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12/24/2002 01:35:11 AM · #1
Oh well, I thought I'd done really well with the photo I submitted to the "Body Parts" challenge, but my score is at 5. I know it's partly a focus issue, because I was taking the photo of myself in a mirror and it was awkward to use the camera like that, AND I did a 2 pixel gaussian blur on the photo to soften the skin tones a bit... and I liked it that way. Unfortunately no one else does. But also I think it's just too weird for most people. I don't think I'll ever escape my tendency to be weird just by having a better camera :P.

Sorry to talk about my photo in the forums, but this is just a Moanday thing (even though it's Tuesday here).
12/24/2002 02:51:12 AM · #2
I'm feeling the same way about the focus issue. I chose mine cause it actually looked better.
12/24/2002 06:33:43 AM · #3
My body parts submission is not doing as well as I had hoped. Most people don't get it. There's always next week.
12/24/2002 06:34:25 AM · #4
Thats what I keep saying to myself Jacko, and the week after, and the week after that.
12/24/2002 07:13:58 AM · #5
Fourth place last week ... :) It's bound to happen.

Originally posted by Konador:

Thats what I keep saying to myself Jacko, and the week after, and the week after that.

12/24/2002 11:18:46 PM · #6
lisae: I think I feel the same way you do. I got 8th place in the Occupation challange, I submitted what I think is a really neat looking photo for the Four challange, but it's only scoring a 5.5 :( What bugs me is I really can't see what's wrong with it... it emphasises composition and lines more than lighting and little details, but I think it's a cool picture anyway... I really thought it was going to score better.

But that's okay, because I really think my photo for Travel is going to do well ;)

Brian
12/25/2002 01:46:04 AM · #7
Originally posted by bdshort:

lisae: I think I feel the same way you do. I got 8th place in the Occupation challange, I submitted what I think is a really neat looking photo for the Four challange, but it's only scoring a 5.5 :( What bugs me is I really can't see what's wrong with it... it emphasises composition and lines more than lighting and little details, but I think it's a cool picture anyway... I really thought it was going to score better.

But that's okay, because I really think my photo for Travel is going to do well ;)

Brian


Lots of people never see 5.5 on a shot, so I think that's pretty good. I would be honored if the lowest I got was a 5.5. I got my new camera now though (thanks to a great friend), so watch out! hahaha

Message edited by author 2002-12-25 01:46:46.
12/25/2002 02:26:06 AM · #8
In the Four challenge I started at 5.9 with 30 voters (monday 6AM US time) and was at 5.4 monday midday with 60 voters and have been wondering if there is something like a 'europpean' sensitivity (+ australian friends and others ;-) ) and then a US one for some shots. My guess was that the first vote were more european. not sure.
Some other week I am pretty steady but this week it was pretty obvious !

Hou la la ... Heather is going to kick some ass with her new cam :)))))
Merry Chrismas to all european people from a french frog (and to lisa as well ;-) )
Lionel
12/25/2002 02:36:19 AM · #9
Originally posted by hbunch7187:


Lots of people never see 5.5 on a shot, so I think that's pretty good. I would be honored if the lowest I got was a 5.5. I got my new camera now though (thanks to a great friend), so watch out! hahaha


A score in the 5s is pretty low for the members challenge though. The voting there is far higher than the open challenge. My score has climbed a little to 5.25, but I still feel about the same way I did about a score in the 4s for the challenges on the old site. Oh well, I know what I did wrong. Next time I'll make sure I focus properly and I definitely WON'T gaussian blur anything on purpose. It makes such a difference when people can tell your camera is good and you're aiming for a high standard.
12/25/2002 03:53:55 AM · #10
Originally posted by lisae:


A score in the 5s is pretty low for the members challenge though.


looks like i'm headed for another 'bottom 3' finish with my 4.8 (so far, and dropping)

Originally posted by lisae:


Oh well, I know what I did wrong.


