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04/11/2007 01:31:41 PM · #51
I can agree with that, but along with not able to do this months free study. This site is my habbit, major withdraws this month. (again my choice).

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I can understand what you are saying Matt. Just look at it like it will be over in a week. I doubt this is going to become the norm. There's already been hints on other threads that the expert rule set isn't going as wanted and will get some revision to rein it in.
04/11/2007 01:36:49 PM · #52
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by MattO:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It must be sad to enjoy only one thing, hate anything that is different, and try to force your hate on others.



I am not sure how my statement represents enjoying only one thing and hate anything thats different. I'm expressing my thoughts on having ALL of the current challenges under the expert of mininal editing. I have no qualms with having them as long as we have an option as well.

MattO

I didn't quote you, so plz don't make me out of context, thanks.


Sorry if that wasnt directed toward me, you didnt quote anyone so I ASSUMED(bad thing to do I know) that it was directed at the OP and that was me.

MattO
04/11/2007 01:45:13 PM · #53
Originally posted by MattO:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by MattO:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It must be sad to enjoy only one thing, hate anything that is different, and try to force your hate on others.



I am not sure how my statement represents enjoying only one thing and hate anything thats different. I'm expressing my thoughts on having ALL of the current challenges under the expert of mininal editing. I have no qualms with having them as long as we have an option as well.

MattO

I didn't quote you, so plz don't make me out of context, thanks.


Sorry if that wasnt directed toward me, you didnt quote anyone so I ASSUMED(bad thing to do I know) that it was directed at the OP and that was me.

MattO

You owe me a beer. ;-)
04/11/2007 01:47:00 PM · #54
Originally posted by ace flyman:

I can agree with that, but along with not able to do this months free study. This site is my habbit, major withdraws this month. (again my choice).

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I can understand what you are saying Matt. Just look at it like it will be over in a week. I doubt this is going to become the norm. There's already been hints on other threads that the expert rule set isn't going as wanted and will get some revision to rein it in.

You can still do the Free Study. You don't have to do any editing if you don't want to. :-)
04/11/2007 01:48:34 PM · #55
Since so many people here are extremely crap with postprocessing you'll have a good chance to do well with a normally edited pic.


04/11/2007 01:59:37 PM · #56
Originally posted by Azrifel:

Since so many people here are extremely crap with postprocessing you'll have a good chance to do well with a normally edited pic.

Why should good post processing skills be pre-requisite in any challenge regardless whether they be 'expert' or not?

Just because 'expert' rules are allowed in a challenge does not necessarily mean that they MUST be applied. A good image is a good image regardless what arbitray rule set is allowed and in the 'good' ones you would never be able to tell. You can win the blue even if you apply the 'minimal' ruleset to the right photograph. That would be the REAL challenge for the best photographers.
04/11/2007 02:09:13 PM · #57
Originally posted by stdavidson:

Originally posted by Azrifel:

Since so many people here are extremely crap with postprocessing you'll have a good chance to do well with a normally edited pic.

Why should good post processing skills be pre-requisite in any challenge regardless whether they be 'expert' or not?

Just because 'expert' rules are allowed in a challenge does not necessarily mean that they MUST be applied. A good image is a good image regardless what arbitray rule set is allowed and in the 'good' ones you would never be able to tell. You can win the blue even if you apply the 'minimal' ruleset to the right photograph. That would be the REAL challenge for the best photographers.

I think that's what he means.
04/11/2007 02:24:20 PM · #58
Yes I can...I can also submit a day shot in the night challenge, both will have the same results.....Expert editing is great for the folks that are into it. I'm not. Yet I'm disappointed as a memeber most this months challenge I'll not enter...(again my choice)
04/11/2007 02:32:18 PM · #59
Originally posted by ace flyman:

I can agree with that, but along with not able to do this months free study. This site is my habbit, major withdraws this month. (again my choice).


Why can't you do this months free study? Just because it uses the Expert rules doesn't mean you need to utilize them.

