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May
06/24/2011 09:58:28 PM
May
by Tolt

Comment by kenskid:
Yeah baby !!! I gave this a 6 so I helped raise your score. Good Job.

Thanks for the dedication to James Perry !

Keep up the good work. You will see many lower scores and some higher. Just keep shooting.

KS
May
06/20/2011 10:30:04 PM
May
by Tolt

Comment by GinaRothfels:
Congratulations. Now you're starting to see what you're capable of.
Photographer found comment helpful.
May
06/20/2011 01:23:39 PM
May
by Tolt

Comment by SEG:
Nice score. Congrats on the PB. Keep up the good ones coming!
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May
06/19/2011 08:47:45 PM
May
by Tolt

Comment by mbrutus2009:
Not sure if the background is something I like.. Might be because it is not as out of focus as I like. Then again this is only my opinion!
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Blue-Eyed Boy
06/17/2011 02:21:27 PM
Blue-Eyed Boy
by Tolt

Comment by Tolt:
:) They are beautiful, aren't they? I offered to buy him once, but they turned me down. I keep hoping they will change their minds.
Nobody's Making Honey Here...
06/17/2011 01:35:03 PM
Nobody's Making Honey Here...
by Tolt

Comment by Tolt:
Spiritspatula, that was crazy helpful. :) Thanks so much for taking the time to explain all of that. It made perfect sense to me, and I agree completely. I have a knack for boring pictures, lol. I'll get better someday.
May
06/17/2011 11:58:16 AM
May
by Tolt

Comment by blindjustice:
great placement; awesome color. I like this one to go far. top 10 at least.
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May
06/16/2011 11:17:12 AM
May
by Tolt

Comment by LoVi:
Best flower shot in a long time. Perfect composition, DOF, colors......makes me smile.....widely ear to ear! I want a print of this.
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Nobody's Making Honey Here...
06/16/2011 04:11:32 AM
Nobody's Making Honey Here...
by Tolt

Comment by spiritualspatula:
I'm going to separate my comment into two parts- one discussing the idea of DNMC and one about the photo itself, separate of that.
You mentioned that you would like closer guidelines, but the idea of DNMC has nothing to do with guidelines themselves and everything to do with how they are interpreted. It has to do with what voters think of when they consider a subject. Consider the challenge "Coffee." If somebody were to enter a shot of a container of creamer, sure, it's related, but when you first think Coffee, is creamer the summation of the thought? Even if it is, you need to consider what everybody else would conjure up from the prompt, and it's not very likely that the majority of people, when given the prompt "Coffee" would think of creamer. If you extend this to your photo, sure, flowers are necessary to the prompt, but you don't depict things that are integral to the concept in people's minds (namely, honey or bees). I certainly understand where you're going with this, and idea-wise, it's good, but if it weren't for your title, this shot has very limited relation to the subject. A strong piece will speak for itself, it won't need to be explained by your caption. It's like a joke- a good joke shouldn't need to be broken down. But, people thinking things are DNMC is very fickle. Sometimes you'll see obviously DNMC photos take top honors in challenges, so you never really know. Sometimes people ignore DNMC when they feel the photo is THAT good.
As for the actual photo itself-
I like the lighting, and the fashion that it is lighter on one half of the frame and darker on the other, it pulls me to the focal point. But, the photo itself feels sorta static, as I'm pulled into the dead center of the photo visually, and then my eye stays there, and that's it. There isn't much else to draw me, or to add to things. Overall, there isn't a whole lot wrong with this as a photo of a flower beyond the fact that we've all seen lots of photos of flowers and this blends into those and feels unremarkable. Flower shots really have to wow to stand out. Often this is achieved by stunning or strange flowers (like this entry of mine, for instance, which surely scored higher out of peculiarity Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_806833.jpg). Another way is to portray the subject in a way we haven't seen, giving us something unusual and unique, a refreshing change of pace. For your image, we have have a view of lilacs which we are most all acutely familiar with.
So, it's not so much as what you did wrong, so much as what you didn't do to make this stand out, and particularly coupled with many feeling your entry was DNMC. Keep at things and don't worry about the scores too much. Starting out here can be pretty hard, but once you get a little used to things it's a great place to learn.
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Nobody's Making Honey Here...
06/16/2011 04:11:21 AM
Nobody's Making Honey Here...
by Tolt

Comment by spiritualspatula:
sorry for the double post... it didn't want to send....

Message edited by author 2011-06-16 04:12:42.
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