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10/04/2004 12:29:49 AM · #1
...downward spiral as usual... :( No comments yet...
10/04/2004 12:31:18 AM · #2
Eeee, everyone can stop voting now. I'm happy with my score where it is.
10/04/2004 12:35:06 AM · #3
eleventy
10/04/2004 12:43:37 AM · #4
These threads start earlier and earlier every week. Wait a while to let things level out:)
10/04/2004 12:44:19 AM · #5
I went through them all at least once, giving them my once over. Very few really jumped out at me. One or two that got my attention and I left comments. I will get back later to vote. I sat out on this one. I wasn't too pleased with the shots I got today. Good luck everyone
10/04/2004 12:52:27 AM · #6
Started out at an 8. My highest ever.

Thus goeth the downward trend:
Votes: 24
Views: 33
Avg Vote: 6.1667
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0

Why am I not surprised?
10/04/2004 01:04:12 AM · #7
Early days yet, I hope to improve.
Votes: 29
Views: 37
Avg Vote: 5.6207

Updated here..
Votes: 35
Views: 45
Avg Vote: 5.8000
New territory for me! Woohoo!

Another update.
Votes: 43
Views: 54
Avg Vote: 5.6744
Comments: 2
Going the wrong way but still early.

Message edited by author 2004-10-04 06:21:03.
10/04/2004 01:06:33 AM · #8
Just was in there voting....I'm disappointed with the number of zoo shots...well maybe jealous as I don't have a zoo to go practice at. It's hard to vote when I can tell the dif between a zoo and a natural and am torn between wanting to score the natural pics higher than maybe deserved just because I know the author had to work a bit harder..either that or got lucky. I don't know...what do you guys think? As for my own...I'm doing about the same as always...in the middle somewhere!
10/04/2004 01:09:12 AM · #9
Votes: 27
Views: 34
Avg Vote: 5.8889
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
10/04/2004 01:09:14 AM · #10
I just looked through some of the wild life photographs and from what I saw they are some VERY good shots. Congratulations to all that entered and I wish each one of you the best of luck. I guess I'm going to have to sign up as a member so I can start voting on some of these photos.

Message edited by author 2004-10-04 01:09:48.
10/04/2004 01:09:28 AM · #11
I don't think there is anything wrong with the zoo shots as long as you don't see chainlink fence, food bowls, concrete, etc. As long as it looks like a natural shot, I will be scoring the same as non-zoo.

Oh yeah, my score sucks so far. Oh well. No where to go but up.

Message edited by author 2004-10-04 01:10:06.
10/04/2004 01:12:52 AM · #12
Will score them the same then...I guess technically speaking you have to have the same great camera skills either zoo or natural...and dang if there aren't some people here with some good skills!! am enjoying the photos.
10/04/2004 01:16:11 AM · #13
I think everyone here is in just about the same situation. You're lucky if you live around the wildlife in their natural habitat, if you don't have a zoo, and visa versa. I haven't been to the zoo, since elementary school. So I haven't had any practice at all - I don't know about others here. And that's sad, because I live, at most, 1/2 hour away from the Bronx Zoo. But I can tell you, weather the shot is "from the wild", or from a zoo...it's not easy to photograph a moving object. Plus, you don't have the benefits of natural lighting, and it's difficult to maneuver around chain link fences, and to compose a shot when there are people either standing where you want to be, or are wanting to stand in the space your taking up.

I think any picture of a wild animal that shows the beauty of that animal, should be judged by that fact. That it's a wonderful picture that makes you think and feel. But that just my opinion.
10/04/2004 01:16:58 AM · #14
I agree that zoo shots are okay - but it should look natural. When I see man made stuff (even fake rocks) it's very distracting - therefore, the image suffers regardless of the central subject. I'm looking for good DOF, can't tell if I saw the image if the animal is in a zoo or not, background not slightly distracting. That said, the majority of these images are downright excellent - so many would make a great capture for a wildlife calendar or magazine. I won't give anything away when I say that mine was taken in a reserve (rescued sick and orphaned animals and allow them to hunt and roam wherever they please in large habitats). I'm sure you won't be able to tell.

Message edited by author 2004-10-04 11:10:23.
10/04/2004 01:21:43 AM · #15
speaking of fencing...was taking photos of musk ox today through fencing..they have 3 seperate fences up now!! I didn't submit these photos because well the dang fence is showing up and I was looking for natural and not zoo. Any ideas of how to remove the fence? It is ghosting as it is way out of focus. I've tried both the clone and the healing tool.
10/04/2004 01:24:10 AM · #16
Originally posted by bbusybee2000:

Will score them the same then...I guess technically speaking you have to have the same great camera skills either zoo or natural...and dang if there aren't some people here with some good skills!! am enjoying the photos.


