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Rightwingconspirator  Feb 1, 2021 • 6:44:55pm


William Lewis  Feb 1, 2021 • 6:57:14pm

re: #1 Rightwingconspirator


iceweasel  Feb 3, 2021 • 1:41:34am

Really beautiful stuff - I love your work.

Thanos  Feb 3, 2021 • 10:19:31am

These are great photos, I have just two things: the up the nose profile photo could be improved, and the two story worn house with chimney photo should go.
While I like it, most people will not due to the blurred foreground saplings on the left side of the photo - looks like a foreground blur from a depth of field issue, and blurred obscurity through foreground things is usually a big NO! in photography so it might cause some to question.

William Lewis  Feb 3, 2021 • 11:21:02am

re: #4 Thanos

Fixed the profile shot but I think I’ll leave the other pic on there as I am fond of it. Thank you for the thoughts! I greatly appreciate it.

Decatur Deb  Feb 6, 2021 • 3:08:12am

Hey Lewis—wanted to wait until I’d had time to see all the shots before commenting. Doing that showed there are really two sides to your ideas—artistic and commercial.

As images, I like the b&w more than the color, and that also ties into your chances of finding a niche market. Think of hanging back into the mono world, letting the vast numbers of guys with expensive gear, software, travel budgets, and media struggle for the color shots. (Bias: our white-walled living room art is entirely a series of b&w lithos of St Mark’s and a few other Italian architecturals done by a family friend.)

Your most attractive compositions are in the 2020 and 2021 monos, particularly the S-curve of the stream with snowy banks*. Your style tends towards very layered left-right movement, which is sort of modern. I grew up on the “beauty curve” and fairly classical vanishing points. Those bring the viewer into the shot more readily. Because of the course of digitalizations, I can’t tell if you are losing contrast at your end, or if it’s just my monitor setup that is clipping some whites and deepest shadows. You would be able to assure a wide range in any hard copy you make for sale.

That brings up a medium you might explore—a guy who shows his work at a nearby coffee shop does his large “prints” as a high-resolution deposition on a white metal surface. The sharpness and brightness are amazing, and the finished product looks archival and easy for the buyer to display. I looked at the process, but don’t know if it’s bound to a large-city photolab culture—I don’t know if you could maintain esthetics and quality via mail/file transfer. (It also looks expensive, but that could be a marketing plus.) Do you propose to hit an art-festival circuit?

*Looking it up, that’s dsc_2074.

William Lewis  Feb 6, 2021 • 3:18:52pm

Thank you very much for these thoughts, DD.

I hope to hit the local flea markets and aim for the UMC types who own a cabin up here and have the disposable income for a new work of art for either at the cabin or at home to remind them of the cabin.

I agree that the B&W images are stronger for that - I’ve been working very hard to create a style in that medium and plan to upgrade from the free version of the software I’ve been using to do that RAW conversion to their pro version.

Shutterfly does the metal prints you talk about, framed conventional prints and canvass prints. I intend to offer all three options to people. My thinking is to have samples made up of a dozen or so of my best images in the three styles. The metal prints seem to only be available as 8x10 and 10x14 with the canvass and classic prints available in larger sizes. I’m also pondering getting some made up as post cards.

Thank you again for your comments; they’ve helped me bring a few things into focus (if you’ll pardon the expression) regarding this endeavor.

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