Stills V3

April 22, 2011


Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 15:17

We have a walk from Steamer Point to Mudeford Quay and back that we do when we have a few spare moments. I always take my camera but catching something different is getting harder. :-)



  1. Total failure – I presume your ‘oops’ refers to your inability to control the coordination of the paddlers?!!

    One is tempted to cry foul and say that you rigged it: statistical chance must fall outside normal probabalistic limits!

    That triangle of reds is very nicely set off by the summer-like sea (it is still only Spring).


    Comment by zavaell — April 23, 2011 @ 06:40

  2. I assume that the “oops” is about the imminent crashing of the two paddlers into each other, much like in a slapstick. Besides stating the obvious, I really like your timing and the resulting composition Rex. The equal distance of the paddlers from the centrally located poll creates a nice field of tension. We have two points of equal weight fighting for our attention, in a plane centrally divided into two by the poll. A third point is the red part atop the poll, which creates an isosceles triangle along with the paddlers. The horizontal ratios of the air, water and earth are pleasing. All together, the composition becomes really powerful. Although this might look like a grab shot to a casual looker, the photographer has clearly done his job in preparing the composition carefully and taking the picture at the right moment. Very well done!

    Comment by Cem — April 23, 2011 @ 23:22

  3. a fun picture well taken. I think I have seen this spot before in one of posts but I’m guessing that this one will be more memorable for me.

    Comment by rhoehne — April 26, 2011 @ 07:31

  4. It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this must have been faked, but that doesn’t take into account your powers of astute observation.

    Comment by cgcooke — April 26, 2011 @ 22:55

  5. What a great catch Rex. Well done. The symmetry, as well as being appealing in itself, lends this an air of great good humour. The dividing pole with it’s red warning on top almost a mirror – or perhaps the dividing line for a duel?

    Comment by sojournerphoto — April 29, 2011 @ 06:31

  6. I saw the opportunity for this coming as the canoe approached from the right. I took a series of shots as the canoe went through the image. I liked the pattern created with the canoe in the centre of the right hand half of the image.
    I then thought about using another canoe at the centre of the left half. Then it dawned on me that it would be fun to flip the lefthand image to make them crash.
    So the image is a PS artefact!

    Comment by Rex — May 6, 2011 @ 14:01

  7. Rex, thanks for the admission. I hope that others will respond too.

    I find that I am somewhat disappointed that this is not a photo, but a construction. Not in the sense of disappointed in you – this is your work – but that the image creates the expectation of having an indexical relationship to the world before your lens. I suppose it’s learning that the moment you showed us didn’t actually happen.

    I look forward to some debate on this:)

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 6, 2011 @ 15:03

  8. I am with Mike that it is a bit disappointing. Not because it is a created image in PS, I am perfectly fine with that. As far as I am concerned, any photo may be created or reworked using various (post processing) tools unless it is a PJ or documentary photo. However, I would want the photographer to warn us of this fact in advance especially when the post processing changes so much the end result. In this instance the composition has been perfected (even created) by means of PS. As you can read above, I have really raved about the perfect composition. I have thought how keen the eye of the photographer must have been to make this happen. Had I been warned in advance, I would have reacted differently. I would have still found the picture to be a very good one, no doubt about it.

    Comment by Cem — May 6, 2011 @ 16:10

  9. I am undecided.
    This was intended as a fun image revolving round a pattern, it was not intended as a street photo or a photojournalistic piece.
    For fun I have argued that there are images being presented at exhibition and at club level where the camera was not essential and the major constituent of the final image is graphic art not photography.
    I have a good photographic friend who went to the Southampton Exhibition a few years ago and came away convinced that in order to get national and international acceptances one had to master the manipulations available in PS. He has become a master and his PS images are beautiful but in my mind not photography. I would add he is a highly competent straight photographer.
    So I have argued that camera not essential would be the only subjective assessment that could be made as to eligibility in a straight photographic domain.
    So having proposed that PS images are not photography I’ve been asked if they should be allowed in clubs.
    Unfortunately I think it is all a fruitless argument as it would be virtually impossible to define a reasonable set of rules that would produce an environment where camera only images could be exhibited together and the PS work be excluded. For example I do make my verticals vertical, I do use the perspective tool, levels and curves (all dark room techniques). Occasionally I use hue & saturation. So by a strict set of rules I would be open to the criticism that I have manipulated my image, it isn’t a straight image.
    So I will carry on with my mainly straight non PS images competing at club and exhibition with high PS images where the current fashion is in their favour. I have a hope that one day a PS image will go up and the Judge will say this is one of those highly manipulated computer images 6, and when mine goes up he says a real photo at last 10 :-)
    I have circulated examples of images that have never seen a camera to those in my debate. I discovered there is a special software package just to render clouds and the shadows of one cloud upon another! They look real!

    So perhaps I should have tipped you off but the clue was as John said statistical chance must fall outside normal probabalistic limits!.

    However my next door neighbour has a canoe and I could have just staged it!

    Comment by Rex — May 6, 2011 @ 19:18

  10. This was judged at the camera club on Wednesday. The judge spent most of his commentary complaining about the sky or lack of it. How to miss the point!

    Comment by Rex — May 6, 2011 @ 19:23

  11. Typical club judge! It all depends what people want out of an image and what the image maker enjoys producing. I prefer the documentary but can admire the constructed even if it is not my preference. The good thing about this picture is that the paddles are not in synch and that makes it rather real – and there is a suitable sky!

    Comment by zavaell — May 7, 2011 @ 06:33

    • The judge also appeared to give marks due the technical difficulty in obtaining the shot, so not very good birds on sticks did well because he reckoned that bird photography was hard and they seemed to get extra marks.
      On that basis the best photos ever taken must be those from the moon.

      Comment by Rex — May 7, 2011 @ 07:00

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