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Tuesday, 30 July 2013


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I love it. Can you get Voja to print it?

Apparently I'm on Facebook too much. My first instinct was to click the "Like" button.

Lovely image, is this yours? I like it because it's full of questions, boring photos leave nothing for our imagination to try to answer.

If it [possibly] doesn't work small, why not post a link to a larger version?

Mike, this is your picture? I assume so, and for one time the heading is wrong - and very much so. Tongue in cheek false modesty, is that what it is? What a beautiful photo this is! May be it was a 'random snap' at the time the shutter was pressed, though I doubt even that - when images like this one present themselves there is always that goose-fleshy feeling, or a silent 'wow! it's happening now!' - at least I cannot imagine it otherwise. But as we all know (...) a photograph is more than the moment of exposure, only later in darkroom or PP do they come to full bloom, and then and there (if not sooner) the keepers 'are divideth from' the snaps and labeled retrospectively. Most as 'just snaps' because they don't work out.
But this one did - I love it.

At first glance it looks like an intimate depiction of a romantic moment; until one notices the presence of the older person's hand, at which point, to me, it suggests a story of loss and consolation. A far more poignant tale altogether. I love it.

Mike, what kind of vehicle are they riding? Is it a boat (I think I see a sliver of water at the top edge)? You'd better not have driven the vehicle, and it'd better not be a car...;-)

Very nice picture, of which I like best the mood that emanates.

Print sale!

Oh yeah. I could look at this for a long time. All those close, soft, light grays are lovely. That's really, really nice, Mike.

Nice. My kind of shot.

Nice work.

I like it, but my first thought was: framing nightmare. So many important elements on the edges of the print.

Larry Clark, cover of Teenage Lust.

Hi Mike
I'm a long-time reader of your site, and I have never commented before.
This photo is just superb. You can feel the emotion oozing out of it.
Of course, the B&W treatment helps a lot. Great capture and great processing.
Another Mike

Interesting that the tattoo is from the Silence of the Lambs movie poster. I assume that is Chianti in the glass.

Wow! I love this...you should have it printed at Didital Siliver Imaging and turn it into a print sale.

That's not a tattoo -- it's hair.

This is almost an invitation to discuss the existential properties of an image. How is it, an image like this, could be better big? At what size does more of the population say "thats better" or "its too small". If I take a crap image, and put it on the side of a building, is it better because it is bigger (it seems there are a few artists who make their living this way)? What if the image looks worse bigger? How can size or the display medium possibly interfere with my experiencing a photograph?

Things become even more cloudy if you add the photographer into the equation... should a photographer care about presentation? An editor once said to me: "the photo you make the most money off of will likely be printed on toilet paper (newspapers)". If you are a photographer who cares about the details and you happen to make the local paper or magazine, get ready for a bit of a shock. You may get paid, but your photo will look pretty bad.

Interesting shot Mike. Looks like they are in a boat.

Uhhh...were you driving that boat when you took the picture?


Cheers! Jay

Excellent photo. Curious composition. Interesting little treats for the viewer to discover. The picture looks a little "flat" on my monitor. I think it would make an outstanding print. Kudos!

Mike, I think that shot very much deserves a place here:


Absolutely love it :-)


I think you've probably answered this before but what do you use to put those nice filed neg. carrier borders around your digital images? (at least that's what I assume is going on here) Great shot by the way!

That is an amazing and beautiful shot, Mike.

Very interesting compositionally, though that BS aside, it very much struck a strong emotional chord for me. Reading the "back story", and realizing who at least one of the people was added to that, but it is a very humanistic image.

We, as a family, aren't buying as much art as we used too, (we are soon to have a third teen girl for the school year, so our priorities are skewed) but this, smallish by today's standards, so you have to get up close and look, would be a most worthy addition.



Great shot, Mike!


Dear Mike,

This is a wonderful photograph and will, of course, be part of a print sale. It brings both Callahan and Mann to mind. It's exceptionally evocative, so much so that it's unusually fungible. It works entirely well on my large monitor at approximately 3.5" by 5" size. As a very small “snapshot” sized print, it would be exceedingly effective. But I can also see it working well at larger sizes. It would have entirely different qualities four times as big, as a 14" x 20" image. If the file held up to that degree of enlargement, it would be wonderful at that scale, too, but it would work in a different way. Once the viewer had been grabbed by the general composition and subject, one would be drawn into exploring the levels of meaning in the details. Maybe it wouldn't work that big; that actually does get into the compositional effect of what is and isn't sharp. But the possibility is there.

Further fungibility: the color version also works very well. Clearly needs custom printing [knowing grin] but with the proper printing it would be equally wonderful in different way. Conveying a bit more of the snapshot aesthetic, it initially has a casual impression that becomes more profound the longer one looks at. Not that that's what you had in mind for it, I'm just noting that it's unusual for a photograph to work well in so many different forms.

This is also one of the rare cases where a black border makes a huge difference. Compositionally, there's a problem with the brightness at the top of the photo tending to drag one's eye out of the frame and away from the subjects of interest. It's tricky to deal with that kind of stuff. One's first instinct is to burn it in, but then the upper background becomes more detailed and attracts more attention for that reason. Simply flattening it out merges it into the arms–– bad idea. Cropping even a smidge off of it drastically improves the overall composition, but that trashes the tattoo. Nasty problem, nasty nasty. The black border solves it by preventing the eye from wandering out of the picture. It forces attention back into the scene.

pax \ Ctein
[ Please excuse any word-salad. MacSpeech in training! ]
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A thin black border does wonders to consolidate both complementary and contrasting tonal values, along with the diverse compositional elements in a B&W image into one unified, handsome, working whole (as exemplified here)- and yet looks absolutely tacky on a color image.

Ctein- I was thinking Nicholas Nixon...


Awesome shot Mike. Looks like it came out of a Ralph Lauren ad.

For my money, easily the best photo you have ever posted on the site. This vignette of life, sort of mysterious, makes a person want to know more of the story. The third person's hand adds so much. B&W is the way to go, just as you decided for the image. The skin tones are perfect. I have always loved people images with no heads, allows a viewer more 'time' to look at the details of the shot.
It is one of those images which make me say, I wish I had taken it and hopefully will inspire me to get out there and notice the interactions between people.

Thanks for featuring my comment. But I'm jolly glad I didn't post all the things my imagination told me about your beautiful shot since the people in it are real and your friends. I couldn't help seeing it in short-story terms with more than one possible story line. Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, Hemingway......take your choice.

Triangles!!!! I remember 40 years ago when my first photo instructor intoned, "triangles often make for interesting composition". This image is packed with triangles.

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright. "The Door".

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