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Somewhat Shameful Self-Promotion
I was looking back through the entries with my "photography" tag and realized that I'm pretty pleased, both with my new camera and with the quality of my work. That's always a hard thing for me to admit. But I think it's important to be proud of something. Or at least that's what I'm reminding myself in these days of tribulation. Interestingly, the photographs that I like best are the usually the ones less likely to inspire comments. I like finding a way to turn the objectivity of the Objektiv into the means of achieving a realism that feels unreal. And I like abstraction rooted in the concrete details of a representational aesthetic:

That's one of my favorite images in the three-and-a-half years of shots collected in the "Picture of the Moment" album listed in my sidebar. Well, that's enough scratching myself on the back. My arm is getting tired. And I have to head to Bear Down to demonstrate yet again that the health of my knees is not necessarily the determining factor in my ability to shoot the rock.

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: October 12th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I seem to recall loving that one too. If I didn't say it then, I will now -- very nice!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 13th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! It's all about the graham cracker.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Do you feel the same about the humor tags?

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 13th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Do you feel the same about the humor tags?

A little less so. But they make me laugh, which is not always a gurantee that they will be funny to anyone else.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: October 13th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm a big fan of your photos. I especially enjoy your non-Photoshop 'ethic,' for lack of a better word coming to mind. My images are usually Photoshopped to some degree to heighten lighting, contrast, color, etc., but I think it's a good discipline to use just the camera to create the image. It forces you to emphasize framing and composition, and to know your camera inside out.

I love pictures that are about nothing more than light and texture and color. This one is quite nice.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 13th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've used Photoshop for two of the 500+ photos in that album, once to compensate for an exposure that was two dark and once square a horizon line. And I felt sheepish both times!

But I don't mind other people using Photoshop at all. My rules are only for me.

Anyway, I'm honored to have someone with your talent viewing my work with approval. It means a lot.
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