Stick With What I know…

DSC_3108Which I am realizing may be very little at this point.  Or maybe I am just in that mood, because there is nothing like waking up at 6 in the morning to a criticizing email.

I posted these two pictures on my Facebook page and my instragram page.  They were a hit on both. At least as much as they can be on Facebook.  Facebook drives me up the wall and I try not to place too much stock in the like and reactions I get on there, but sometimes it is hard.  Anyway, with that said-based off the response on both pages, I thought that they were good photos.  Perfect?  No, the beautiful Do Well Liberty is anything but a cooperative subject.  Also, I’m still learning with the whole black background thing.  So, are they flawless, no-but I thought that they were good.

Then this morning, one person’s opinion has me wondering.  I woke up to an email asking me how much I charge for these photos, but also if they would all be blurry because ALL of my horse photos are.  Yes, the email said all of my horse photos are blurry.

The person particular obsessed with the one above.  And had to inform me multiple times that it was blurry and wanting to know why.  Well, I didn’t realize that it was blurry.  I thought that I had done pretty well at picking the best possible shots of her.  And also, it is Libby so getting any perfect and flawless shot of her like playing Frogger and not getting hit by a car.

Anyway, I thought that I had done pretty well with these pictures and now all I see when I look at the top one is blur.  I knew that it looked soft, but I thought that it was acceptable and now all I want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist (So yes, I post it here).  Plus now I keep looking for the slightest bit of blur in all of my photos now.

I know that it is just one person’s opinion, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  I was already struggling and stressed out, because I was accepted into the art show that I entered.   I should be excited.  I want to be excited, but I was already concerned that my photography wouldn’t sell…now, I’m even more worried that it won’t.  I guess this is what happens when you wake up to those kind of emails at 6am.

With that said, I hope that you all at least like the photos.  If not, it is okay.
DSC_3115Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

15 thoughts on “Stick With What I know…

  1. Those are great pictures. I can’t judge the possible blurryness, but don’t you think it’s strange asking what the pictures cost AND critize them as being blurry? The one asking most certainly is not an art lover. It’s like critizing Van Gogh that his sunflowers aren’t exact copies of the ones in the neighbours garden. Please don’t let your judgement of your work (yourself?) be affected by comments like that.

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    • Thank you so much, Mr. Peter. I think that is why it is bothering me so much because her comments were so random and were quite targeted. I try not to take it personally, but sometimes it is quite hard. Thank you so much for your words. Have a beautiful day!

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  2. Don’t let one person bother you.

    Let me tell you what I see.

    First, I like the entire series. From a commercial standpoint, it’s a great way to photograph horses.

    That said, it depends on the machine. On my big machine which is a six year old Apple iMac, the picture looks great. No sharpness issues. However, I also use an Apple iPad Pro. It is the latest and greatest. It’s few months old. It’s resolution is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. Nothing I photograph looks sharp on it. Neither do your horse images. There is softness around the eyes and in the details. There is a big question, especially in the digital world. How sharp is too sharp? I happen not to think razor sharpness is necessary. Sheesh, I mostly work on my big machine. But, I come from the Henri Cartier Bresson school of photography. HCB said that sharpness is such a bourgeois concept. That means middle class wannabe.

    If you don’t know his work, Google him. He created the decisive moment. He is the father of all things street.

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    • Thank you, Mr. Ray. I have to admit that I did notice that depending on how and where I viewed it-made a huge difference in how it appeared. I do see some softness around the eyes. I chalked it up to aperture and the fact that it is Libby, which is like trying to photograph a fly. I also didn’t think much about it because I thought that the picture still looked amazing of her.

      With that said, I also have to admit that I let the woman get in my head. It was random and felt targeted and she included that all of my horse photos look that way, so I let her get to me because now that is all I can see when I look at the photo.

      I really am trying to not let it get to me, but it is hard. I thank you for your words and I’m looking up Mr. Henri Cartier Bresson.


      • That’ll happen when somebody or thing gets in your head. Just keep making these pictures and she’ll leave. You might consider raising your ISO, but not so much that you introduce noise. Try to work at f8. And, and old newspaper photographers trick. Keep you finger on the button and shoot at least three frames at a time. Usually, the middle one is sharp. It has to do with your own body’s internal motion.

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  3. I think the shallow criticism reveals more about that person making the comment than your work, which to my eyes, is fine. I like Ray’s advice and observations, about how digital has changed perceptions of sharpness, and yes, Cartier Bresson is a great example of creativity.

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  4. First of all I think your photo looks just fine the way it is, I liked it very much right off! Sometimes it’s the artist first versus the technical person …. they’re not the same all the time

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    • I do that all the time 🙂

      With what else you said, I know that you are right. It does come down to the artist versus the technical and the perspective is always such a cheeky little monkey.

      Thank you for your input and I hope that you have an amazing weekend!

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