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04/12/2011 02:07:50 AM · #1
When reading information given in American English (I'm from the UK) I occasionally find myself having to think very carefully to make sure that I've understood the underlying message of words or phrases. The use of 'offset' did just that for me. Having looked at the two previous challenges with this title, many of the images that did well were generally colourful (spelling differences I can cope with) rather than having a dramatic contrast between the brightly coloured sections and the rest of the image which is what I thought the use of 'offset' was supposed to mean. Does offset have to do with a strong contrast between the coloured parts and the rest or to put it another way 'standing out from the crowd' to give a dramatic impact, or is there a use of this word that is more subtle that I've missed? Maybe we're just talking about overall POW!!!(in the exclamation sense of course) Some gentle help with interpretation would be appreciated.
04/12/2011 02:24:23 AM · #2
I think you first impression of the challenge description is correct. That the subject should be colorful to separate it from the background. I think the higher rated photos in the contests are due to their 'eye candy-ness'....
04/12/2011 02:44:49 AM · #3
I (as an American) also believe offset means in contrast to in this case. I believe your interpretation is correct.
04/12/2011 09:19:01 AM · #4
i agree, your interpretation is how i would interpret it also, but like apercep said, dpc likes eye-candy

here are the first 2 challenges:
Burst of Color

Burst of Color II
04/12/2011 02:08:39 PM · #5
Wow, there are some seriously over-saturated images in those first two challenges.

04/12/2011 02:28:56 PM · #6
Originally posted by citymars:

Wow, there are some seriously over-saturated images in those first two challenges.
Lol yeah i got my first 6 in the second challenge. I pushed magenta over the entire image to give the red building that extra oomph but white and grey stuff turned pink lol. Semi happy when i saw this challenge.
04/12/2011 03:11:17 PM · #7
I think it is funny, when we as DPC members say, "DPC likes eye candy". Sort of a given considering this site dedicates itself to the promotion of that very thing. It makes a certain sense that images a bit heavy on visual "POW!!!" rate higher. After scrolling through several dozen shots of uncertain contrast and similar tone, a power saturate typically has a positive effect. A whole challenge of them however. . .lol.
04/12/2011 03:40:23 PM · #8
The trouble with parsing out the challenge description is that few of the voters will follow suit. The way I read the description is a small burst of color in an otherwise less colorful image such as a single red umbrella in a crowd of black umbrellas, would hit the nail on the head. However if you look at what the voters rewarded in the previous challenges, there is nothing wrong with that burst of color filling the whole frame.
04/12/2011 04:42:50 PM · #9
Thanks for all your thoughts. Very enjoyable and informative.
04/12/2011 04:44:21 PM · #10
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

The trouble with parsing out the challenge description is that few of the voters will follow suit. The way I read the description is a small burst of color in an otherwise less colorful image such as a single red umbrella in a crowd of black umbrellas, would hit the nail on the head. However if you look at what the voters rewarded in the previous challenges, there is nothing wrong with that burst of color filling the whole frame.


True that. And again, there is no DQ for not following the challenge suggestion. . .
04/12/2011 05:09:22 PM · #11
WOOOOT...

...my 200th entry ;)

Challenges Entered: 200
04/12/2011 08:05:05 PM · #12
Originally posted by crowis:

I think it is funny, when we as DPC members say, "DPC likes eye candy". Sort of a given considering this site dedicates itself to the promotion of that very thing. It makes a certain sense that images a bit heavy on visual "POW!!!" rate higher. After scrolling through several dozen shots of uncertain contrast and similar tone, a power saturate typically has a positive effect. A whole challenge of them however. . .lol.


