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Up Through the Grass

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 August 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

RETURNING TO THE ISSUE OF COMMENTING - the following is something that I posted on Nigel's site last Friday.

"Regarding commenting, personally I have not found Am3 to be the best place to get helpful criticism. There are a number of reasons for this. First, cultural and language differences can easily create unintended misunderstanding. Second, meaningful criticism is not about me expressing my opinions; rather, I believe that it needs to relate to the photographer's goals. I want to help you accomplish what you desire to accomplish. Much of the time, we don't have a clue as to what the objectives of fellow Am3 members are. To get good criticism from others, we need to ask for specific and concrete input. Obviously, thoughtful criticism is very time consuming. I at least look at 50-70 Am3 photographs a day. I don't begin to have enough time to give serious criticism to each of these photographs. I, however, do like seeing the outstanding photographs that appear on Am3. Most of my viewing is of the photographs that appear on my blogwatch. On occasion, a Spotlight photograph causes me to look at someone else's portfolio. Most of my commenting is primarily to let a photographer know that I have seen and appreciated his or her photograph. (I wish that Am3 had the feature that Facebook does where you could click "Like" if you like a photograph, and then you could comment further if you wished to do so.) As I have said before, my primary reason for belonging to Am3 is not for criticism (although I do take serious comments seriously). Rather I place great value to belonging to a wonderful international community of photographers. Am3 has convinced me of the value of social networking (that is if you structure it to meet your own needs). Many of you have become friends. I never thought that I would say that about a social network. (Regarding receiving helpful criticism, we have a terrific community of photographers in Corvallis. I receive ongoing outstanding criticism of my work.)"

Nikon D300 1/200 second F/11.0 ISO 200 84 mm (35mm equiv.)

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

I agree with you. Nice infrared look of your photo.
You can see by my comment that I have nothing really important to say. But I like your photo, like the original way to depict the landscape, otherwise boring, the pending horizon for giving the right notion of the dificult climb, and the girl going up, giving scale and showing exactly what (you) were doing.

13 Aug 2012 6:51am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Another great image in your sequence of IR shots.
And well said today, Jack - I agree with you about Am3 as a social network.

13 Aug 2012 6:51am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Thanks so much for your contribution to the discussion - it certainly livened things up a bit...........

13 Aug 2012 6:51am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

great b&w Jack! - nice commentary on the crticism issue too by the way.

13 Aug 2012 7:16am

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

I personally chose to watch your pictures since the "La Palouse" series that I found outstanding. I find inspiration and a great pleasure when I discover your new photo every day. Here, I love the présence of the woman in the landscape!

13 Aug 2012 7:22am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique image, en couleurs elle doit être aussi très belle celle-ci. Bonne journée.

13 Aug 2012 7:22am

PATRICK from miramas, France

another great capture

13 Aug 2012 7:57am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice !

13 Aug 2012 8:14am

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

This composition and processing are great, and thanks for this interesting text in which I find many common points with what I think.

13 Aug 2012 9:38am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

je la prèfère à hier car avec ce personnage qui crapahute

13 Aug 2012 10:24am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great with the person in the field !

13 Aug 2012 10:28am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A little trek for some privacy, superb photo !~

13 Aug 2012 10:37am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

I have to admit I joined in photo blogging mainly for the fun and entertainment value, and then realized how fantastic it was as a means to meet a wide variety of photographers and personalities, who I believe have helped me become a better photographer, or at the very least a more informed one. Thanks for the discussion as I continue to enjoy your IR series!

13 Aug 2012 10:43am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Intéressant ce travail des couleurs.
Je n'ai pas tout compris la traduction de votre texte. Moi ce que j'aime, c'est voir des images. Et quand elles me parlent, c'est bingo !

13 Aug 2012 11:54am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very nice image with the effect of the human presence. Regarding criticism and social relations, probably there are many ways to try to balance these two. I find that a nice ambiance is better for improving your images, in spite of a lack of direct criticism. There are many ways to learn if that is what you are pursuing, and the continuous exposure of one's work to a varied community and the feedback you get from their images is great for growing your photographic skills. And if the ambiance is nice, you will be around for more time.

13 Aug 2012 12:14pm

masoud from tehran, Iran

Superbe bw shot !!!
I agree with you but ...

13 Aug 2012 1:12pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This series is very enjoyable to follow, and I have admired your experimental treatments as much as the more straightforward and beautiful landscape and nature images. The text is very lucid and resonates with me. I learn so much through osmosis here, from the many global locations and ways that people "see" and share, and I have benefitted quite a few times from constructive critique and/or opinions. A sponge will sop up many things.

13 Aug 2012 1:18pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Très belle photo avec ce personnage!!! j'aime+++++

13 Aug 2012 1:48pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Beautiful composition with the lady that adds an interest to the image.

13 Aug 2012 2:25pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Der einsame Wanderer. Wieder gute Verarbeitung.

13 Aug 2012 2:47pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I have read your wonderful reflection. I understand and agree with everything you say ... With respect to constructive criticism is a sort your group of photographers in Corvallis. I think these comments have to make them live among people who know each other personally. You're right when you talk about conflicts of communication ... Language is often a problem. I've noticed this problem personally. Often not well understood the comments and causes problems. Perfect comment aquñi analyzing the social situation. It is true ... a good environment and good friends in the world. Different cultures are known from the art of photography. I consider myself good friends with them ... You already know ... I value you as a friend first and as a great photographer and teacher ... You've learned a lot. Reading what you say and watching your wonderful work. There is not anything at all in photography to tell you anything. However educate my vision perfectly ... My kisses and hugs in my language are true and real. For you and your wonderful family I know through your photos ... My kids were in your country a year. You remind me constantly friendship I have with their American parents. The great friendship between us grew stronger when we visited Barcelona. This is why I love being in touch with you if only to say "Like" and send you my very sincere hugs and kisses ... So I'm very happy to be in Aminus and see you every day. Thank you very much for your time and your sincere friendship.
Muchos besos y abrazos... Adela

13 Aug 2012 3:25pm

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

I totally agree with Francisco.

13 Aug 2012 3:40pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


13 Aug 2012 4:24pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

As yacky as I can get, I would not dare do so here. I really agree with your words as well as Rick's, and so many others above. I know you're not looking for this but you always have been and always will be one of my favorite people whom I have never met - and defintely a fav from the artistic standpoint . Cheers sir - Well Said!

13 Aug 2012 5:00pm

Victoria from Sweden

Wow, very nice photo!

13 Aug 2012 5:16pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Another excellent IR image Jack! I agree with your comments totally! ;-)

13 Aug 2012 6:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am enjoying this IR series. I have never seen images like this before.
I, too,commented on Nigel's place on Friday. Being an amateur I am looking for help and comments. IN addition to a like button, I wish there would be notification if the blogger comments on my comment.

13 Aug 2012 7:16pm

Antoine from France

Very nice photo and your framing is excellent.

13 Aug 2012 7:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I, too, have found the interactions on am3 enjoyable. Since I don't like Facebook very much, I found this a bit surprising.

14 Aug 2012 1:04am

Becky from los angeles, United States

reminds me of a beautiful winter day (in summer clothing)! - love the angle of the trees - beautiful shot.

14 Aug 2012 1:09am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I NEVER have enough time to look at the amazing photos on AM3, much less to make many comments. I would rather "like" more shots than write longer comments on a few, but try to find a middle ground between lots of brief comments and a few more thought out ones.

14 Aug 2012 2:36am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Interesting capture and for comments i have at one time said my say...i like my contacts and to browse Aminus3 many many ways to learn..

23 Sep 2012 6:08am

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