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    Posted: 27 June 2011 at 22:19
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Personal Choice: April Foolishness 2011

For my personal choice I have reviewed 1 shot of all those who have a thumbnail post (and more than 10 photos) in the April Foolishness challenge, in the order of the thumbnail thread. That shot is not necessarily the Ďbestí shot, but the one that caught my attention the most. This is a very personal choice, very Ďjust my 2 centsí and Ďimhoí. Reviewing in this way is really trying to describe emotions which is not at all easy for me. So bear with me and excuse me for not making sense and being carried away here and there Ö

1 Pegelli
April 12, Walkers in front of the European parliament building



Striking photo because the background is much more prominent than the real subject. The reflection of the old building in the glass of the new building (nice contrast) is a massive attention grabber. And so are the colourful images of people on the street level. All this would make a fine photo in itself. But the photo really is about the two real people that walk in front of the images of people (Platoís Cave comes to mind here). They might easily be overlooked.
To hide the main subject is a very original idea!


2 Dopol
April 7, Airplanes grow on trees



The idea to connect airplanes with blossom is creative. Blossom and airplanes are Ďobjectsí that have very different and contrasting connotations so the connection gives an interesting clash. The execution of the idea in a photographic triptych is another good idea because it immediately grabs the attention. It would have been a bit stronger (and more in line with the title) if 3 different branches had been used to go with the 3 different planes.


3 Jamesmd
April 22, 2 geishas and a dog dancing one of the geishas with an umbrella in her hand



I have no idea what that title has to do with this picture but that is one of the strengths of this puzzling and truly Foolish photo. Itís clear that something terrible has happened from the OMG expression on the manís face and the hand over his mouth. And sure the scene on the table is showing Ďsomethingí in ruins. Is it the 2nd geisha and the dancing dog that caused this (but where are they)? Did the man try to protect the object with his umbrella? Or was it meant to crown the object? And what was the object? Questions, questions, questions. Nice touches are the United Colours of Benetton in this almost BW photo and the coloured umbrella (in bw it might have been hardly visible).


4 SerdarA
Day 29, Dragonfly



Beautiful portrait of a dragonfly. With only the blue sky as background and a small branch as foreground, all the attention is on the dragonfly and this works very well in a macro. The sharpness of the front and the eyes is perfect and the transition of unsharpness to sharpness in the wings is a very pleasing element.


5 Rhoel6
Day 11, K = Key Butterfly



Technically this photo could be improved: a bit of cropping, more symmetry in the butterfly, shadows a bit darker. But the idea is fantastic. Photography is writing with light and thatís what's happening here. Transforming a key into a butterfly (a symbol of transformation itself) is a magical idea.


6 Mpb
Day 19, The Viaduct



Composition, repetition, lines and colours make this one stand out. Itís a photo of 3ís. Only 3 colours: brown, minium and green; 3 kinds of lines: vertical, horizontal and diagonal; 3 repetitions of the OOF structure through which we see the scene. 3 materials: wood, iron and concrete. Itís a pity that the background with the fence, grass and trees is there but that couldnít be helped of course.


7 Rosie
Day 11, Good morning sunshine



A feelgood photo. (As Rosie usually opened the AF day )this one is one of the more memorable openings. It gives such a pleasant and optimistic feel: I welcome the new day and the new day welcomes me. The light on the lace curtain is very good, a touch of blue and green shapes add a little mystery and the sun peeping through warms the heart.


8 Sue
Day 18, Farmyard geometry



A great find. I like to visit farmyards and other places of unorganized chaos to try and find hidden gems like this. Sometimes (not very often unfortunately) in all this chaos an unintended order in shapes and/or colours and/or materials can be found, a scene that amidst all disorder is in balance. You found one. You have them all in a very pleasant composition: circles, curves, a diagonal that connects them, verticals, verticals that slowly fall over into diagonals; only the horizontals are scarce. The piece of barbed wire is still a bit anarchic, which is a nice touch; but Iím sure if you return to this scene one day it will be formed into a perfect ball: such is the strength of the order that rules this scene.


9 Rusty
Day 11, Apple



On the very edge of photography, or slightly over it, and this makes it a fascinating shot. Our imagination is given just enough information to decide that itís (half) an apple. Well, an apple hanging on a piece of string: and thatís the only thing Iím not sure about. I think Iíd prefer it without the string.


10 smcabbott
Day 12, One is Missing



Fortunately it rains sometimes; it forces us to be inventive. This is well spotted. Itís a clever photo because it is about something that is not there. It plays with our mind: it gives us some elements and says: now figure it out for yourselves. In this respect it is like Rustyís Apple, Jamesí Geishas and many more in this selection. Photography is not only about what you see, but also about what you donít see.