i don't - i'm looking forward to the critique to see if there's any insight on why my shot didn't get at least that "pretty low" 5
12/25/2002 07:20:21 AM · #11
Yahoo I'm soaring for the barrel bottom too! That seems to be my natural niche for personal fotog. But I really enjoy and admire those less than 5 score images anyways on the whole. Because they have less of a tendency for mass appeal. I am (jealously) bashing those slick technical graphic marvels that will WOW general John Public. As opposed to raw unadulterated heart speaks that may be a fuzzy subtle mess on the outside but grow on you after a while. I like DPC because there not the pressures of $$$ or glory. Just amateurs in the true sense who wallow addictively in the art/craft for the pleasure/reward of speaking visually something from inside themselves. I would rather have an inner chord touched by a score "3" image from Konador than selling a chunk of self in the name of popularity. I feel miffed too from low scores. But I just reconcile that as a learning experience and try to stay true to myself even if I never get a "7" on DPC. I plead with you to develop your individual mind-eye song and reflect life as you experience it. You make the world a far far richer place because of who you are. And I value that more than any measure (or score at DPC). Sorry for the rambling rant on a touchy subject.
12/25/2002 09:25:39 AM · #12
I'm proud of my Body Parts submission and it is doing pretty good but my picture for Four is doing lousy, I'd take that one back if I could.
12/25/2002 01:42:51 PM · #13
Originally posted by hbunch7187:


Lots of people never see 5.5 on a shot, so I think that's pretty good. I would be honored if the lowest I got was a 5.5. I got my new camera now though (thanks to a great friend), so watch out! hahaha

I can relate, having just gotten my first 6+ score in over 30 challenges!
But I'm with Bullwinkle on this -- I'm more interested in meaningful photos than technically perfect ones. Those that can combine the two are often best...although there are some (esp. photojournalistic) where I feel technical "perfection" might actually detract from the emotional impact, kind of like over-produced music...
Well, my "Four" photo is back in the 4's, although since I don't have 4 comments yet I'm not completely sure why...maybe I'll just 4get about it 4 today.
I am surprised that, with all the shots of playing cards, there wasn't a "four-flusher" among them. Can I enter a late submission? I really did think of it during the challenge period!
12/25/2002 02:40:07 PM · #14
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I am surprised that, with all the shots of playing cards, there wasn't a "four-flusher" among them.


I quizzed 7 folks as to if they knew what a 'four-flusher' was... I got 6 "no idea" answers and nixed the idea :)
12/25/2002 03:05:53 PM · #15
Originally posted by myqyl:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

I am surprised that, with all the shots of playing cards, there wasn't a "four-flusher" among them.


I quizzed 7 folks as to if they knew what a 'four-flusher' was... I got 6 "no idea" answers and nixed the idea :)

One of the great things about an international site like this is the chance to learn/teach new things. Also, I think if most people saw the cards they'd figure it out (except maybe those who refuse to read the titles).
12/25/2002 03:09:33 PM · #16
still doesn't answer the question... and I still have never heard of a four-flusher and I'm obviously not smart enough to figure it out.
12/25/2002 05:30:06 PM · #17
Hey mygyl I think a four flusher is a poker term. Example" in five card stud with 4 hearts(flush) showing you would bet on the hand and hopefully bluff the other players out of betting.
12/25/2002 06:03:58 PM · #18
It is indeed a poker term :) It refers to a person with 4 cards of 1 suit and 1 card that is a different suit but the same color (4 hearts and a diamond) and trys to lay them on the table in such a way that it looks like a flush.

DISCLAIMER : Don't try this at home kids! It can get you shot :)
12/25/2002 09:49:53 PM · #19
By extension it also refers to anyone who tries to gain material advantage by way of deceit or misrepresentation (see, ENRON)
12/25/2002 10:39:30 PM · #20
The motion challenge was my first. Got a 6.55 and snagged 8th. This week I am in both challenges. One image (body parts) is at 5.85 and my Four is scoring at around 5.2.

I like my four shot better than my motion shot. That is all that matters to me. To get a 5 it could be that someone gave it a 1 and another gave it a 9. That means that the one person liked it and the other didn't. I can live with that.

Moral? If you like it, who cares?

Dave
12/26/2002 06:08:26 AM · #21
Body parts-5.7. Seeems like many of us are suffering from lower scores on this members challenge, what happened to the xmas spirit? I really liked my shot, but I have a feeling a lot of people don't understand it. Unfortunately there will be no critique club this week, but I would like some feedback after the challenge....
12/26/2002 10:36:10 AM · #22
Originally posted by GeneralE:

By extension it also refers to anyone who tries to gain material advantage by way of deceit or misrepresentation (see, ENRON)


Or Congress :)
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