B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 5th Post

B&W Street Photography Modes of Flight Hammer Home

Cadets

Once more into the breech! I fire off the fifth and final shot in my answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days.

Not too many have seen this picture before now. I hope that I can eventually do some real good with it.

After the October 20 and 22, 2014 terrorist slayings of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, this photograph has an extra special meaning to me.

Those men were someone’s children brought into a world that they didn’t create but had to face with the determination to make whatever good of it they could.

Today I nominate Stephen Cosh Street Photography to carry on this non-challenge. I’m not sure if he will but I hope that he does because his work is most impressive.

All of my other nominees have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS;

f1.8. and

André Diogo Pereira of Life in a Photograph

I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

Stephen, if interested, I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 4th Post

contemporary black and white street photography hamilton ontario

Lookin’ Sharp

So, here’s my fourth shot of real life people as I continue to answer the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days.

I pass the torch by nominating André Diogo Pereira of Life in a Photograph to participate in this chain-photography challenge. I’ve taken a liking to his B/W work.

My other nominees so far have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS; and

f1.8.

Again, I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

André, if willing to accept, I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 3rd Post

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Six String on the Street

It’s now time to reveal shot number 3 in answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days. I hope to hear what people think.

Today I nominate my fellow street photographer of f1.8 in this chain-challenge. The other nominees so far have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS.

I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

As I said before; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate, yeah, yeah, yeah, right, OK, whatever!

f1.8; I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

Play on!

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 2nd Post

Pop-A-Wheelie

Pop-A-Wheelie

Here I go! Shot number 2 in answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days (Moments is a cool blog, so click the bold type to see her entries in this non-challenge). I don’t know where this thing originated from before her but I like it.

I typically get so wrapped up in my pursuits and responsibilities that for me, seeing this guy pushing this shopping cart down the street like this was like a reminder to make it a mission to relax and enjoy life from time-to-time.

This time, as I continue with this chain-challenge, I nominate Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS to be a part of this effort to inspire each other. For those who don’t know, Paulo is a street photographer in Portugal who shoots there and anywhere else he can.

So far, my only other nominee is Otto von Münchow of In Flow, so periodically relax and find time to check out Otto’s and Paulo’s photography blogs.

Again; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate.

Paulo; I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

Have fun!

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 1st Post

Josko

Josko

Out of the blue, I have been non-challenged! The talented photojournalist Ks3nia of Moments (yes, click that bold type and go see her blog) has thrown down the gauntlet, and I have accepted it. My task is to post black and white photography for five consecutive days. Yes, despite my current busy schedule I think I can do that!

In the process of accepting this non-challenge, I must nominate another talented blogger to accept the hot potato which is the theme of “people”. My first deserving nominee is . . .

Otto von Munchow of In Flow.

Of course; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate.

So, above is my first shot for this thing. A very simple portrait of an ordinary guy who I think has led an inspirational life. For that story click this bold type.

Otto; I hereby challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (Psssst! There is nothing to say that duotones, tritons and quadtones cannot be included); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer to run with and pass on the spud!

You’re always inspiring to me, so I have no doubt that you can show some impressive interpretations.

All the very best to you, Sir!

Calling all Street Photography Critics

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Right! While I’m still hoping for more opinions to be shared in the last post, I thought I’d give the exercise another try (I suspect that most readers didn’t scroll down far enough to see the second shot, and simply clicked the like button; hence why some bloggers get rid of their like buttons, AH-HA!).

Here are two more similar minimalist street shots that hopefully will get people openly assessing. Again, only one stands a chance of being included in Hammer Home:

• Impact;

• Originality;

• Unique style;

• Composition;

• Lighting;

• Statement making; and

• Risk management.

I’m even making sure that neither picture has a working title, just in case it may cause a bias in anyone’s evaluation process.

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What say ye judges?

I know. Photography is so globalized now and in our faces everyday that it has become so hard to keep looking at so many images, and still share our thoughts about them in ways that don’t seem trite. This is why I feel that as much as the Internet has helped the arts, it has also critically wounded them.

Weekly Post Challenge: “Minimalist”

The Mystery

The Mystery

Yes, it’s been months since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve been up to my neck in a creativity and art marketing explosion, and while it’s still going on I thought that I’d pop my head up just to say hello and thank everyone who wrote me asking how Kim and I are doing. I greatly appreciate all of your concern and interest. Thank you all so much for hanging in there.

So, here’s what I’m going to do. While I continue to be busy puttering around, I’m going to leave this post up so that you can enjoy an opportunity to be the art jury of two of my most recent street shots that fit into WordPress’ minimalist photo non-challenge; a matter that is near and dear to my heart. Which one does everyone prefer the most?

