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Photographer James Cook  James Cook {Karma:38068}
Project #40 Street Photography Camera Model Canon PowerShot SD550
Categories Street
Journalism
Still Life
Film Format Digital JPEG High
Portfolio Evens and Beginnings
Lens fixed, no digital zoom
Uploaded 10/5/2006 Film / Memory Type 3072 x 2304 ISO: 50
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Views 671 Shutter 1/800
Favorites Aperture f/7.1
Critiques 30 Rating
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Location City -  Seattle
State -  WA
Country - United States   United States
About This image (8533) was shot in Occidental Square on 11 September 2006.

My camera was set to tungsten. This is a shot of one of several salt sculptures which were placed in the park for commemeration of 11 September. You can see that the salt is already beginning to desolve from the rains (this was intensional).

I did make some slight color adjustments, but mostly it's strait from the camera.

I'm here for your questions, comments, and criticisms.
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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 3/27/2009
Thanks, Stan.

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Stan  Hill Stan  Hill   {K:35352} 3/27/2009
Yes James, common goals of enjoying the chasing of that elusive light. Light is really what that capture lives with!!
Chase on, be well, Stan

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 3/26/2009
Stan - I think we are in agreement here: photography is about who's pushing the button and not about which button is being pushed. The mind behind that simple click is where it's all at.

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Stan  Hill Stan  Hill   {K:35352} 3/24/2009
Well at least your bailing wire has some multiple choices. Point and shoot is not the worst case in any way. Composition happens, the camera is only the memory of the event. Look at Ali Dewchi's Nokia Phone images. It is about seeing and ending up with something that meets the intention. Pixel, smixel, it is still about light.
Be well, Stan

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 3/24/2009
Stan - When I have a camera which shoots RAW, sure I use the wb post-processing. Much better. But currently all I have for digital is a simple point-and-shoot (Canon SD950) so I'm limited and have to make-do (duct tape and bailing wire, man). Thanks for taking a look.

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Stan  Hill Stan  Hill   {K:35352} 3/24/2009
Hi James, I have tried some of the white balances in camera but have found autoWB is so true in my camera it is hard not to use it. In raw you have pixels to work with. I shot most of mine in Raw and then adjust white balance in raw from there. That is what makes digital so interesting because there are a lot of right ways to do it. This image has a mood and the colors work well but most of all the POV gives it the emotional reverence it deserves. Like what you are doing. It is all good!!
Be well, Stan

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 4/2/2007
Nick - Ok. I'll try to dig something up.

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 4/2/2007
Strange enough that when I see this one in a smaller size, then I *do* identify the two directions as one and the same. Size seems to influence perceived depth of a photo sometimes?

Anyway, I would be glad to see some more of the series, but also don't take so much time just for my comment about that if you have much to do.

Nick

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 4/1/2007
Nick - I don't know. I'll have to look back through the series to see if there one more similar to what you describe.

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 4/1/2007
Thank you very much for the info, James! Now I understand better - but still I can't identify exactly the direction the face looks to and the direction towards the sky. It looks to me as if the one direction were upeards and forwards and the other upwards and backwards - diverging too strongly from each other. perhaos I have to look for a longer time at it. But couldn't a capture from a lower and closer point make the two directions be seemingly closer to identical?

Nick

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 3/31/2007
Nick - Thanks. The inclusion of sky is there to emphasize the looking toward heaven aspect of the figure.

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 3/31/2007
That kind of cold blue light under the angle that enhances rather "uncomfortable feelings" - but they are very very interesting in combinations with such a shot! The title is perfect - it just matches the details in tungsten hues on the expression of the sculpture, that makes it feel like a moment of real agony in front of some upcoming danger, that approaches mercilessly in real world surroundings rather, than in some science fiction scene. And this is what I consider most exciting here - the combination of that expression of agony with the usual background! Surreal in real, if you like. Perhapy a bit less sky and a bit more of the statue would be a better composition?

Nick

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 12/7/2006
Thanks, Joggie. You see very clearly what I was trying to do.

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 12/5/2006
Very well taken James. I like the low angle and split background. The detail on the face and colour cast due to the tungsten setting enhances the mood. Great image!
Joggie

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 11/28/2006
Ashley - Thanks. I tried to grab as much shadow as was available at that hour (near noon). That and I was avoiding some very uninteresting workers trailers which were behind this sculpture. We work with what is available. Hahaha.

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Ash     {K:9427} 11/28/2006
You have a knack for composition. I really like the angle that you have chosen. Well done.

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/11/2006
Christine - Thank you. The blue cast is from the tungsten setting. Got that idea from another uf'er. Works pretty well for some white subjects.

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C.A.  Mikulice C.A.  Mikulice   {K:13300} 10/11/2006
very nicely shot, James. I like the blue cast to the photo. you did a great job on perspective, angle and crop.

christine

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/7/2006
Roberto - Thank you.

I don't speak Portuegese (only Spanish, Italian, and French), but here goes...

Minha câmera tem um ajuste do "tungstênio" para "o contrapeso branco"--isto faz a fotografia mover-se para o azul.

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roberto carlos alves roberto carlos alves   {K:453} 10/7/2006
muito dramática esta foto,
voce conseguiu dar um clima tenso no conjunto.
voce usou filtro azul 80a ousimilar?

abraços

roberto carlos alves.´.

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/6/2006
Mary - Thank you. I like the way using the tungsten setting worked for this subject. The textures are a product of the rains.

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Mary Slade   {K:40338} 10/6/2006
I love the strength and the colours in this. The texture of the face and the "absence" of eyes- very atmospheric and haunting.

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/6/2006
Thanks.

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:169019} 10/6/2006
You're welcome, James!:)

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/6/2006
Alicia - Gracias. El escultor podía capturar una mirada fuerte de la angustia.

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/6/2006
Thanks, Shirley. They have dissolved quite a bit over the last month. I took some more last night.

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James Cook James Cook   {K:38068} 10/6/2006
It's just a date on a calendar, Roger. Or maybe you use one of the Mayan calendars?

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Roger Skinner Roger Skinner   {K:81765} 10/6/2006
I dont hold with Sept 11

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Shirley D. Cross-Taylor Shirley D. Cross-Taylor   {K:169019} 10/6/2006
Very interesting, James.

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Alicia Popp   {K:87532} 10/6/2006
Realmente impactante expresión de esta cara, muy bien hecha y muy bien capturada!
Felicitaciones!

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