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The Photography Blog is written by members of The Whole 9 Creative Photography Circle. For a short “bio” on today’s contributor, scroll down to the bottom of the blog. Enjoy! – Mike Hayward, editor

Photographic Lunacy

by Mike Hayward,

Editor, Whole 9 Photography Blog

With the Harvest Moon on the wane, we have the next full moon (the “Hunter’s Moon”) to look forward to on October 23rd.

With the following images as inspiration*, perhaps it’s time to try a little astronomical photography.  All you need is a camera, a tripod, a friend or two, and (oh, yeah . . .) a little imagination.  You still have a few weeks to dream something up and try your hand at this kind of photography.  If you come up with something you feel is interesting, please send the image(s) to us at  creativephotographycircle@yahoo.com and we’ll post them here on The Photography Blog for all to admire and comment on.

*It would be wonderful to properly credit the photographers involved, but these images came attached to one of those viral e-mails  -  in other words, without proper attribution.  I will attempt to seek out the sources/photographers involved and post the results as a comment to this blog.

Ready?  Here we go . . .

  1. Interesting. I wonder how many of these were composited vs staged? I have a photographer friend who has shot an entire library of isolated ‘moons’, mostly telephoto close-ups, that he then composites with other shots, typically landscapes, to give them more impact. Put side by side in the context of a ‘ways you can use or manipulate an iconic element’ series, I find the individual images much less impactful than any one of them would be on its own. In fact if anything, the simplicity of these images, which under other circumstances I might consider an asset, come across as simplistic. I guess, from the photographer as entertainer’s pov, if you’re going to juggle some shiny balls (or suns and moons as it were) in the air and have an audience go, “wow”, context is everything and it’s best not to reveal the mechanics behind the magic.

  2. (?) “I find the individual images much less impactful than any one of them would be on its own.” (?)

  3. Upon review, I _think_ I now understand what you meant by the remark “I find the individual images much less impactful than any one of them would be on its own.”

    However,I think the images caught you in a more analytical frame of mind than the one I was hoping for. The purpose here was not to present images for objective analysis, but was simply meant as an inspiration for Whole 9 photographers to go out and try to achieve something similar.

  4. No, I recognize that, you say as much at the top and by offering a handful of variations on a theme you provide ample angles of inspiration. I was simply offering the thoughts that went through my head after reading and viewing the blog and expanding, in an admittedly tangential way, upon the the possible pitfalls of creating images like these (something I’ve certainly done quite a bit of) and of how important the placement of a single image is when presented in a series with other photographs. I wasn’t a critiquing this particular set (which is being presented here to a specific end quite different from that of an artist showing a body of work). One of the points I was trying to make was that unless an artist’s intentions are to expose how images are manipulated and constructed, it’s important to parcel out these kind of images and the iconographic elements incorporated in them carefully. Otherwise one runs the risk of diluting the power of any given image or worse, having it shift from striking to cliche. Just one of the lessons I’ve learned the hard way.

  5. The tendency for photographers and artists ( I’m somewhere in that stew) is to analyze and over analyze every image. Is it OK to use auto focus….what about auto exposure…what about a point and shoot….what about composite images ( we used to call it sandwich negatives). I believe it makes no never-mind how you get the final result…By the way these images made me laugh….as George Bush said, “Mission accomplished”.

  6. @briannieman- I totally agree that the technical means by which an image is accomplished is fairly irrelevant and when people spend inordinate amounts of time dissecting it (as I’ve seen in some of the ‘amateur’ photo magazines/online sites), I usually find that it distracts from the power of the image itself. I also laughed at some of these images, which, going back to one of my original responses, may have had something to do with the fact that they were all grouped together (though you must admit, the clock hands had to have been intended to elicit a laugh).:)

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