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10/22/2003 09:25:23 AM · #26
I think it's a technically good shot, but I don't think it deserved a high score. The biggest issue is that the main connection to science is in the text on the book. The viewer has to read it to make that connection, it's not conveyed graphically. Secondly, the fact that the book and the cover art figure so prominently in the image makes the viewer question if this work is too dependent upon the image created by another artist (the photographer who shot the cover).

That's just my opinion, and it's worth every penny.

10/22/2003 09:43:47 AM · #27
I usually give lower scores on photos where is text involved or text is a main focus of the photo! :-(
10/22/2003 09:45:34 AM · #28
Bobster - I think this may just be a case where your thinking is less universal than in other photos.

You said this image came to mind immediately and epitomizes science to you. It's technically well executed so you reasonably expected it to do well.

But it can only do well if most of the people who vote ALSO think that this epitomizes science and I would guess that's where you lost ground.

Personally I don't think "music and emotion" when I think science. Good thing we don't all think the same anyway.

My opinion.
10/22/2003 10:45:02 AM · #29
What's wrong with it ? Not much.

But it is mostly a shot of the cover of a book in fairly even light.

What about it do you feel means it should have scored higher ?

10/22/2003 11:29:09 AM · #30
I gave it a 7 though I didn't leave comments. Some people probably didn't feel it "met" the challange though to me they all did in one way or another.

Very nice shot
10/22/2003 11:32:23 AM · #31
It's a decent photo. I think it probably suffered from lack of strength towards the challenge topic.
10/22/2003 11:34:03 AM · #32
I think it was scored quite fair. The image has no Pazzaz for me. On the 8-10's I would consider having them up in a frame on my wall etc, but for that they must say something or simply look very very nice, which this doesn't to me.

It kind of looks like the book has got in the way of a good picture.
10/22/2003 11:53:46 AM · #33
Genuine thanks for all the comments.
It was frustrating having what I thought was a low score with only positive comments.
Now I have comments from a broader base of people, I'm quite happy.
I agree with some points, and disagree with others... but this is subjective and I'm happy to let it go now!
10/22/2003 12:10:34 PM · #34
a string instrument alone would have made the point to me
strings plucked produce resonating waves - each note a different frequency. a science theme if you ask me.

Originally posted by robsmith:

Photography relies on light, light is physics...

i would prefer the instrument alone, maybe with one string having been plucked - and out of focus'ish...

10/22/2003 12:20:58 PM · #35
I like the photo, but I didn't vote on that challenge. At first glance, I would have liked to see the camera zoomed out a little to more strongly show the effect of the book picture of the instrument on the right side of the image matching the instrument shape of the real instrument on the left side of the image. Does that make sense? That would have created more impact for me. That would also have minimized the differences in tone that others have commented on.
10/22/2003 05:22:44 PM · #36
Music is taught as an art in the U.S. at least in California. It's possible that in other countries it is a part of science.

This could be the reasoning behind not matching the challenge.Anyone in agreement?

10/22/2003 10:07:29 PM · #37
Originally posted by faidoi:

Music is taught as an art in the U.S. at least in California. It's possible that in other countries it is a part of science.

This could be the reasoning behind not matching the challenge.Anyone in agreement?

Just for reference, I have a masters degree in historical musicology. So, I'm qualified to talk about this one, at least a little. :)

Music is a humanities subject, separated from sciences. However, as someone pointed out earlier, everything can be studied at the scientific level. Taking that point further and in a different direction from the original point, bear in mind that Ph.Ds are all ostensibly in the same subject: philosophy.

As the third, and highest, level in tertiary education, the doctorate dissects the subject matter on the philosophical plane; it doesn't matter if the subject is music, particles, or photography, there are underlying philosophies, ideologies, principles.

When people hear that my 1st masters is in musicology, they usually stutter at the 'ology' part. Music is entwined into the very fabric of our society - there are deep sociological issues; an understanding of music's phonology requires an understanding of psychology; decoding music's meaning entails semiology.

Bobster's remark that science is an approach refers to the attitude we adopt when studying. Purely intraspective data does not qualify as science, which relies on setting up falsifiable research questions and putting them to the test. Bobster's book probably contains dozens of such questions.

All-in-all, I would have given a 4 for this photograph. Like Pitsaman, I feel that the meaning relies too much on the text, not on other visual information.
10/22/2003 11:33:16 PM · #38
I really like your image... I didn't vote in this one but if I did I'd give it a 6 or 7. I like how the book is mimicing the right side of the guitar. I think that the book color or glossyness (or lack thereof) doesn't matter, and in fact I like it that it doesn't match perfectly. It makes the "real" subject, the book and it's message, stand out more from the guitar.

As far as meeting the challenge I think it's a little lacking but still fits. Overall it's a really nice shot. Sorry I missed voting on it! BTW, a 5.2 is a little low overall in MY opinion, but that's probably only because I love music and guitars. :)

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