Photo Of The Day. [Comments Welcome]

Happy Monday. Today, retouching is out, rawness is in.

Photo of the day. Let me know what you think.

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Dawndra says:

Wonderful image. Makes you feel something!

Dawndra says:

I love the photo, and its so intresting reading how people comment when theyre not in front of your face but behind the desk. Yelp for photographers? I think its a very freeing image.

Interesting – the sort of shot I get with my waterproof panasonic lumix when on holiday!

Adam Haworth says:

absolutely stunning, it really does look like an angel.

oh, yeah, i dig the shot. looks like an angel of sorts.

one from that bellyflop shoot I watched on your podcast, I’m assuming. i loved the concept of that shoot. but, to this day, it made me sick to see the gear tossed in the pool. on my budget, i couldn’t trust any underwater housing, no matter how expensive. i’m glad you didn’t have any leaks. lol.

Jim says:

Whatever. Its just a blurr to me.

Evren says:

To me its the look on his face is what makes the picture- calm and free…. that bellyflop must have hurt though.. any pictures of the bruises scott suffered in the name of art??

Chris Gillies says:

‘He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!’

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Iztok says:

ohooo…there is a small angel on his left shoulder…

Amy Kim says:

I like it because it’s something that I’ve never seen before.

Pineze says:

Well, who im I to say something about a Chase Jarvis photo? But, let’s give me a try. I think this photo is cliche too, but, the way the photo was made was original. So, why not work with some lights under the man? I know there is a lot of water, but i think if some points of light appears in this image to creat some kind of feeling, some purpose, it would be a Original Chase Jarvis Photo… rsrsrsrsr.

DanielKphoto says:

Is this one from the shoot in the backgarden with pool? from this video: with the aquatech housing? Anyway, love the shot! Nice moment, and the sun adds a lot to the picture! Very nice :)

Savannah says:

The contrasts between the light and the shadows is what catches my attention. The ripples of water also cause a refreshing effect. I do however think that it would have been better in color. Great work though.

Patrick McCormack says:

hey didnt you do this a wile ago with all your friends?
you shoud string all of them all together

Moritz says:

i like the shots… the cropped hand maked you wonder if it was just a snapshot or done on purpose and makes it a less clear shot.
think you should have cropped in a bit more on top right corner, that dark spot next to the hotspot looks out of place. do love the waves behind the arms…
always great to see some images like that


Thing is, our opinions often and almost inevitably get influenced by social considerations: who is was photographer? what’s his approach to photography? if he is a portrait photographer, can he really shoot landscapes? and so on. A Portrait Photographer.

bimal nair says:

More than the photography, i guess it was a great performance by the subject….its such a flawless landing on the water….hope he didnt hurt himself between the trials to get this perfect wings effect all around his body! :)

Thatcher says:

It is what it is. It’s perfect. It was captured the way it was meant to be captured. It’s art. That’s it. That’s all.

Ryan Pastircak says:

To me this seems very religious. You have the man in the middle with his arms and the water making a cross. On the right side you have the bright light (heaven) while on the left you have the dark side (Hell) It makes me think of an internal struggle that most of us go through. Really seems to make an impression..

Craig says:

You’ve cropped off his arm. Blown out the top right corner. Rule of thirds? Is this critically sharp? You probably should have used a Canon. ;)

Just kidding – I like it, the contrast, the dude’s expression, the (er…sorry) decisive moment etc. It’s an image to pause and look at, and the rawness or grittiness (or whatever you want to call it) adds to that. Kind of reminds me of some of Trente Parke’s underwater stuff – not only because it’s black and white and underwater, because it just looks cool.

France Freeman says:

Cool snap chase! Works for me simply as a study in form and texture. The unintended religious connotations make it all the more interesting, especially because of the raw “imperfections”, the missing hand, the dark spots in the corner, the heavy contrast, I think they work to keep the shot from feeling cliche or contrived.

Did you wake up to find the Virgin Mary on your toast as well? ; )

Kerstin says:

Love the flair and the imprint he leaves in the water. You captured the perfect moment. <3

Dov says:

You found Jesus! Cutting off the photo at a joint is a no no in photo 101. HOWEVER, in this particular image it does NOT bother me. Would love to see this in color though.

fas says:

How did you shoot that underwater? How how how!

Cole Barash says:

Finally you have a shot that is raw and authentic. Something that hasent been retouched for 30 hours.

