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10/14/2008 10:32:43 AM · #26
Wow, 5 a.m.. Where's the bathroom at that time in the morning because it's all that I can do to find it, let alone score a challenge! Kudos in making good use of time!

I think this was a particularly difficult challenge topic to come up with something, period. Thus, the only 75 entries in the Sunday challenge that usually has a much higher participation rate. Personally, I found it difficult not to be cliche in what to photograph, figuring anyone entering would come up with similar shots and everyone hates a challenge where everyone photographs similar subjects with a slightly different slant to it. And, the fact that quite a high number of entrants are also from other parts of the world where North American style suburbs don't exist, may account for what you were finding, "lack of content". That's only truly relevant if everyone were in N.A., isn't it? What we see as symbolic of suburbia is not necessarily going to be the same elsewhere. That's also true of those living in the countryside in N.A.. Those from large cities in N.A. may find a true difference between urban and suburban but, those who don't live in larger cities may have a far bigger challenge in finding this type of criteria and capturing that in a photo. Even those living in "small town U.S.A or Canada" are certainly going to have a particularly troubled time because their difference between their form of urban makes their form of suburbia, literally, farmland, which is something that larger city folk don't consider suburbs necessarily, right?

Just some thoughts. Hope you have a great day!
10/15/2008 09:11:03 AM · #27
Well I feel like an ass.

You have given an average score of 4.3151.

Though I did give out a 10 and two 9s and a whole lotta 6 and 5's...

10/15/2008 11:28:24 AM · #28
100 votes checkin:

Votes: 100
Views: 187
Avg Vote: 5.1200
Comments: 2
10/15/2008 11:53:00 AM · #29
Votes: 103
Avg Vote: 5.9612

I saw a 6 once... hoping it gets back there again. Lots of great and insightful comments.
10/15/2008 02:36:04 PM · #30
Well, I know that I'm going to be "Top 75"! ;) And, I got a favorite to boot! That's a "pick-me-up"

Seems that this MAY be a low scoring challenge by comparison to other challenges, perhaps???

Message edited by author 2008-10-15 14:44:45.
10/15/2008 03:07:37 PM · #31
I am just not doing that well. I have one really lame comment and a low score.
10/15/2008 07:06:19 PM · #32
I didn't enter this challenge, but I just voted on all of them. I just want to say good luck to all of you, there are some FANTASTIC images in there. I've never seen so much use of Lucasarts (??) but it really suits the challenge. You shouldn't worry about what you're all scoring, there are heaps and heaps of award winning shots in there, so if you are .05987 away from each other, be proud!
10/15/2008 09:15:00 PM · #33
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Message edited by author 2008-10-15 21:17:09.
10/16/2008 09:05:00 AM · #34
Slip-slidin' away (doo doo doo, doo doo doo-oo-oo-oo):

Votes: 125
Views: 212
Avg Vote: 5.3760
Comments: 4
10/16/2008 05:15:14 PM · #35
Suburbia
Votes: 132
Views: 288
Avg Vote: 6.0076
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1

Ha! There goes my ribbon-winning streak! I could have had 4 in a row according to the comments, but I messed around with the dreaded DPC ribbon winning algorithm when I decided to keep it "interesting".

I was happy with a lot of the entries in this challenge, good job shooters!
10/16/2008 05:32:40 PM · #36
I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(

Message edited by author 2008-10-16 17:33:28.
10/16/2008 06:18:35 PM · #37
Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Life in suburbia is often overprocessed - I think its been a great choice for people to give a more surrealistic view of the burbs. The only extra thing I want to see is full details of how they achieved their individual effects so people can learn how to do it themselves, me included!
10/16/2008 11:44:24 PM · #38
Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Have YOU photographed "The Burbs"?! ;) Try getting an interesting shot of "clones"! I totally agree with Jettyimages's viewpoint that life in the suburbs IS rather surrealistic. It's like living in the movie "The Stepford Wives" in some cases! ;) Adding something extra to the shots is what adds some dimension to the rather "flat" lifestyle. Personally, I liked some of the effects that people have added to their shots through processing. It was a rather dull subject as a challenge to begin with and no doubt, created the rather low volume of entries to this challenge.

Or, perhaps.....could it possibly be....you DID enter this challenge???!! ;) Hmmmmm.... ;)
10/16/2008 11:45:07 PM · #39
Originally posted by jettyimages:

Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Life in suburbia is often overprocessed - I think its been a great choice for people to give a more surrealistic view of the burbs. The only extra thing I want to see is full details of how they achieved their individual effects so people can learn how to do it themselves, me included!


Nicely said, Trish!!! :)
10/17/2008 11:30:21 AM · #40
Wow, the enthusiasm in this thread seems to be indicative of the enthusiasm for this challenge....both in photographing it as well as scores! ;)
10/17/2008 12:26:49 PM · #41
I like my entry. It isn't scoring worth a darn, but it is pretty cool. Might be a shot I could hang on my wall. I don't do many of those.
10/17/2008 01:25:05 PM · #42
Originally posted by PhotoInterest:

Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Have YOU photographed "The Burbs"?! ;) Try getting an interesting shot of "clones"! I totally agree with Jettyimages's viewpoint that life in the suburbs IS rather surrealistic. It's like living in the movie "The Stepford Wives" in some cases! ;) Adding something extra to the shots is what adds some dimension to the rather "flat" lifestyle. Personally, I liked some of the effects that people have added to their shots through processing. It was a rather dull subject as a challenge to begin with and no doubt, created the rather low volume of entries to this challenge.

