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johnsonM86 Jan 24, 2006 4:27 PM

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took this a few days ago and didn't really know what to do with it so i messed around with it in photoshop a bit. i jacked up the contrast to make it BW for the most part and to eliminate the sky. i used a blur effect to make the powerlines themselves look the way they do. does it work at all?

Hards80 Jan 24, 2006 6:16 PM

sorry.. i see what you are going for..

but the blurr on the lines takes away from the nice diagonal lines.. and just the shear amount of detailless white doesnt work well..

i think if you get some textured clouds or something in the background and get your lines a little sharper and maybe more prominent there would be something..

johnsonM86 Jan 24, 2006 7:01 PM

i intentionally blurred the powerlines to make it more abstract.
there was little cloud detail to begin with so i just got rid of it.

[email protected] Jan 24, 2006 7:35 PM

I'm not sure what you're trying to communicate with that shot.

When I look at it, it looks like someone tried to get a soft background and blurred power lines.

But I don't get a specific feeling or message.

-- Terry

johnsonM86 Jan 24, 2006 7:42 PM

idk i was just trying to create something that looked interesting.
it's just meant to be an abstract i guess.
didn't really have any emotion or feeling in mind when i edited it.

[email protected] Jan 24, 2006 8:49 PM


I sometimes try to understand how I'm feeling about a scene or what I'm trying to say, and see if I can get it across.

Creates an objective for the work.

julies517 Jan 24, 2006 9:44 PM

i like the stark shape of the pole against the white, i think the wires on the left leading in work ok, the wires behind the pole, i feel need to be stronger leading down and out of the frame...then i think you'd have a cool, stark looking image. (that's the most i've used the word stark in one paragraph in my entire life ;) ).

peripatetic Jan 25, 2006 4:58 AM


I think you're well on track for developing a very distinctive style.

You have a good eye for visually interesting compositions, but I think that you will be one of those artists where it is difficult to comment on images in isolation.

Have you considered putting together some themes so that we could view and comment on the body of work rather than individual shots.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think this image is not that interesting on its own, but as one image in a series of high contrast minimalist black and white shots it might work very well.


LBoy Jan 25, 2006 5:14 AM


idk i was just trying to create something that looked interesting.
it's just meant to be an abstract i guess.
didn't really have any emotion or feeling in mind when i edited it.

Looking at the photo and reading down the page trying to gather my own thoughts, if any, I see Peri has summed it up very well.

Your turning out a fair number of interesting shots. While you mention you have no clear idea emotion or feeling of what you are aiming for.

I think if you address that and push a bit more emotion and feeling into a smaller amount of posts, or a selection or themed posts, the results could be something special.

ps. I'm not a fan of this aspect ratio on this shot. try it a more cropped in from the left of the right.

stustaff Jan 25, 2006 8:40 AM

First impression for me on looking at this was that I like it a lot, Im a big fan of bold images and shapes, The touch of colour on what otherwise is virtually a B&W shot catches the eye nicely, only thing I would alter is a little less blur on the cables in the bottom right.

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