The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Go Back   The Royal Forums > Reigning Houses > British Royals > Current Events Archive

Join The Royal Forums Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
  #1261  
Old 11-22-2012, 04:48 PM
Kit's Avatar
Kit Kit is offline
Courtier
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 840
Just looked at their official homepage and look what I have found there under The Duchess of Cambridge - Interests:

Quote:
Other hobbies include more recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, sailing, swimming, and the arts, including photography and painting.

The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.
I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
__________________

  #1262  
Old 11-22-2012, 04:57 PM
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,186
Catherine is not a professional photographer and has never claimed to be a professional. She never received training in photography so I don't understand why people were expecting 'professionalism' from snapshots taken on her digital camera while on tour. The photos weren't destined for the National Portrait Gallery, Catherine posted them on her personal website to share with the public.
__________________

  #1263  
Old 11-22-2012, 05:00 PM
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,186
One thing is for certain though. These snapshots point out how much interest there is in the Duchess of Cambridge. Her website crashed twice yesterday from too much demand and the internet is flooded with articles about these photos.
Catherine's popularity is phenomenal.
  #1264  
Old 11-22-2012, 06:07 PM
cepe's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,413


I'd say that interest in Catherine is phenomenal. There are people out there just looking to criticise.
__________________

This precious stone set in the silver sea,......
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
  #1265  
Old 11-22-2012, 06:23 PM
Osipi's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: On the west side of North up from Back, United States
Posts: 6,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade View Post
Thanks for saying that. I have no idea why such pictures are being published. And this from a couple who usually have a clinical cut approach between "private" and "public".
I think perhaps this is exactly why she decided to share her photos on the official website. Both William and Kate are astute enough to realize that there is a public yearning to know more about them. What makes them tick, what they like to do and perhaps more in depths of what they like and what its like to be them. Their official web site is a perfect venue to do this. With Facebook, that is what we can do too.. share with family and friends.

With drawing a line in the sand on what they will tolerate or not as far as their privacy, I think that the couple putting a more personal aspect into their official website is a pretty smart move. They don't appear too standoffish and reclusive in their private lives but also gives them control of what is seen by the public. It won't call off the paps, but Will and Kate have in their own way taken the exclusive angle away a bit more.
__________________
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
― John Lennon
  #1266  
Old 11-22-2012, 07:15 PM
julliette's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Posts: 2,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kit View Post
Just looked at their official homepage and look what I have found there under The Duchess of Cambridge - Interests:



I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
Exactly, Kit. This proves that she has some pratice. That's why I thought the pictures would be better...


Quote:
Originally Posted by Duke-of-Earl View Post
I don't understand why people were expecting 'professionalism' from snapshots taken on her digital camera while on tour. The photos weren't destined for the National Portrait Gallery, Catherine posted them on her personal website to share with the public.
I was not expecting professionalism. To be a professional takes years, money, pratice, dedication and talent. I know Kate is just an amateur. But between amateurs, there are many degrees of quality. Since Kate seems to have some experience already, I was expecting them to have better quality, but still not the quality of a professional, of course.
  #1267  
Old 11-22-2012, 07:16 PM
cepe's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,413
sharing like this is something that the BRF has always done. In the past, it was a press release with pix and, inevitably, the info evaporated. Now sharing means going on the website and it being disected by friend and foe alike and it never evaporates - its there for all time. This is upping the ante for ALL royals - not just the cambridges. They should be generally supported for doing this. Those on this forum who take an active interest should actively support this process.

I'm not saying that you should like everything they say, do or present but show respect for the fact that they are willing to do this.

It would be so easy for them to withdraw this type of information.
__________________

This precious stone set in the silver sea,......
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
  #1268  
Old 11-22-2012, 07:36 PM
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,186
Well, I have always been of the opinion that if these criticisms are the best that Catherine's detractors can do, then she must be doing something right.

Lack of 'professionalism' with snapshots she took while on tour with her husband and decided to share with the public who have been asking for more photos.

Catherine must be just gutted she is not up for the Robert Capa Gold Medal.
  #1269  
Old 11-22-2012, 07:52 PM
cepe's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,413
made my day Earl
__________________

This precious stone set in the silver sea,......
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
  #1270  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:11 PM
soapstar's Avatar
Super Moderator
Picture of the Week Coordinator
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hermosa Beach, United States
Posts: 3,304
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kit View Post
Just looked at their official homepage and look what I have found there under The Duchess of Cambridge - Interests:

Quote:
Other hobbies include more recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, sailing, swimming, and the arts, including photography and painting.

The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.
I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
To be fair, Kate was taking her photos on a basic camera without all of the bells and whistles. To truly capture landscapes, most photographers use better equipment and take their time capturing photos/setting up shots. Kate only had a few moments, so her photos won't compare.

Plus, landscape photography is different than still life photography (which is what I assume Kate was doing at PP)...they require different techniques. So while she may have experience behind a camera, it's possible that she's just now trying her hand at landscape photography.

