~ Photo Cafe' ~ Photographers - Episode #32! 25th of March, 2023 "Wow I love it!" H.12:00 PM SLT [The following Episode #33 will be on: 8th of April 2023]
[12:11:30] Kika Yongho: Hello Photographers!
Where were we at? We had found our volunteer for our Quarterly Seasonal Photo Expo called “In The Spot” – April photo, in the person (avatar) of the brave..
[12:12] Kika Yongho: For the new faces, or as a reminder for all, this single photo seasonal expo (started last year, with the Spring photo!) is a quarterly display representing the season indicated in the expo schedule below:
Spring = April->June
Summer = July->September
Autumn = October→December
Winter = January->March
[12:12] Kika Yongho: You can read how the expo works also on our website at this section:
[12:13] Kika Yongho: (do you all know our website? Add a bookmark for later reading)
[12:14] Kika Yongho: But now let’s talk about the photo! You can see it here at the chat lounge entrance, on the easel. Clicking it, you can get the notecard with the photo presentation.
The photo, as said by Moki, is titled “New Light” and it represents Spring. But let’s hear the comments on it by the Artist herself:
“This photo has been taken to express the change of light and warmth between the winter and spring season, using mainly colors to communicate the feeling.
I choose to embrace a new challenge, taking a photo of another avatar. Usually I use myself as a model, because this way is easier to transform the subject according to what I want to express.
By using another avatar, I have to take them as they are, inserting a new variable in the image construction, that I can’t fully control.
I hope you will like the work.”
— Moki Yuitza
[12:16] Kika Yongho: I don’t know about you, but I really like it! So I will thank Moki for being brave to volunteer and for the beautiful result that we can all admire here for the next 3 months until.. A new volunteer will be required!
[12:16} Duraya Resident: beautiful indeed
[12:17] Kika Yongho: So let’s go straight into the core theme of this discussion today: “Wow, I love it!”.
[12:19] Kika Yongho: We are a moderated chat group so
c (for a comment)
q (for a question)
r (to cancel).
And ‘done’ when finished
[12:21] Kika Yongho: Today’s topic is “Wow I love it!”: what makes a picture interesting for you? What do you seek/love in a photo? We will provide a few selected examples of photos and discuss what makes you really like a picture! Are you ready for it? Here we go!
[12:24] Kika Yongho: And this is by Kapaan! It is taken at:
for a previous photo contest they had. I am curious to hear what specifically hits your eyes and mind in the presented shots.
[12:25] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:25] Kika Yongho: Yes Raven
[12:26] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): i like that combination of dark and light elements in this photo. Done
[12:26] Kika Yongho: Yes it makes an interesting contrast
[12:26] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[12:27] Kika Yongho: Once yes
[12:28] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): I’m agree with Raven and I really like the darkness mood .. I only think that it’s a pity that the animal’s
head blends into the background. Done
[12:29] Kika Yongho: Thank you Once
[12:31] Kika Yongho: Next picture:
[12:31] Kika Yongho: Photo 2/8: by CelestialDemon! It is taken at
that is shared between Cammino e Vivo Capovolto digital art and the new OneWayTicket installation. What do you like in this picture?
[12:32] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:32] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[12:32] Kika Yongho: Raven you go first again
[12:32] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): the focus is totally pulled into the center of the picture, love that. Done
[12:32] Kika Yongho: Yes is a great composition, Once, you have a comment too?
[12:33] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): I love the loneliness mood of this shot and is a simple but perfect composition. Done
[12:33] Kika Yongho: Yes it inspires many feelings, Thank you for the comments.
[12:34] Kika Yongho: Photo 3: by Maloe Vansant! It is titled “Seeing has very little to do with your eyes”.. Is it the small detail, the technical side or the composition telling you a story? Let’s hear your comments!
[12:35] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[12:35] Kika Yongho: Once please
[12:36] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): here is the case of a photo that is difficult for me to explain the feeling that moves, it just “comes” to me, I find it a piece of “art”
[12:37] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): no matter the light, that is perfect, the position, the ratio.. is just perfect for me. Done
[12:37] Kika Yongho: Thank you Once, I agree, this is really a great photo
[12:37] Moki Yuitza: c
[12:37] Kika Yongho: Yes Moki
[12:38] Moki Yuitza: I particularly love these close ups, the images that focus on the details, and in this photo there is everything … in addition to a great technical mastery. the feeling I get is ambiguous, I don’t know if it was the author’s intent, but I simply love it. Done
[12:39] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:39] Kika Yongho: Thank you Moki, given the title, I’d say that her goal is achieved. And Raven please
[12:40] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): ambiguous pretty much hits the nails, the face is a bit spooky, the colours pulling the mind into a kind of erotic direction ( red and black, the gloves… ) and that is a great combination for me. Done
[12:41] Kika Yongho: Yes indeed Raven, success for Maloe. Ready for photo 4?
[12:42] Kika Yongho: Photo 4: by Dixmix! The photo is titled “Crossing to the other side” and it was taken in Isle of May, a build from 2018 reconstructed by Jade in memory of her creative partner Serene Footman, who passed away in 2022. What makes it special and gets your attention?
