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09/18/2008 06:02:25 PM · #1
Our scammer friends over at Photo Laureates (just click here to find out what DPCers really think of them) emailed me today to tell me about a new service they've launched called 'What is my photo worth'

I recently submitted a photo to them, curious to see what their standards were like. I was delighted when they emailed me and told me I'd been selected as one of the best photographers of 2008 and they wanted to publish it, as they liked its structure and composition. And now, for the first time, my friends at DPC get a chance to view and rate my award-winning photograph.

Called 'Windows on the World', it can be viewed here: //www.photolaureates.org/rank_photo/index.php?pID=185102

Please let me know if you're in agreement with the judges at Photo Laureates about the strength of its structure and composition. ;-)

09/18/2008 06:18:02 PM · #2
And just how much do they want from you to publish that masterpiece? :-P
09/18/2008 06:20:44 PM · #3
Wow! What an image. No wonder they contacted you. I would for sure buy their next book, with your featured photo.

This indeed is an image of which you should be most, uh... proud, yes that's it, proud. ;-)

Shame you didn't enter it in a challege first.
09/18/2008 06:23:51 PM · #4
that is HILARIOUS! I had the same thing happen once with a poem i wrote (though the poem was serious) i got the same line about how great it was, we want to print it and blah blah blah.....i love what you did here tho!
09/18/2008 06:42:17 PM · #5
I gave it a 10. Best of luck and let me know when I can get a canvas print and a copy of the book.
09/18/2008 07:08:12 PM · #6
Could I buy a print of that?

Clearly the photo laureates website appreciates fine art. While considered by some to be mundane, it is in fact a genius work of avant garde photography! It masterfully demonstrates that our primal need for shelter is at war with the need society has impressed on us to beautify our surroundings! This work will push the boundaries of how we view photography in our lifetime and may redefine art as we know it.
09/18/2008 07:34:25 PM · #7
What I want to know is what they think it's worth!

BTW, when I clicked on the link the "8" vote was already helpfully pushed for me, all I had to do was submit the vote! :)
09/18/2008 08:35:37 PM · #8
From the site:
7.52 Rating
Based on 27 Votes
Daily Avg: 7.52

Who is doing the voting?
09/18/2008 08:36:49 PM · #9
I voted 4 times....all 1's
09/18/2008 08:38:20 PM · #10
I gave you a 10. How much for a print to hand over the old fireplace?
09/18/2008 08:51:30 PM · #11
Thanks for the votes. This is very exciting! I'm on target for a personal best, and quite possibly Photo Laureates photographer of the year and $6,500! (I give them $6.5k, not the other way around)

Originally posted by David Ey:

I voted 4 times....all 1's

Stop trolling my masterpiece!

Originally posted by toddhead:

I gave you a 10. How much for a print to hand over the old fireplace?


I'm still thinking on the pricing for the canvas print, since there seems to be so much demand for it. Signed print... limited edition.... $2,500 perhaps?

I can get a Deluxe, 8.5" X 11", Hard bound, 300 pages Special Edition anthology (featuring my masterpiece) and look at this: It is also our pleasure to commemorate the publication of your photograph with a Limited Edition Certificate in your name, printed on a high quality Walnut wood finished Plaque.

Only $272 for the whole package!
09/18/2008 09:34:04 PM · #12
I just voted a second time. Now it's 9.46 with 140 votes. Dream score, baby. (Daily average, 9.46).
Have you seen some of the other photos? There are a few okay ones, but some are truly dreadful - the kind that I imagine some litle old lady took of her grandchild or dogs, but still managed to put them on a conputer and upload them, worst luck. ;-)
10/11/2008 09:29:37 PM · #13
My 'Windows on the World' shot is creating quite a stir over at Photo Laureates. With my score standing at 9.1, I'm not surprised;

Originally posted by Photo Laureates email:


> I have the pleasure to let you know that our Editorial Team has nominated you as one of the few photographers to be eligible for membership within the Exclusive and Private Laureates Society of Photography.
>
> After reviewing and debating your photography, we believe that you will be able to contribute significantly to events and activities within our Exclusive Photography Society.
>
> Based on your photography submissions, our editors all agreed that you have the talent and skill set required to be successful within our Society. Do not miss out on this opportunity.
<snip>
>
> John Warton
> Senior Editor and Chairman
> Laureates Society of Photography


Originally posted by My reply:


Dear Mr Warton,

I feel truly honored to have been selected to join your elite group of photographers. Being a disabled photographer, I didn't expect my 'Windows on the World' to have created such a stir in the photography community!

