Abstract Art and Photography

It happens. Almost a foot of snow from midnight to 6 AM. Another foot is forecast for today. If you’re in a similar situation, or just want some pleasant diversion, here’s a show I did three years ago for a large photo club (the meeting was canceled due to snow).


Followers of this site know that I like abstract photography. It’s not everyone’s cup-of-tea, more of an acquired-taste, but worthwhile exploring for the benefits it will bring to your photography in general. Why else would abstracts be covered on a site called Photography Improvement? 😉

Here’s a multimedia presentation I made for several photography clubs in Feb 2014

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A set of three multimedia videos

Slightly OT – What famous artist popularized “selfies” hundreds of years ago?

That, among other interesting tidbits, is revealed in part-1-of-3

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Here’s a condensed version of one of my most popular posts – about 12,000 views to date. Links are provided to a free iOS book or, alternatively, a PDF version.

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Abstract Art and Photography

Followers of this site know that I like abstract photography. It’s not everyone’s cup-of-tea, more of an acquired-taste, but worthwhile exploring for the benefits it will bring to your photography in general. Why else would abstracts be covered on a site called Photography Improvement? 😉

Here’s a multimedia presentation I made for several photography clubs last year

Click the image for

A set of three multimedia videos

Slightly OT – What famous artist popularized “selfies” hundreds of years ago?

That, among other interesting tidbits, is revealed in part-1-of-3

2014-03-03_9-52-17


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PIB general topics

Summary – Weekly post categories; do each category once a week

  • Image capture
  • Abstracts
  • Visual design
  • Color management & workflow
  • Post processing including: How-did-you-make that images, & Nik filters
  • B&W
  • Misc

“People react primarily to direct experience and not to abstractions; it is very rare to find anyone who can become emotionally involved with an abstraction.” Stanley Kubrick


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Landscape Themed Exhibit – Any Interest?

Summary – The abstract exhibit is over. An entrant suggested a follow-up exhibit: landscapes. How many are interested?


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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

A Landscape? Yes.  An Intimate Landscape

From a 2007 trip to California – Sequoia National Park


It has been suggested that I host a Landscapes Exhibit

I believe that would draw more entries than

The recently completed Abstracts Exhibit

Possibly more than I’m able to handle

I’m willing to consider it, but with entry limits; maybe as follows

One per person

Deadline in 60 days or

Until 100 entries are received

Whichever comes first

To add to the challenge, the landscapes

Must not include the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Today’s post’s feature image follows this rule

Based on the Abstract Exhibit (where some voting bias was seen)

Entries will be identified initially by a number only

This assumes that after entries close

There will be Equal Merit & Viewers’ Choice selections

 The images should be judged on their own merit

Not who made them or

What clever image title was given


Interest?

Let me know what the interest level is

No’s as well as Yes’s are invited

They tell me something about this blog’s readership


Critique?

If  you chose Yes in the Interest Poll,

Would you like your image “scored” (critiqued)?

Scoring would be based on 0 through 4 in four areas

1. Craftsmanship

2. Composition

3. Creativity

4. Communication

For a perfect score of 16

An image that’s average in all four areas gets an 8

And so on

Each image would be shown with

Four scores (one per area) and a total

And maybe optional comments

 


If there’s enough interest,

I’ll post entry information in a few days


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Image Opinions – Judges vs. Viewer Comparisons

Summary – Two recent posts showed three judges’ selections for awards as well as the choices of 50 viewers. See how they compare.


Not surprisingly,  judges and “ordinary” viewers

Don’t necessarily have the same tastes when choosing images

Heck – even judges disagree with one another (ditto viewers)

I noted some favoritism in the viewers’ votes – expected I guess

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Below are examples from the two sets of selections

Eleven selections each by judges and by viewers

1st: Images chosen by both judges & viewers

(These represent 10% of the total entries)

2nd: Chosen only by judges

3rd: Chosen only by viewers

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There was even one image chosen

Only by a single judge (the most experienced) and zero viewers

 


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The 1st eight hold universal appeal – judges and viewers both

Not so much the following two groups of three

What do you think separates the universal from the others?

Draw your own conclusions and share if you like

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Click on the image below to see full screen images

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In case I didn’t explain things well –

Top 8 + Middle 3 = Equal Merit Selectees

Top 8 + Bottom 3 = Viewers’ Choice Selectees

(Notice how I avoided using the word winner

Everyone is a winner who bothered to enter 😉 )


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Abstract Exhibit Viewers’ Choice Selections

Summary – Here they are – Viewers’ choice selections as determined by 50 viewers.


A big round of applause for

The Abstract Exhibit Viewers’ Choice Selection

11 from an entry field of 78

 


 

Click on the image below to see full screen images

and

To read a description of the votes and voting process

 

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