[12:42] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[12:42] Kika Yongho: Yes Once
[12:43] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): I like the juxtaposition between tree and man, light and dark and the fact that the man seems to be a part of the bridge. Done
[12:44] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:44] Kika Yongho: Yes very good observation, thank you Once
[12:44] Kika Yongho: And Raven
[12:44] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): agree with Once totally, and, the monochromatic colours fit the theme perfectly. Done
[12:44] Moki Yuitza: c
[12:44] Kika Yongho: Moki
[12:45] Moki Yuitza: this is a classic example of “landscape” that I like, the presence of the human figure amplifies the feeling of openness of the landscape itself …. moreover, the sense of solitude that emerges not only from the colors, but above all from the balance between two emerging figures, the man and the only visible tree as Once said, makes it perfect for me. Done
[12:47] Kika Yongho: If I can add one myself the tree figure in the center giving the solidity of nature and the man on the not-so-solid bridge is another element that hits my eye and thoughts
[12:47] Kika Yongho: Photo 5… is…
[12:48] Kika Yongho: by Onceagain! It is titled “M E O W”.. Anyone has got an idea why? Lighting, the rule of thirds, lines, shapes, texture, patterns, and color can work together to make a good photo. What is it that you love in this one?
[12:49] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:49] Moki Yuitza: c
[12:50] Kika Yongho: Raven
[12:50] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): The fading background draws the attention even more on the great details in the foreground, so it all comes back to the cat yes! done
[12:50] Kika Yongho: Moki
[12:51] Moki Yuitza: i love this picture! the cat seems ready to attack the “enemy” behind the lens, and stands up with a menacing air … backed by his human…. and i know that cats act exactly like this for real experience. Done
[12:52] Kika Yongho: Photo 6: by Michiel Bechir! Taken again at Isle of May, mentioned earlier. A good photo to one person may not look so good to another. When does it come alive for you personally? What about this one?
[12:53] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): c
[12:53] Kika Yongho: Yes Raven
[12:54] die den Stöpsel zieht… (Raven Arcana): i think the colours match the mood of the place and the reason why it was rebuilt, the melancholy… though i miss a bit of contrasts on this image. Done
[12:54] Kika Yongho: Yes is appears very soft and delicate, fading
[12:54] Moki Yuitza: c
[12:54] Kika Yongho: Moki
[12:55] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[12:56] Moki Yuitza: like Raven, i love images with high contrast, but in this case, i think the final effect would need exactly this… soft colors and foggy ambient
[12:56] Moki Yuitza: maybe with more contrast, it could loose the melancholic mood. done
[12:57] Kika Yongho: Thank you Moki, Once
[12:57] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): the bird on the right takes me away from the focus of the shot, as if there was something beyond … and I like that.
[12:58] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): is what in photography is called “punctum” (I suggest to read Roland Barthes). Done
[12:58] Kika Yongho: We’ll need to have an episode about that, Thank you Once
[12:59] Kika Yongho: Photo 7 by Violette Rembrandt! Taken at the sim “Coven of Crows” (now gone).
A photography can be technically accurate on all counts and still not touch us.. Great photographs frequently break several photography “rules” and still come out amazing because of the inspiration of the photographer. Does this apply to this photo as well?
[13:01] Moki Yuitza: c
[13:01] Kika Yongho: Moki
[13:02] Moki Yuitza: i like the weird perspective of this photo, and i say “weird” not because the cut… it is a centered image, well balanced, but the structure in the background distort the perspective and gives a sense of circular movement. Done
[13:03] Kika Yongho: Yes Moki, it suits very well the crows movement.
[13:03] Kika Yongho: Last photo by Aegean!
Taken at the beautiful:
How this one does come alive for you personally?
[13:04] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): c
[13:04] Kika Yongho: Once
[13:05] Moki Yuitza: c
[13:07] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): here’s another whose photos resonate in my soul and it’s not for the technique, although interesting and superfine, but for the feeling of estrangement and loneliness, and I can also speak about the distortion of the photo that gives a sort of movement, the perfect choice of the complementary colours and so on.
[13:08] onceagain (manoji Yachvili): the balance between the right and the left part of the composition, the light on the head, the light of the moon on the sea, too long to explain. Done
[13:09] Kika Yongho: Thank you Once
[13:09] Kika Yongho: And Moki,
[13:09] Moki Yuitza: i totally agree with Once… this image is almost abstract, saturated colors, almost indistinct shapes… yet it communicates a sense of tragic energy, as if it had caught the exact moment of an explosion… of what? it is not possible to know, but to me it conveys a sense of tragedy, I think it’s for the tense posture of the human figure … I really like it. Done
[13:10] DaneAlbion Resident: c
[13:10] Kika Yongho: Yes, beautiful, Dane
[13:10] DaneAlbion Resident: If you are old enough to remember film photography (creaks as he types) I like the way this picture takes everything that could go wrong with film and uses it to create an emotional image. Done
[13:12] Kika Yongho: We went through the hour.. But was really an interesting episode! I thank you all for coming despite the time change for daylight saving!
[13:12] Kika Yongho: We remind you that the following episode will be in 2 weeks: on Saturday the 1st of April, at 12PM SLT! See you again here then!