11 Jakuli
Day 8, Weird shot



Jakuli called it Ďa weird shotí and surely itís different from his other posts. I think it is a powerful and disturbing photo. Full of symbolism. Perhaps not intended, and Iím not a great symbol seeker or reader but I am left with no choice here. For me this photo symbolizes depression.
That man is a plant. He gets water and he drinks it. He doesnít see. He doesnít move. His shoelaces are undone. He is going no further. He could go up or down the staircase but it is useless. It will be exactly the same there; nothing but these bare walls; like a prison cell. A plant needs sunlight to survive. Heís not getting it and he doesnít want it. He is slowly withering.


12 Wilu
Day 8, Separated



One of Wilu's many intriguing shots. It could have been called the Rebellion of the OOF. The OOF is very important in a photo but never the main subject: it supports the main subject, and thatís its role. In this photo, the OOF says: F**k the main subject, Iím the main subject!
And he (?) has a point. The main subject is very boring and partly OOF itself; and the OOF is beautiful.


13 Tanglefoot
Day 18, Contemplating



(I wonít tell your Dad) But itís a beautiful portrait of him with the bokeh of his contemplations circling round his head. Great light, focus, composition and tone.


14 ianb
Day 15, Cloud Theatre over Padstow



I love cloudscapes, especially when it stays dry. This is a fine one. Itís a natural selective-colour image. There are some very faint blues and reds but the line of the coast leads us to the only true colour of the green fields. I would have cropped it a bit on the left and the bottom but other than that itís a great shot.


15 KoBra64
Day 7, Morning sun



I feel great affinity to KoBra's photography; style, subject matter, ĎDutchnessí perhaps. ďMorning sunĒ is not his best shot of the challenge. There are some technical imperfections like the lamppost with the cut off lamp. The streetscape is not particularly interesting or beautiful.
But I love the light and the atmosphere. Iím in that photo and I feel the warmth of the early morning sun. Thereís no one there but me, no traffic, no sound apart from the early birds. Itís going to be a beautiful day, but please let it stay like this for a while.


16 ronghomes
Day 27, Fool #27



This city is literally creeping up those mountains, you can almost see it taking place. I like the succession of zones here: in the forground the suburbs (each house with this triangular tree), then the highrise, more suburbs (of the creeping kind), then the mountains (canít make out what it says on them) and then the sky. The sky is the limit for this city.


17 tigertimb
Day 30, The young hobbits scattered as farmer Maggot came over the hill



A good title is a great thing to make a photo come alive. This one is very good because it helps us, in a very humorous way, to get a grip on and remember this photo. It also shows what wonderful (in more than one sense) things associations are. There's nothing wrong with tigertimb's associations! Brilliant!


18 MiPr
Day 10, Heather



Less is more. Heather in bloom on the heath or moor is beautiful to see. But when you make a photo of it, it hardly ever succeeds to capture that beauty. What you see is a kind of mauve haze on the ground. Not so in this photo. It is as if you see heather in bloom for the first time. Without the title you would wonder what beautiful plant this is. Photography to make us see better. Great idea and photo (and with such a humble lens as the 35-70; who needs CZ?).


19 RedDrake
Day 16, GBR



Intermezzo:
By now Iím beginning to see (as you will probably have done already) what attracts me to a photo: itís the idea behind it (but of course there are many more things to like in a photo). In most of my selections the underlying idea is what grabs me. I see it like this (Iím thinking out loud here): the photographer makes a photo of something; he/she could have made the photo in a 1000 different ways, but the photo I see, is his/her final choice: that choice is based upon an (intuitive or very conscious) idea. To me, the photo is good if it is a good idea (and well executed of course) and if it is a bridge from the photographerís mind to mine, if it communicates the photographerís original idea to me. Photography is a language, universal and exciting. I want photography to talk to me, and thatís what my personal choice is about. BTW: you should all do a Personal Choice: itís hard work but very rewarding: you may find out what photography is all about for you!

OK, back to GBR. RedDrake is a digital photographer. He knows all about colourspace and colour management. To a normal passerby these are 3 windows with 3 different colours; but RedDrake thinks: ďah, RGB gone wrongĒ. Well thought, and executed.


20 owenn01
Day 10, Winchelsea Afterglow



You can have a brilliant idea but if the light isnít right or almost right or canít be made right, youíre nowhere. And Winchelsea Afterglow is about light. Of course the (mirrored) Z forming groynes sticking out of the multi-coloured pebbles are pleasing to the eye. But the light makes this photo. It is good that owenn01 specifies that it is ĎNo HDRí because that is the first you think of: nice, but the HDR is a bit overdone. What we see here is natural HDR and itís magical. Good photography is about being there when the light is right.


21 gouldina
Day 16, Table tennis



Having fun is what itís all about is the signature of a prominent Dyxum member and this could be the photo to go with that. Action shots of children playing are not the easiest to make but this is a very good shot. The expression on her face is wonderful and her eye contact with the ball and the position of it is just right. A pity that her left hand is is partly out of the frame, but imperfections like this are part of most action shots of course.


