5-1-13 Deep And Penetrating? Flat And Dull? It Is A Puzzlement

Over the past few days I had the chance to have a significant amount of my “A” list Hudson pictures looked at and evaluated by two professional photographers. One is more theory/fine art/academic while the other is more journalistic/documentary. Both published and very well-respected. I very much appreciated their feedback and, in general, they had similar responses to much of the work. However, on one sequence of shots they completely disagreed.

One said that these were my best shots. They “revealed your soul”  and you could “feel your presence” in them and while the framing was slightly off it didn’t matter, this was the work and where my focus should be.

The other said they were well framed but the lighting was bad, they were flat and I should re-shoot.

I think that is why it is called art and not science.

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11-17-11 (Part 2) Lock 5 to Rockwell Falls

As I said in the first post about my trip last week, The Hudson really changes above Troy. Not only does it become a river rather than an estuary but navigation become more difficult and then as you head further north impossible due to the elevation drop. Once you reach Hudson Falls you find a string of five waterfalls within 20 or so miles of each other. Four of these are deeply industrialized, one is pristine.  Most people have heard about the massive ongoing PCB cleanup. The PCB in the river came from two GE plants, one just below Hudson Falls.

I visited four of the five falls – Hudson; Glens Falls; Palmer Falls; Rockwell Falls.  I hope that you enjoy the view.

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Map from Lock 5 to Rockwell Falls in the town of Hadley NY