one day at a time…
Monday, 19 July 2004

Deconstructed Oslo Lady In Red
CREDIT: © Jack R. Johanson/TrekEarth.com
WHERE: Oslo Castle, Norway. WHAT: experimental photo manipulation.
MAP: Oslo. Thumbnail pops-up source page.

Lady In Red © Jack R. JohansonLong ago and far away, before everybody just knew innately how to take photographs, the film cartons came with instructions. Your Uncle Sid let you take a picture occasionally, accompanied by a stern, "Now remember to have the sun coming over your shoulder! Nowadays, of course, none of this is necessary, and we are all free to blaze away digitally with the camera pointed into the sun. That technique is named contre-jour [against the day], and serious photographers took years to master what everyone just does without a second thought. Their pictures came out, and ours are failures, but what the hey, that is progress and there are no film costs now, right? Old timers offered other simple advice on matters such as composition, and suggestions like including a figure to give scale, or a brightly dressed figure to draw the eye into the picture.

Where were we going with this? Oh yes, brightly dressed figures… Jack R. Johanson took today's featured picture at the first concert to be arranged in front of the castle in Oslo, Norway. Interesting deconstruction of a number of techniques, which is a great way to learn. Just do not get us started on the abandonment of the apprentice system. If you are reminded of something, check out the comments: enjoy shifting unreality when we confirm that Miss World 2003 was correctly reported.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)