Or, perhaps.....could it possibly be....you DID enter this challenge???!! ;) Hmmmmm.... ;)


Shhh...dont tell anyone..but I didnt enter this challenge. :P

I live in burbs..there is nothing surreal about it :P
10/17/2008 05:02:12 PM · #43
Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

Originally posted by PhotoInterest:

Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Have YOU photographed "The Burbs"?! ;) Try getting an interesting shot of "clones"! I totally agree with Jettyimages's viewpoint that life in the suburbs IS rather surrealistic. It's like living in the movie "The Stepford Wives" in some cases! ;) Adding something extra to the shots is what adds some dimension to the rather "flat" lifestyle. Personally, I liked some of the effects that people have added to their shots through processing. It was a rather dull subject as a challenge to begin with and no doubt, created the rather low volume of entries to this challenge.

Or, perhaps.....could it possibly be....you DID enter this challenge???!! ;) Hmmmmm.... ;)


Shhh...dont tell anyone..but I didnt enter this challenge. :P

I live in burbs..there is nothing surreal about it :P


Ok, it'll be our "little secret"! ;)

Well, that explains it then....you live in the burbs and have become a Suburbanite. Does that mean that you are not liking the "cookie cutter", "cloned" and other stereotyped suburbia comments then? ;))

Actually, I love the idea of the burbs. Neighbours actually TALK to one another. I'm an Urbanite and I can tell you that it's so nice to see people actually out there, talking to one another (even if they all do drive mini-vans to take their kids to soccer games and arrange snack clubs! ;)).....so, I can honestly say that to us cold shouldered, isolated Urbanites, Suburbia IS "surreal"! :)
10/17/2008 06:52:13 PM · #44
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Shhh...dont tell anyone..but I didnt enter this challenge. :P

I live in burbs..there is nothing surreal about it :P [/quote]

I don't know about your suburbs, but ours are completely surreal. Like the lawn mower effect......one person starts mowing their lawn, and slowly but surely you hear one, two, three, four lawn mowers start up, until an entire cul de sac is buzzing with people pushing their mowers in competition. The next day they drive by, proudly believing they edged their lawns better than anyone else. Completely surreal experience.
And then there's the kids - between 9 and 3 you wouldn't know they were there, but at 3.30 they come out in droves, establishing their clicks and pecking orders, the older ones taking precedence over the young, bullying and daring each other to knock on old Mr Smith's door or pinch young Tommy's bike because he has too many star wars characters and doesn't deserve a bike. Then there's the gossip moments - the guy who hung himself in his garage and leaves his wife and kids to mop up his mess causes a stir that lasts for about 3 weeks, until the divorce around the corner (oh, and she was having an affair with the guy who killed himself) takes the spotlight. And then, the REALLY surreal part comes on December 1, when the eternal competition for the best Christmas lights starts. Oh boy, you don't want to be there, or you have to be stupid AND rich to take part in that one!

Its all very surreal. And very entertaining. Jaime, if you don't find your suburb surreal, either get out there and meet a neighbour, or move to a more entertaining one ;-) .....

10/17/2008 11:21:21 PM · #45
Originally posted by jettyimages:


Originally posted by jettyimages/:

Shhh...dont tell anyone..but I didnt enter this challenge. :P

I live in burbs..there is nothing surreal about it :P


I don't know about your suburbs, but ours are completely surreal. Like the lawn mower effect......one person starts mowing their lawn, and slowly but surely you hear one, two, three, four lawn mowers start up, until an entire cul de sac is buzzing with people pushing their mowers in competition. The next day they drive by, proudly believing they edged their lawns better than anyone else. Completely surreal experience.
And then there's the kids - between 9 and 3 you wouldn't know they were there, but at 3.30 they come out in droves, establishing their clicks and pecking orders, the older ones taking precedence over the young, bullying and daring each other to knock on old Mr Smith's door or pinch young Tommy's bike because he has too many star wars characters and doesn't deserve a bike. Then there's the gossip moments - the guy who hung himself in his garage and leaves his wife and kids to mop up his mess causes a stir that lasts for about 3 weeks, until the divorce around the corner (oh, and she was having an affair with the guy who killed himself) takes the spotlight. And then, the REALLY surreal part comes on December 1, when the eternal competition for the best Christmas lights starts. Oh boy, you don't want to be there, or you have to be stupid AND rich to take part in that one!

Its all very surreal. And very entertaining. Jaime, if you don't find your suburb surreal, either get out there and meet a neighbour, or move to a more entertaining one ;-) .....


