I love this kind of simplistic look

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  1. ndwgolf

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    Both of these pictures were taken on my Hasselblad 503CW using my 180mm lens. I was using Tmax 100 and these pictures were shot in the middle of the day (very harsh light) in Hoi An central Vietnam.
    Since taking these two pictures back in 2016 I have been looking for this kind of simplistic look whenever I compose my landscape pictures.
    Since shooting with 6x6 I have now progressed to LF photography, and continually on the look out for simple images.
    I hope you like them
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    Nice!
     
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    Love this kind of aesthetics and I pursue the same unfortunately very hard to find/ isolate a simple subject in an urban environment.
     
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    Yes, I like this style too, simply, it works. The #1 is a real keeper,

    Cheers,

    Renato
     
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    Both are great images. A bit like some of Michael Kenna's work.
     
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    A bare and stark reality - the light in all of these is just fantastic. And by reality, it is real as of today, not a portrait of the past. Just terrific imagery, @ndwgolf
     
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    Awesome shots, Neil.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments. I'm hoping to get a enlarger next week and I will be able to print these in the darkroom..........
     
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    great minimalism;like it a lot!
     
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    I love it, specially the first one!

    For some reason I find it hard to find such great motives. I thought I would create a lightweight system, two bodies (one BW, one slide film), two lenses and I would carry BW around for when I see something like this. But it seems I'm leaning to only shoot slides.
     
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    Me too I love simplistic look
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    Rollei IR400 with Hoya 72R filter Normand Blais_Tree in the field.jpg
     
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    Truly excellent photos, Neil. They look timeless.
     
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    great images! I like this type of simplicity myself but find it very hard to do.You've got a great reye.Keep up the good work!
     
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    very nice.
     
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    I too am especially fond of the first one. The off centered horizon really adds to the elegance of the image. Great job on the exposure too! It’s just enough to blow out most of the background and really open up the scene without killing the subject. It reminds me of a lot of the old Asian ink paintings like the Japanese sumi-e and Chinese shuimohua.
     
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    These are tranquil images (all three so far). I like them, and try for this type of scene also:

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    Lone Tree Fence[/URL] by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr

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    Pentax Spotmatic with Zeiss Ultron and Zeiss yellow filter (G1) and Acros 100 (DDX)
     
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    Mark (#18), technically very good images but for me, ever striving for stark and simple landscapes, both are somewhat too cluttered with areas of sharply contrasting detail. Two excellent snaps of scenic spots,yes. Simplistic (BTW have you checked the Google definition of this word?) or minimalist, hm. Not so sure.

    Carefully study Neil's posted images. Minimilistically (ha!), he got everything just right, almost to a fine art. Ditto norm123, although I see the area of dark sky at the top of his tree image as somewhat jarring to his otherwise nicely uncluttered composition.

    Try selective cropping to concentrate the eye on more "focused" (for want of a better term) aspects of your compositions.

    My eye leaps everywhere in your #1. It could easily be cropped into two or even three separate images, all will be stronger for your omitting contrasting detail. Think in terms of defined rectangles.

    #2 is more, well, concentrated, but it contains at least one or possibly even two panoramas and one rectangle.You can easily isolate these into far stronger compositions.

    It's all in the eye and the mind working together. I'm stil working at this too, after many decades of shooting landscapes. Remember the KISS principle...

    You will get there...
     
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    See what you are saying. Mine are more landscapes, and do not maximize minimalism so to speak. Here is a simple crop allowing the fenceposts to lead us to the tree (in #1). May be better if I go back to the original, play with tonality a bit, and perhaps aspect ratio, but I think this is moving closer to what you are describing.

    Lone_Tree_Fence_Crop1.jpg
     
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    ozmoose: I took your idea of a panoramic and applied to another similar image (I have shot this image a few times under different circumstances).

    [​IMG]tree on hill panoramic[/URL] by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr
     
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    Mark, I'm late in returning to this thread. I've just looked at your new images. Yes and yes. You have it!

    Eliminating the extraneous allows concentrated the eye on what is best in the two scenes.

    Much better done than my own humble(ha) attempts at KISS(ing). But I shoot mostly buildings for architectural clients, and very few landscapes, altho Tasmania (where I now live) and New South Wales (where we will be moving in two months) is awash, figuratively speaking (much of the continent is suffering from drought with stark, almost surreal Australian bush landscapes, and of course the amazing Antipodes light, unike anything I've seen elsewhere in my travels.

    Technically, I consider your images are just fine. The grain actually highlights the stark beauty of your landscapes.

    I will check out your Flickr site (I hope it won't vanish into the universe next February).

    Well done, mate.
     
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    Thanks for the constructive criticism and the compliments, ozmoose.

    I spent some time in South Australia in the early 2000's. It reminded me a lot of California (other than the large hopping rats). Great wine also.
     
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    Love the pics but hate the "photo bucket" nonsense...
     
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    Those pics didn't have the photobucket logo when first posted.
    Wonder what happened...?
     
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