It was Saturday. B came with Dogb (on the right) to visit A who was boarding Doga at the time. I was photographing the interaction between dogs, as Doga was being very territorial, trying not to let Dogb near A, although Dogb is very fond of A. A and B are friends, neighbors, but above all else fellow plantsmen and they are talking shop. Inside, without flash, most pictures were blurry until the dogs settled down. I liked the arrangement of men and dogs in this one, but the picture itself was rather dull, until I did the crop, concentrating all the bruhaha; but it lacked something, even after playing with desat and gamma. Too lazy to go into the Gimp where I get big headaches, I just played with the Irfanview special effects; "metallic" gave me this, and though I think the effect is sort of atrocious it did seem to unify the players and all the clutter. I find it interesting that things like metallic, canvas texture, and noise, can often settle a picture and or give things an aspect they don't have on their own.
Your comments were probably the most intense and helpfully critical I have received on a single picture. I have mixed feelings about it: sometimes I get a huge charge from it, sometimes I am apalled. I am most grateful that this was a venue, once again, where it could get its toes wetter.
Ooooooh. . . .I liiiiiiiiike it!! I think it has a very unique and artistic appeal which is so nice when you are perusing thru alot of photos. It stands out, and I think there's something very cozy, yet magical about it. Very creative and awesome!
What an oddity. It's strangely honest, but almost charcoal drawing "artsy" in appearance. There are a lot of details to wander around in within the frame, just as there is in real life. The low angle makes it seem that I would be either lying on the floor, or very short to get this perspective.
Except for the television, the overall scene gives me a "50's ish" appearance or sort of like a chrome plated Norman Rockwell scene that didn't quite get the right moment.
It's different, making it ok with me.
Nikon D70s 02/06/2009 05:18:34 PM
I can't decided whether I hate it or love it... I think I'm leaning more towards the first. It's obnoxious at first but the more I look the more I see and like... but I have to move on.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1K 02/04/2009 04:45:20 PM
I'd have adored this without the solarized processing. I mean really loved it ... it would have been my No 1 pick. There must be a reason why you did what you did (been reading a Man Ray book, perhaps). I'll be hoping to learn what it was.
Nikon D90 02/03/2009 10:07:02 PM
If this was a charcoal drawing, I would be incredibly impressed. As a photograph, though, I find the post-processing to be a bit much, dominating everything else, sort of shouting at me, and I find myself wondering what this REALLY looked like. A very subtle application of this processing might have made the depicted environment, people, pets Snap to life.
Olympus E-10 02/03/2009 09:34:04 AM
Couple w/pets, Saturday lounging at home: in quasi 16x9 aspect ratio processed to a rare editing result - a rather harsh tone mapped combination of positive & negative.
Canon EOS-20D 02/02/2009 12:49:31 PM
Whoot! I can't say I exactly *like* this image, but it for sure provokes a reaction from me, and that reaction is *NOT* "What a piece of crap!"; far from it in fact. I'm impressed by the chaos, the immediacy of the scene. There's a lot to study, it involves me quite seriously. It's very strange how the second person, on the couch at left, exists only as a pair of pants crossed at the knees: I can't make out any body at all. it doesn't even obviously show shoes for cripesake. A very close examination shows a tiny bit of face eclipsed by the cushion, but I have to look close, so it's very mysterious.
The processing... I don't know... It's integral to what you were after, I know, in the sense that the highly-detailed, unnaturally flat tone mapping look is what gives us the in-your-face chaos-of-detail, and I'm good with that. What sort of bugs me (except that I admire it too) is the tone inversion. I hate it, but I admire it. IN the end, I'm wondering what this looks like not inverted, and with very muted colors, like you'd get if you did the b/w conversion and faded that layer to maybe 40% or so.
I'm quite bugged, also, by the relatively small variation from true horizontal. It comes across as slipshod to me. I'd rather see a true level or a more obvious tilt...
Canon EOS-40D 02/01/2009 09:06:37 PM
I like the scene and the crop.. .I hate the processing. *sigh*
Panasonic DMC-FZ10 01/31/2009 11:18:40 PM
I like the dogs.
Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT 01/31/2009 11:07:52 PM
I think the guy is watching TV but it's hard to tell. In fact, it's hard to look at this image for any length of time, it makes me downright irritable.
Sony DSLR-A100K 01/31/2009 10:56:23 PM
Brutal processing. Like a sledgehammer. This is a nanosecond before total white out. After the explosion; but before the cloud. A negative of normalcy before annihilation. Too late to duck and cover.
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Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT 01/31/2009 09:41:52 PM
Who's the guy sitting on the couch? Why isn't he watching television? Does he think he's better than me?
Canon EOS-40D 01/31/2009 04:43:09 PM
There is much to see and absorb in this image, unfortunately all I can really grasp is the processing. This might be a little too far over the edge even for me.