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12/28/2006 10:40:14 PM · #1
This thread belongs to Team Suck, a ragtag group of militia... um... photographers who compatriate more than compete, more interested in winging than winning, in love than lustre.

We don't let a low score get in the way of a dream!

As our seditious philosophy gained ground, our ranks grew, until we became more than just a team. We became a league of teams in wholesome if not entirely serious competition with each other. And that's the way we all became Team Suck.

This thread is for suckers to commiserate and compete. It can also be used for anyone with questions or comments about the Suck lifestyle. If you do wish to join us, we ask that you participate at DPC for a while to see if sucking really is your style, and we ask that you fulfill whatever half-brained initiation we come up with at that moment.

For historical suckage, check this venerable thread:

//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=474715

Below is the current membership of Team Suck, which I will keep updated (thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' quiet_observation for compiling):

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Message edited by author 2007-01-24 13:26:38.
12/28/2006 10:45:34 PM · #2
woohoo! we be new and shiny. i note the 'winging, not winning'. also not whingeing - as there is very little of that here. which is one of the many tihngs that makes suckage so good.

Message edited by author 2006-12-28 22:45:56.
12/28/2006 10:48:25 PM · #3
This is cool! Go Team Suck!
12/28/2006 10:54:52 PM · #4
Yay, a brand new squeaky-clean thread we can muck up with our suckiness!
:-P
12/28/2006 10:57:19 PM · #5
I'm sure come morning, I will have a very sucky score to post for Harsh Environment. LOL. Goodnight all!
12/29/2006 12:24:44 AM · #6
whoa... I'm gonna post this while I got it!

Harsh Environments

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Updated: 12/29/06 12:23 am

12/29/2006 01:42:34 AM · #7
nice new thread!

Originally posted by chaimelle:

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Chris, how did your lunchtime street shooting turn out?

argh! i'm trying street shooting again and cant get a clean shot. everything is coming out blurry. i had my camera set to aperture priority with the ISO at 100 and F4.5. everything came out blurry though.

i'll try again tomorrow on lunch...

it'll be ealier in the day this time and there'll be better light.


12/29/2006 01:45:04 AM · #8
chris - iso 400, f8. that's the best street shooting set-up. 400 is very forgiving for lighting, and f8 has a good chance of getting what you want in focus.
12/29/2006 01:45:46 AM · #9
and larus said exactly what i thought with my harsh entry - it needs to be BIG. o well...
12/29/2006 02:32:11 AM · #10
Christian - good advice on the internet thing. I'm always polite, though I do whine a bit if need be. I've been alternating phoning in my request to the "central" desk somewhere, and stopping by the shop where I ordered the service. Today will be another "stop by the shop" day, where all they can really do is call the "central" desk somewhere.

I figure I'll have one of my coworkers who speaks the language call the cable company on Wednesday (next day everyone is back at work here) and see if I can order service. Heck, I want German television anyway, though I need to go find a signal converter that converts PAL to NTSC for me.

In the mean time, I've been having fun at home looking through folders of old pictures. When not looking at them in the "will this score well on DPC?" light, I have some really neat stuff I need to go back and edit to keep. :-)

I'm not in Harsh, nor yet in Free Study, though I have one of those pictures for Free Study that I like because of the moment in time thing, but will mean nothing to anyone else and has no "wow" whatsoever. I'm still considering it anyway, of course.

Nice new thread, Don. Place looks great!
12/29/2006 02:41:45 AM · #11
Originally posted by xianart:

chris - iso 400, f8. that's the best street shooting set-up. 400 is very forgiving for lighting, and f8 has a good chance of getting what you want in focus.


thanks!

i'll give that a try tomorrow and see what happens.

chris
12/29/2006 05:56:32 AM · #12
sorry to pop in unannounced, but does this mean we know what happened to team suck and I won't have to see that thread on the home page any more and wonder everyday if something did happen to team suck? I never actually looked in the thread, but the question haunts me for some reason.

and fwiw, I don't think you guys suck all that much. :)

All my best,

Art
12/29/2006 06:28:18 AM · #13
Um... yeah. I think that's what it means. We were, indeed, found, though I can't say we were ever lost. Perhaps perceived that way, but not actually "lost". For the most part.

And drop in whenever you wish - we generally don't abuse visitors. Much. :-)
12/29/2006 06:30:49 AM · #14
Originally posted by Melethia:

And drop in whenever you wish - we generally don't abuse visitors. Much. :-)

Does that go for everyone?
12/29/2006 06:44:57 AM · #15
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

Originally posted by Melethia:

And drop in whenever you wish - we generally don't abuse visitors. Much. :-)

Does that go for everyone?


What is the secret password?
12/29/2006 06:46:40 AM · #16
Excellent, a new thread for the new year. Hoorah for, well, hoorah for us, I guess!
12/29/2006 06:52:03 AM · #17
Your Occupation II (I sure suck at my own (pre)occupation)

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Pattern II (I do better when I imitate other photographers)

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12/29/2006 07:05:59 AM · #18

Pattern ll
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Harsh Environments
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My first attempt at HDR.
Both so far represent my highest scores in DP.
I'm Happy...
12/29/2006 07:09:43 AM · #19
Originally posted by Melethia:



In the mean time, I've been having fun at home looking through folders of old pictures. When not looking at them in the "will this score well on DPC?" light, I have some really neat stuff I need to go back and edit to keep. :-)



There may be a best of 2006 challenge.
12/29/2006 07:14:37 AM · #20
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

Originally posted by Melethia:

And drop in whenever you wish - we generally don't abuse visitors. Much. :-)

Does that go for everyone?


There are subtle variations.

Marquis de Suck
12/29/2006 07:41:50 AM · #21
Originally posted by quiet_observation:

What is the secret password?

Suck-o-rama?
12/29/2006 07:57:40 AM · #22
nora asked on the old thread...

Originally posted by noraneko:

Originally posted by xianart:

ya know, i'm not sure when i last used usm. maybe that's why i don't score well... in advanced, i use a high pass layer set to soft light, then masked for the specific area i want sharpened. i find usm gives a quality i just don't like. it looks...weird.


Wow, I have no idea how to do the stuff you mentioned on here. I think I'd better order a Photoshop for Dummies book to go along with my new version. What's a high pass layer?


high pass is a filter. it's only legal in advanced. you need to duplicate your image layer first. then, under filters, select others. the little side menu thing will pop up, and select high pass. (i have no idea what it really does, or why, it's like a car or computer - i can use them, but dont know ow they work)

when the high pass box comes up, select a small number for strength 10 is pretty good. you'll see your image go all grey and sabatieed, with emphasis on the parts that are in focus. don't panic!

in the blending mode for the layer, select any from overlay to vivd light. you can see how they affect the harshness of the increased focus.

i usually use this with a layer mask, as it can look really weird over the whole image. it's great for bumping up the detail on eyes, or a small area of a whole.

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12/29/2006 08:46:25 AM · #23
Hmmm my Pattern score started at 5.5 then dropped like a stone with every update until it got down to 5.1 and the commenters didn't seem to think much of it, then today it's gone up with every update, up to 5.7 and the commenters like it...I'm so confused.

Edit 'cos I forgot to say I like our new headquarters :)

Message edited by author 2006-12-29 08:47:25.
12/29/2006 08:52:49 AM · #24
My Harsh Env. isn't doing as bad as I thought it would...

Pattern II

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Harsh Environments

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12/29/2006 08:53:41 AM · #25
I'm at 4.8 with pattern, which is higher than I expected. It's actually doing well for what it is!

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