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May 30, 2007

The Ones That Whisper

Filed under: Photography,Process/Learning — chantal @ 11:42 pm

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I shot the above picture a few weeks ago, and for whatever reason, almost every night I would look at it and think ‘do I like this or not?’ Well, I finally decided I do like it. It’s one of those pictures that you need to let grow on you for a while.

I try not to rush to judgment with my own work. When I go through my photos and begin the editing process, there are the clear standout ones that you know are the throw-aways and the keepers. That’s the easy part. Then there are the ones that sort of whisper at you…and sometimes a little softly. You have to go back and listen to them a little more carefully a few times. Sometimes you realize they’re not really saying anything at all. But then there are times when that soft whisper can really open your eyes.

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2 Comments »

  1. Chantal, that’s why I rarely delete anything. I know that my editing abilities/appreciation vary by the day, so I don’t want to be rash. I will, however, delete obviously overexposed or blurred (unintentionally) photos right away.

    So, what attracted you to this shot?

    Comment by paul — May 31, 2007 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  2. It was a lot of things… the colors, first off. I’m having a love affair with the color green lately. I like how the two guys seem to be looking right at me and pointing…there’s a sense of interaction…tension almost. But I focused on the sign, and that’s actually what caught my eye in the first place, when I initially clicked the shutter. A lot of my pictures are fairly straightforward, rather simple subject matter…I like this one because it’s more complex. I’m not intentionally trying to shoot one way or the other, but it’s just interesting when you see something a little different in your own work.

    Comment by Chantal — May 31, 2007 @ 3:42 pm | Reply


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