I have been in “The Arcanum” since August 2015 as an eager Apprentice in Les Saucier‘s Cohort. Les is a fine Master teaching us how to visualize the final image first in camera and through the image processing workflow.
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Although the Cohort specializes in Landscape Photography, we cover Macro, Infrared, Gear, Software Processing… you name it.
I’ve learned a lot, a lot and feel I’ve notched it up in the images I present to you. Of course, my bus doesn’t stop here given I have so much more to learn and experience.
During “Image Critiques”, Les wears two hats seamlessly:
One hat he wears is that of the “Viewer” to state
what he sees.
what holds his attention.
what's the perceived subject.
where his eye goes.
what may be distracting him from the subject and why?
A second hat he wears is one of a “Teacher”
On what he would do differently in holding the viewer's attention, i.e. add to it or take it away.
As Visual Artists, we use our cameras, skills and craft to emphasis what we want the viewer to see and in the end be entertained.
In our Cohort, there are many talented photographers where we share and learn together via on-line Cohort Hangouts courtesy of Google+. Take a look at their amazing images.
The initial foundation is Sphere 0 with ten challenges (C1-10) followed by another 10 challenges in Sphere 1 (C11-20). I’m now nearing the end.
For Sphere 1 - Challenge 19, I present to you ten (10) images from which I need to whittle down to the final five (5) images which Les will formally critique in Sphere 1 - Challenge 20.
Critiques in The Arcanum are a painless event – no worries mate.
Really – painless?
- If you did something not quite correct – you learn.
- If you did something correct but could do it better – you learn.
- If you’re way off, you’ll be pulled back in – you learn.
In the end it’s all about learning to level-up your skills, techniques with a personal artistic expression.
Here are my ten (10) images which I’d like you the viewer to tell me which ones hold your attention and tell you a story in the comments. Feedback is a gift so thank you.
If all goes well, I move on to Sphere 2 in the Arcanum with a new Master and Cohort taking me to the next level.