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Painted Sky by porbital

Let's start by stating the obvious: this is a great image. It's technically flawless, and artistically perfect too. Whether we look at ...

mt3 by MK-NI
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by MK-NI

The first thing I can say is that the impact of your image is quite strong. I would agree to say your goal has been reached with this i...

Morning's Gift by John-Peter

First of all, I like the overall feel of this image, it instantly stands out as a good picture. You got the focus and bokeh right. Also...

Atlantic Puffin by WNPhotography

When you first get to look at this picture, you are struck by the sharpness of the bird, perfectly emphasized by the softly colored bac...

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Painted Sky by porbital
Let's start by stating the obvious: this is a great image.

It's technically flawless, and artistically perfect too. Whether we look at the light, the composition, the exposure, the processing, you name it, I don't have anything to say, and I'd surely fail at producing a picture even marginally as good.

But if I stopped to look at your picture in the first, it is only because it intrigued me. I do not know whether I have already seen this very image from your portfolio somewhere else, or if it was just one of many identical shots of these very mountains and lakes, from the exact same vista point, with the same framing. And I have seen several identical shots from different photographers. Jesus, I even start to remember the patterns in the foreground rocks!

I love this place and your image of it, it makes me feel various emotions. It is worthy of printing and displaying on anyone's wall. But the fact that you, like so many others, have taken this shot, still somehow disappoints me. I wish you showed us not what is most appealing and beautiful, but what others have never thought of, something unique to you and to us.
Boletus Pinophilus by AdMalamCrucem
Boletus Pinophilus
I found this beautiful fresh pine bolete in an undergrowth, near some old Douglas firs.

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Un beau cèpe des des pins, vraisemblablement frais du jour.

Il en pousse souvent sous cette rangée de vieux Pseudotsuga (sapin de Douglas).
C'est une image de fin d'automne, comme me le rappellent les teintes diffuses de l'arrière-plan, mélange d'aiguilles persistantes et de feuillage de hêtre.
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Unexpected Daily Deviation

I don't log in very often these days.
When I did this evening –I was getting bored– I thought that I should give up my different group admin roles.

I scrolled down my messages and realized that there were many more of them than usual. What, did I just get a DD?
And as a matter of fact I did. I'm still struggling with that realization. I'm feeling very grateful.

Cheers.
mt3 by MK-NI
mt3
The first thing I can say is that the impact of your image is quite strong.
I would agree to say your goal has been reached with this image. The BW and the landscape make for a strong picture.

However I see two major technical flaws.
First the vignetting is way too strong to my taste, especially in the lower corners. It feels so unnatural... If it is seen, not just sensed, then IMO you went too far.

Second, I believe you should have used your graduated filters more carefully. Both mountain tops are awfully darker than they are supposed to be. How could you allow this? Actually this absurd darkening of the mountain tops might add some nice eerie feeling to the image, but the problem is that everyone uses their graduated ND filters for similar landscape shots, and now whenever people notice that elements which pass through the horizon appear darker on the top, they just can't help seeing this as an impairment.

Apart from that, your composition is good, the light is great, and had you been a bit less bold in your processing, I could have said your black and white processing was very good.

I really like your picture. I sincerely do. But I'm sure you can do even better in terms of technical capture and creative processing. That's why I chose to rate only 2 stars for technique. It certainly isn't technically poor, but it seems to me you're an experienced photographer, much more than I am, and thus I can only make you feel compelled to improve.

Best of luck in your photographic endeavours,

Adrien
Black Dots over Blue Gradient by AdMalamCrucem
Black Dots over Blue Gradient
If I'm not mistaken, this is an old female Polyommatus Icarus. The enthusiast entomologists will tell if I'm wrong.

This photo was taken a while ago, and I overlooked it because it didn't seem special. However, I took a closer look, and I was compelled by the graphical aspect of this butterfly's body.

I recommend watching in full resolution to take a look at those scales and hairs.

Please note that this image is filed under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to download the file and share it wherever you want as long as you credit the source. I'm only enabling prints for those of you who like dA's print service more than your local photo lab.

Also, I'm too lazy to add it to the usual bunch of groups. It's more of an internal release. Do not hesitate to request it for your groups, though.
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AdMalamCrucem
Adrien
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Switzerland
Just removed the whole bio that has been gathering the dust here for the past couple of years.

I'm really not that active here anymore. I do come a few times every month, but I have moved on to different websites, and in particular whytake.net which is by far the best nature photography website available anywhere.

I still have a lot of memories from dA. But I have a lot of things to do elsewhere now.
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I cannot think of creating art without sharing it.


I do not possess what little art I am able to create because I believe a human being hardly possesses emotions unless to share them, and only witnesses stories to tell them.
The problem is, I don't succeed in making much emotion come out of my pictures.
Nothing more than a quick look, an slight insight into the part of reality I feel worth capturing. Even Alexandre Deschaumes is not satisfied with most of his work for the same reason, and what am I compared to him?


A picture often evokes its creator many emotions, but only because he knows everything about that picture. Without such knowledge of the context and nature of the image, it doesn't quite work.


I once read: "A picture without a story is like a body without a soul".
It is true emotions often come from the soul and are bound to the story behind the picture.
But it shouldn't be behind.
The picture should be genuinely united to the story through the emotion. To get something like the Oversoul of photography.
God, I think I'm a Transcendentalist...


No word should have to be restraining a perfect picture to something too much related to one's self.


Can I be a mute storyteller?


I would like anyone to be able to make up their own stories about my pictures, using the feeling I expressed with the photograph as a basis for their imagination.
Words sometimes cannot express a complex emotion.
Thus I would like to be able to show such unpronounceable emotions on a picture.
Then I would be mute in words only.


Yet isn't that goal unreachable?
And do I even really want to reach it?


I don't like anything quite as much as using words and communicating through them. I don't think I am ready to separate them from any image.


And if there are things words can hardly express, how could photography measure up to it?
It would mean writing using photography is a more effective means of expression than writing with words...
I will have a hard time convincing people about that (starting with me).


Finally, my idea would most likely be realistic when the time comes for lenses and cameras to be as effective as the human eye and able to fully support the amazing tool which our brain is.

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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing gallery, your photos are so good! :D
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MDDahl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday, Adrien! :cake:
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Leoncio-Harmr Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014   Digital Artist
Merci pour le watch et le favori Adrien !
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Thank you so much for being a part of :icona-foggy-day:#A-Foggy-Day's growing members list!! We hope you enjoy your stay and have fun submitting great art! :aww: If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don't hesitate to let us know! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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Csipesz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave!
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AdMalamCrucem Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome !
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greta03 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday! :aww:
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AdMalamCrucem Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much ! :)
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ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured your artwork in my journal: [link] :)
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AdMalamCrucem Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, I really appreciate. :)
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