Here's an architectural photograph that I've been working on for a long, long time a few months ago. Approximately spent 80 hours on it. And before I have it printed on fine art paper I'm sure I will spend an additional few hours to make sure each and every pixel is in the right tonal zone:) Not kidding actually.
Well, you could ask yourself if that's worth all the effort and for what?
Actually I couldn't care less what the answer may be, all I can say is that art is not just a matter of talent and creative artistry. An important aspect of all great art is that it's also based on craftsmanship, on dedication and the need to make a sacrifice. Gandhi once said: “The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy."
So this is why I give my everything when I created this photo, or any other photo I've made. This is why I start where any other would stop, where I enjoy when any other would think it's madness. It enlightens my mind.
The result, good or maybe even worthless, is just an observation and doesn't take anything away from the joy I found when I worked the pixels on the cables for 10 consecutive hours.
I'll be teaching an architectural workshop in New York City with international award winning photographer Sharon Tenenbaum on November 10-11-12-13 which is focused on creating images like this. For more info check out my Google+ account
B+W ND110 & ND106 - 16 stops
380s (6m20sec) exposure
PS CS5 - Silver Efex Pro 2