No No vote the natural ones higher!
LoL Yeah I am biased! :)

Truth is I think mine will be voted down as it could be thought to be a zoo shot. Oh well happy so far!
10/04/2004 01:29:58 AM · #17
I think the zoo shots are kind of defeating the purpose of this challenge, that is, to go into the wilds and find a creature to photograph. It's a whole different kind of photography than going to to a controlled environment and getting your picture. I will score those that I think were taken in truly wild places much higher than those from the zoo. Sorry, but when you brave the weather, plan for the day as to what to bring with you (photo gear, food, clothes and pay for travel expenses) then you deserve a much higher score than someone who didn't expend that kind of energy and time and got a much easier shot.
10/04/2004 01:37:34 AM · #18
If you think it is easy to go to the zoo and get your shots, then you have obviously never tried to do so with a two year old strapped to your belt loop wearing a harness :) (Not to mention how hard it would be to throw the two year old in the expedition scenario just described. Some people just can't do that.)

It is a pointless debate since people will vote how they wish regardless. However, I do not see how someone could decide that a photo was definitely taken in a controlled environment without seeing any of the tell tail signs in the photo. You could be down voting the very photographer that was crawling around on their bellies in the mud trying not to be eaten by a grizzly bear! :)
10/04/2004 01:46:58 AM · #19
Now now, lets not bring the kids into play in this ;)

If you have to talk difficult, head out to the country with an 8, 4, and 2 yr old ;)

In any case, the shots are indeed very well done. Most of the pictures are easily identifyable as to where they were shot, but are good nontheless. (Luckily, I don't vote on challenges that I enter (too much bias))
10/04/2004 01:47:01 AM · #20
Originally posted by Olyuzi:

I think the zoo shots are kind of defeating the purpose of this challenge, that is, to go into the wilds and find a creature to photograph. It's a whole different kind of photography than going to to a controlled environment and getting your picture. I will score those that I think were taken in truly wild places much higher than those from the zoo. Sorry, but when you brave the weather, plan for the day as to what to bring with you (photo gear, food, clothes and pay for travel expenses) then you deserve a much higher score than someone who didn't expend that kind of energy and time and got a much easier shot.


Well, I did expend the money, did travel, albeit to the zoo, did pack for the weather, because it was overcast and they were calling for thunder showers.

Maybe you get paid a lot of money for whatever you do professionally, but I am struggling to replace my computer, and find an apartment. Would have been much easier to sit in my backyard and hope for a rabit or a squirrel to happen on by.

Sorry I can't afford that trip to Africa. You want to give me the money?
10/04/2004 01:48:21 AM · #21
I'm doing a 4.83 right now. I don't *DESERVE* a 4.83.. I know I don't. I love my shot, it's a wonderful shot, and it'll go to a place of honor in my portfolio once this train-wreck of a challenge is over.. SO THERE.

*pets his poor photograph* It's ok baby.. daddy loves you..
10/04/2004 01:49:38 AM · #22
Originally posted by dartompkins:

If you think it is easy to go to the zoo and get your shots, then you have obviously never tried to do so with a two year old strapped to your belt loop wearing a harness :) (Not to mention how hard it would be to throw the two year old in the expedition scenario just described. Some people just can't do that.)

It is a pointless debate since people will vote how they wish regardless. However, I do not see how someone could decide that a photo was definitely taken in a controlled environment without seeing any of the tell tail signs in the photo. You could be down voting the very photographer that was crawling around on their bellies in the mud trying not to be eaten by a grizzly bear! :)


Well, the wording of the challenge states that your subject should be "non-domesticated" and "living in a natural environment." By that criteria alone (if I can tell which shots are zoo shots) then I should vote them down. I never stated that I was going to vote zoo shots down, just vote real wildlife shots up considerably. But you are correct that it will probably be difficult to tell which are the zoo and which are the real.

And yes, I do definitely think it's much easier to get zoo shots than the real wildlife shots, despite a toddler. I didn't have to go that far to get a wild shot, but I can tell you I spent the better half of two days chasing wild animals and just the photography alone was a real challenge. The zoo shots are a piece of cake, imo.

Message edited by author 2004-10-04 01:51:02.
10/04/2004 01:50:51 AM · #23
On a great many of the shots submitted, there is not really a way to tell if they were in a zoo, a yard, a field, or in the Serengetti itself for Pete's sake. Who am I to pass judgment and say where a shot was or was not taken when I wasn't there? And after the voting is complete, it won't matter. Therefore, I'm voting on all of them equally unless the fence or barrier is in plain sight, screaming at me, waving a red flag. :o)
10/04/2004 01:53:36 AM · #24
Originally posted by laurielblack:

On a great many of the shots submitted, there is not really a way to tell if they were in a zoo, a yard, a field, or in the Serengetti itself for Pete's sake. Who am I to pass judgment and say where a shot was or was not taken when I wasn't there? And after the voting is complete, it won't matter. Therefore, I'm voting on all of them equally unless the fence or barrier is in plain sight, screaming at me, waving a red flag. :o)


I agree 100%
As long as it does not show signs of been taken in a zoo persume that it was taken in the wild!
10/04/2004 01:54:32 AM · #25
Squirrels are wild and live in my backyard, but they wouldn't look very wild sitting on my SUV (How did you know?) but that would still be their natural environment. :)

I also spent several days chasing wildlife in their natural environment before making the trek to the zoo. Does that effort count?

Who knows how this will go? Good luck to all, whichever way you went. :)
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