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Challenge: High Contrast VII (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2018/19 - CHALLENGES and outtakes
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Location: at home on the birdbath outside
Date: May 1, 2019
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Black and White, Birds
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2019

thankyou for all the wonderful comments during voting .. xx
I added the texture knowing it might get me some low votes .. but I liked it and felt it added to the 'ambience'..

just noticed the 2x3's and 2x4's ..
love to know the reason..
as a learning experience..
thinking it was the texture .. if so I'd be reluctant to use one again in a challenge ... or the heavy vignette .. which I personally felt added to the impact of the image ..

wish ppl would say why they don't like something .. altho I can sorta understand why they don't ..
it's easier to just give an anonymous low score .. than give an explanation ..
for me I don't give such low scores as i feel ppl deserve at least a 5 for entering a challenge ..

anyway I asked for a critique during voting .. be interesting to see what is said.. bearing in mind it's just an opinion ..

Place: 10 out of 52
Avg (all users): 6.2093
Avg (participants): 6.3571
Avg (non-participants): 5.9333
Views since voting: 57
Views during voting: 89
Votes: 43
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/17/2019 04:31:14 PM
This is beautifully composed and processed.
05/17/2019 02:21:59 PM
It's funny. I think there are two schools of artists (probably more). A more classic style of artist; or a more edgy conceptual style. I've pondered it so often myself because I've had some of my photos selected for art gallery exhibits, but sometimes, the juror says, "No thanks", but when I look at what the juror gave thumbs up to, I think, "Whaaaa??????? Really?????" Likely, neither camp is going to appreciate the art of the other... so.... I'm thinking each artist should turn out work they love that makes them feel wonderful about their work... and just know that there will be some that don't appreciate it. That's the danger about entering contests like this... we end up suppressing our own style for a score, and sometimes the real artist inside us gets compromised or worse, silenced, in favor of winning. I have a friend who used to be very active here. She rarely made high scores, but she went on to become quite renown in the art community. She was represented by an art gallery, won tons of international and magazine competitions, and was asked to be a keynote speaker at some conferences. She also was asked to juror a competition at the art gallery that I've had my work shown. So... all that to say, I really think we should be true to ourselves, win or no, or risk losing that edge of excellence in the style we love and were created to turn out. That's my 2-cents worth of thought anyway.
05/17/2019 10:43:15 AM
whenever you do something interesting and surprising, a few low votes is a badge of honor.

If you get no low votes, your shot probably isn't as interesting as you thought.
05/17/2019 08:33:31 AM
Just realized that when you pull back and squint an amazing face appears. Could one ask for more?
05/17/2019 12:14:30 AM
Goodness Roz! I scored high since your image was my highest vote in this challenge and no time for bumping (was busy writing!)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2019 11:46:08 PM
People have grabbed so much, but you know how leaden are their feet.
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05/16/2019 11:30:37 PM
might just be a photoshop filter, but it does work well with this image. quite striking.
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05/16/2019 04:26:04 PM
The talons, like gnalred hands, let the bird fly away.
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05/16/2019 10:09:15 AM
This looks like a simple faux-tintype, but it's quite a bit more than that, isn't it? The extravagant vignette is perfect, but the reflected feet is the magic touch that elevates this photograph. Plus, especially when viewed as a thumbnail, it's an indignant face. Love it. 8. Thank you.
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05/16/2019 12:27:31 AM
Powerful catch
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05/11/2019 05:35:21 PM
well done image 7
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05/10/2019 12:33:58 AM
Oh... THIS well do quite well!
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