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Artist at Work

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 15 September 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Happy Silly Tuesday.

OLD STUMP shots - part of the reason for putting a photograph up in both color and B&W is to remind myself of the importance of following my own creative vision and not trying to please someone else. If you look at yesterday's comments, you will see that people's preferences are pretty much split down the middle.

NIKON D700 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 200 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent! So much fun! The expression says it all! Bravo! Love all those colours and wonderful mood captured.
Happy ST! :))

15 Sep 2009 5:15am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Yes, the thought for the day, in the wisdom of joh4jack: "follow your own creative vision." Wise words that we should all try to follow... ;-)

Now, as for the Artist at Work..looks like she has a colorful future ahead of her: "You go girl!"
Happy Silly Tuesday. Click my name link to see my ST contribution.

15 Sep 2009 5:20am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Love the pose! and the smile :)

15 Sep 2009 5:43am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow!!! excellent

15 Sep 2009 5:56am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh fantastic!! What a beauty of a shot and so wonderfully silly too:-) Happy ST!!!

15 Sep 2009 7:09am

Mhélène from Paris, France

A great great shot ...superb portrait !

15 Sep 2009 7:10am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful shot! Put a smile on my face :-)

15 Sep 2009 7:49am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

Sympathetic shot! Terrific colours

15 Sep 2009 7:52am

@xavier cardell: Gracias.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A beautiful portrait of a very nice artist

15 Sep 2009 7:54am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Artist at work! Brilliant shot...a lovely portrait!

15 Sep 2009 9:21am

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

This is a GREAT portrait!!! What a happy little girl. Very well captured.
Happy Silly Tuesday :)

15 Sep 2009 10:16am

@Anina: Thank you.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Happy ST. Probably shouldn't eat the paint.

15 Sep 2009 10:24am

@jeff (aka dogilicious): Actually don't think that eating it would hurt her.

valenttin from Navodari, Romania

really love that!

15 Sep 2009 10:30am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

That' s gorgeous, looks like she's saying 'silly you daddy or' Such fun, bravo jack!

15 Sep 2009 10:42am

zOOm from Paris, France

In that case, it's better to paint outside, yes ! You reduce risks. ;-)

15 Sep 2009 10:53am

@zOOm: You should have seen Beau!!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful capture of emotion and fun. The paint on the face adds the perfect touch.

15 Sep 2009 12:08pm

MJ from Delaware, United States

She is adoble... and hehehe she makes me laugh with that cute smile, laugh, painted face..... The next monet......

15 Sep 2009 12:18pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Fiona, you're a doll, even w/a blue mouth and dots of color in your hair.
This is a wonderful ST shot, Jack!

15 Sep 2009 12:43pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Amazing little girl!

15 Sep 2009 12:51pm

Joao Mourao from Amadora, Portugal

The most charming thing on this photo is that she seems to have your scale with the brush. Great work.

15 Sep 2009 1:02pm

Patri from Barañain, Spain

very funny!!!excelent picture ando work...she is adorable =)

15 Sep 2009 1:16pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

She is so cute and happy!! love it!

15 Sep 2009 1:47pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Life should always be this fun. Great shot.

15 Sep 2009 2:11pm

@Gary Hart: Thanks, Gary. I agree. She brings incredible joy into our lives.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful , happy face !!! She is gorgeous and your shot too ;))

15 Sep 2009 2:23pm

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana.

don from spokane, United States

A fun shot of this youngster expressing herself... including some facial decoration! Fine informal portrait of a cute youngster.

15 Sep 2009 2:26pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

As I would learn to talk! Sometimes I think the N / B retains the myth of the reference picture! I think it distorts creativity. I have always worked in B / W silver, but the B / W digital, does not technically. Besides, this little girl knows it!!

15 Sep 2009 2:27pm

@Mathilde Collot: Yes, she does know it!!

kerfendal from Paris, France

wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 Sep 2009 2:37pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

You've captured a great moment ... Picasso-to-be at work! I hope she didn't splash your camera in her enthusiasm! Happy ST!