Judge them by whatever standards you want. BE CRITICAL! Tell me what you like and don’t like, and certainly ask me questions if you feel you need to know something before making your decision (I may not be posting much for a while but believe me I am fully engaged with my e-mail these days)! I will; however, offer my own evaluation criteria for your use. For many years, this is how I have been assessing all of my art, and sometimes others’, whether it’s a painting, drawing, photo or whatever. Please excuse me if my explanation seems too involved.

It is assumed that all images have reasonable artistic value, therefore; in giving the benefit of the doubt an image is automatically given a score of 3 points (I try to make images that earn a perfect 10, and I have never succeeded – it is not a simple task – although I may like my work, I am still highly critical of it). It is the careful and strict consideration of the pros and cons of the image that will determine if those initial points are kept or lost. Each pro is worth 1 point just as each con is a 1 point deduction. While pros are always counted at 3 points or more, cons are only subtracted at 3 or less points (e.g., if an image earns points for unique style but hadn’t acquired points for impact or originality, then its score increases from 3 to 4, not from 3 to 1; however, if the image had not received any points above the initial 3, then its score would decrease to 1).

• Criteria – Impact (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image makes an impact (usually and preferably an emotional one); creates a strong first impression that holds the attention of the viewer regardless if the image is pleasing (e.g., the Mona Lisa) or disturbing and controversial (e.g., a starving child in Sudan).

Con – the image has little or no impact or imagination.

• Criteria – Originality (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image shows originality, causing the observer to feel certain that they’ve never seen anything like it before. Such uniqueness comes as a result of the photographer, illustrator or designer thinking creatively while using as much technical skill as they can muster. This may include drawing upon inspiration from other art or phenomena but even better when the artist draws solely from one’s own imagination.

Con – the image is not necessarily an original one, causing the observer to feel as though they’ve seen something similar to it before. Although relying on as much technical skill as they could muster, the photographer, illustrator or designer did not truly think creatively enough. He/she were either too inspired by other art or phenomena or unfortunately had the same idea as someone else.

• Criteria – Unique Style (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image shows an individual style; a look that sets the work of the creator apart from those of others, even if all the artists of reference produce work in the same movement or genre (e.g., all fantasy art by Boris Vallejo has a look that differs from all fantasy art produced by Chris Achilleos but it is still clear that both artists are producing fantasy art).

Con – the image doesn’t really show an individual style; it’s too similar to those of others.

• Criteria – Composition (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image is well composed. The subject and all other elements are illustrated, photographed or designed in a way that ensures a harmony between each other (e.g., complimentary colour hues or an attractive range of black, white and grey tones are selected; colours or tones are placed to be in stark contrast to each other or to appear soft; proper exposure or obviously intentional over/underexposure is applied; sharp focus or obviously intentional blurriness is applied; portrait or field cropping is used to perpetuate a certain feeling; the subject fills a sufficient amount of the image area between the edges of the illustration or photograph, and the subject is rendered to dominate the image even if it appears small amongst bigger, broader or more vibrant features, a good choice or acceptance of an incidental camera angle; an excellent selection of modelling figure or object, etc.).

Con – the image is poorly composed. The subject and all other elements are illustrated, photographed or designed in a way that fails to create harmony between each other.

• Criteria – Lighting (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image shows excellent use of natural, studio or illustrated lighting which reinforces the impact, originality, individual style and composition. The image accurately interprets or communicates the established or sought connotation, message, theme or relationship.

Con – the image shows poor to average use of natural, studio or illustrated lighting which fails to create impact, originality, individual style or admirable composition.

• Criteria – Statement Making (worth 1 point):

Pro – the image accurately interprets or communicates the established or sought connotation, message, theme or relationship.

Con – the image is not relevant to the established connotation, message, theme or relationship.

• Criteria – Risk Management (worth 1 BONUS point):

Pro – The image shows that the artist has taken a risk of some magnitude (major, mediocre, minor) in order to compose the image and/or communicate the connotation, message, theme or relationship to the observer. Taking a risk is strictly a bonus in artistry. Not every great image is made through risk taking, and some images are worthless due to too large of a risk being taken. The image created through effective risk management, nevertheless, is guaranteed to be outstanding.

Con – Non-applicable.

Score Values

• Below average: “0” to “3”

• Average: “4” or “5”

• Above average: “6” or “7”

• Outstanding: “8″ or “9”

• “Perfect 10″

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Untitled

The first shot has a working title of “The Mystery”. That name could be changed, perhaps depending on the feedback I get. The untitled image was made second after “The Mystery”. I’d really like to hear everyone’s thoughts on a possible name.

The one, and only one, that ticks the most boxes for the majority of respondents will be included in Hammer Home. I think they’re pretty even, so I don’t expect the draw to be made easily. In any case, let’s have fun with this.

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