Re: PF members exhibit on 04-FEB-12
At 8:09 AM -0500 2/4/12, John Palcewski wrote:
Jim Snarski - Flying Colors Numerous things about this turn me off.
wow, I haven't been this excoriated for an image of mine in a while...let's see what I can learn from this...
One is the busy background which is distracting.
hmmm...nature photographers seldom have any control over the background of their images...I guess I could hang a big dropcloth behind the birdbath but then I wouldn't get to see the Woodpeckers and the Nuthatches that like to hang out on the oak tree I'd have to hang the cloth from...alternatively, I guess I could mess with gaussian blur in Photoshop...
Another is the wholly unnecessary caption. Bird lovers will recognize the species,the rest of us will see two birds. Camera, lens, the sliding glassdoor, etc., add nothing.
I'd appologize for my life-long habit of wanting to learn the names of the creatures I photograph but then that wouldn't be being true to myself...as for those of you who just see two birds, that's your truth and I respect that...as for camera and lens, that's something I learned from the likes of Nature photographers John Shaw, Heather Angel and Joe McDonald who captioned the photos in their books with such information...I put the glass door in there merely to underline my continuing amazement at how much Nature there is in our own backyards (your mileage may vary)...as for adding nothing, those bothered by captions shouldn't read them, thus avoiding ruining their day...
And probably most annoying (to nitpicker meanyway) is the incorrect use of "it's" instead of "its."
well, there you go...all this time I thought this list was about photos, not grammar...so mea culpa, mea culpa...since I have no spell checker, I guess I'm just going to have to be more vigilant..I'm sure my 8th grade English teacher, Sister Bernadetta of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Aloysius school, Chicago, Illinois is rolling over in her grave...most assuredly ruined her day as well... *>)
so thanks for your input John...gave me lots to think about Jim Snarski Baja Oregon