Stills V3

April 10, 2009

Windows through Trees

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — Rex @ 23:11



  1. This could be a giant space station moving slowly through swirling intergalactic matter. Except that the frond bottom left pulls one back to earth. In fact the whole thing is wonderfully abstract except for that frond: and would work even better if there wasn’t the white bit on it.

    Having got so far towards something genuinely abstract, I wonder whether that frond is help or hindrance.

    Comment by John Ellis — April 13, 2009 @ 06:39

  2. I can see John’s space station, but to me this looks more like a still from a newscaster’s stand up in front of a hurricane.

    What are the little white dots? Dust on film, or is this digital?

    Comment by matt — April 15, 2009 @ 11:22

  3. this is film, smudgy dots or fine small dots?

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — April 15, 2009 @ 12:05

  4. Fine small dots.

    Comment by matt — April 15, 2009 @ 16:32

  5. guilty, it is dust. Apart from dust removal I must read Colin’s scanning recommendations again.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — April 16, 2009 @ 21:12

  6. While I like the sense of looking through trees, the frond feels odd to meā€”either not enough information or out of place. The leaning building is a bit disorienting.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — April 17, 2009 @ 18:53

  7. I am struggling a bit with this at the moment.

    It is almost as if I have no pigeon hole, no frame of reference for it. I don’t know how to appreciate it.

    Comment by Rex — April 17, 2009 @ 20:23

  8. FWIW, I find that ‘dust’ is usually actually water spots. If you develop your own, distilled water and careful use of a wetting agent is the best answer.

    ‘Dust’ aside, I’m find that this is growing on me. Hard and soft seem to be working well with each other, and the slight diagonal gives it energy.

    Comment by matt — April 17, 2009 @ 20:53

  9. A lot of potential for this idea and I like the execution of it in general, graininess and all — but something is keeping it from working for me. It could well be the frond as John mentioned.

    Comment by Christina — April 17, 2009 @ 22:33

  10. Spots are a definite distraction – I’ve just spent the morning working up some more film, so I know how tedious that gets.

    It’s not quite working – two reasons for me. First, I don’t get a strong enough sense of trees. Second, the tilt of the windows sort of suggests there should be some other subject to focus on, otherwise I’d much prefer then square.
    gritty, grainy is fine as long as there is a strong graphic element (for me at least) and that’s not quite strong enough.

    Comment by doonster — April 18, 2009 @ 09:36

  11. pattern, light and form with a dash of blur. I do like the palm frond that breaks things up.

    Comment by Gordon — April 21, 2009 @ 03:43

  12. I saw the frond as some weird hairdo first of all. Adding a human to this changes the interpretation a lot. I’ve had difficulty bringing my mind back to the image…

    Comment by Colin — April 22, 2009 @ 01:03

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