"Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed" – Garry Winogrand
The above is one of my favourite photographic quotes, and one that tacitly informs a lot of my photography (e.g. my beachcombing images). It's also a very liberating motto to carry around in your head; i.e. anything and everything can form the subject of a photograph – it's the end result that counts, not the subject matter.
And if you're interested, the original is here:
As you can see, my aim with this one was to bring out the detail. There were a variety of ways in which this could be done (including creating a psuedo-HDR image, as described in this tutorial), but in this instance I used a plugin called Topaz Adjust to enhance the local contrast.
At first look , mainly due to lack of any kind of size ratio in the photo, it looks like huge logs. Disgusting, smelly, huge logs.
Nice. Saw the photo seconds before going out for a short smoke break.
Thanks for ruining that :)
Excellent detail. Makes me glad I don't smoke. :)
I love this, Im not a smoker, but for some reason I find this image captivating. I think it one of my favorite images you have posted. At first glance I though they were corks floating in wine. This image makes you want find all the little details. I would put this up in my house if I could get a big print :) Great shot! Also I have looked into Topaz Adjust, and it is quite pricey, I would love to hear your thoughts on the plug in before I throw that money towards it.
An excellent shot. Love the detail and the tones, and it's a great example of the benefits of keeping an eye out for non-obvious subjects. The processing really works well too. It's a nice idea to post the original so we can see the difference.
A fantastic antismoke picture! I glad I quit smoking long time ago. Looks really disgusting. Great details.
Also I think this image looks better on the black color scheme.
Wow! What a beautiful shot of such a disgusting scene! And the post processing is just breathtaking. Five stars
An image to make one stop smoking... Some people already named this shot disgusting and they are right. But still you managed to do a great work here. The quote was needed to explain your goals...
it makes me feel sad.. i don't know why.. anyway.. it's a fantastic macro .. impressive..
youve found a way to take something disgusting and turn it into a good photograph. job well done.
"It's not about photographing beautiful objects...it's about photographing ordinary objects in a beautiful way." This is my motto and my mail signature too. I think I came up with but after reading the quote on your blog, I feel maybe I am not the first one to come up with this. Very nice shot. Can you share more details about where you took this shot.
Indeed I agree with the quotation, this image and your last post prove that to me. I too thought these were corks first of all, sense of scale is almost lost, Top job! It has put me off my smoking break a little mind you :)
this is a great photo, except that my eyes keep swimming with nowhere to land! i don't think i agree with the quote completely, though. i understand the heart behind it, but I just don't think it's true. Looking through photos of the Iran protests, for example, it becomes apparent that sometimes it is precisely the subject matter that is of importance, whether it looks "good" or not.
At first I thought they were Marlboro "newspapers"... Dave, your photography always draws me into the world that you see and, one of the reasons that I appreciate your artistry, is that your worlds tell a story. There are many stories here... your work invites the viewer to walk through the world of your visions.
the image is great technically as always dave. but I just wanted to congratulate you on the most disgusting looking image you've posted to chromasia to date. ;) seriously eww.
btw, i've been loving those deep red IR photos you've posted recently. so much like mars. fabulous.
disgustingly beautiful OR beautifully disgusting...either way the subject of this shot is gross and however well done the photograph is I still wouldn't want it hanging on my wall.
and yes I do agree with the quote and power of good, well done, processing. I think this is actually one of the photographic challenges I enjoy the most: can I take an ordinary object, or scene, and make it unique, intriguing, and/or beautifull?
What do you think about having an "Ordinary Object Contest" ?
Nice one! It's great to capture ugly or dirty things in a way like this!
Un cementerio bien resuelto, ahoga, perfecta.
Certainly lives up to the Gerry Winogrand quote!
Damn it's disgusting, and I think smokers are the ones that litter the most in the world, just think about how many cigarette buds are thrown on anywhere and everywhere everyday!
This photo has a huge depth. I knew they were buds at once due to the smell, it's so real!
Love the processing on this shot Dave - Bravo dude :)
I looked into this Topaz stuff because of the image. There Denoise plug-in. I mean WOW. Way better than noise ninja. Have you experimented with it?
this is by far one of your better photographs in a long time.
Thanks everyone :)
DavidC: in terms of bringing out the detail in an image, Topaz Adjust is great - I'd definitely recommend it.
s.hu: I agree, sometimes the subject matter is of paramount importance.
Brooks: I'm trying it out now.
It was a scene like this that prompted my hubby to quit smoking nearly 12 years ago to the day! This is a great treatment and the scale of the image does get you wondering at first what it is. Have also just downloaded Topaz - I've been looking for a plug-in like this for ages and have used it to create some dramatic shops from some wide angle wedding shots I did yesterday from the bell ringers gallery. Finally have got round to signing up for you tutorials...:-)
djn1, it seems like moving to bulgaria has unlocked yet another creative level for you. what do they eat over there? is it the water? can you send me some??
If I said I wish I was there when you took the shot I would be lying... But hey, you turned this disgusting scene into an interesting picture! Reminds me of two things:
1. I should not be too picky with choosing a subject
2. I'm glad I quit smoking a long time ago
WOW. What an amazing post-processing job.
It does a great job of capturing the detail ... and perfectly illustrates your point: the subject matter almost doesn't matter if it makes an interesting photograph.
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