IMO, the photos look fine (a few of them I really like). They're basically tourists photos, so I can't really say that they reflect Kate's true ability. The only way I'd truly be able to judge her talent, is if she were to exhibit her photos in a gallery.
  #1271  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:21 PM
julliette's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Posts: 2,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by cepe View Post
sharing like this is something that the BRF has always done. In the past, it was a press release with pix and, inevitably, the info evaporated. Now sharing means going on the website and it being disected by friend and foe alike and it never evaporates - its there for all time. This is upping the ante for ALL royals - not just the cambridges. They should be generally supported for doing this. Those on this forum who take an active interest should actively support this process.

I'm not saying that you should like everything they say, do or present but show respect for the fact that they are willing to do this.

It would be so easy for them to withdraw this type of information.
sorry, but who has not showed respect for the fact that they shared the pics?
I must say I've nothing against them sharing the pics, absolutely nothing. I may even like what they share in the future, who knows?
But I don't have to like everything, have I? I didn't like the pics and shared my opinion, just that, I don't think that makes me a "detractor"
  #1272  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:27 PM
Tiggersk8's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Evansville, Canada
Posts: 2,082
One thing I did want to mention though after something that happened to me tonight. It's Deer Season here and my Dad, who more than likely is taking part in his last year of hunting due to his very rapidly declining health, got himself an 8 point Buck today. A nice big deer too, which considering that makes up the majority of the meat we eat in this house and the meat from last year was just about out, which will help us out big time w/the grocery bills, not to mention making Dad's year. Anyway...

Since I'm a huge skating fan and go to shows and competitions a lot, I have a really good professional looking camera w/the needed settings and lens. Doesn't mean the person using it is a Professional, but the camera is.

So Mom takes me out to our back shed to do pictures w/Dad and his buck and also the son of friends of ours who is also hunting w/us and got a nice little buck himself today, and I noticed something was happening I hadn't seen before. I had it set for Auto, as I usually do for pictures like this, and when I pushed only half way down to get the focus, I noticed the settings were changing from Auto to Sport and back to Auto a couple of times and I think I also got a couple in the Sport setting due to that.

Now, considering the camera Kate had was more than likely a regular digital camera, but w/those same options, what if those B&W pictures in the jungle the result of the same thing? The Camera taking over w/out her knowing it and, in turn, getting some happy accidents?

Regardless, I thought those B&W's were gorgeous and IMO showed up far more of the jungle than a colour one would. We've all seen gorgeous colour pictures of the Rainforests around the World, but the colour blinds you in a way to the details of the leaves and other foliage. At least to me. These B&W's however don't do that and you can focus on the actual various forms of plant life and their details.

As I said though, that's just me.
__________________
Recycle Life ~ Be An Organ Donor!!
Recieved my Kidney Transplant on December 10th, 1993 and will be forever grateful to the family of my donor for the greatest earliest Christmas Present I've ever been given
  #1273  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:46 PM
cepe's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Posts: 5,413
Tiggersk8 Congrats to your Dad on his 8 point Buck. Great that you got pix to remember this occasion - really that's all pix are about for peeps like us. To remember an occasion, people and family. Lets not get frazzled over it.

Julliette - I dont think you have. My post was not in respone to any of your posts - I would have made it clear if it was
__________________

This precious stone set in the silver sea,......
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
  #1274  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:51 PM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Toronto (ON) & London (UK), Canada
Posts: 5,272
WOW so much hubub about an amateur photographers photographs. She is an amateur not a professional. She also lists amongst her interests tennis and swimming. Would you judge her abilities in those sports against Federer or Phelps? Probably not, so why judge her photographs as one would a professionals.
  #1275  
Old 11-22-2012, 08:52 PM
Osipi's Avatar
Majesty
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: On the west side of North up from Back, United States
Posts: 6,675
I finally had a chance to sit down and look through Kate's photographs and I think that cepe hit it on the head stating that some pictures are "To remember an occasion, people and family." These were shots that Kate wanted to capture and I think she did a pretty good job of it. If it was for a magazine layout, I'd have no clue as I know next to nothing about photography.

