Jerry Funk  


Shapes & Shadows by Jerry Funk

October 2020 - Shapes & Shadows

About the Image(s)

This is detail of a marble sculpture on the campus of Utah State University photographed with a Google Pixel 4XL at 1/7800 sec, ISO 82, f1.8, 4.44mm

I liked the feeling of depth produced by the shadow and the shapes with contrasting textures. At first, I found the foreground shadow distracting but decided it was a good counterpoint to the clean lines. Of course, shooting at a different time may eliminate both shadows. Perhaps I'll shoot it again next year and clone or burn in the shadow on the sidewalk.


23 comments posted




Don York   Don York
I like the sculpture surrounded by the white envelop with similar contour. I think foreground shadow is good for reducing the amount of white in image.   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:38:36
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My intention was to have this viewed solely as an abstract. For clarity purposes, the major white subject is the marble sculpture. I'm looking down through a hole in it to view its natural shadow and additional concrete sidewalk. I blackened a distraction on the top.   Posted: 10/05/2020 12:35:43



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think it's an interesting study. The small sensor has given good depth of field even at f1.8. The textures and patterns have given good depth, and I like the way my eye is made to wander round and round. For a "simple" picture, there's a lot to look at!   Posted: 10/08/2020 12:12:19
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
The quality of the image is greatly enhanced by the computational technology developed by Google. I believe Google violates all we have learned about the physics of lenses and sensors.   Posted: 10/08/2020 15:58:33
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
It really distinguishes itself n very low light and it's Unique capability of adjusting shadows and highlights before the image is captured.   Posted: 10/08/2020 16:01:41



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I think it was a guy from Topaz that said in a talk a year or so ago something like "in future photography will be defined by software rather than by hardware". That's probably a bit strong, but we can all see how much clever software is changing photography. What I would love would be a phone sensor with more versatile lenses in a camera style body with a viewfinder - not the inconvenient phone body.   Posted: 10/08/2020 16:57:56
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Yes, a smart major camera manufacturer would license Google's software and take advantage of their costly lenses andthe ergonomics of a standard camera body.   Posted: 10/08/2020 18:50:27



Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Love the curves and the viewpoint you chose. The curves are well mirrored by by the shadows in the gravel. Keyline?   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:06:23
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Oops. It's really needed on the top. Thanks.

Earlier today, I entered an Arizona wide competition and resubmitted my entries because I belatedly remembered to add strokes.

Gravel is actually rough, stony concrete.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:17:53



Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
(Group 18)
Hope it does well in the competition.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:21:46
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I didn't enter this picture yet, but with your and Larry's suggestions, I expect it do well ok in the Jan. Competition.   Posted: 10/14/2020 05:15:36



Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Love the curves v. the straight line. Very sensuous. Also the smoothness of the marble v the textures of the light and dark areas. You found an interesting angle to create a minimalist, graphic image with a full range of tones. I had no idea Google was making cameras.   Posted: 10/09/2020 23:46:37
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It's a smart phone, Helen - seehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Google-Pixel-64GB-Just-Black/dp/B07ZJLDFTV, https://www.gsmarena.com/google_pixel_4_xl-9895.php etc. Impressive it is. The sensor is "1/2.5 inches" (which I find a hopeless way of expressing it). It means the sensor is 5.76 x 4.39mm, or 25 square mm in area. This is only 10% of the area my micro 4/3,or under 3% of full frame sensor area. It's said that it's the software in the phones that gives such good results despite this. Very large depth of field comes from the small sensor size too - useful sometimes, not at others!   Posted: 10/12/2020 06:54:59
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I've been telling friends for ages that I won't upgrade my Nikon D810 until Nikon has a camera that has the computational abilities of a Pixel phone camera. For just $349 one can purchase a Pixel 4A with the same camera as the 4XL. I use mine solely as a camera and have kept my Pixel 3 as my phone and backup camera should the 4XL battery drain out.
I once worked in licensing and acquisitions for a major company and have to believe Google would out license it's technology to a major camera manufacturer.   Posted: 10/14/2020 05:29:41



John Roach   John Roach
Jerry, This is a nice meeting of line, curves, form and pattern to evoke curiosity and sensible feeling. I find the tonality pleasing and desirable to continuing looking. Perhaps, Helen, has hit the target by suggesting that it is sensuous to view. Nicely done and I have no suggestions for enhancement. Run with this one where ever it takes you.   Posted: 10/10/2020 07:15:44



Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The combination of abstract shapes, textures, and tones is very interesting to me. The wide depth of field does keep everything in focus. The sense of depth, however is a different story, It is a puzzle to me. My mind keep trying to glean the thickness of the object from the three materials, but it can't. Maybe a shallower depth of field would bring out the sense of depth more. That being said, this is an abstract image and doesn't need a sense of depth. Nice image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 15:10:45
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Yes, one would expect to see noticeable DOF differences at this distance at f1.8 but Google uses HRD+. It says is merges the best parts of 15 exposures (almost instantly) to produce a final picture. It can be set to allow you to choose 1 of the 15.
I still use my Nikon D810 when I see a need. I miss its greater dynamic range and ergonomics.   Posted: 10/10/2020 17:34:24
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I see that Google is offering a free pair of Bose QC35ii headphones with a Pixel 4a (5G version only) for a few days. Tempting, I have some older Bose QC 15s which cost 299 about 8 years ago and they are brilliant! Here, 4a = 349, 4a with 5G = 499, Bose QC35ii = 249. So tempting to go for the 4a with 5G and upgrade my cans! (Those symbols on my screen which you might get also are actually GB pounds.)

The 4a with 5G has a second camera with wider field of view - but these lenses are very wide anyway. Pity they don't do a true telephoto. I see there are various add-on lenses available, but they all seem to be giving wider angles, not smaller. Have you tried any?

I also see you can buy "cases" tomake holding the phone more like a "proper" camera. Some have a bluetooth shutter release so you don't have to tap the screen. Have you tried one?   Posted: 10/14/2020 15:13:25



Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Because the shadow is so soft, I think it is a plus. The entire composition is very pleasing. Thanks for explaining how it was created. The curves, textures, and smooth sculpture make a very pleasing abstract which I know reflects your style.   Posted: 10/11/2020 19:47:08



Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I really like the repeating curves and the contrasts between the black and the whites. However for me there is just too much white. I also found the black upper left corner just awkward Perhaps if you cropped it square and just concentrated on the shapes in the lower left it would produce a stronger image. I'm attaching a sample crop for your consideration. Or, you can just reject it completely. It is your image...   Posted: 10/13/2020 12:57:40
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
A hearty thank you for showing me an excellent alternative. I was committed to a square with the strong black contrast,and didn't consider alternatives.
I'll also try a square without the black as you suggest.
Thanks again.   Posted: 10/13/2020 18:33:43
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Speaking as a photography judge, consider that anything in the image at draws the eye away from the subject, just might need to be eliminated.
Good Luck.   Posted: 10/13/2020 19:27:13
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Thanks. I didn't submit this image for competition yet. With your suggestion, I think it will do better in the Jan. competition.   Posted: 10/14/2020 05:13:36



 

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