Cindy Dyer says:

I love this shot—-as a few of your commenters said—it’s unintentionally biblical, angelic, frenetic but peaceful at the same time. How many images can you say that about? I think the fact that it has all those conflicting elements and emotions far outweighs any negative points (cropping, composition, contrast, etc.). Thanks for sharing, Chase!

Jen says:

Instantly the first thing I thought was “Jesus”.

Angus Thomas says:

I see an image that only works in black and white because it isn’t that great – call me cynical but show me something genuinely photographic

Tyler Austin says:

In a world of digital cameras and photoshop madness, its always nice to see a great and powerful image come straight out of the camera! RAW is GOOD!

Yuri Pallaro says:

It’s a beautiful / interesting picture, but It’s not amazing for my taste.

brad says:

Ouch!! This pics make me feel something…. physical. And I bet most people know the feeling. love your work Chase.

Oliver says:

I can’t wait to see it as part of the series. I’ll weigh in on the arm chopped off and say that, if it was in the frame, the image would be too symmetrical and I think the visual weight of the body/dark mass to the bright white spot is good this way and would also be thrown off by a composition framed as it is now, but with the complete arm in the frame. Of course we are assuming Scott indeed has two hands…

Tim Streland says:

I like that picture.

I like the contrast and the lighting. Specially the sun.

But I think that it would work better in color.

I miss the blue color of the water.

I like these Post’s want to see more of it

I also got a religious feel from it…kind of hit some areas similar to images relating to christianity. I know it was not intentional tho. I think this photo was from the video of you and the crew jumping into a pool. I remember that video. I dont think this is the best photo from that shoot tho. We want to see more :-)

Jean-François says:

Looks like an old PHOTOGRAVURE!!!!!
I think this photo gets everyone to feel emotions due to the different level of symbolisms: men, cross, water, sun, etc.
I can even say, to some extend, It looks like some gravure from William Blake…
This is my 2 cents!

Muhammad Awais says:

Love this one …..

CallumW says:

One for the Flickr feed :)


Dominic Alvarez says:

Yes I agree with retouching. Now that all you hear is ” o I can fix that in post” I like seeing “RAW” photos, I want to see “the problem spots” a lot of people have gotten carried away with retouching. I think we should start bringing back raw images. By the way I am loving the pic of the day. Kinda reminds me when life just smacks you in the face.

For me it looks like he`s frozen in ice, for ever.

Nico –

I remember seen that picture when you were testing the Aquatech Housing in the pool.
It certainly looks biblical even if it wasn’t intended. I’ll love to see the ones with the black suit on.

Daniel Snare says:

Definitely a photo that sucks you in and makes you look at every detail. Love it!

Glenn says:

I like the pure rawness or spontaneity of the photo. I get the feeling of an unplanned image that works well as such. One might even consider it a decisive moment. I don’t get some people’s cliche comments. Maybe because i am not religious and do not think of or like religious imagery.

Scartographer says:

I have this motto whenever I’m asked about my work, and how “dirty” or “messy” it looks.. I tell them: I shoot humans not models, I tell real stories, not perfect ones. I’m fascinated by an image left unbrushed, or cloned or patched, or cleaned…. Those flecks and marks and blemishes are all part of the story of existence, otherwise they wouldn’t be there. This image does a great job of that, the stray bubbles and flecks, heavy film grain, the sense of unscripted liberation being bathed in water and sunlight. It’s almost cleansing, baptismal even.

Blair says:

Normally I would find it extremely hard to criticize your work but I find this is missing something. Neat idea and I can’t quite figure out how you got the shot but it’s not my taste.

Luis says:

Looks great! Love how the overexposed area contrasts with the shadows on the opposite side!

lukken says:

I agree with Matt on this photo, its a snapshot don’t over think it. snapshots are not planned, if it was it wouldn’t be a snapshot. great photo chase..

steven says:

i’ve never seen a shot taken quite like this before. very interesting very cool “angel wing” effect from the water.

Daf says:

Nice concept – doesn’t blow me away though.

Colleen says:

Interesting that you went for B&W. Love the grain feel of it and whatever is creeping in on the top right corner. Also looks like The Joker from batman

bethy says:

My focus is the sun and light, then the dark figure. But my head is usually up in the clouds. I do like that the hand is cut off, it helps him share the frame with the sunlight and keeps your mind engaged somehow.

kristen says:

I like the light in this photo.