What hit me was that when they were on that tour, most photographers focused on them and that's what we saw. With Kate's photos, we see some of the beautiful sights that they enjoyed. Adds more perspective to the whole tour I think.
__________________
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
― John Lennon
  #1276  
Old 11-22-2012, 09:40 PM
julliette's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Posts: 2,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by cepe View Post
Julliette - I dont think you have. My post was not in respone to any of your posts - I would have made it clear if it was
ok, no hard feelings, thanks for the clarification.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NGalitzine View Post
WOW so much hubub about an amateur photographers photographs. She is an amateur not a professional. She also lists amongst her interests tennis and swimming. Would you judge her abilities in those sports against Federer or Phelps? Probably not, so why judge her photographs as one would a professionals.
why do people insist on saying that you're comparing her photos with professional ones?
I've made clear I was NOT expecting professionalism, just a bit more quality, there are many levels of quality among amateur levels.
People may disagree with me and say that the photos are good to them. Fine, each with their opinion.
But please, stop insisting on wondering why people were expecting professionalism. No one here said they wanted professionalism
  #1277  
Old 11-22-2012, 10:00 PM
COESpiral's Avatar
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: The South, United States
Posts: 183
Some of the pictures were good, others not so much. Considering the camera she had, I wasn't expecting the next cover of National Geographic. But even if she had brought the ritziest camera known to man with her, I'm guessing she didn't take each picture thinking, "Ansel Adams, eat your heart out!". Who knows if she even knew ahead of time that they'd be seen outside of family and friends? Could be that someone had the bright idea to ask Kate if she'd release a few pics that she'd taken on the tour to put on the website for no reason other than having pictures taken by the Duchess of Cambridge herself to view. I also assume she doesn't give a flying flip what I or anyone else thinks about her ability as a photographer. *shrug*
  #1278  
Old 11-22-2012, 10:17 PM
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,186
They are snapshots taken during a tour of Asia. Thats all. If Harry decides to post some snapshots from his down time in Afghanistan, no one will bat an eyelash but as usual, when Catherine takes a snapshot it becomes a global issue.

The headlines are silly and the critiques even sillier. My mum is a big Diana fan and she said to me today, that she has never witnessed such media interest in a royal, as she has with Catherine.

I seen one article on-line today and it was like reading about the Da Vinci code. Wondering if there are hidden messages in Catherine's snapshots.

Can't wait for TRH appearance in Cambridge next week so her critics can get back to slating her for her hair and sartorial choices. You know, the good old days.
  #1279  
Old 11-23-2012, 01:02 AM
Royal Highness
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: alpine village, Germany
Posts: 1,868
Quote:
Originally Posted by julliette View Post
Exactly, Kit. This proves that she has some pratice. That's why I thought the pictures would be better...




I was not expecting professionalism. To be a professional takes years, money, pratice, dedication and talent. I know Kate is just an amateur. But between amateurs, there are many degrees of quality. Since Kate seems to have some experience already, I was expecting them to have better quality, but still not the quality of a professional, of course.
I thought she was fairly good in trying out the Ansel Adams style. Of course she is no Adams, I personally even think she does not have the something special of the real artist but she obviously has an avid interest in photography and she dares to play with the possibilities she has. Good for her.
  #1280  
Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 AM
XeniaCasaraghi's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: 1729 Noneofyourbusiness Drive, United States
Posts: 2,702
Clearly there are some on this board who think if you don't think something Kate does is oh so fantastic then you are a detractor who constantly bash Kate. These nonstop attempts of painting posters and something they aren't and putting words in their mouth they never said comes off as not wanting to hear another persons opinion. It has been stated too many times to count that no one expects professional photos from Kate, but there is a middle ground that between professional and just got my first camera that some assumed she would be at, whether you refuse to accept that middle ground or not. And also just because she did release the photos doesn't mean they must automatically be given a 10. Some of you need to stop taking your hate of the Daily Mail comments out on members of this board.
Like everyone else I have seen the pix and agree they aren't great; she released them I gave my opinion end of story. It isn't a reflection on how I view Kate.
__________________

__________________
Princess Grace, April 19, 1956
Princess Margaret Rose, May 6, 1960
Crown Princess Mette-Marit, August 25, 2001
Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy, September 12, 1953
Countess Stephanie of Belgium October 20, 2012
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Duchess of Cambridge Current Events 4: January 2014-February 2015 Zonk Current Events Archive 599 01-31-2015 10:01 PM
The Duchess of Cambridge Current Events 3: January-December 2013 Zonk Current Events Archive 1034 01-01-2014 11:44 AM




Popular Tags
ascot 2016 best gown best gown september 2016 best hat best outfit best outfit september brunei royal family catherine middleton style coup d'etat crown prince haakon crown princess mary crown princess mary fashion crown princess mette-marit current events duchess of cambridge dutch state visit e-mail fashion poll grand duke jean greece kate middleton king abdullah ii king carl gustaf king felipe king felipe vi king harald king willem-alexander member introduction monarchy new zealand nobel gala norway november 2016 october 2016 opening of parliament picture of the week prince bernhard prince charles princess marie princess mary princess mary daytime fashion princess mary fashion princess mary hats queen letizia queen letizia casual outfits queen letizia daytime fashion queen letizia fashion queen letizia style queen mathilde queen mathilde daytime fashion queen mathildes outfits queen maxima queen maxima casual wear queen maxima daytime fashion queen maxima fashion queen maxima hats queen maxima style queen rania queen rania australia november 2016 royal fashion september 2016 state visit state visit to denmark succession sweden the duchess of cambridge the duchess of cambridge casual wear the duchess of cambridge daytime fashion the duchess of cambridge fashion the duchess of cambridge hats


Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:00 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2016
Jelsoft Enterprises