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Monthly Masters' Discussion - December 2019 - Marc Adamus' Embrace of Light

Post by minniev » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:20 pm

Introduction

Marc Adamus is an American landscape photographer based in Oregon.  His pursuit of landscape images has taken him around the world almost continuously for well over a decade.  His photographs have been published extensively worldwide in a large variety of media ranging from calendars, books, advertising, the publications of National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and over a hundred more.  He was a pioneer of a particular style that is fairly easy to recognize: grand landscapes with rich saturated colors, dramatic skies and water, and elements in focus from front to back of the frame. He has had a profound influence on much of the landscape photography that we see today on sites like 500px and others. He shows up in most lists of most influential photographers working today.

Adamus' career has mirrored and and been entangled with some of the controversy we see about photo editing, photoshop, and hyper-realistic images. Early in his career, he was quoted as denying the use of computer work in creating his imagery, insisting that his signature “look” was achieved through shooting technique and physical filters. Subsequently someone created a website accusing him of lying about his work. Now, about 10 years later, he acknowledges his use of editing tools and teaches workshops on how to achieve that “look”. We have seen similar battles on photo forums, with many having strong feelings one way or the other about how much and what kind of editing is acceptable.

Though any of Adamus' images might have worked just as well, we are only asking you to review this one, "Embrace of Light", from the Canadian Rockies. Below are links to his other work, some articles about him, his technical approach, even some information about the great controversy that swirled around him some years ago.

Questions to Consider:

Here are some questions to help spur your thinking. Answer any that you find interesting.

1. What do you think of this image? What about the composition? The color? The angle of shooting? The treatment of the flowing water? Would you want this on your wall? Why or why not?
2. Do you feel your own landscape photography has been influenced by this type of work? If so, please post an image and tell us about that.
3. What is your feeling about editing in landscape photography? How much is too much? Does Adamus cross that line for you? Is this an ethical issue or simply a matter of taste? Please explain.
4. How do you feel about copying another photographer’s techniques? Is that a form of intellectual property theft? What if you take an image at the same location and also copy the photographer’s technique? Share your thoughts.

Resources for Further Study:

https://www.marcadamus.com/page/bio/
https://iso.500px.com/a-day-in-the-life ... rc-adamus/
http://marcadamus-lies.blogspot.com/201 ... -liar.html
https://tdn.com/lifestyles/corvallis-ou ... 55b31.html
https://www.phototraces.com/creative-ph ... ographers/
https://www.capturelandscapes.com/top-2 ... s-of-2018/
https://1x.com/magazine/the-wonders-of- ... damus-7762
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:54 am

oh the shameless fraud of it!!! LOL, hopefully times change and fake fotographs become acceptable for their beauty. An image is an image, but hey, you got to have standards. After all is it a photo club, or a painter's club, or (whispering) a photoshop club? I don't blame him for being bashful, haters are everywhere. But I cringe a little in that he was successful at what he did and felt the need to be ashamed of it and hide it. So even if I don't think he cheated, he probably thought he cheated!

For me, the skill is in seeing how things can go together and finding ways to make our mundane world a little more interesting. We always steal bits and pieces of each others techniques, and when we are done, those techniques will have evolved into something far away from what it started from. Life is too short to horde our knowledge - share and learn and grow is where my vote goes. We have too many lawyers as it is and as a group they have failed miserably to protect our rights or to protect the world we live in anyway.

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Post by minniev » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:24 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:54 am
oh the shameless fraud of it!!! LOL, hopefully times change and fake fotographs become acceptable for their beauty. An image is an image, but hey, you got to have standards. After all is it a photo club, or a painter's club, or (whispering) a photoshop club? I don't blame him for being bashful, haters are everywhere. But I cringe a little in that he was successful at what he did and felt the need to be ashamed of it and hide it. So even if I don't think he cheated, he probably thought he cheated!

For me, the skill is in seeing how things can go together and finding ways to make our mundane world a little more interesting. We always steal bits and pieces of each others techniques, and when we are done, those techniques will have evolved into something far away from what it started from. Life is too short to horde our knowledge - share and learn and grow is where my vote goes. We have too many lawyers as it is and as a group they have failed miserably to protect our rights or to protect the world we live in anyway.
Thanks for playing, Piet! Yes, it has been interesting to watch him turn from phenomenon to pariah to a sought-after teacher/guide/trainer. He's been the biggest canary in the coal mine to take the heat for the "sins" of editing. Now that editing, even fantastical editing, is more commonplace, the subject is less taboo but can still generate strong reactions in certain circles.
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