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01/13/2020 10:11:04 AM · #1
When was it?

What do you like and/or not like about it?

Do you think you'll ever be able to top it?

I'll go first....Post a thumbnail, too please.

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When? October 30th, 2008

What I like? It's in my favorite genre, and I have since got a Blue in that category, but it wasn't enough to eclipse this score.

What I don't like? That was during my "Tommy Topaz" period where I hammered stuff around too much so it's not the best rendition of what they actually looked like.

Do I think I'll be able to top it? In a word, yes. I think that my work here has improved exponentially, I know the site better and feel that I have a better grasp on what resonates with the voters, and I
know I'm going to be dedicating more time in the future to my own personal quest here.

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01/13/2020 10:22:02 AM · #2
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When was it?
- October 13, 2019

What do you like about it?
- Spent three hours with my daughters painting my upper body.
- Hopefully gave the viewing public something unexpected.

What don't you like about it?
- Nothing really.

Do you think you'll ever be able to top it?
- If I chased votes I could better the score.
- Otherwise I've created hundreds of better photos over the years.
01/13/2020 12:13:13 PM · #3
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When was it? August 2002. My 10th challenge.

What do you like about it? The idea.

What don't you like about it? Poor lighting and bad editing.

Do you think you'll be able to top it? I hope so, but I'm starting to have my doubts. My "Holiday Cheer II" entry was pretty close after 12 votes but it was all downhill from there. My second best wasn't even close.
01/13/2020 12:51:54 PM · #4
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In August 2013 with a score of 7.1053 - was second place in a RAIN challenge
The catch is that it was taken with a dying Canon Powershot G12 which defects I exploited in a few shots. This is telling me something - perhaps not to use a good camera?

I still like it but got tired of seeing it there - in any case, scoring better than a lightening in Paris in which case luck was the key.

As we stand now at DPC, I doubt that I could top it - a 7 score is rare for me and I have now really good cameras without flaws so....I might just count on good luck

PS. Considering my participation so far - 918 posts - it's quite a shabby state of scores which I compensate with lots of comments that I made in 19 years, 11,691 and counting

Message edited by author 2020-01-13 12:54:49.
01/13/2020 01:35:11 PM · #5
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When was it? March 2006

What do you like and/or not like about it? It has a little bit of mood to it, a suggestion of a story. It's okay.

Do you think you'll ever be able to top it? Not the score, no. At first, I thought it was part of an arc toward better scoring. I soon realized it was a fluke.

01/13/2020 01:48:35 PM · #6
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March 2004 :-P

I still like my compositional choice. My processing, not so much. It's oversharpened by today's taste, however I did not receive a single comment saying it was over-sharpened. I think that would be quite different today.
01/13/2020 04:10:36 PM · #7
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September 17, 2018

I still like this photo a lot . . . and especially like thinking about getting it! I am grateful to have taken it for a challenge here for a couple of reasons: the challenge, "Looking up from Underneath", gave me the idea and without the topic, I'd not have the image; since the rule set was Standard, no one here ever asks whether I pasted the butterfly in :)

Previous to that, my PB was July 2014. I haven't broken a 7 since then (Sept 2018) and have only had three, maybe four scores in the high sixes; so no, I don't think I'll ever beat it, certainly not if participation here doesn't take a drastic upturn.

01/13/2020 06:24:37 PM · #8
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Nov. 13th 2010

What do you like and/or not like about it?

Captured some dramatic action inside a WWII battle reenactment, a scene that not everyone has access to. I enjoy the opportunity to participate in this most years. (I was traveling for work last year, so had to miss it)
I was really pleased with how the color treatment turned the smoke to explosions and the leaves into flames.
I think it's good, but not great. I have many shots that I keep coming back to as my favorites over the years. This isn't one of them.


Do you think you'll ever be able to top it?

No. The collective opinion of DPC is pretty hard to please. I think some of hitting a score this high is just nailing elusive broad appeal for people whose skill is usually as good or better than my own.
01/13/2020 06:41:12 PM · #9
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June 17, 2016

What I like about this shot is that it was spontaneous and unforeseen. I came upon it driving down a country road. I like the retro feel of it as well with the old Ford pickup. It is one of my favorite pictures. There is nothing I don't like about it.

My goal is to top it. That's why I shoot. I'm always looking for the perfect picture if there is such a thing.
01/13/2020 06:54:01 PM · #10
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Shot on Feb 14, 2010

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What I don't like: Damn it was cold, dark and damp. But that lake has given me my top 4 scores.

Will I top it: Probably not. I have moved away from the lake and now live in SE Texas and I don't submit to many challenges anymore.
01/13/2020 07:45:09 PM · #11
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Jun 18, 2019 8.04

Do I like it - meh, it's a grasshopper!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would do that well - NEVER!!! These Eastern Lubbers are horrid creatures. They will devour a plant in nothing flat. Birds won't eat them (they are quite bitter - NOT that I've EVER tried) - but they will kill them and put them on a board/post to dry then come back later (as in MUCH later)...who'd of thunk that!!! I do like the DOF, Bokeh and the slope of the leaf he/she was sitting on.

I doubt I'll ever top that!!! I still think it's a total fluke. I'll admit that it's a new goal! Maybe the stars will all align one or two more times...maybe (or I'll just buy ya better wine/beer/booze!!! lol)

01/13/2020 07:52:12 PM · #12
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Shot on 12/29/2019 (same floral)

Scores: 6.4286 & 6.3023 consecutively

I like the illustrative quality of these images, the clarity. My only regret is I didn't run them through Neat Image v8 to soften the petal surfaces. But overall this is by far my best floral. It will be hard to top this.

Message edited by author 2020-01-13 19:59:04.
01/16/2020 01:39:15 AM · #13
Originally posted by posthumous:



I thought it was part of an arc toward better scoring. I soon realized it was a fluke.


LOL, I had several of those :-) - know the feeling only too well :-)
01/16/2020 01:58:24 AM · #14
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April 2013

What I like: It is perhaps a more unusual, yet natural shot of a bee. I was exploring Macro.
What I don't like: The tongue is not in focus. Despite the good score and the PB it only came in 3rd.
Could I better it: Technically yes, I think so, at least I can try :-), but from a score point of view - I am not sure, I doubt it.

Like posthumous said, I thought I had finally cracked the DPC scoring code, but it was a fluke ;-P
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