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08_Little Cloud

08_Little Cloud
Copyright ©2005, michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $

captured on the black mountain, a tabletop mountain in bahariya.

Photographer: michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: egypt 05
Uploaded: 2005-Mar-05 06:20 EST
Current Rating: 9.00/6 (Weighted rating: 8.60)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Focal Length: 33
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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I like the graphical composition in b&w, as I like the shots in this serie you made before. But why is the cloud in the bulls eye?

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $ at 09:56 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

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Hi Michael. I agree with Horst. The cloud in the bulls eye draws the eye to the center and shuts off interest for me in the rest of the photo.

Tom West ¤ $ at 10:48 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

This photo is ABOUT the cloud

The conventialist preceding comments notwithstanding, bull's eye is a perfectly valid and powerful compositional choice for the cloud. Its central placement is a storytelling choice much more powerful than putting it off-center. I like that you've defied this by-now boring expectation, and knowing your other work I'm sure by making this choice you were consciously adding the layer of narrative this would not otherwise have: why just this lone wisp? Where did it come from, and how pure and lonely it is. With the cloud off center, the shot would have been conventially pretty, but have no focus at all, and having the eye wander about the shot in search of meaning is not the sine qua non of great photography. Very nice work.

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $ at 11:21 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

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I agree with Ferd on this, and the composition is just right. I only wish I was a little more original in my own photos instead of always taking the safe way out. Michael, I have truly enjoyed this series of yours. Great stuff.

David McMaster HoF Win ¤ $ at 16:21 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

For me

it is the juxtaposition of the little cloud and the mountains.

It is a master class in imagination.

Rex Waygood HoF ¤1 $ at 16:56 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

Reconsidered

I've come back to this again and again, and each time I like this more. So I'm revising my score upward; there's nothing I'd change about this.

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $1 at 19:22 EST on 2005-Mar-05 [Reply]

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thanks again to all for your comments and thanks to nature to give me the chance to see and capture this image.

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 08:28 EST on 2005-Mar-06 [Reply]