jonathan pearlman

jonathan pearlman

FINE ART Photography


The antonyms of humble are, variously, arrogant, bigheaded, complacent, conceited, content, egotistic, flushed, full of oneself, pleased, proud, puffed-up , self-congratulatory, smug, vain.

I'll take the third from last antonym, if I may. You, dear listener, may choose to describe me otherwise.

Here is a facsimile of the latest cover of Noosa' 'Lifestyle' magazine. This is a photograph taken by us (M and me) on location at Lake MacDonald, and on commission for a local real estate agent. We are very proud of these images, three more appear inside the edition. 


Regular listeners will know of my brief foray into the world of on-line photographic forums. I'm never one to be short of an opinion or three on most subjects and that includes the preciousness of the photographer. In the digital age of photography, photographers fall into the one of the following categories: those who are disdainful of photoshopping, those who are disdainful of those who are disdainful of those who choose to photoshop and those who couldn't give a rat's sphincter what anyone else thinks.

I fall into the latter category. 

However, this month I found myself sending a Facebook message to a photographer I'd never spoken to before enquiring as to her use of HDR. I merely was interested as to why HDR has become so much of a fad and why it bothered me so; of course, I got short thrift for my trouble, and it was probably well-deserved. 

This week, I received a Facebook post from the Sunshine Coast Daily. There was a photo with a blurb with a link to the article. In essence, the photo had been named 'photo of the week' (perhaps month, I forget), the article extolled the young photographer's virtues, and as it should. This young man clearly has an eye for landscape photography, understands the rule of thirds (consciously or otherwise) and certainly knows what people want to see. And what they want to see are martian sunsets replete with martian palm trees and martian oceans.

What rankled me most was his camera settings; published at the bottom of the photo, these made no sense to me. What rankled me second was that his sunsets were bright orange/red, a deep aqua blue and an uncomfortable fluorescent green; what rankled me third was that I could not understand where in Caloundra he could possibly have captured a sunset over the ocean.

There, I had my say. I will shut myself up now.

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