Photographer Ripped For ‘Shoddy’ Olympic Photos

A set of portraits of American Olympians has generated negative feelings in the photography community because of an “amateur” and “shoddy” look that some think was intentional.

The photos were taken for Getty and AFP at the USOC media summit by Joe Klamar. While other photographers at the event chose to shoot the portraits straight up, Klamar’s had a different feel. Members of the photography community weren’t going for it. While the photos were taken in May, they’ve only recently gained a notorious reputation thanks to a thread on reddit’s photography page. Here’s a typical comment on reddit’s photography page:

“wow… he’s trying something new for press shots, concealing some details in shadows… using FOV and perspective to distort subjects in a not-so appealing way… Oh wait, these haven’t been processed… Wow they’re getting worse… Ok this wasn’t on purpose…these are terrible…”

You know when you’re watching a basketball game and the director cuts to a floor-level camera from behind the basket and you’re thinking, “huh, this is neat” for about two seconds before realizing that you can’t see anything? There’s a reason that camera has been positioned halfway up the stadium at half court for a reason. It looks good for a reason. That’s sort of my thought on Klamar’s photos. He tried to do something different and it didn’t work. (Making Natalie Coughlin look anything but beautiful, for instance, was a big miss.)

That’s my uninformed opinion. Some folks in the photography field were a bit more harsh: “This is an embarrassment to our country and my profession,” one wrote.

How about you, what is your take on Joe Klamar’s Olympic portraits? Does his new form of “art” gain a Like or a Gripe?

Source: Yahoo News

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Angelina Jolie’s Leggy Poses at the Oscars ‘Totally Unplanned’

Everyone was so enthralled with Angelina Jolie’s leg at the Oscars!! It was the hottest accessory on the red carpet!! But then she pulled it out of her slit again on stage!! Surely she knew what she was doing, riight??? Welll… according to sources close to her, the move (both of them) were totally unplanned. Uh huh…

The source insists:

Angie was vamping it up, no more, nothing less. There was no hidden meaning in what she was doing. The photographers went crazy for her on the red carpet and were screaming for her to ‘show some leg’ and so she did.

It was totally unplanned for Angie to do it again when she was presenting, she was having fun, living in the moment, like she always does. She is absolutely oblivious to the controversy and attention the sexy pose has created.

Okay… sooo… she just had that huge slit in her dress for kicks?? LOL!! We wouldn’t care if it was planned!! In fact, we were giving her kudos for it!! We thought it was really smart — a great way to amp that grand finale attention she and Brad always get on the red carpet!

Source: Perez Hilton

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