I love that "pow!!!!" but I really don't like it when i strive to meet the challenge and the top 10 photos are loose interpretations of the challenge criteria..
04/12/2011 08:14:59 PM · #13
Originally posted by apercep:

Originally posted by crowis:

I think it is funny, when we as DPC members say, "DPC likes eye candy". Sort of a given considering this site dedicates itself to the promotion of that very thing. It makes a certain sense that images a bit heavy on visual "POW!!!" rate higher. After scrolling through several dozen shots of uncertain contrast and similar tone, a power saturate typically has a positive effect. A whole challenge of them however. . .lol.


I love that "pow!!!!" but I really don't like it when i strive to meet the challenge and the top 10 photos are loose interpretations of the challenge criteria..


I thought that most of them fit -- even if it was a black background, the colors is what separates it from the background. There were a few that were just color on color, but I thought most fit.
04/12/2011 08:32:02 PM · #14
Originally posted by vawendy:



I thought that most of them fit -- even if it was a black background, the colors is what separates it from the background. There were a few that were just color on color, but I thought most fit.


in burst 2 I'd say that 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th places are leaning towards dnmc.. I'm not saying I don't like them, or that they are not great photos, just that I think that they did not "Use a colorful impact to offset your subject from the rest of the photograph."
04/12/2011 08:36:27 PM · #15
I disagree about #2. I think the rest of the colors are actually quite dull and that it fits quite well.

I agree with you about 3rd, 6th, 6th, & 7th.

However, I think 9th & 10th work.
04/12/2011 08:41:59 PM · #16
Originally posted by vawendy:

I disagree about #2. I think the rest of the colors are actually quite dull and that it fits quite well.

I agree with you about 3rd, 6th, 6th, & 7th.

However, I think 9th & 10th work.


KK.. I'll give ya #2 and #10.. But #9 is all color, (blue is a color).

Now #'s 12, 17, and 23... Those seem to me to meet the challenge more accurately.
04/12/2011 08:46:34 PM · #17
Originally posted by apercep:

Originally posted by vawendy:

I disagree about #2. I think the rest of the colors are actually quite dull and that it fits quite well.

I agree with you about 3rd, 6th, 6th, & 7th.

However, I think 9th & 10th work.


KK.. I'll give ya #2 and #10.. But #9 is all color, (blue is a color).

Now #'s 12, 17, and 23... Those seem to me to meet the challenge more accurately.


For #9, I see orange as more of a burst of color -- and it does separate it from the background. Blue always did seem more of a background color. Perhaps it's just because they are complimentary colors, but because it's orange, it does seem to pop from the background.

It just says to use a colorful impact to separate from the rest -- not a colorful impact to separate from the dullness of the rest.
04/12/2011 08:49:40 PM · #18
touché Wendy.
04/12/2011 09:02:09 PM · #19
Originally posted by apercep:

touché Wendy.


It's been a fun discussion. :)

People always seem to hate when people pick apart a challenge before it starts. But I always find it very interesting seeing the different points of view.
04/12/2011 09:06:47 PM · #20
Originally posted by FocusPoint:

WOOOOT...

...my 200th entry ;)

Challenges Entered: 200


might be my hundredth....
04/12/2011 09:44:03 PM · #21
I'm glad i read this, I'm going to swap my Burst of colour entry to my cool colour entry now.
04/17/2011 11:24:55 PM · #22
Ok...come on...I dare you ..... I DARE YOU....to give my Burst of Color entry a below 5 average........I FREAKING DARE YOU !!!!!

I'm not saying this is a 7 but I DARE YOU to score me below a 5 !!!!!!!!!

BRING IT ON !
04/18/2011 12:13:12 AM · #23
Aw man! I missed it by a few minutes!
Oh well...off to vote!

After the vote - glad I missed it...great entries - mine wouldn't have stood a chance!

Message edited by author 2011-04-18 00:27:58.
04/19/2011 01:07:59 PM · #24
Egh...
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04/19/2011 02:50:02 PM · #25
Originally posted by FocusPoint:

WOOOOT...

...my 200th entry ;)

Challenges Entered: 200


That's what you call endurance! Congrats!
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