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07/25/2014 06:53:14 AM · #1
Don't enter a B&W image.
07/25/2014 07:08:06 AM · #2
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07/25/2014 07:52:43 AM · #3
Originally posted by bvy:

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+1
07/25/2014 08:01:46 AM · #4
don't blame the entrant, blame the voters :p
look at the last place entrant, he also wasn't B&W ...but i guess some will say he took the brown ribbon, so he still ribboned, but i digress.
07/25/2014 08:26:00 AM · #5
they all look B/W to me..
07/25/2014 08:31:52 AM · #6
Originally posted by Mike:

they all look B/W to me..

+1 In my view some people look way too hard to find reasons to vote an image down.
07/25/2014 08:43:37 AM · #7
Originally posted by Mike:

they all look B/W to me..


The all look B/W to me too but I am colour blind.
07/25/2014 08:52:41 AM · #8
You're just jealous.
07/25/2014 08:59:05 AM · #9
It's been a long time since someone complained that a toned monochromatic image wasn't B&W. I'm surprised there are still people who think that way.
07/25/2014 09:46:12 AM · #10
i can see where it might be perceived as not monochromatic but when you look closely, it clearly is..
07/25/2014 09:48:49 AM · #11
Originally posted by scalvert:

It's been a long time since someone complained that a toned monochromatic image wasn't B&W. I'm surprised there are still people who think that way.


Using toning across the entire image still qualifies as B&W, IMO (i.e. sepia toning). Even some Duo-tones would pass as long as it applies to the entire image and not spot areas. Using different toning colors within the same image does not qualify as B&W. I think that is the issue here.

As always, it's up to the voters. Usually they are not all that forgiving. Kudos to the ribbon winner!
07/25/2014 10:12:59 AM · #12
Originally posted by Mike:

i can see where it might be perceived as not monochromatic but when you look closely, it clearly is..

Well, it's more like selective de-toning. A straight desaturation would be B&W, and a toned image would be B&W, but combine those and it makes some people's DNMC finger itch.
07/25/2014 10:22:40 AM · #13
Only here can people vote one non-monochrome entry to a ribbon, and slam another into oblivion.

I don't care what you want to call it, it's a purposeful perversion of the spirit of the challenge, and the only thing that fries my gnads more than someone doing that are people refusing to recognize that in one photo while slamming another. And the only thing that fries them more than that is that the judges refuse to take a stand on what is and is not B&W and continue to just let this stuff happen - "let the voters decide".

This is no different than "selective color", and neither are "black and white". I agree wholeheartedly that toned images shouldn't be an issue, and heck I can live with a faded tone that changes through the image (ala aging). We all know that's not what this is about. Once again this place is infuriating when it comes to what rules are and are not applied (God forbid we import images as DNG's as a matter of workflow - GASP!! That might make for cheating!!)

Yes, it's a gorgeous image. That doesn't mean it should have been entered.

Message edited by author 2014-07-25 10:23:32.
07/25/2014 10:29:39 AM · #14
What an honor to finally be part of some controversy here.
07/25/2014 10:41:16 AM · #15
I normally don't comment on editing issues, but to me, this is definitely a "color" image. A very beautiful image to be sure, and a very clever use of contrasting "tones", but the fact that there are two different tones underscores that there is color involved.

As Jake stated, it being a single sepia (or whatever) tone is one thing, and acceptable as "monochrome", since it is the "one" tone. However, half the impact of this particular image lies in the contrasting tone of the marble. Call it "tone" or "color", it is still two different ones, and not "mono".

Sorry, Damian :(
07/25/2014 10:41:53 AM · #16
Originally posted by Dudski:

What an honor to finally be part of some controversy here.

if you'd like, i can comment on your next entry in a constructive-criticism point of view, you can take offense and we can both threaten to quit the site... ;)
07/25/2014 10:50:21 AM · #17
Originally posted by RyanW:

if you'd like, i can comment on your next entry in a constructive-criticism point of view, you can take offense and we can both threaten to quit the site... ;)


I actually got a good chuckle out of this. Thank you.