Ron Goyette says:

This is a fantastic snapshot! That being said, it seems a bold statement to declare that retouch is out and raw is in based on a snapshot. For me one of the defining characteristics of a snapshot is the raw unrefined quality of them. Are talking exclusively about snapshots of just today…?

Care to elaborate on the retouch is out part of the post.

Ben Renschen says:

I like these types of photos. And am a big fan of getting in touch with raw. Sometimes hard to do when all our photos are digital! I love the framing as well. Less “obvious” leaves more room for interpretation (i.e. less insulting to the viewer). Reminds me of a photo I took recently in South Africa!

zenracer says:

Sometimes photography is overworked….Raw is good and is a great release of the pure essence of the photograph. The decisive moment raw.

Matt says:

Bunch of haters so far. Contrast this, composition that, at the end of the day it’s a great photo. I think we get caught up with things that are irrelevant. It’s imperfect, like life, like we all are. I don’t mind any of it; the cut off arm, the spot in the corner, it’s all part of what makes it unique. It’s representative of a moment in time, how can a moment be right or wrong? It just is.

Shaun says:

He asked what we thought, and we’re giving him opinions. Don’t hate when people are judging what the artist has requested we criticize.

Charlie says:

Not my favorite but I like it. It’s different and makes you look twice. I like the bright light too.

faiman says:

nothing to discuss here, its a simply great shot.

christian says:

didn’t you shoot that a while ago? I like looking at it -> the photo works.

Nice timing on the splash waves, if angel wings were intended. Not sure if i like the hard contrast (which certainly supports that angelic look), or if the shot would be my pick for a series on contortions – it’s almost textbook un-contorted standard pose. With legs spread out, it could even pass for a reference to the Vitruvian Man…

Daniela says:

I like the idea, but if it would have been in action, swimming… i would have liked it more. Now it looks… sad, as the person is surrendering of something. But hey, we can’t order the right shoot:) So, nevertheless, i like it!

Natalija says:

A caption that came to mind was “Leap of Faith” as I see religious symbolism. I’m all for rawness and no retouching, but this would be better if the right hand was included and the light wasn’t so bright.

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Lori says:

What I like: He looks like he just jumped into a pool of clear jello because you can see his impact/imprint in the water.

bryceworld says:

Underneath his right arm, (under the part where the initial water movement from his arm impacting is) shows the path/shard of where the spear/blade of ice from a super villan/huge bullet from sniper/any other thoughts from your imagination.. has entered his back and sent him into the water, arms open.. totally unaware of the impending doom which just hit him in the back.
That is what I like.

Chase says:

Not meant to be a religious image – it’s Scott hitting the water in bellyflop, part of a series of snapshots human body contortions. Hopefully that explains the chopped off arm.

Admittedly has a certain unintended familiarity – part of it that makes you want to see the other arm. Which is actually why I like it – it’s not giving you what you expect.

Andy says:

I’d’ve loved to have been there for the prep.
“Whaddya want me to do Chase?”
“A massive belly flop into the pool”
“OK grea… wait? What?”.

Your guys must love you.

R Lee says:

If that were a planned shot would you have included the right hand as well since it can be interpreted symbolically?

HP says:

Nice shot, I think it would be better if you didnt cut off the left arm.


Daniel Sloan says:

I like the idea, just wish his right arm weren’t cut off. I feel that it would be much more powerful of an image with both arms in the frame.

Shaun says:

cliche, i feel.

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Bo Boswell says:

This is great, Chase. Timeless type of image. I like the symbolism, like Mikelangelo pointed out. Very energetic and peaceful at the same time.

Well done.

Mikelangelo says:

That’s very ‘biblical’ (I see angel wings on a jesus figure). I like the contrast. The composition is good. I love the strong rays of light and textures from the bubbles. The only thing I don’t like is the dark spot in the upper right corner. (nitpicky, I know)

Very cool, Chase!

Chase says:

Unintended consequence of a bellyflot snapshot, but it begs the familiar/cliched pose… That’s why I posted it.

mikelangelo says:

What I thought was neat is the ‘waves’ caused by the impact around his arms. i didn’t notice them right away, but they almost look like wings. That delayed reaction got my attention. And, of course, you have the beard… classic stuff.

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