Jason Ruth

Hornsby, Australia

Welcome to my view of the world, through the lens. Sometimes fluffy, sometimes colourful, other times it can be dark and moody.

Unappreciated works

Let me start by saying that it is not about myself, nor my works (or images) that which my journal title refers to. This site is wonderful and not so wonderful. There are some fantastic images that are being shown. Those with lots of comments and feedback; deservedly and undeservedly.

Today I have viewed some brilliant images that had no comments at all. The photos I refer to are underwater images. As someone who loves photography in all it forms I try to take a slightly unemotional approach to viewing images. I know that photography is a medium that is vying for your emotional attention, but there is part of me that tries and wants to understand the effort and work that went into getting an image. As a relative newcomer to photography (approximately 7 years) I don’t have huge amounts of experience to draw from. But what little experience I have is varied. I do shot some underwater and on land. I have tried (and will keep trying) night time photos, HDR, Panorama, macro, landscapes and other types of photography. You could say I am trying to find my photographic niche. We all are in some way. One thing I have experienced is those that take land based photos and then deciding they will do underwater think they know what they are doing. Most get it wrong, some get lucky and others get some usefull advice from those in the know (and are prepared to listen).

What I am really trying to say is that I am disappointed in the lack of comments and compliments of some of the underwater photos shown on this site. Some are good, very good and some just BRILLIANT. What I do know is that for those that have not and will not experience underwater photography do not understand the difficulties of taking a photo whilst trying to maintain bouyancy, staying still in a position, looking through a viewfinder that is made smaller by the housing and take the pic. As a photographer, when it all comes together it is a reward a land based photographer will never achieve. When an underwater photographer achieves this reward they don’t just feel happy as a photographer, but complete as a diver too.

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