15 Sep 2009 2:46pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Nothing quite as beautiful as a child simply being herself! Lovely shot, Jack!

15 Sep 2009 3:01pm

@Sarah: Absolutely!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

So cute, so messy, so fun!

15 Sep 2009 3:04pm

@Viewfinder: Yep!

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

yeah !!! a very nice and fun little artist ,jack ,absolutely adorable !!
friendships !

15 Sep 2009 3:40pm

Ajay from Pune, India

And she caught you taking her photo. :-)

15 Sep 2009 4:13pm

@Ajay: She is very accustomed to being photographed. Her dad has thousands of shots of her.

k@ from Paris, France

Miss Pollocka is a champ ! :) She'll laugh so tenderly when she looks at this, thks to U, in a few years ~ 

15 Sep 2009 5:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The paint tastes good too!

15 Sep 2009 6:22pm

AEparker from Norfolk, United States

Great shot of this young artist!

15 Sep 2009 6:50pm

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

What a smile... A very good shot and nice portrait Jack

15 Sep 2009 7:29pm

@Lydie et Roland: Merci.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

As a retired art teacher, I can appreciate this shot. ;-))

15 Sep 2009 8:40pm

@B. Thomas: I can well imagine!!

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

beautiful shot

15 Sep 2009 9:48pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

great shot You have to smile a that beautiful face

15 Sep 2009 10:07pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Love this! Such enthusiasm and joy!

15 Sep 2009 10:25pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

You definitely have to please yourself first....and then, if it pleases others, it's just that much sweeter!!! As for this shot, adorable!!! That expression of pure joy is just priceless!!!

15 Sep 2009 10:29pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A great artist and a beautiful smile and fun! Lovely shot!

15 Sep 2009 11:51pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Precious! Silly, yes, but definitely precious as well!

16 Sep 2009 12:54am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

What a smile!! She is absolutely adorable and appears to be one of the happiest little girls I've seen in a long time. Bravo, Jack!!

16 Sep 2009 1:46am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

yay, take care of the camera =) cute & lively!

16 Sep 2009 11:09am

Barbara from Florida, United States

She makes me smile for this ST image, with paint on her face and those golden locks of hair. I love to see children being creative and here she certainly is expressing herself. This is a keeper image, a memory captured to show her later in years.
I commend you for staying true to your own creative path and not be directed by the influence of others expectations.
Like the child here freely splashing her colors to what she sees is beautiful, I think any medium including the view through your lens to freely express what you see is the color or B&W of your expression.
For myself I still struggle with B&W verses color in imagery. In all my years of sketching and pen & ink I stayed with B&W and always felt intimidated with color, in that medium. But in photography I find it a challenge of what I like best, certainly I want to take advantage of capturing the color to expose myself to it in the medium of photography.
Your bringing up this point open my discussion of the topic. Thanks Jack.

16 Sep 2009 3:17pm

@Barbara: When it comes to color vs. B&W, I imagine that I always will do both. More often than not (but not always), when I do a quick check to get a clue as to what it would look like in monochrome, it becomes quite clear which version I prefer. If I prefer the monochrome version, then I go through the hard work of processing it in Silver Efex Pro. Moreover, how I feel about a particular image when it comes to color vs. B&W sometimes changes over time. Some of my red rock photographs from Southern Utah which initially seemed so pleasing in color now seem to be luring me to convert them to monochrome. Having said all of that, I have come to believe that my preferences probably say more about me at a particular point in my life than they do about which is the better version. Photography is incredibly autobiographical, and I see myself very much as a work in progress.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

an adorable shot!!! such fun. and that's the idea...take the creative-mess OUTSIDE. I keep setting my daughter up at the dining room table...I'm just askin' for trouble!

as for b&w vs color. I am a big fan of b&w shots, I think sometimes it makes a good fit. On the other hand, my husband wants ALL color, ALL the time...jumping out of the screen and yelling to be seen....and sometimes that makes a good fit too. It's all personal preference. It's part of the enjoyment for me, seeing how just the slightest tweak in color or contrast can give the same shot such a vastly different feel...

17 Sep 2009 12:58am

@bekkah: Asking for trouble? Yep!