And Your Unsolicited, Adulterated Opinion Would Be…

Opinions, they say, are like assholes – everybody has one. And we’re no different… we’re assholes with opinions! Which opinions matter, whose opinions matter, and why should we even care? Pretty basic questions but they need to be answered.

What’s Your Opinion?

Look, we all from time to time have the need to get praise and flattery from people. And, if it’s from people we like or respect, even better! So, tonight the guys open up and reveal what it means to each of them to get critiques and opinions from people we respect and admire. Even when what they have to tell us may not be what we want to hear. C’est la vie…

But this is one topic that takes advantage of the differences between Rick, Rob, and Tony. We’re each at different stages in our photography and it shows when we talk about whose opinions and critiques we seek and listen to.

Our Artists

So, this is episode 22 and, unbelievably, Rob has waited this long to highlight one of the photographers he admires most – Jim Brandenburg. Having watched Jim’s DVD, Captured By The Light, several years ago, Rob has become heavily influenced not just by his photographic work but by who Brandenburg is as a photographer. If you ever think you’ve been handed a tough challenge, read up on his 90-day one-frame-per-day shoot. Then quite yer bitchin’. Watch the trailer on YouTube:

Our artist is Eduardo Chillida. Okay, apologies to Mr. Chillida: first Tony tried to pronounce his name and then Rob took a stab at it. Two different pronunciations and both are probably just slaughtering the way it’s supposed to sound. No matter, he’s still a brilliant artist and Tony does one helluva fine job relating Chillida’s work to photography.

So, what’s your opinion? Let us know!

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Watch the trailer for Jim Brandenburg’s Chased By The Light



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  1. Liam Reynolds July 19, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Totally agree with you on the sharpness Nazis, i stopped sharpening my images a while ago, because i was trying to hard to please them, and never got the results i wanted. – since stopping sharpening… Im so much happier with my work.

    Totally agree with Rick, my wife also helps me with final output, she tells me how it is from a non artists sence, and she’s not afraid to tell me when an image sucks!

    great show…. (-:

    • Rob July 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Liam!

      But I do feel that I need to address one thing – Personally, I don’t advocate not sharpening at all. Most images (especially if you’re shooting RAW) benefit from some form of sharpening. However, if you are shooting JPG, the camera is already applying some level of sharpening.

      I wouldn’t stop sharpening entirely BUT… you hit the nail on the head – you’re making choices based on how you think your work is best achieved.

      That being said, those sharpening-nazis who don’t understand that there can be artistic merit to soft images and images that are not sharp throughout the entire frame can bloody well go fuck themselves.

      But what can we say, it’s all Uttabull, right?

  2. Main Street Haitian July 20, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    “my wife also helps me with final output”

    The Haitian’s wife does too. Especially when the Haitian falls asleep inside her.

    • Rob July 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Jeez, MSH, a whole new group of listeners to introduce yourself to! LOL