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Untaken photo
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Copyright: Per Hoj (hojper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 110 N: 849] (4090)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-04
Categories: Event
Camera: Casio EX-Z4
Exposure: f/3.9, 4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-05 11:29
Viewed: 1949
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of Bob Dylan on stage last night in Amneville in Northern France. I will come back to the title later. It is not a very good photo and here is why:

I came equipped with my Panasonic FZ20 with 10X optical zoom,image stabiliser and night mode (800 ASA) ready to get one or two interesting shots of the master even from the back of an enormous hall (12.000 spectators). Only to learn at the gate that all photographic equipment was forbidden, which meant a half hour walk back to the car to leave the camera there.

But I smuggled my small Casio in and claimed it was a pair of binoculars when I was frisked. In near darkness and at considerable distance it was virtually impossible to use it. But as I sat next to an aisle, I could put it on the ground and use the timer to get a relatively steady shot. And today I have spent a fair amount of time rotating, cropping, clarifying, unsharpening, sharpening, noisefiltering, smoothing edges and despeckling before resizing to arrive at this result.

I have posted two others as workshops. They were the only three worth anything out of a series of more than twenty. And yes, the concert was fantastic.

And now back to the title: The German expressionist painter Emil Nolde lived in a small village in Northern Germany during the Second World War. The nazis had forbidden him to paint. So during the war years he produced a series of paintings in secret that later became known as "unpainted paintings". So this is my series of "untaken photos".

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-11-05 11:43]

I know it's forbidden and not easy to get in a concert-hall, but you have a picture and it's a great one too, see everything around the stage, maybe the musicians are not sharp because of the timer, but what the hell ! There are not many people with a picture like this, I think ! I also like the WS, the other views, nice done Per, legally or not:-))

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
  • [2005-11-05 12:45]

Hi Per,

Excellent effort and well done on the composition. You did well considering all you had against you. The effort in post pro was well done. Excellent work.

Like a Rollin stone.......


Took a lot of work Per but it was worth it. It is great to have memories of such a concert but also nice to have a picture or two. You did well to smuggle in the camera and you have the pictures to prove it.


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  • Miqra Gold Star Critiquer [C: 865 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-11-06 2:02]

The colors are all my favorites (smile) I also think the photo speaks of all that you experienced, well done my friend!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-11-06 15:18]

If you show us the untaken picture, I shall write the unwritten critique, Per ;o). I think this one turned out very well. From experience I know how hard it is to capture concerts. And it's always the same, camera's aren't allowed. The last concert I attended (see in my gallery) the artist even stopped on the side-stage to pose and let people take pictures. I admit, there was no frisking on entrance, though photographical equipment was not allowed. I recall hiding my old Nikon F-301 SLR in my pants, loaded with a 1,000 ISO slide film, for a Simple Minds concert... It wasn't all that comfortable ;o).

Sometimes a 'Press' card would come in quite handy...

TFS. And I'm glad you enjoyed the concert.

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