are reduced to the bare essentials. That's why I like it.

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    Minimal - yes, pretty much sums up the composition, I'll use that word in future!

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    How bout ' INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE'
    and Yes, Lovely Tones and Patina
    Cheers !....... Helen
    Last edited by helenhill; 18th March 2008 at 15:43.

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    Re: An Abstract experiment

    just call it art

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    Yup, art will do I think. I think I used the term abstract initially as the shot was taken in a staircase which I walk up and down two or three times every working day, yet it is not within that context to the casual observer. That's the thing I like about small cameras, sometimes an opportunity presents itself when I am in surroundings I see every day, yet with the right attitude, there is always something new. I would never be carrying an SLR in many of these situations, so it's shot or no shot. And to be honest, the mainstream enthusiast DSLR shooter ethic appears to be about going to a pre-determined place to capture a technically perfect image of something that may well have been short in a similar fashion countless times before. The small camera lends itself to the capture of unique moments in time, and hence the moods and feelings that they can conjure in the mind's eye of the viewer.

    Did I just 'go off on one' there? :-)

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