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05/08/2007 10:30:03 AM · #1
Ok, robbed is a strong word. But there were some incredible pics that didn't meet the DCP high-vote standards:

500899.jpg

How does this get 451st place? This is a spectacular picture, IMHO. The small size, the centered composition, the beautiful vignette - all a very different treatment of the subject. "Fast manly technology" pics don't really speak to me, but this one makes it look small, fragile, and beautiful.

505394.jpg

Came in at # 326. I could see this one being less than popular, as it's a very non-standard treatment of a portrait. But I think it deserves a mention as being very effective in it's non-standardness. There's a cool goth-meets-suburbia vibe to it. Really awesome.

493636.jpg

#292. I love minimalism, the voters don't. This one has great composition, wonderful leading lines, and a sense of mystery. I love it.

504454.jpg

#221. Again with the minimalism not working for the voters; but it did get you listed as one of my favorite photographers.

505731.jpg

Great shot, finished at #197. The aggresive spikey flower head contrasted with the curly tendril at the bottom; the colors of the slight duotone, all great. The contrast and the color give the flower head an almost metallic, industrial look.

505463.jpg

#179. I don't even know what to say. This is a great picture. I feel like that little flower is trying to get somewhere...

505077.jpg

#146. Who can say no to that face? Or that pink wall?

I was going to keep this to pictures that didn't break the top 100, but here're two that did, that I think deserve another look:

505252.jpg500556.jpg

There you have it. It was an incredibly deep field; my picture finshed appropriately at #375, but I thought I'd point out the ones that really spoke to me before they got buried. Good work everyone - Some day I'll start sucking less!

(I just checked the preview and saw all these pics on one page - I certainly have an aesthetic, don't I?)
05/08/2007 10:31:18 AM · #2
In your opinion.
05/08/2007 10:33:32 AM · #3
Originally posted by American_Horse:

In your opinion.


Of course. I'm not trying to denegrate the great pictures that scored well, but to give some love to those that, for whatever reason, didn't.

(edited to seem less catty)

Message edited by author 2007-05-08 10:37:08.
05/08/2007 10:35:03 AM · #4
Thanks for starting the thread - these are always fun to look at, but giving the forum thread a title as you did will result in rather direct responses.

A softer title such as "underrated free study pics" might gain more favorable response.

Originally posted by eamurdock:

Originally posted by American_Horse:

In your opinion.


Of course. I'm not trying to denegrate the great pictures that scored well, but to give some love to those that, for whatever reason, didn't.

Sheesh.


Message edited by author 2007-05-08 10:44:51.
05/08/2007 10:37:52 AM · #5
Eh, title is fine and I like your aesthetic. Thanks for pointing out some of these, as I didn't get a chance to vote the whole challenge this time and most weren't in the third I did get to.
05/08/2007 10:40:45 AM · #6
That's the way the cookie crumbles. I thought mine deserved a little better than a 6.0xxx but that's what it got. Some of those pics I can agree with and some I can't.
05/08/2007 10:41:45 AM · #7
Awww, thanks for the love on my pic (the gorilla) bud. It placed and scored right about where I thought it would but this is definitely a pleasant pat on the back.
05/08/2007 10:42:49 AM · #8
Thanks for starting this thread. I used to do more "Underrated" type threads but have fallen off on them lately.

In response to the OP's picks:

I really liked this one also ==> 505463.jpg.

The only one I can really disagree with is this one ==> 500899.jpg. I found it too grainy and somewhat static in nature (centered composition, nothing overly interesting).

I'll add more later, but for now the boss is hovering...need to go! :D
05/08/2007 10:45:34 AM · #9
Ok, I guess we're all a little primed from all the "I should have scored higher" threads... Sorry to have touched that nerve.

I really just wanted to show what I thought were some incredible pics that would otherwise fade into obscurity. Don't expect or want everyone to agree with my choices. I'll be more careful in the future.
05/08/2007 10:48:27 AM · #10
screw those pictures! MY photo was robbed ;-)))))))))

05/08/2007 10:49:00 AM · #11
I agree with you - these Free Study challenges just seem to be getting so large now that nice, quiet images really can get lost in the weeds. I am just happy that a few really excellent minimal photos ended up scoring so well.

I think I will refrain from entering these in the future, and save everyone the agony... including myself.

Originally posted by eamurdock:

Ok, I guess we're all a little primed from all the "I should have scored higher" threads... Sorry to have touched that nerve.

I really just wanted to show what I thought were some incredible pics that would otherwise fade into obscurity. Don't expect or want everyone to agree with my choices. I'll be more careful in the future.


Message edited by author 2007-05-08 10:49:28.
05/08/2007 10:52:49 AM · #12
I got a favorite on mine, so I win!
05/08/2007 10:57:24 AM · #13
Thanks for the mention! (mine is the spiky headed flower thing)

I was actually quite surprised that it scored as well as it did.
05/08/2007 11:01:38 AM · #14
Keeping it to photos in my top 20 that placed outside the top 100, I have only one:

504900.jpg

My two favorites in the challenge placed 20th and 47th:

505438.jpg

504467.jpg
05/08/2007 11:08:46 AM · #15
505438.jpg

I loved this one too. She does such amazing things with color. I watch. I try to learn. Hasn't worked, yet. ;)
05/08/2007 11:17:43 AM · #16
I don't know about robbed, but 5 that I really liked that didn't fare all that well:

497308.jpg

505608.jpg

498635.jpg

500047.jpg

500509.jpg
05/08/2007 11:28:33 AM · #17
Here is a small portion of mine that deserve some love....

505347.jpg
497094.jpg
493683.jpg
493940.jpg
501691.jpg
502344.jpg
505292.jpg
504573.jpg
504263.jpg
502876.jpg
05/08/2007 11:40:38 AM · #18
Some of my faves that I thought would score higher:
505566.jpg

498207.jpg

504268.jpg

505602.jpg

505341.jpg

500242.jpg

505615.jpg

493619.jpg
05/08/2007 11:45:16 AM · #19
Well, there certainly are many wonderful images in the monthly Free Studies. This month was no exception!

Here's my top picks (scored 8 or higher) that didn't make the Top 100.

503006.jpg, 503588.jpg, 505255.jpg, 496490.jpg, 494447.jpg
505588.jpg, 505636.jpg, 505126.jpg, 497308.jpg, 505463.jpg
05/08/2007 11:54:03 AM · #20
My favs that didn't make the top 20 (some didn't even make the top 100):

504937.jpg 505341.jpg 505463.jpg

504804.jpg 502922.jpg 500814.jpg

497943.jpg

ps: thanks to those who think mine was robbed - first time any image of mine made a thread like this.
05/08/2007 02:13:39 PM · #21
Another one from my robbed pile:

504058.jpg
05/08/2007 02:26:19 PM · #22
Originally posted by pccjrose:

A softer title such as "underrated free study pics" might gain more favorable response.

Even that implies that somehow the voters "got it wrong."

How about Challenge Title Photos I Really Liked instead?
05/08/2007 02:30:45 PM · #23
498207.jpg
Easily the best of the challenge for me.
05/08/2007 02:31:40 PM · #24
This was my favorite:
502900.jpg
05/08/2007 02:38:38 PM · #25
I were robbed!

505656.jpg

Here's my thread explaining more about the photo.
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