This seems like a cop out to me.
04/11/2007 02:34:55 PM · #60
Originally posted by ace flyman:

Yes I can...I can also submit a day shot in the night challenge, both will have the same results.....Expert editing is great for the folks that are into it. I'm not. Yet I'm disappointed as a memeber most this months challenge I'll not enter...(again my choice)


This makes absolutly no sense at all. Just because you chose not to use the flexibility that the Expert editing provides you, doesn't mean you can't enter a photo in the challenge. Again, It seems you just want a reason to complain by saying "I can't enter because it's Expert editing."

04/11/2007 02:57:10 PM · #61
Originally posted by ace flyman:

Yes I can...I can also submit a day shot in the night challenge, both will have the same results.....Expert editing is great for the folks that are into it. I'm not. Yet I'm disappointed as a memeber most this months challenge I'll not enter...(again my choice)


You can enter the Free studies just as I do now, I enter nearly all my shots in basic editing. The last 2 I have entered I've finished top 100 and then 112th in them with basic shots. The problem I see and I think that you see with this is.........

This sites voters are about eye candy and comparing the next shot voted to the one you just voted on. Here is where I see the problem lies. If I enter even a really good(for me) basic or even advanced edited shot and it is compared to the multiple exposure/photoshopped/composites which is pretty much how the voters do it, I'm going to have a lower then normal score because were pretty much put on a voting curve. Eye candy at the top and others somewhere below. This is just my opinion yours may vary.

MattO
04/11/2007 03:40:18 PM · #62
I'm not all that good at editing. So I see this as an opportunity to maybe try things I wouldn't normally try. Score may not be good, but score ain't everything. Then again, I may get a shot I really like that I do my usual editing to - most of which qualifies as basic.

Shoot, submit, learn. It's all good. :-)
04/11/2007 03:45:06 PM · #63
You can do an 'eye candy' shot in Basic editing:
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Message edited by author 2007-04-11 15:46:05.
04/11/2007 03:55:09 PM · #64
Originally posted by MattO:

Why the sudden rush of Expert editing? We currently have 3 challenges with Expert editing and one with minimal editing. So you either have photoshop out the ying yang, or no editing at all. Uggg. anyone else wishing for Basic and advanced besides me?

MattO


I am wising for basic and advanced. Even I enter expert it is going to be basic and maybe advanced.
04/11/2007 03:57:28 PM · #65
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It must be sad to enjoy only one thing, hate anything that is different, and try to force your hate on others.


Err...when I said I *hate* expert editing I was being tongue-in-cheek... really I'm just jealous of those who are great at PS. Please read whole post! I also stated that I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of those who are great with PS. Wasn't being sarcastic. Love some of the cool stuff that folks pull off here.

--Wow--"trying to force hate on others" ---yikes!

Edit to add: The photo you pulled off in basic with the lightbulb is brilliant, BTW

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 16:03:37.
04/11/2007 04:06:04 PM · #66
Originally posted by noraneko:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It must be sad to enjoy only one thing, hate anything that is different, and try to force your hate on others.


Err...when I said I *hate* expert editing I was being tongue-in-cheek... really I'm just jealous of those who are great at PS. Please read whole post! I also stated that I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of those who are great with PS. Wasn't being sarcastic. Love some of the cool stuff that folks pull off here.

--Wow--"trying to force hate on others" ---yikes!

Was I typing to you? No. I think you even wrote 'tongue-in-cheek'. Do you think I'm some kind of moron? Well, you're probably right, but that's beside the point. Despite my low IQ, I'd appreciate it if you didn't assume that I'm an idiot.

I was typing to the general anti-editing group of squeeky-wheels, a small but vocal group, who I think have even vowed to low-vote anything that looks like HDR. I don't know if any of them have even posted to this thread.

Let's see how many more people in this thread quote my post thinking I was referring to them... LOL.
04/11/2007 04:09:07 PM · #67
Can I join the anti-everything group of Squeaky Wheels, if sounds so kewl!!
04/11/2007 04:25:15 PM · #68
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by noraneko:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It must be sad to enjoy only one thing, hate anything that is different, and try to force your hate on others.


Err...when I said I *hate* expert editing I was being tongue-in-cheek... really I'm just jealous of those who are great at PS. Please read whole post! I also stated that I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of those who are great with PS. Wasn't being sarcastic. Love some of the cool stuff that folks pull off here.

