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In Response

Logged on a couple days ago and yesterday to find the above comments posted on a few of my blogs.

The 3 images in question are a series of HDR processed pictures. Apart from the token obligatory part on the back, I was also hoping for feedback on contrast, colour saturation, shadows, highlights, midtones detail, noise, clarity and overall tonal range. And possibly pointers on how to get it right and improve on future processing. What I didn't expect was personal attacks and being slagged off. Listed in the image above are some of the "REAL critical feedback" comments posted.

Let me point out that to be a critic requires finesse, the ability to be eloquent, constructive, critical and pass judgement devoid of petty and personal rants. A knowledge of the particular field, or a body of work to justify and backup ones critique of other peoples work.

FACT: Other than the above listed rants, I have never deleted any comments posted on my blog that have been critical of my images. As they've given me the opportunity to view my images from a different perspective and ways of possibly improving them.

For the last 2 years running I've being invited to cover the K2C event at the V&A London, Top Model of Colour regional heats and finals, Official photographer at the UNICEF 05 Charity Ball in Lagos (travelled business class, all expense paid), covered a Shalamar gig. I could go on and on, but I won't.

My images have been printed in the Metro Daily, The Voice, Positive People, Simply  Woman, Digital SLR Photography Magazine to name a few. In total I won £240 of photography equipment from entering my images into various competitions last year.

This year I've entered 1 image for the Canon 2008 Assignment competition. Busy preparing a series of images to enter in the Digital Camera 2008 Photographer of the Year competition. Sent off another 2 images to DSLR Photography magazine for publishing. And am scheduled for 2 on-location shoots within the next couple of weeks  weather  permitting.                                               

So while my arm chair critics is or are busy wasting very very precious time posting playground petty rants and making personal jibes about my blog. And choosing to hide behind pseudo names and possible fake email addresses, I am busy on a quest to making myself a better fotografa.

"Photography is a craft and you have to work at it to get better. There are no shortcuts." Anonymous

In Response

Logged on a couple days ago and yesterday to find the above comments posted on a few of my blogs.

The 3 images in question are a series of HDR processed pictures. Apart from the token obligatory part on the back, I was also hoping for feedback on contrast, colour saturation, shadows, highlights, midtones detail, noise, clarity and overall tonal range. And possibly pointers on how to get it right and improve on future processing. What I didn't expect was personal attacks and being slagged off. Listed in the image above are some of the "REAL critical feedback" comments posted.

Let me point out that to be a critic requires finesse, the ability to be eloquent, constructive, critical and pass judgement devoid of petty and personal rants. A knowledge of the particular field, or a body of work to justify and backup ones critique of other peoples work.

FACT: Other than the above listed rants, I have never deleted any comments posted on my blog that have been critical of my images. As they've given me the opportunity to view my images from a different perspective and ways of possibly improving them.

For the last 2 years running I've being invited to cover the K2C event at the V&A London, Top Model of Colour regional heats and finals, Official photographer at the UNICEF 05 Charity Ball in Lagos (travelled business class, all expense paid), covered a Shalamar gig. I could go on and on, but I won't.

My images have been printed in the Metro Daily, The Voice, Positive People, Simply  Woman, Digital SLR Photography Magazine to name a few. In total I won £240 of photography equipment from entering my images into various competitions last year.

This year I've entered 1 image for the Canon 2008 Assignment competition. Busy preparing a series of images to enter in the Digital Camera 2008 Photographer of the Year competition. Sent off another 2 images to DSLR Photography magazine for publishing. And am scheduled for 2 on-location shoots within the next couple of weeks  weather  permitting.                                               

So while my arm chair critics is or are busy wasting very very precious time posting playground petty rants and making personal jibes about my blog. And choosing to hide behind pseudo names and possible fake email addresses, I am busy on a quest to making myself a better fotografa.

"Photography is a craft and you have to work at it to get better. There are no shortcuts." Anonymous

comments (6)

  • E Etomi
  • Romania
  • 18 Apr 2008, 06:30
Don't let it bother you. There are certain people who are out there that never want to give support or are happy to bring people down. Constructive feedback is alien to many.
Interesting read smile Just take it on the chin bro, we say critique is good if done properly however if we decide to put our images out there on a blog like this to the whole world, we have to know we are opening ourselves to these type of comments. See you have restricted comments on this post, you should not, always good to see what the idiots have to say in response smile
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 19 Apr 2008, 09:58
lol
one thing you need to note however is that sometimes it could be one of your close friends or acquaintances who's playing a prank on you

i got such a prank post from someone calling himself lagbaja on this blog http://draw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/anticipation_dies_next_/
  • medicineworkings
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Apr 2008, 14:49
I have to agree with M4t's comments on the 'Rusty' and 'Texture and Colour' images.

Also, you haven't responded to
Randoms accusation: Can you take a picture the old-fashioned way, using non-digital tools?

I'd be interested to know, as I am a photographer, skilled at old-school and new medium alike.

I also am using a fake e-mail address, as I don't want mine published for the world to see/abused/spammed, but am forced by this site to enter one.
  • medicineworkings
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Apr 2008, 14:56
P.S.
So the fotografa (some guy called Toks Majek who is very good, I googled it) in the first line then is not you?
Doesn't that pose some problems for you in terms of copyright?
You should be thanking the 'critic' pointing that out to you...
  • fotografa
  • UK
  • 20 Apr 2008, 23:23
This is in response to Medicineworkings.

I never shot using a Pinhole camera’s, but I did until 3 years ago shoot film. Spent over 5 years developing and printing my own black and white prints at the Islington Art’s Factory, Drill Hall, City Lit & the Camera Club in Kennington. And I’ve got all my mounted prints to prove it. And if you were versed in the medium, then you would be aware that Photoshop is the digital dark room of the 21st century, and all it’s functionalities are based on traditional (old school) developing and printing methods.

There is nothing critical about the comments posted by M4t, as they bear no relevance to the images in question. And even though I noted in my notes that these are HDR images, you all keeping missing the mark. Your critique, assessment, evaluation, analysis or whatever has to be on their merits has HDR’s.

If you guys can “Talk the talk” then you really have to be able to “walk the walk”. Either by showing at least a modicum of knowledge regarding the photography medium, or have the guile and conviction of positing your images to back it up.

P.S
Really no point in responding to ur second post, as it is way obvious that u are well out of your depth on the issue of copyright.

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