22 maewpa
Day 3, Can You Read the Runes?



The runes say: a creative mind is a joy forever. Iím nearing the end and I canít help but start to repeat myself. As maewpa says: this is a development of one of the ideas in yesterdayís outtakesí. It starts with the idea, the idea develops and this is the fine result. You can read various things in it but the composition in itself is strong enough to make this shot. I suppose this is in maewpaís garden, or anyway near to his home and that is one of the beautiful things about photography: simply look around you, and theyíre there: the great shots are at your doorstep.


23 mikey2000
Day 3, Barrels



My kind of shot. Good to have the shadows of the barrels in the frame (and not cut off): they form an important part of the composition. The unity of colour is a strong element here. As well as the contrast between the smooth, round, metal barrels with the rough, rectangular stones. Position of the barrels is spot on. You could do interesting thing with this in PP: push various sliders to the max and I think the result would be quite good. But this Ďnaturalí version is good enough so probably best left as it is.


24 PeterTheJet
Day 30, Onward



ďLast Day, Sun at yer back, Wind in yer face, Sailing into MayĒ is the thought that acoompanied this photo and itís very apt. The end of the monthly challenges is as if you have to say goodbye to a dear old friend: youíve had your ups and downs with him but it makes you sad to have to part with him. This is the perfect shot and rhyme to symbolize this, especially from a Tyneside member.


25 janz
Day 8, Building



I choose this photo because I was puzzled by it during the challenge. Janzís profile gives Netherlands as his location, and I looked at this photo from that perspective and thought: something is not right. How can this be a view from his apartment (the comment he added to the photo)? There is something unDutch about this building; no not the builders: they wouldnít be out of place on any Dutch building site. No, itís the absence of machinery of any kind, cranes etc; the absence of scaffolding around the building where the builders are; the building materials; the very small windows; the dangerous Ďbridgeí between the 2 buildings. So then I found out he was in Africa (Nairobi, I think). And I thought: we never look at a photo unbiased. Initially, we see what we expect to see (based on the knowledge we have of the photographer, the subject, etc). Only on closer inspection, in my case triggered by a feeling that something is wrong, we really start to look and may find out that the photo is not what we thought it was. So it's always good to take a closer look...

Pffff, thatís it. Sorry to all those participants who did not have a thumbnail post and therfore are not present here; it was practically impossible for me to go through all the day threads and select the photo that grabbed me most of every participant. And I skipped bill_bly_ca (great to use film!) because I couldnít find his photos in the day threads. So to all participants of July Jazz: make a thumbnail post (though I donít promise to do this again!)


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A good selection and some interesting choices.

It is alway good to get other peoples views and opinions. You have selected some that are the most memorable for me including Rustys apple and Jakulis weird shot. Then there are those that I didn't really give a second look at the time. I am now able to view them from someone elses perspetive.

Well done.
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Lovely set and I am glad one of mine is in it.
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Great selection, Leo

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I love reading about what makes other people tick and really enjoyed reading why each of these photos was picked. This is a great selection and write-up and I am happy to be part of it.   
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I am loving this. Three different 'Personal choice' and three times a completely different style of selection. I very much like that you take the viewer into your mind and explain why or what. Well done!

Can't wait for the next one in the serie. Want to do your own? Contact one of the admins/mods/alpha eyes!
 



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A great selection and a few striking observations
Through your text one is forced to stop and think about the shots.
Thanks for taking time and (great) effort.
Nice to see one of mine (with a very good remark). I'll try harder next time

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Very interesting reading. Thanks for going into such detail; seeing a pic of mine commented so closely is great! It's getting me all revved up for July Jazz!

Ps. I couldn't find a 'personal choice 2' post. Did I miss it somehow?

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Please see here for the whole series.
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I loved reading your commentaries darosa. They are very perceptive. Thanks for your insights.
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Great to see your choices and why you picked each one

And thank you; you picked; from mine, you picked my own favourite for the month too - was pleased to use the macro to capture a bit of life that I can't see normally and in the midst of technical and detailed macros, include a bit of story; even if fabricated
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A very good read and a nice selection, gladly surprised to be part of it.
I like your observations and detailed comments, well done!
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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

Very interesting reading. Thanks for going into such detail; seeing a pic of mine commented so closely is great! It's getting me all revved up for July Jazz!

Ps. I couldn't find a 'personal choice 2' post. Did I miss it somehow?

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Reading this, I feel I'm attending a nice tutorial by my kindly art teacher. The analysis of James' picture is classic!

It's a great read - thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

And I think this is becoming my favorite Dyxum feature!

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Thanks for sharing this. This isvery interesting.
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