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A Thousand Words And The Task At Hand Is Done
January 29, 2019 • 1 Comment
A picture is worth a thousand words...
in 1861 the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote, "The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book." - Napoleon Bonaparte said "A good sketch is better than a long speech" - The expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Tess Flanders - "One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words", appears in a 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio. - Fred R. Barnard, promoting the use of images in advertisement in 1927, wrote "One Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words" and labeled it a Chinese proverb so that people would take it seriously. - The actual Chinese expression is something more like; "Hearing something a hundred times isn't better than seeing it once."
In 1911 the Eastman Kodak Company advertised their Brownie cameras with the words "Make the happiness of to-day a pleasure for many to-morrows with a picture record of your summer outing." "You can make good pictures with a Brownie."
I like those words; make the happiness of today a pleasure for many tomorrows.
I'm pretty sure that the thousand words Tess Flanders had in mind were nothing like the thousand words that come to my mind when I think of images right now. I imagine Tess was thinking of words that describe what was being seen in the picture. More poetic descriptive type words for images; perhaps a shiny new red wagon bringing up thoughts of childhood, summer days, and laughter. I imagine that in a few weeks my mind will get back to words like that when I look at a picture but right now....
Right now when I look at an image the words that come to my mind are more like technical words and post-processing terms:
read, listen, talk, learn, teach, share, thought, idea, site, feel, view, create, Canon, camera, DSLR, viewfinder, lens, prime, fixed, memory card, sensor, Speedlite, flash, digital, optical, compression, mirror, shutter, aperture, speed, F-Stop, ISO, pixels, light, highlight, shadow, exposure, bulb, bracket, meter, histogram, white balance, line, shape, form, texture, pattern, bokeh, color, contrast, space, balance, zoom, blur, focus, DOF, composition, color, technique, format, KPPA, PPA, Creative Cloud, Adobe, LightRoom, PhotoShop, Topaz, Nik Efex, RAW, CR2, TIFF, PSD, JPG, file, noise, resolution, layers, selection, clone, curves, dodge, burn, vignette, opacity, feather, vibrancy, saturation, desaturation, gradient, sharpen, mask, patch, crop, resize, rotate, scale, transform, adjustment, canvas, filter, stroke, title, upload... and about a thousand more.
Because right now I am in post-processing mode. I've gotten tips from some amazing Master Photographers, Master Artists, and experienced photography mentors. They have filled my mind with words like those as they share their knowledge and talent to help me, and many others, prepare for the Kansas Professional Photographers Association 2019 image competition at our Winter Expo.
The only word left in my mind from those thousand words, when I look at the images I have been working on over the last few weeks, is DONE.
The task at hand is DONE!
For now I am done with the edits on those images. They have been resized and sent off to our Print-Chair and, are now mixed among so many others and, awaiting the eyes of those who will come from all corners of the country to judge them. The eyes of those who, when they see these pictures, will have words of their own. Words like: impact, technical excellence, creativity, style, composition, presentation, color balance, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technique, and storytelling.
Oh so many words really are held in each and every image. I just hope that I have been successful in capturing those words.
Oh that train! Never knew a rusty old train could be so beautiful.
All the words-
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