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*Gallery* & *Vote* Photo Competition June 2008

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  1. 1. Choose your favourite picture!

    • Colours of My World
    • MY WORLD ONE WORD
    • A Japanese Bridge and Past Reflections, Vietnam
    • Lesser Spotted Homo Telephotolensis
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Entry 1)

ColoursofMyWorld.jpg

"Colours of My World"

Entry 2)

myworld.jpg

"MY WORLD ONE WORD"

Entry 3)

HoiAn87.jpg

"A Japanese Bridge and Past Reflections, Vietnam"

Entry 4)

LesserSpottedHomoTelephotolensis.jpg

"Lesser Spotted Homo Telephotolensis"

The poll will last 6 days after which the winner and his/her theme for next month will be announced in this thread.

Please feel free to discuss the entries but don't speculate as to who is behind which entry. And be gentle...constructive criticism yes, abusive mud-slinging no.

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Picture number 1 is beautiful. Composition is fantastic, the colors are amazing, and the setting is perfect.

But I voted for number 2 because it appeals to me. I'm not sure why. Haha!Not only is it a great picture, but the creativity is awesome.

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i voted for number 1. Colours, composition, the moment. light, contrast, etc etc... nice.

I almost voted for #3 because, many years ago, I almost bought one of those shophouses in that street in Vietnam. Lovely.... but thats not the right reason to vote.

Well done to all :)

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Hmmm ?.. this is what makes photography for me so difficult.

I recognise (or think I do) what looks like a great photo when I see it developed, but find it difficult to visualise the shot when I am carrying a camera around.

I know u were hoping for more entries, but while u might have lacked numbers the quality certainly wasn?t lacking. For me all great shots in different ways !!

Entry 1) love the bright colours, the composition of the shot and the balance !!

Entry 2) great idea, totally different, so simple, but so effective !! ?. Why can I never think like this ??

Entry 3) beautiful shot, great use of the canal/river for the reflection !!

Entry 4) another wonderful shot ? the subject caught in his natural habitat !!

4 great pics so difficult to choose. Was torn between all shots ? narrowed it down to 1) or 2)

Finally plumped for number 1) !! but well done to all ?. Loved them all !!

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Entry 1)

ColoursofMyWorld.jpg

"Colours of My World"

Entry 2)

myworld.jpg

"MY WORLD ONE WORD"

Entry 3)

HoiAn87.jpg

"A Japanese Bridge and Past Reflections, Vietnam"

Entry 4)

LesserSpottedHomoTelephotolensis.jpg

"Lesser Spotted Homo Telephotolensis"

The poll will last 6 days after which the winner and his/her theme for next month will be announced in this thread.

Please feel free to discuss the entries but don't speculate as to who is behind which entry. And be gentle...constructive criticism yes, abusive mud-slinging no.

i would like to know if the colours in first one are natural or Photoshop

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i would like to know if the colours in first one are natural or Photoshop

I suspect they are natural as well. Only the entrant will be able to tell you for sure once voting has eneded in 5 days. So, be patient. :)

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i'd rank 'em in this order:

1, 3, 4, 2.

1 a striking image. not much going on compositionally, but sometimes all you need is one really good color. i like this one; the photographer knew what was interesting about the pic and gave it to us, pure and simple. i didn't have to think it over very long to decide which one got my vote.

3. decent composition, but i feel a bit too far from the subject matter (it's sorta in between a 'townscape' and a 'people' pic, i find myself wanting a clearer view of what the people by the river are doing. (quite likely taking such a picture would have involved a good deal of swimming, not a good idea with a dslr). maybe the thing that is missing is a focal point of the picture, an 'entry,' a point of emphasis. pretty nice picture though.

4. gimmicky but answers the question. perhaps should have followed through on the gimmick more longer lens, make it look more like a nature photo

2. nothing but gimmick. kinda annoying. on the wrong side of the line between 'simple' and 'simplistic'. at this point, conceptual art's been done to death, and this doesn't even make me think (or feel) much, it's very one-note. might seem clever to someone who has never seen any art made by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) or the thousands upon thousands of artists who followed in his footsteps.

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I have to agree with The big Z. Am sure that there should be better entries - almost anything I have seen from Smilysiam would blow all 4 of these away! :twisted:

nice constructive criticism ... maybe that's why there were so few entries !!!

as a point and shoot guy who likes photography i really liked all those pics ... maybe i'm easily pleased !!!!

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without doubt the jolly first one, like Zeus already said sometimes it's just the colo(u)r. The first one has a nice calmness and shows me a place I'd like to see in real life, the other three have no impact whatsover (on me that is). The bridge photo isn't sure wheter it wants to be raw and filthy or pretty, the guy taking a photo is something you DON'T want to witness if you're enjoying the environment and the other one... well... I don't even recall what it looked like while I'm typing this post so that about covers it.

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I have to agree with The big Z. Am sure that there should be better entries - almost anything I have seen from Smilysiam would blow all 4 of these away! :twisted:

nice constructive criticism ... maybe that's why there were so few entries !!!

well if you mean that 'smilysiam' would blow all 4 away... we don't know that she wasn't in it, do we? i don't think that sort of thing should be said in this context. the choice was between the four on offer, full stop.

as for my comments... they WERE CONSTRUCTIVE. while you might not agree with with 'em and might think i haven't the faintest clue when it comes to taking a picture, i think it's pretty ******* hard to miss the point that my comments were offered as suggestions for making better pictures.

yes, even on #2. generally when one first starts out in trying to make art, one isn't aware that it's the sort of clever-clever pic that at least one student in EVERY section of EVERY basic drawing class at EVERY university or art school attempts. and chances are, most of these students don't know who Marcel Duchamp even is, let alone more contemporary examples of attempts at conceptual art. maybe it's toughlove but i see it as constructive, the one who made that picture needs to know that sort of thing's been done to death. then, if they want to keep pursuing that sort of thing, they can figure out how to make it stand out to someone who isn't 100 percent oblivious to the art world.

as a point and shoot guy who likes photography i really liked all those pics ... maybe i'm easily pleased !!!!

doesn't necessarily have to do with what one likes.

it's not that hard to like a pic and still see how it could be better. (the hard part, of course, is making a pic better without "cheating" and using photoshop).

