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Art, or just a bag of trash?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by goldenlight, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    I think it's wonderful how nature can transform a mundane item into almost to a thing of beauty with just a coating of frost. What do you think?

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  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    A Bin Bag?

    Love it !! Well seen and captured :thumbup:
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  3. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    I wouldn't say its art but it is interesting.

    You know as a photographer, we see what other people just pass by. Today it is the fact that because we all have these small cameras, we more often have one with us. You did, and I like what you saw.

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  4. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    It is interesting which makes you look at it. I'd say worth the effort.
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  5. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Frosting makes everything better! Except my morning commute...
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  6. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Nice image. Now, define art.
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  7. anttipantti

    anttipantti Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2012
    Now be careful.. I don't think we want to start that discussion :biggrin:
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  8. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Art is art.... all the eye of the beholder. I'm no art aficionado. What I can say is what comes to mind:

    * I think there is potential but I'm not sure about the post processing.
    * Not too much tonality. There is a lot of clipping on both sides of the histogram.
    * A little too much in the sharpening maybe?

    At least for me... the end result is that its a bit too hard on the eyes.
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  9. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    The image works for me, thanks!
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  10. dlew

    dlew Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 11, 2012

    Like Frosting on a cupcake!... :rofl:

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  11. zilla

    zilla New to Mu-43

    Apr 25, 2011
    Contrast is delicious.
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  12. Apsyms

    Apsyms Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 14, 2012
    New York
    I am by no means an expert photographer, so don't take my opinion to mean much, but I felt that image was overall very appealing, albeit a tiny bit hard on the eyes (the contrasting black v. white seemed to strain my eyes a bit)
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  13. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Hehe, it was my bag of rubbish left out for collection and I just snapped it as I waited for the car to defrost.
  14. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Very cool shot - beauty in the eye of the beholder! :2thumbs:
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  15. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Some people don't know anything about art, but know what they like.

    Others know everything about art, but don't know what they like.

    There are actually as many different definitions of art as there are people on this planet. :smile:
  16. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks, that's what I need. I'm very much still learning B&W pp, more so than colour. I may well have boosted the contrast too much and I did sharpen more heavily than normal, mainly to accentuate the frost. Luckily it's from a raw file. :smile:
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  17. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    You certainly don't need to be an expert to have a valid and valued opinion. You've picked up the same issues as usayit. Thanks. :smile:
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  18. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks Bob, it certinly was cool, minus 5 in fact, which is unusually cold for my part of the world. I think we can always find beauty if we bother to look for it. :smile:
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  19. IcemanYVR

    IcemanYVR Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    You know, this subscribes to one of my mantras in that anything can look good under the right conditions. Your image of a garbage bag is one of the best I've ever seen :thumbup:
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  20. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    Art, definitely!
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