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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 14 November 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A NEW GOAL - 1. within each day's shoot, to select the 4 best photographs (and only the best 4 photographs); put those in a LR Collection. 2. Each week, pick the 5 best from the week, and put those in a Collection. 3. Each month, pick the 5 best from the month (and only the 5 best); put those in a Collection. 4. At the end of the year, pick the top 12-15 photographs. Keep only the prints of those photographs. And publish those in a Blurb book; publishing a few copies for my family and close friends. I believe that those books, and the prints of the photographs in those books, will end up being my legacy. (In fact, I think that most of the prints will end up in the recycling bin.) Nobody will want any of the rest. I am thinking about not burdening my family. (I turn 76 on the 22nd.)

NIKON D700 1/13 second F/9.0 ISO 400 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Because of the B&W the attention goes out to the contrast between the shapes of the leaves! Good framing with the diagonal line between the two plants.

14 Nov 2011 6:19am

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Nov 2011 6:22am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

I started this goal some time ago already! But I think you are hard on your images, I will keep the images you throw in the trash! Even have a small copy of your book. I like your creativity especially hard since I see your pictures, and this work has not 76 years! The number of years does not matter where our feet will carry us through the beauty again!

14 Nov 2011 8:04am

@Mathilde Collot: you are very kind. thank you. you set a standard for all of us

Frida from Sweden

This sound like a good idea, I think I will copy it.

14 Nov 2011 8:55am

@Frida: a theologian in the 50s said, "if you find something that is good and true, steal it"

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Eh eh, the nightmare of doing a selection amongst his own images.
It's possible also that the criterias defining what's a good image varying a lot through the time, for you and for the people who will get the advantage getting your book.
Not possible, in fact, I'm sure !
The most important is to define the substance of your vision you want to transmit, isn't it?
So, it's a fascinating job to do.
Bon courage !
I love the today's picture, great composition !

14 Nov 2011 9:09am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent composition! Beautiful light! Superb picture! I love it! Bravo!

14 Nov 2011 9:15am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm interested in your new goal. Forums like AM3, force a type of activity that is based around the need to get a "Shot a day". It is impossible to have 365 exhibition/book quality shots a year. Nobody is that good. So to use the same mechanism(Force yourself to go and do the shots), but then have a different selection, and output(Book), I think is a different challenge.
I was chatting to Jason Kravitz(AM3 co-founder) about this, and I don't think that they are likely to add this functionality to the site soon-it would just be too expensive in terms of coding effort, so doing your own thing looks to be the only way forward right now.

14 Nov 2011 9:54am

@CElliottUK: I don't think that this is aminus3's responsibility

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent goal.. I think it is a great Idea..

14 Nov 2011 10:08am

STEED from D, France

Simplicity gives sometimes nice things.......This picture,for example......

14 Nov 2011 3:02pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like your "carefully selected collections…then printed" approach to your photography. All these blogs will one day disappear. I've sent CDs and DVDs to my children, but I'll bet they are already lost in the shuffle…or will lapse into unretrievable status one day. Print is the way to go!

14 Nov 2011 3:25pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A daunting goal indeed Jack! ;-)

14 Nov 2011 4:17pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A great idea Jack...I think that is certainly "doable," but in the case of your work still will be a "tall order" (not trying to suck up here) becasue of the magnifiecent images that you have turned out ..But I think your idea is a great one and should work wonderfully. i would like to put my name on the "pre-Order list if i may!!

14 Nov 2011 4:21pm

Victoria from Sweden

Very nice... I like this picture!

14 Nov 2011 5:47pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

It sounds like a mathematical formula, I just enjoy looking at photographs wherever the
talent may lie. I love this compo, the dew on the leaves, and the beautiful b&w !

14 Nov 2011 6:28pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: my concern is that my family should not have to deal with the tons of prints that i have in boxes

franz from Baden, Austria

i am with phil, 100 pro!

14 Nov 2011 7:31pm

Macrobaby from St. Catharines, Canada

Nice goal Jack. I love the last two B&W posts. This one has such beautiful detail. Very very nice.

14 Nov 2011 10:50pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Lovely B & W shot, well processed.

15 Nov 2011 12:04am

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Very nice black and white! Beautiful simpicity!

15 Nov 2011 1:00am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow, that is a tough tall order, Jack. If anyone can do it, you can. I doubt that you could ever be a burden, though. I like this simple shot.

15 Nov 2011 2:30am

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Beautiful B&W image
Excellent compo and very nice details

Gr Sien

15 Nov 2011 4:14am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

a nice nature still live in good b/w

15 Nov 2011 4:53am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I want one Jack! I can get one? I send you my address! It will be great to have a llibre with your photographs ... I command you money! Feliz idea amigo!!!

15 Nov 2011 7:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful tonality.

17 Nov 2011 1:15am

Marie from FRESNES, France

très beau noir et blanc.

19 Nov 2011 10:16pm