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incidentally, if one were shooting a pic like the first one, a polarizer *might* make the sky more blue and less hazy. it'd be an option worth trying, if blue sky is what you want in a pic like that,

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I have to agree with The big Z. Am sure that there should be better entries - almost anything I have seen from Smilysiam would blow all 4 of these away! :twisted:

nice constructive criticism ... maybe that's why there were so few entries !!!

well if you mean that 'smilysiam' would blow all 4 away... we don't know that she wasn't in it, do we? i don't think that sort of thing should be said in this context. the choice was between the four on offer, full stop.

as for my comments... they WERE CONSTRUCTIVE. while you might not agree with with 'em and might think i haven't the faintest clue when it comes to taking a picture, i think it's pretty f*cking hard to miss the point that my comments were offered as suggestions for making better pictures.

yes, even on #2. generally when one first starts out in trying to make art, one isn't aware that it's the sort of clever-clever pic that at least one student in EVERY section of EVERY basic drawing class at EVERY university or art school attempts. and chances are, most of these students don't know who Marcel Duchamp even is, let alone more contemporary examples of attempts at conceptual art. maybe it's toughlove but i see it as constructive, the one who made that picture needs to know that sort of thing's been done to death. then, if they want to keep pursuing that sort of thing, they can figure out how to make it stand out to someone who isn't 100 percent oblivious to the art world.

as a point and shoot guy who likes photography i really liked all those pics ... maybe i'm easily pleased !!!!

doesn't necessarily have to do with what one likes.

it's not that hard to like a pic and still see how it could be better. (the hard part, of course, is making a pic better without "cheating" and using photoshop).

geeezzz zeus ... it ain't f**king always about U !!! i didn't quote U because at least u gave some reasons as to why U thought the pics could be better !! but i didn't find what the guy i quoted as having said anything remotely constructive. in fact he's more likely to have put off ppl from entering next time around.

and as to haveing better entries ... well it's up to us next time around !!!

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I have to agree with The big Z. Am sure that there should be better entries - almost anything I have seen from Smilysiam would blow all 4 of these away! :twisted:

nice constructive criticism ... maybe that's why there were so few entries !!!

well if you mean that 'smilysiam' would blow all 4 away... we don't know that she wasn't in it, do we? i don't think that sort of thing should be said in this context. the choice was between the four on offer, full stop.

as for my comments... they WERE CONSTRUCTIVE. while you might not agree with with 'em and might think i haven't the faintest clue when it comes to taking a picture, i think it's pretty f*cking hard to miss the point that my comments were offered as suggestions for making better pictures.

yes, even on #2. generally when one first starts out in trying to make art, one isn't aware that it's the sort of clever-clever pic that at least one student in EVERY section of EVERY basic drawing class at EVERY university or art school attempts. and chances are, most of these students don't know who Marcel Duchamp even is, let alone more contemporary examples of attempts at conceptual art. maybe it's toughlove but i see it as constructive, the one who made that picture needs to know that sort of thing's been done to death. then, if they want to keep pursuing that sort of thing, they can figure out how to make it stand out to someone who isn't 100 percent oblivious to the art world.

as a point and shoot guy who likes photography i really liked all those pics ... maybe i'm easily pleased !!!!

doesn't necessarily have to do with what one likes.

it's not that hard to like a pic and still see how it could be better. (the hard part, of course, is making a pic better without "cheating" and using photoshop).

geeezzz zeus ... it ain't f**king always about U !!! i didn't quote U because at least u gave some reasons as to why U thought the pics could be better !!

*he* referred to me, and said he agreed. so it ain't always, but um... sometimes it is.

but i didn't find what the guy i quoted as having said anything remotely constructive. in fact he's more likely to have put off ppl from entering next time around.

part of my point, was that i wasn't saying the same thing he was, and that i felt it bad form to plug a favorite photographer at the expense of the actual entrants.

anybody who'd be put off by his comments, though, is an utter candyass. i have more respect for those of us (me for example) who are too lazy to go shoot pics for a TF contest than the ones who are just plain scared. that's a lame excuse.

and as to haveing better entries ... well it's up to us next time around !!!

i didn't think the entries were that bad. there are some very good photographers on TF who i'm pretty confident didnt' enter anything (i would probably recognize their style), but overall i think the entries were fine.

what i'm not clear on though is whether there were more entries than 4, and these were selected because of the number of poll options, or whether that's all there were.

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If I think somethings beautiful it does not mean someone else will.

true enough.

but on the other hand... there is a LOT of agreement on what constitutes "well crafted." generally, art and craft ain't the same thing. and good art isn't always well-crafted.

(most people know this, but i greatly enjoy belaboring the obvious) making a photo involves certain elements, which include technical ones like exposing the photo so you can friggin SEE it, and focusing; and aesthetic craft, which includes stuff like choice and presentation of subject matter, color, composition, value (balance of dark and light, etc).

"good" art has is definitely subjective, but takes into account whether the art is well-enough crafted to communicate what it's trying to communicate. what gets really, really subjective is whether the message was worth communicating, and whether it's fresh or a cliche. so not surprisingly (in this context) #2 had the most extreme reactions in both directions (most subjective).

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