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Old May 24th, 2009, 07:59 AM
Cedric MASSOULIER Cedric MASSOULIER is offline
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Thumbs up PICTURE A picture that made my week! Little girl with balloons

Cedric,

This special photograph would be the very first award of OPF's "Picture of the Week". Congratulations. This is well deserved. As yet we don't have such a feature but opinions are welcome. Asher

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On the woody roof of the Great Library (aka Library François Mitterrand), a little girl playing with a temporary artistic performance made of balloons :





"Little girl with balloons" - Cédric Massoulier



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EDIT : i have replaced first version which had a framing default...

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Old May 24th, 2009, 04:18 PM
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Kudos on this new feature.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Cem has suggested that we get a procedure going. Why not send me your ideas by PM so we can construct a fair system. Meanwhile, I'll continue pick images that make my day/week. If there's a way to do this with out building a competitive ethos in OPF, we'll become fair and open! Likely we'd better just have my own idiosyncratic choices, impulsive and biased as they might be. Still, it could give attention to some images worth another consideration.

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Old May 24th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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Fair? How about whatever admins/mods think fits the criteria? How can "art" be "fair?"
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Old May 24th, 2009, 11:21 PM
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Hi all,

Well, i am glad to initiate this new topic. Thank you !

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Old May 24th, 2009, 11:22 PM
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Fair? How about whatever admins/mods think fits the criteria? How can "art" be "fair?"
It is not about fair as such but about having a transparent system in place. It can be one of the many possibilities such as:
1) Asher picks himself. Not fair and subjective but it is OK as long as we know that he does it and he lets us know why he chose a picture.
2) We submit our own pictures for a public voting in a special thread/forum. The most voted on picture wins.
3) We submit others' pictures we see here in OPF for a public voting in a special thread/forum. The most voted on picture wins.
4) We send our votes by a PM to an impartial jury who then awards the price to the most nominated picture (no submissions required).
5) etc, etc
So perhaps not fair but open and transparent.

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Old May 24th, 2009, 11:24 PM
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Default This week's winner can be the judge

How about the winner of the week judging the following week's entries with Asher's (or one of the senior Mods) approval of the selection?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Let me put this matter on rest until I get Nicolas Claris' input and ideas to best handle this. We don't want a flurry of pressure from award seekers. We are not competing with each other, just helping each other and enjoying seeing photography improve.

My reaction to Cedric's picture and that little girl in a magic world was very strong. For me it's the picture of the week. But the father is maybe the father of the week and the baloon artist, the artist of the week too.

Still, I am pleased that with photography one can transfer the joy so easilly to so many people. Thanks Cedric.

This is how I feel with all good photography, from still life to architecture and weddings, sharing what you personally are moved by, whether you find it, stalk it, get into the right position or just pass by. At that point, the beginning of the process commences to present all the latent features in the most powerful and personal way. Otherwise, perhaps, the camera is the artist. We have to beware lof that!

I have been so enthusiastic about Cedric's picture that I, myself forgot to give sufficient critique. That, I'll do!

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Old May 25th, 2009, 06:05 PM
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. But the father is maybe the father of the week and the baloon artist, the artist of the week too. Asher
Asher, I don't care about the father nor the baloon's artist, but only Cédrics image:

it has a spontaneous moment, which I consider important for that image and Cédric' s work.
When some other members of OPF reacted positivly towards that image, in my book that's cause they recognized one of Cédric strengths:

melting a certain notion of the moment and space into a image, and yes it has a °magic° aspect, sometimes with a certain ambiguity, which is part of the game, but heck, for me that' Cédric's work: real - unreal? It reminds me sometimes HCB as well, which is ok.

Personally, I never did these kind of work.. but I don't have any problem at all, to enjoy them when well done.....
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Old May 26th, 2009, 06:20 PM
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Asher, I don't care about the father nor the baloon's artist, but only Cédrics image:

it has a spontaneous moment, which I consider important for that image and Cédric' s work.
When some other members of OPF reacted positivly towards that image, in my book that's cause they recognized one of Cédric strengths:

melting a certain notion of the moment and space into a image, and yes it has a °magic° aspect, sometimes with a certain ambiguity, which is part of the game, but heck, for me that' Cédric's work: real - unreal? It reminds me sometimes HCB as well, which is ok.

Personally, I never did these kind of work.. but I don't have any problem at all, to enjoy them when well done.....
Michael,

I happen to like spontaneity and have always admired the work of HCB. This picture of Cedric is delightful and even though I could make a list of technical criticisms, the picture withstands it's drawbacks and comes out as enjoyable and will be that way for a long time.

Is it in the class of HCB? That's not for me to judge. I am not an expert on his work, just barely knowledgeable. So I'm not saying that Cedric has reached any such level, but rather that this picture made me happy.

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Old May 26th, 2009, 06:26 PM
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"The picture made me happy." Can't think of higher praise than that. Well done!
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Old May 28th, 2009, 12:29 PM
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for me the picture evokes the "joy of simplicity"
the beauty it holds us to is magical and uplifting

the photo actually "has a smile" it makes me want to run through those ballons for the feeling of the freedom of flight!

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Old May 30th, 2009, 05:25 AM
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Cedric,

This special photograph would be the very first award of OPF's "Picture of the Week". Congratulations. This is well deserved. As yet we don't have such a feature but opinions are welcome. Asher

(Discuss in the original thread.)





On the woody roof of the Great Library (aka Library François Mitterrand), a little girl playing with a temporary artistic performance made of balloons :





"Little girl with balloons" - Cédric Massoulier



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Capture One & CS3

EDIT : i have replaced first version which had a framing default...

I love this shot. Very nice composition, by the way.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 08:33 AM
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Hi all,

Thank you for all these positive comments !
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