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    Posted: 04 December 2017 at 21:48
For years I have taken images of manmade objects that have been damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes and tropical storms that frequent the area where I live (the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, U.S.). In so doing I have never shot with a series in mind. I have always shot and processed each image individually, sometimes color, sometimes black and white, sometimes low contrast, sometimes high, etc., etc. I am now attempting to put together a series of some of these images and in so doing am processing them very similarly to enhance the sense of this being a series especially since there is a variety of subject matter and compositions.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2017 at 22:12
That's an excellent selection, Roger.

I think you managed to push the consistency within the series. #1, #2, #4 and ## 7-10 show a very similar processing, similar light conditions and they are all long exposures. They fit together extremely well - although #1 does not achieve the same excellent quality as the others, IMO. The have a common mood - of something given up, tragic and even a bit depressive.

#3, #5 and #6 are different and each for different reasons. #6 lacks punch, IMO. It's too much grey in grey. I would try, quite radically, to give the boat a much whiter body to enhance contrast and to make it pop out of the image - that would be my suggestion (BTW: Has the boat been damaged at all? Isn't that just low tide?). #5 is as such an excellent image as well but the sunlight makes it an outsider in the series - it's too beautiful.

#3 is really a special case for me - it's my absolute favorite in the selection but does not easily fit in the series first mentioned - it's too beautiful as well, mostly because of the serene mood of the light in the sky and its reflection in the water that surrounds the decrepit structure. If I would keep it in the series I would put it at the end - as a positive note.

Thanks for sharing this great work! All the best!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tue Romanow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 December 2017 at 22:38
Really beautiful shots!!! It's hard not to think of David Burdeny here...and that's just about the greatest compliment I know! #2, 7 and 9 are my faves. They have this quality that just screams "Print huge! Hang on wall!"
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Thanks Tue Romanow and waldo_posth for the comments.

waldo_posth - yes, this is not a "tight" series in the traditional sense. #6 - the boat either has run aground or, what I suspect, was torn from it's place in a very close by marina that suffered damage. This is a very shallow area even at high tide. Or, it could have been a drunken sailor at the helm!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2017 at 11:01
A well crafted series Roger. (In my lexicon that's about the highest praise possible!) A good lesson that not all B&W needs to be high contrast.

I note there's a lot of variation in how tight they are (as in, how much negative space you have around the subject). A nice way to inject variety I think.
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Hi Roger,

For me, this is a really well crafted and thoughtful series. I am reminded of RPS Distinction panels I have seen over the years and this set definitely sits well up amongst some of the very best I have seen; there is a theme running through them, but that shouldn't be seen as a confining or restrictive aspect - there should be elements of understanding the image space and how you place your own interpretation upon each scene. I would be happy to be the owner of many of these and, as has been mentioned already in the comments, many of these would be well worth printing large and showing off for people to really enjoy.

For the distinction, you would need to indicate that you have a good technical skill level and an appreciation of how to construct a good image - with that in mind, you can clearly see why I would hold these as being very fine examples of a great Panel in the making.

I do hope you get some space somewhere to show these to a wider public - I suspect you might be surprised at the reception you get.

Thanks for sharing and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2017 at 08:23
Atom Ant - I am a big high contrast black and white fan and regularly process that way but for some subjects "straight" or even low contrast works best to my eye. However, I think for most people such low contrast images are not appealing. Thanks for commenting.

owenn01 - Thanks for the praise, especially coming from you who always provides reasoned and quite helpful critiques, critiques that have helped me shape my images over the years.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jadom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2017 at 06:14
Just one word: WOW. BW works perfectly. Timing as well. TFS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2017 at 13:29
I really like the tonality of the images and the serene beauty they capture. The second and fifth images are my favorites in this group.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mambo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 December 2017 at 14:46
Beautiful series. Thanks for sharing these Roger.
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When planning a trip to the Florida Keys, I knew I would have to document the damage done by hurricane Irma. What helped me was to think of a piece of music that might be used to accompany a series of images. You may want to give that a try the next time you attempt a series of similar images.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2017 at 19:11
Jadom, Alamazar80, mambo - Thanks all for commenting.

JST1 - Something I have always wanted to learn how to do, put music to a series of images. It's about time I found the software and learned how to use it. Thanks for the reminder.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2017 at 19:39
Hi Rooger,

The de facto standard for Audio Visual software is Pictures to Exe.

It's been used extensively for Camera Clubs and beyond and is, apparently, straightforward to use.

My experience of others doing this type of work is that they find the Music that then initiates the ideas for the images as a theme or thread; trying to fit your own pre-selected images to music is slightly more difficult unless you have a very clear idea of what will be the theme for both the music and the shots.

Good luck and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2017 at 19:35
owenn01 - Thanks so much for the link - I've explored it. I need user friendly and will download the trial and try it.
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