You see, I have to go to great lengths to produce my art. I lost my hands and my eyesight in a freak photography / lightning storm accident in 2002 which left me wheelchair bound. I now depend on my guide dog, Lucy, to help me with my photo shoots.

I attach my Nikon to a set of cleverly designed straps on top of my head, and wheel around. When Lucy barks, I turn to face the direction she is barking in, and quickly depress the shutter using an air-bulb in my mouth. It might sound unbelievable, but I use my guide dog to help identify photo opportunities.

One night Lucy was barking in the bathroom so I quickly strapped on my camera, popped the air-bulb into my mouth, and wheeled myself into the bathroom. Just at that moment she barked, I spun to face her, and squeezed the air-bulb - Hey presto! 'Windows on the World' was born!

Thanks again for your invitation. Please tell me how to join.


10/11/2008 09:34:07 PM · #14
Awwwwwww.....why can't I see the masterpiece tooo....I keep getting an error message....dammn!!! LOL!
10/11/2008 09:43:24 PM · #15
It would be fun for all of us DPC'ers to give it tons of 10's, and make it really shine in their little contest. LOL. That's quite the difficult to get shot, with all the extra lighting, props, the crane shot, models and extras. Great job. We could have you up to $5K for the book in a few days.
it's good to see that you understood what they were up to before getting hooked.
10/11/2008 09:45:07 PM · #16
Here you go;

' . substr('//farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/2932452561_b0978a76e8_m.jpg', strrpos('//farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/2932452561_b0978a76e8_m.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Windows on the World

10/11/2008 10:15:53 PM · #17
Okay guys, look out. I've just learned the rules for incredible photography, so I'll be blowing you ALL away in the next challenge.

"our 10 Golden Rules"
1. Move in closer
2. Be quick
3. Compose with care
4. Be selective
5. Focus on your subject
6. Keep it simple
7. Be bold
8. Look at the light
9. Experiment in time
10. Watch the weather


I'm puzzled by a few of them, though.
"Be quick"... at what? At moving in closer? At composing with care?

"Look at the light" My mother always told me that I could damage my eyes that way...?

"Experiment in time". Does that mean we need to dust off our Tardises? Or does it mean "before it's too late"?

Once I get those three figured out I'm sure I'll ribbon every challenge, right? :D

10/11/2008 10:27:29 PM · #18
Let's be careful about handing out those high votes - they'll just ask for more money to award the prizes.
10/11/2008 10:43:25 PM · #19
Your at 9.27, you rock dude
10/11/2008 11:02:09 PM · #20
HAHA, that is awesome. I love your reply that you sent them.
10/11/2008 11:09:28 PM · #21
See, now I think I've been going about this photo contest thing all wrong. You've got to PAY to be a winner! Are all you ribbon winners slipping $50's to the site council? How can I get in on that? If I take out a loan can I be declared photographer of the decade? Totally worth it. Can someone co-sign for me?
10/22/2008 11:01:27 PM · #22
I am another Photo Laureates questioner. I submitted a photo for the 2007 Photography Vibes $6500.00 contest through Photo Laureates. My photo was published (of course! They ALL are!) I have since made MANY attempts to find out who won the $6500.00 grand prize to no avail. I get the same response EVERY time..."The winner will be announced when the manuscripts are shipped." Well, I received my manuscript months upon months ago. I can not seem to get an answer. How do find out this information and who can this be reported to?
10/22/2008 11:28:01 PM · #23
I had a really crappy day today and I just looked at your photo and read the letter you sent to them and I am laughing so hard right now. Thanks because I really needed that. I gave you a 10!
10/23/2008 12:05:25 AM · #24
I'm bored, so to entertain myself I'm voting -back page- vote-backpage-voting. So far I've given you a dozen and will keep 10ing you until I get bored again :D

edit; lol, okay, got bored after 35.

Message edited by author 2008-10-23 00:09:14.
10/23/2008 01:58:12 AM · #25
everytime this thread pops up i die laughing. your reply is priceless.
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