#1211. Week Links of Photography (18 Jun 2022)

By pascaljappy | News

Jun 18

Composing a photo book, making surreal images, lens oddities, a fave camera that’s also super cheap, a terrible camera that’s also super expensive, visual overtones based on musical chords, a boomer dissing film and a youngster dissing him back, the way to great prints, how to grow as a photographer, the shocking (???) news that Instagram shows no love to photographers, and more …

Trtee of Life

Challenges are … a challenge.

I stopped organising them largely because of the difficulty in finding the images sent to me by all the contributors over a period of weeks, using different email titles, in a flow of over 100 other daily emails. Someone was always left out, it took me hours to resize the images to what I had requested but was not being sent out to me. It ended up being too much.

But some contributors have written to me to tell me they miss the opportunity to share photographs without having to write complete posts. And challenges are quite rewarding, as the ideas sent to me via the images and text often prove eye-opening and interesting.

To be continued below …

Vintage light


Camo Volvo


Shadow layers


  • 12 Things To Look For In Great Prints (John Paul Caponigro on YouTube)

    Detail, focus, dynamic range, surfaces, artefacts, gradation … and when exceptions can be statements.
  • How animals perceive the world (The Atlantic)

    This is not really about photography, but is really interesting in its own right and can probably spark off some ideas in some readers. Hence the inclusion here.
  • What is the rarest color in nature? – Victoria Hwang (Ted-Ed on Youtube)

    Fun facts and some learning about light and colour. And a possible photo challenge to yourself?
  • How To Edit Like Film In Adobe Lightroom (Pat Kay on Youtube)

    For pathetic losers like me who settle for convenience, there’s still hope πŸ˜‰ That said, the first comment that pops up for is that you cannot replicate the experience of shooting analog. So true.
  • The Six Habits Of A Successful Photographer (Lightstalking)

    List articles are typically shallow and pointless. And this is far from in-depth. But I feel there’s (challenging) value in this article’s subheadings. Do you update your portfolio? My daughter (architecture student) spends an insane amount of time doing so. For a reason.
  • Limit yourself to grow (ScottKelby.com)

    The main image here shows everything that’s wrong with digital. Those highlights make me want to eat my eyes with ketchup. But that’s the point. Limit yourself to a zoomless phone and learn. Short and sweet.
Global warming is fake



… continued from the top.

This week, Michael Fleisher sent me the two excellent Ted Forbes videos in the Training section. In this two-part interview, Ralph Gibson shares a lot of deep thoughts without making them completely explicit. Two that stand out for me are the exploration of the different visual languages of digital and analog, and the concept of visual overtones.

Many authors have described juxtaposition, and how the interplay of two images can evoke more than the images alone can, therefore introducing content that’s not in either photographs. Ralph Gibson puts its very poetically, by comparing the effect to the musical overtones produced by chords played on a guitar, that produce overtones that cannot be struck directly.

It’s a beautiful idea in more ways than one, and Mer (sorry, don’t know your family name πŸ˜‰ ) suggested in a private conversation that we do a challenge about this. You guys are wonderful. It’s a brilliant idea. Let’s do it.

Nature’s art.
So, challenge alert πŸ™‚

Today is June 16th. I’ll close the challenge at the end of June and will publish the results in the early days of July (a reminder will be sent in a week). What I’d like contributors to send is pairs of photographs to be presented next to one another (juxtapositions) to suggest more than either photograph can. As always, please send the images in web-compatible size (roughly 1500px long side), in a email with the words “overtones challenge” and your name in the title. Please also tell me where each photograph goes (left, right, top, bottom). And if you are submitting multiple pairs, please make it quite clear what photos are supposed to match one another (ie name them 1a & 1b, 2a & 2b, or something to that effect) …

The idea is excellent in that it forces us to find more than surface level interest in each photograph and find connections between pairs. Anything goes: colour, b&w, vertical, horizontal, vertical and horizontal (though, generally, the effect is probably more obvious in vertical pairs), humour, philosophy, anger, sadness, joy, anecdote, purely visual echoes, … anything, so long as the bridge between the two makes the viewer guess at an interesting link. Titles and text are not necessary, but are allowed (but shouldn’t be a crutch for a poor visual link).

No need to go out and shoot, unless you feel like it. You can dig through old photos and find pairings in your previous work. Anything goes so long as you have fun and share that fun πŸ™‚ A word of warning: this is really hard. Don’t give up, keep digging πŸ™‚ Oh, and I do suggest you view the video (it is the first of the two linked above, around 8′ in). I so look forward to your entries!!

American photographer Kurt Markus passed away, this week. Here’s a quote to remember him for :

I’ve always associated the click of the shutter with the word β€œYes”.’”

Kurt Markus

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  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Not sure what your problem is – 2×3 or 4×6 or 6×9 has been the bog standard shape all my life, and for at least the preceding 20-30 years.

    Although during that period [of roughy 115 years!] I did for a very long time have a film camera dating from c. 1910 that shot postcard size negs on what I think they used to call 122 size roll film – and for a short period, a 4×5 Linhof Technika.

    What I do afterwards can be anything – in the past 12 months, I’ve shot anywhere between a 1×14 (yep! – 15 cm high and 3.5metres wide!) pano, to square images. Depends entirely on the subject. When you print copies to shove in an album, you tend to try for “one size fits all”. But it often doesn’t suit the subject at all. Which is presumably what you’re talking about, in this post, Pascal.

    • pascaljappy says:

      Hi, Pete. Frame format has an important influence on composition. It’s step one. Wider often implies more dynamic. Square is more tranquil. 3:2 is neither. I find it completely uninteresting and find myself systematically cropping with it, and am not alone. But it fits a page size, so it stuck. Cheers

  • Michael Fleischer says:

    Hi, there are 2 articles that caught me (I’ve not seen/read all, though ;-)).One, the vivid/dreamy surreal images; some of which has a resemblance of Gustav Klimt style in a creative photographic interpretation. The second, “The rarest colour in nature video” got me wondering about natures layered ingenuity and the “Art of Seeing” beyond the obvious!
    The overtone-challenge is πŸ™‚ …challenging; I’ve already had an (approach) go.

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