--Wow--"trying to force hate on others" ---yikes!

Was I typing to you? No. I think you even wrote 'tongue-in-cheek'. Do you think I'm some kind of moron? Well, you're probably right, but that's beside the point. Despite my low IQ, I'd appreciate it if you didn't assume that I'm an idiot.

I was typing to the general anti-editing group of squeeky-wheels, a small but vocal group, who I think have even vowed to low-vote anything that looks like HDR. I don't know if any of them have even posted to this thread.

Let's see how many more people in this thread quote my post thinking I was referring to them... LOL.


Er, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Strikeslip was not trying to offend you... just trying to clarify - you DID say "trying to force hate on others" and it made me wince, that's all. Certainly not trying to imply you are an idiot, okay? Truce! This is not worth getting backs up over.

Please note that I also included a compliment on your cool photo that you pulled off in basic editing.
04/11/2007 04:45:55 PM · #69
Originally posted by noraneko:

...you DID say "trying to force hate on others" ...

no... I said, "...try to force your hate on others..." Rub your eyes. But thanks for clarifying that.

I don't thnk it's possible to offend me. You are just electrons. ;-) I do have to shake my head every once in a while, though.

Edit to add: we should all have fish tanks.

Message edited by author 2007-04-11 16:47:01.
04/11/2007 05:02:13 PM · #70
I may be wrong, and if I am I'd appreciate being corrected but it appears to me that except for a couple of April Fool, low entry speed challenges, there hasn't been a challenge with the 'expert' rule set since January. Roughly 35 challenges ago.
Maybe it's me but this whole complaint is rediculous and Idnic got it absolutely right with her OMG. This week hardly constitutes a shift from DPC to DPP as a number have suggested and just strengthens my belief that a small but very vocal number will never be satisfied until they are convinced that this site is tailor made for them each and every week. To cancel a membership over something like this, as one member has suggested just blows the mind.
04/11/2007 05:25:23 PM · #71
Originally posted by Qart:

a small but very vocal number will never be satisfied until they are convinced that this site is tailor made for them each and every week.


Now that hits the nail on the head!
04/11/2007 05:44:15 PM · #72
I'm really excited about this week myself. "Hair" in particular. For me it's the topic of the challenge that determines if I'll enter or not. I don't care what ruleset is decided on for it, but I do love the fact that there can be so much variety from one challenge to the next. The only way I'll get as good as I would like is to try many different styles using many different techniques, and the rulesets go a long way to enforcing that variance.
04/11/2007 05:54:58 PM · #73
While I agree that there are some people that are going way overboard in reaction, I think that it's also perfectly reasonable to maintain a little concern and hesitation about the expert editing and it being the ruleset for 3 out of 4 challenges for a week.

My only point is that there are two open challenges.. I don't see a need for both of them to be one ruleset. However, *if* it does the job of showing us/SC/whoever that the rules could use a revision and overhaul, then that's a good thing.

I, for one, remain in the camp of hesitancy. I'll certainly be paying close attention to how this week unfolds.
04/11/2007 06:27:46 PM · #74
Originally posted by Marc923:

I've been wondering about something. Are the voters going to be looking for major post processing in the expert editing challenges? What if someone puts in a real nice picture that used only basic editing? Will it get voted down because it doesn't look all worked up?

For instance, I think the Free Study will be to see who can do the best photoshop work. Meanwhile a very good picture, that could win any other challenge, won't even place in the top 50%.

So those of us, like me, with minimal photoshop skills probably won't enter.


I think you're over analyzing. The same things that applies in basic and advance will apply here which is you have to meet the challenge head on and do so with lots of wow factor. How you carry out that wow factor is up to you. Don't feel like you HAVE to apply a lot of editing. Your ideas and subject matter should dictate the type of editng you do if any.
04/11/2007 06:58:23 PM · #75
The first time there was an Expert editing challenge I entered a photo that was straight from camera because my computer was on the fritz. It got around a 5.5, which (while not great) was better than I expected. It was a ho-hum sunset shot but had pretty colors. I actually think any photo that is well taken will do reasonably well in expert editing. The nice thing is that with expert editing you don't have to worry about staying within the rules with things like vignetting.
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