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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #495 on: December 30, 2014, 10:54:13 PM »
Just to echo the previous posts to thank you for sharing your journey over the past year - as with any form of art, different people have different tastes and there have been some shots I have really liked, and others I have been less inspired by, but all have kept me wanting to come back and see the next.

I look forward to seeing what you will do next.
Thanks for the kind words, Jonathan! One more pic to go!

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #496 on: December 31, 2014, 12:52:41 PM »


Season of Photographic Eye - Picture 17
Week 1, Wednesday - The End
"The end has come. Some could say a little too early while I might say finally. The thing is, I have photographed quite a bit during this year. Not only have I photographed for this project, but I’ve also done family photographs and other random things along the year. The shutter counter of my Nex-5N shows 79871 actuations, which means, if my math is correct, that I’ve shot something like 50 000 frames during this year (there’s a lot of chaff in there and my keeper rate is about 10%). It’s a big number for me and while I have enjoyed this project a lot, it takes quite a bit of endurance to keep on photographing week after week, to write blog entries and to worry about the next picture. And to be honest there has been a bit of combat fatigue [...]"

Read full post at my blog: http://www.yearofthealpha.com

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #497 on: December 31, 2014, 01:19:32 PM »
Like others and I have said already, well done and hats off to you for your commitment.
 I have enjoyed watching the thread develop throughout the year.

 I wish you the very best of luck with your entries in SWPA. I came across them whilst looking through some of the galleries after receiving an email for the awards. I may well enter a few pics myself before the closing date!

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #498 on: December 31, 2014, 02:34:43 PM »
...because photography depends so Mach of a machine that does the picture, it is in its essence a different kind of art form than painting for example (and to what it is constantly compared)...

And yet most other forms of 'art' involve tools of some sort - which can easily be beyond the artists technical ability to create, or in some cases even perform routine maintenance on (particularly musical instruments, where specialists are required to tune pianos, etc).

I think it is as you suggest, the direct comparison to painting, where a camera CAN be used to create an image with little apparent skill on the part of the photographer. For those who have not spent time trying to create something more, it is difficult to imagine the level of skill required to do so, or the time and study required to attain that skill.

With a painting, most who are nor proficient are aware they 'cannot paint' (I fall into this category) - with photography, many just think it's luck (or an expensive camera) that makes the difference.

As competition between the manufacturers increases, more and more people are able to afford a camera that allows them the controlls to move away from 'auto' and to explore the creative possibilities - in time, perhaps, this will lead to a greater appreciation of the skill in consistently taking 'great' photographs requires. 
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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #499 on: January 01, 2015, 12:49:58 PM »
Like others and I have said already, well done and hats off to you for your commitment.
 I have enjoyed watching the thread develop throughout the year.
Thanks for the kind words, Chris!

I wish you the very best of luck with your entries in SWPA. I came across them whilst looking through some of the galleries after receiving an email for the awards. I may well enter a few pics myself before the closing date!
You should defineatly enter Chris because you have great pictures in general. Being succesful in competition like that is of course different thing and I'm not waiting anything for me either, but I thought submitting some pictures is part of being active with photography - and once I see the winners, I will defineatly see them and my work in different light because I have participated. And you can submit 3 pics for free, so there's no reason not to enter. However, I must warn you about the payment options if you wnat to go that road. I became a member, but I had troubles with credit card payment and in the end my card was locked. And I've heard similar story from one other photographer (in usa). Having difficulties I finally succeeded through Paypal which was the easiest way. So if you looking for payment membership, go through paypal.

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« Reply #500 on: January 01, 2015, 12:55:19 PM »
...because photography depends so Mach of a machine that does the picture, it is in its essence a different kind of art form than painting for example (and to what it is constantly compared)...

And yet most other forms of 'art' involve tools of some sort - which can easily be beyond the artists technical ability to create, or in some cases even perform routine maintenance on (particularly musical instruments, where specialists are required to tune pianos, etc).

I think it is as you suggest, the direct comparison to painting, where a camera CAN be used to create an image with little apparent skill on the part of the photographer. For those who have not spent time trying to create something more, it is difficult to imagine the level of skill required to do so, or the time and study required to attain that skill.

With a painting, most who are nor proficient are aware they 'cannot paint' (I fall into this category) - with photography, many just think it's luck (or an expensive camera) that makes the difference.

As competition between the manufacturers increases, more and more people are able to afford a camera that allows them the controlls to move away from 'auto' and to explore the creative possibilities - in time, perhaps, this will lead to a greater appreciation of the skill in consistently taking 'great' photographs requires.
Jonathan, I think you really hit the nail of subject here! Very good complentation of the thing! Having thought about this more yesterday (while looking Twin Peaks of David Lynch), I came to conclusion that there are, for me, two schools of photography. The first one is 'classic' and it borrows is aesthetics from paintings. Landscape photography is a prime example of this. Another school of photography is 'modern' which borrows is aesthetics from movies and their visual narrative and from other contemporary visual things. Personally for me, the school of modernity is more what I like about the photography.

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #501 on: January 01, 2015, 09:53:06 PM »
Sayonara to 3:2.  Time to be a Square :grin:  or s t r e t c h your fertile imagination :grin:

Happy 2015 ...john
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« Reply #502 on: January 02, 2015, 12:25:14 PM »
Sayonara to 3:2.  Time to be a Square :grin:  or s t r e t c h your fertile imagination :grin:

Happy 2015 ...john
John, I wanted personally to thank you for commenting perhaps the all of my pictures. Not only has it kept me going, I have learned to look my pictures more carefully - though my eyes are far from your when it comes to analyzing if picture works or not. Thanks for this! :-)

I also have to say that I've really grown to like relatively small forums which first looked somewhat 'peripheral' after the DPreview forums. With DPreview forusm it was difficult to form any sort of bound with people (too noisy), the opposite happens here, where I've learned to know some of you. I'll visit here in future too, but for now I need to take little break from photography. Thanks to all of you!!

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Re: Introducing Year of the Alpha – 365 Days of Sony Alpha Photography
« Reply #503 on: January 04, 2015, 03:28:12 PM »
Sayonara to 3:2.  Time to be a Square :grin:  or s t r e t c h your fertile imagination :grin:

Happy 2015 ...john
..... I'll visit here in future too, but for now I need to take little break from photography. Thanks to all of you!!

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« Reply #504 on: January 04, 2015, 05:48:16 PM »
Congratulations for finishing, I hope you enjoyed the challenge and the photos you have produced. I think you've done a grand job, really, you should be proud.

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« Reply #505 on: January 23, 2015, 09:19:55 PM »
Massive effort you are to be congratulated for. Has inspired me to be more active and try to use my camera every day.
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