07/25/2014 10:50:55 AM · #18
Originally posted by tanguera:

I normally don't comment on editing issues, but to me, this is definitely a "color" image. A very beautiful image to be sure, and a very clever use of contrasting "tones", but the fact that there are two different tones underscores that there is color involved.

As Jake stated, it being a single sepia (or whatever) tone is one thing, and acceptable as "monochrome", since it is the "one" tone. However, half the impact of this particular image lies in the contrasting tone of the marble. Call it "tone" or "color", it is still two different ones, and not "mono".

Sorry, Damian :(


+1.

Ultimately, the voters decide what fits and what doesn't. And post challenge discussions are good. When you take a picture in color, you get all kinds of color seeping in -- yellows in the warmth of the lighting, blues in the shadows. If you take a picture of something that is black and white, yet you get other colors -- is it still a picture of black and white? technically, it's a picture of black and white -- but it's not a black and white picture. :)

But it doesn't matter much to me. You do what you do and it's up to the voters to decide. Sometimes I call them idiots, sometimes I call them geniuses. It all depends upon where I land. :)
07/25/2014 10:53:30 AM · #19
Originally posted by vawendy:


+1.

Ultimately, the voters decide what fits and what doesn't. And post challenge discussions are good. When you take a picture in color, you get all kinds of color seeping in -- yellows in the warmth of the lighting, blues in the shadows. If you take a picture of something that is black and white, yet you get other colors -- is it still a picture of black and white? technically, it's a picture of black and white -- but it's not a black and white picture. :)


You learn / discover something new every day it seems. Still pretty stoked on my ribbon though :)
07/25/2014 11:01:30 AM · #20
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by tanguera:

I normally don't comment on editing issues, but to me, this is definitely a "color" image. A very beautiful image to be sure, and a very clever use of contrasting "tones", but the fact that there are two different tones underscores that there is color involved.

As Jake stated, it being a single sepia (or whatever) tone is one thing, and acceptable as "monochrome", since it is the "one" tone. However, half the impact of this particular image lies in the contrasting tone of the marble. Call it "tone" or "color", it is still two different ones, and not "mono".

Sorry, Damian :(


+1. +2

Ultimately, the voters decide what fits and what doesn't. And post challenge discussions are good. When you take a picture in color, you get all kinds of color seeping in -- yellows in the warmth of the lighting, blues in the shadows. If you take a picture of something that is black and white, yet you get other colors -- is it still a picture of black and white? technically, it's a picture of black and white -- but it's not a black and white picture. :)

But it doesn't matter much to me. You do what you do and it's up to the voters to decide. Sometimes I call them idiots, sometimes I call them geniuses. It all depends upon where I land. :)


Yes. This time I'd call the image genius and the voters just plain wrong.

No reason for anger though... Some saw it wasn't B&W (or monotone) and ignored it because it was a lovely image. Some didn't notice because they vote too fast, or their monitor calibration is off. Some still don't see what the fuss is about.

All props to Dudski and his ribbon...
07/25/2014 11:05:46 AM · #21
Anyone who scored lower with a true black + white image should simply be embarrassed ;] Yes that includes me.
Now everyone go find some feathers for the next free study
07/25/2014 11:12:03 AM · #22
If he'd put a pear under the feather he'd have won blue, red and yellow...
07/25/2014 11:26:50 AM · #23
Originally posted by ShaneBlake:

If he'd put a pear under the feather he'd have won blue, red and yellow...


ROFL

By the time I was done ranting I was so incensed that I totally forgot to make a snide remark about the pears. All the damn pears!!
07/25/2014 11:27:32 AM · #24
Just so everyone knows what we're talking about...

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Message edited by author 2014-07-25 11:31:18.
07/25/2014 11:34:06 AM · #25
Originally posted by scalvert:

A pox upon you stupid DPC voters

I'd say you're a witch, trying to poison all these poor hapless folks with your devil-speak and trickery, but i agree with you and want this as my new signature block way too much...
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