Extreme Measures

In the one-mo-time post I kinda hinted around that I was just playing because I am done, done, done, adding material to that side-project considering I have no clue how to decide on selects with what I've already made. In any case, yes just playing. Messed with all sorts of stuff I didn't in previous sessions for this. The other, other thing I did is something I've not done in quite a while when it comes to treatment. I went extreme.

Instead of my usual constraint I went with a completely different set of constraints just to see. The photo at the top of the post is a cool-tone version of this.

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I have a secret code. Everything I assign one star are images I "shouldn't" like but for some reason I do. I revisit those every once in a while as fodder for thought and ideas and some introspection on the why of why I reacted to them at all.

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So, what's all this about extreme. Well, i took all the one-stared crap put a wonky 4x5 crop, a random rotation, and a bit of extreme treatment on all of them in a batch.

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The treatment? A modified version of the most extreme VSCO black & white treatment that came to mind — VSCO FILM03 FUJI FP3000B negative+++. Then I modified it a bit. I kept the grain and the negative clarity but lowered the "fade" on blacks and whites to the + levels which are still pretty much not black and not white.

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Kind of what I remember Fuji FP3000B negatives actually looking like in extreme cases. At least my particular extreme cases.

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I then proceeded to go thru and without changing anything else just moved that random rotation and crop around as-is with the mouse until I kinda saw what made me react and release the shutter in the first place.

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What did I find with this exercise? The most interesting thing to me were bits and pieces of stuff that I did a very long time ago with clear intent that I've been running away from for various reasons seems to have crept back in. Not as a crutch, not as something I do for other people because that's what they want. It's not WHY I like a few of these but some of it's in there. Makes me question some of the rejects I've made and some of the other "one-star" piles I've got laying around. Did I reject them because they had elements I used to use as device?

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Oh, yes. Why 5x4, why the extreme treatment, etc? Well, let's just say I like to operate under constraints. I do believe without them creativity is dead. I also have this thing about emulating film I used to use and having to see it in the aspect ratio it happened to be made in and I happened to use. Constraints and all…

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The other thing I see is that I am definitely operating in some sort of pairs of images mode.

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That's probably way way too many random pictures for one post. Hey sorry people for chewing up you mobile megabytes. More thoughts later. My point? Well I guess it's that while I'm not a huge fan of random selections of presets etc because I think it's a giant waste of time I do think that if for some reason you really like something taking another look at it can be productive. Silk purse out of sow's ear? Not a great idea but understanding what particular things are attracting you to photographs you make even if you don't like the whole of it can be instructive and lead you to where you need to be.

End Notes

All photographs made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55 XF. Processing via Lightroom CC with a heavily modified version of VSCO FILM03 FUJI FP3000B negative+++.