Ok, Trish, I'm on the floor now, laughing! (Lawn mowers in unison) It does sound "surreal"...kind of like a Desperate Housewives episode. I can truly see that happening. Kind of like "Small Town" type of antics but, I guess in the suburbs, it really is a small town community, isn't it? Perhaps, my "Stepford Wives" analogy was correct then? ;)

Where I am, the suburbs are divided according to race and ethnicity as well. We have the Asian Burbs, the Oriental Burbs, the Italian Burbs, and the lists go on! We have Burbs for Hindus, Muslims, Catholics and just about every other religion you can imagine or think of. Then, there's the Wealthy Burbs, the Family Burbs, the Poorman Wannabe Burbs too. In short, I guess it all depends on whether one feels as though they are in the "right burbs" for them. If not....it can all seem VERY surreal! ;)

Edited to add....By the way, I think that I'm enjoying this thread more than I am the challenge itself! :)

Message edited by author 2008-10-17 23:25:54.
10/18/2008 12:04:20 AM · #46
Originally posted by PhotoInterest:

Originally posted by jettyimages:

Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Life in suburbia is often overprocessed - I think its been a great choice for people to give a more surrealistic view of the burbs. The only extra thing I want to see is full details of how they achieved their individual effects so people can learn how to do it themselves, me included!


Nicely said, Trish!!! :)


I'm with ya..... I tried the "surreal" effect, totally Tongue-in-cheek of course, getting hammered for it, lowest score for months..... 4.55 :(
10/18/2008 11:39:11 AM · #47
Originally posted by dougi555:

Originally posted by PhotoInterest:

Originally posted by jettyimages:

Originally posted by JaimeVinas:

I just came back from voting. I have never seen so many overprocessed shots on here to day compared to this challenge. Nice shots, but lots of things seem to be a bit unreal do the the amount of overprocessing done to them. :(


Life in suburbia is often overprocessed - I think its been a great choice for people to give a more surrealistic view of the burbs. The only extra thing I want to see is full details of how they achieved their individual effects so people can learn how to do it themselves, me included!


Nicely said, Trish!!! :)


I'm with ya..... I tried the "surreal" effect, totally Tongue-in-cheek of course, getting hammered for it, lowest score for months..... 4.55 :(


Yes, I think tongue in cheek only works well IF there is an absolutely technically BRILLIANT shot. I'm afraid that mine doesn't fall into that category either, apparently.

But, I DO have to say that there were some in there that really did catch me with a smile or gave a message that I really "got" and enjoyed!
10/19/2008 06:41:30 PM · #48
I think this is the last time I will checkin my votes today:

Votes: 166
Views: 315
Avg Vote: 5.0000
Comments: 6
10/19/2008 10:12:17 PM · #49
otes: 171
Views: 325
Avg Vote: 4.9883
Comments: 3

I am amazed at the comments, here we have a challenge to show life in suburbia, and when you photograph an event that is happening at the time and do not have time to set up a studio shot with no elements in the foreground or you are unable to change the natural background representing suburbia, you get comments that say this does not do anything for me, or should have been taken from a different angle or what is that in the foreground, why don't we take all photos in a studio and set things up as the voters would like them, why do we photograph reality and then have a photo down voted because there are natural elements there that can't be changed.?????
10/19/2008 11:09:46 PM · #50
Originally posted by BrianR:

otes: 171
Views: 325
Avg Vote: 4.9883
Comments: 3

I am amazed at the comments, here we have a challenge to show life in suburbia, and when you photograph an event that is happening at the time and do not have time to set up a studio shot with no elements in the foreground or you are unable to change the natural background representing suburbia, you get comments that say this does not do anything for me, or should have been taken from a different angle or what is that in the foreground, why don't we take all photos in a studio and set things up as the voters would like them, why do we photograph reality and then have a photo down voted because there are natural elements there that can't be changed.?????


Oh Brian...you don't know the number of times that I've pounded my keyboard because of comments that make you feel as though you should have re-constructed an entire building or parking lot just to get a shot! I've even had comments as to the difference in colour of skin between face and hands because my model had gotten more sun on their face than their arms...like I could have changed that??? Well, in advanced editing...I could have done something but, not in basic. Nevermind that the entire rest of the shot was considered "beautiful" by others. :)

We try our best to rid our shots of unwanted elements according to editing rules. When we have basic editing (in natural settings where we don't have control over elements, we crop things out or, tone it down as much as possible, try to shoot from as much of an angle as we can to get a way to crop things out. In advanced, we have SOME better control because even if we can't move an object from our shots or crop it out, clone some things out or, we can "tone it down" oftentimes.

Those who wish to point this type of thing out to you are "nit-picking" and all that you're hearing is what they can find "wrong" with your shot. Let it roll off of your back or you'll be getting a new keyboard as I've had to do! ;) There are going to be MANY comments that you're going to want to throw something after you've read them. Ignore those. Take into consideration what is helpful and what is just plain stupidity, sour grapes perhaps, because their own shot is not doing well score wise, just plain and simply ignorant in the proper way to give a comment or, is simply out to pick apart every shot they can find something to nit-pick with.

Hang in there, Brian. There's not one of us that haven't had silly and unconstructive comments. We've all had 'em!
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