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11/19/2003 06:27:36 PM · #1
With the challenge topics such as book titles, propaganda, literalism.
I think it largely depends on the topic and not nessesary the quality of the image. Dont get me wrong the winners are amazing. But if you have not heard of the topic as some people obviously havent they tend to mark low. example comments: I have had a 10, really great,should be a ribbon.Then, no artisic ability for the same image. I think the quality of the image such as good focus and lighting should be seperate from the subject.although I dont know how that could work.
I know I have improved on the quality of my images thanks to the D P C
and I am enjoying the challenges although of late they are becoming seemily more dificult. At least its a challenge! But because of the diverse range of people it will always be difficult to please everyone. for the everyday person such as myself, I will always strive to do better. ( It sounds as if I am on a mission with that statement! ha ha!) There are so many images that are great and some that are not
and great people who can show us mere mortals the way. There is definately talent on this site. but some people such as myself are on a learning curve and have low budget cameras and are doing well with what we have. (My dream is to own a really great camera.)
I love this site and how it is helping me to grow.
Thank you so much for that. Everyday I think, now what can I photograph today and my mind goes to places it never would have without this site.
It is amazing how ordinary things are seen as a possible images to shoot.
Thanks again and I WILL keep trying!
Sally
11/19/2003 07:07:50 PM · #2
mmm... I find I spend so much time and energy on the concept (I really need to work out my imagination muscles) that by the time it's photography time, I wish to spend no time, and just get it done.

Its amazing how creative some people are.
11/19/2003 07:22:19 PM · #3
The only way I can think to get round this one, and I am not suggesting it should happen, would be this:

Two vote boxes. One for how much you like the photo and one for how well it meets the challenge. Combine the scores at the end for the final resuly (possibly even with a weighting).

It's a lot more trouble, and I think I prefer things the way they are, but it would tell someone at the end that "Your photo was great, but it sucked as far as meeting the challenge goes".


11/19/2003 07:47:41 PM · #4
Originally posted by Natator:

Two vote boxes. One for how much you like the photo and one for how well it meets the challenge.


The only problem I see with this idea is that it would give people a 'back door' into the challenge with entries that nothing to do with the challenge subject. The irony is that I don't care about how a subject 'meets the challenge', rather I'm concerned about the quality of the entry. However, if you make this distinction up front many people will ignore the challenge title and simply use it as a way of getting their photos in the public domain.
11/19/2003 07:53:37 PM · #5
Very good point indeed there Ronners.

I would not be in favour of the change I mentioned there myself anyway.
11/26/2003 01:46:09 AM · #6
But, you have to be able to shoot everything and realize "it is good"
anyone can fluke out and do well. The challenges force you to be both creative and good which is the key. At least I believe. theoretically you should be able to do both. There's no point in me saying "that's wonderful" if it does not help you, or inspire you to achieve beyond your current level or knowledge.
Why bother to have a challenge if nobody strives towards it?

Message edited by author 2003-11-26 01:46:54.
11/26/2003 08:37:04 AM · #7
Train, some photos are given extra points for their creativity, others for their quality. The photos that combine the two end up with ribbons. For example, my literalism title (if you don't mind my bragging) was very creative. I actually surprised myself. Everything just happened to come together. However, I dropped the ball when it came to photographic quality. I knew that as soon as I downloaded the pictures, unfortunately, the potato had already started to brown at that point. Had I taken a high quality photograph of it with proper lighting, contrast, and colors, I think it could have placed in the top 5 or even ribboned. Personally, I think a poor picture of a carved couch potato would have scored about as high as a great picture of a potato sitting on a couch.

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11/26/2003 12:16:18 PM · #8
Once again we get into the "Meet the Challenge" debate. This site is about meeting the challenge and if a person doesn't then he/she should lose marks for it. Plain and simple. If the site was about great pictures of any sort than there would be no topic twice a week. You need a combination of the two and to ignor either one or the other is ludicrous.
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