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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewtansj
    chim... i don't feel any connection... that's y my pictures not nice...
    U need to stick ur finger out like ET and connect it to Leong's!
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    hai hai so sleepy

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotvan View Post
    hai hai so sleepy
    Go and zzz.

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    *Creative Connection*
    by Ragman

    In the context of this discourse may I first of all state that I do believe that there is little distinction between creativity and connectivity. Dorothea Lange believed that the good photograph is not the object; the consequences of the photograph are the objects. Everything has a source and a process and a consequence. The source, what you start out with; the process is the connection (between the view you captured and the image you produce). It is your creative contribution and I perceive the key to creativity as;

    ~ Vision,
    Without vision there is no photography

    ~ Inspiration,
    Without inspiration there is no passion

    ~ Passion,
    Without passion there is no dynamic

    ~ Construction
    Without construction there is no structure

    ~ Attention
    Without attention there is no focus

    ~ Diversion
    Without diversion we cannot expand or move forward therefore there is no progress

    ~ Direction
    Without direction we do not have an aim

    The consequence is the craft, the photographer’s craft. The idea translated through an image, of interpretation, imagination and implementation into an impact that will influence others

    Creativity (or “creativeness”) is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.

    Creativity within photography deals with originality, and an application of imagination, inspiration and ingenuity. It enshrines creativeness, vision and resourcefulness.

    It does not mean getting it right every time. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep. Creativity does not start with the Creative suite of Photoshop. In fact there are many times and circumstances when the creativity is even before the camera stage.

    There are certain pre-requisites for creativity. Creative photography requires intelligence, flexibility, time and effort. Given those requisites creativity can be attained.

    And it can also be improved but this requires us passing up those things that are obviously good but are ordinary and routine. Instead we seek out a strategy that will find that which is good and unusual. As artists we are concerned with
    - Firstly seeing and capturing,
    - Secondly the cognitive process of thinking and interpreting,
    - And finally communicating a message to the viewer

    But there is a fourth dimension to our trade – a process that we can call our own. Creativity thus is the connectivity – creating a connection between the subject or scene, a process that goes beyond the viewpoint and the relationship between the artist and the viewer and is additive or creative. Therein lays the art.

    It can be argued that creativity is a product of desire, thought, experience, experimentation and intelligence, of inner conviction (gut feeling). However be warned creativity is not always positive in outcome, in fact it can lead to negativity.

    Because it is different our search may not always be seen as correct [due to entrenched patterns of thought or general attitudes and the oft found clichés or oft repeated same stereotyping but high scoring subjects] and thus the creative person will first encounter rejection rather than acceptance. Rejection destroys creative urges and attempts to be creative, and hit with the prospect of failure some will resort to a safer path.

    One of the greatest teachers in photography, Minor White, in the Camera Mind and Eye believed that the state of mind of a photographer while creating is a blank…For those who would equate “blank” with a kind of static emptiness, I must explain that this is a special kind of blank. It is a very active state of mind really, a very receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image pre-formed in it at any time.

    We should note that the lack of a pre-formed pattern or preconceived idea of how anything ought to look is essential to this blank condition. Such a state of mind is not unlike a sheet of film itself – seemingly inert, yet so sensitive that a fraction of a second’s exposure conceives a life in it. (Not just life, but “a” life).

    Minor White also wrote in Mirrors, Messages, and Manifestations; ~ in putting images together I become active, and excitement is of another order – synthesis overshadows analysis.

    So strive not to understand photography, nor to understand how to operate the camera equipment, but rather strive for creativity; we are not just about making a photograph, we are surely about making a connection ~ a creative connection; and in that way our photography will be seen as true connectivity.

    As always I complete the chapter by referring you to comments of the masters of the art of photography, and with this thought from Elliott Erwitt:- A photographer needs: creativity, style, elegance, wit and craft. But also requires courage, stamina, cunning and luck.

    So good luck, and may the luck stay with you long enough to become truly creative.
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Crystal, btw all those shots are uncropped and shoot using undiffused flashes.

    It is shot using understanding of the gears.

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    Last edited by Leong23; 18th February 2011 at 01:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    *Creative Connection*
    by Ragman
    Sad to said......no one in CS is interested in all this anymore......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    Sad to said......no one in CS is interested in all this anymore......
    that's a pity....they are not interested in improving their photography knowledge?
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotvan View Post
    hai hai so sleepy
    drink kopi....
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    that's a pity....they are not interested in improving their photography knowledge?
    You been around and see much more than me.......what do you think.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    Crystal, btw all those shots are uncropped and shoot using undiffused flashes.

    It is shot using understanding of the gears.
    Yeah that's what i said also. I'm trying to understand my gears. How they work etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Yeah that's what i said also. I'm trying to understand my gears. How they work etc.
    So i'm alway amused by ppls DIY super funny flash diffuser......

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    doing work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    So i'm alway amused by ppls DIY super funny flash diffuser......
    my flash diffuser funny meh?
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    You been around and see much more than me.......what do you think.....
    we have room for improvement...
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    my flash diffuser funny meh?
    your flash diffuser got very gd concept

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    we have room for improvement...
    there is always room for improvement for everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by riotvan View Post
    doing work!
    so late already still doing work? last time during poly i always wait until night time then do my work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    So i'm alway amused by ppls DIY super funny flash diffuser......
    Hmm i wanna say something but realise not suitable to say here. A bit too sensitive.
    But still i can't fully understand lighting yet. Still trial and error.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    my flash diffuser funny meh?
    Show!

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    still following this thread.
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    saturday sunset timing tide very low...0.3

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