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Old Jul 9, 2010, 12:02 PM   #21
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There are a couple of photos (not mine) recently posted and worth looking at here:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=35746225

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Old Jul 10, 2010, 1:54 PM   #22
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There are a couple of photos (not mine) recently posted and worth looking at here:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=35746225

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Impressive.

Here are some that are about as good as I've seen. No matter how good one may think they are doing, someone else comes along and puts your work into perspective.

http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=172289
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Old Jul 10, 2010, 2:48 PM   #23
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No matter how good one may think they are doing, someone else comes along and puts your work into perspective.
Well that's true but I think it's important for us photographers to distinguish between technical excellence and artistic merit, lest we just get discouraged and give up.

Photography is an art form and we tend to agree (culturally?) on basic requirements for what is "good" technically. In photography that includes sharpness, proper exposure, probably bokeh, etc. etc. etc.

Assuming technically good images, a "good" image artistically is pretty much a matter of opinion - different folks respond to images differently.

I think that the images I linked to, and the ones you linked to, are great images artistically. But that doesn't mean that you and I and other folks can't also produce what most folks would agree are great images artistically. I think your images of your dogs are artistically great. I'd hate to see anyone who wants to shoot hummingbirds, give up because they don't think they can do as well as the images we posted.

OK, end of rant.

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I have to agree with Ted. I'll even go farther to say that personally, I usually judge a photo more for it's artistic merit rather than its' technical excellence.

Some of my favorite shots may not be good technically because of noise, or a lens not as sharp, etc; but are still compelling because of the subject, or composition, or humor, etc.
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for posting the link to some really incredible hummingbird images.

Photographs like this reinforce, in my mind, what an amazing time we live in to be able to take advantage of technology that allows photographers to be able to
capture images such as these and for us to be able to view them.

When I sit here, in my office, in front of my 21" Mac looking at images and participating in forum discussions, I am in wonder of how technology has changed all of our lives in a such a short period of time. I'm reminded of the day when I first saw the IBM PC Jr. and thinking WOW! how cool is that.

I can't wait to see what's next!

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