I'll be visiting Kauai in a week - too late for this challenge but I'd rather be late in Kauai than never!
Nice job - shows that "action" needn't be fast but rather just requires change.
I'll have to knock some point off for that entry!
(Off the dive score, not the photo's score!)
Difficult stack - well done!
Saw some other gates posted, so I figured I'd jump in. And it's older than it looks.
Would have preferred a crop removing foliage and emphasizing the leading tracks.
I was thinking of shooting the engraved edge of an coin, resulting in a ticker-tape image but that's a tough nut to crack. The curvature makes lighting and macro capture difficult. One thought I had was rotating the coin in front of the stationary camera using sweep panorama mode. Anybody have a better idea?
I'm learning that I need to read your rules very closely - first ACTUAL Focal length restrictions, now EFL restriction. I assume that panorama cannot be used for when 20mm EFL is unattainable?
I guess I don't understand limiting this to ACTUAL focal lengths of 50mm or higher. With several submissions either heavily cropped or possibly stitched panoramas, it's hard to see any attempt to limit FOV or perspective in the manner you've claimed to focus on the sun. What's the point with ACTUAL when 50mm changes depending on camera model? Seems like a roundabout way of limiting to larger sensors - why not just specify minimum sensor size or whatever you're really after? I also doubt all these submissions are reporting ACTUAL.
jcmarfilph: Great challenge but once again somebody got spanked by idiot voters. You don't vote the brand but the photo. You don't look at the exif and vote your favorite camera. You don't give 0.5 vote to pull down someone. It has been a great pleasure joining your challenges Stevie. This will be my last as I feel voting system is still full of magic.
If you're really so paranoid that you think we'd have the time to try and determine what camera make was used for all these submissions - let alone have an agenda to mark one maker down in a challenge like this - then we might be better off without your fatalistic whining whenever you don't win. Maybe we should just give all entries the same participation ribbon and call it a day.
Honestly, I encourage you to continue entering these challenges and would be the first to congratulate you on a first place finish.
I routinely mark out-of-focus or off-topic shots very low while the photographer may have been going purely on subject matter alone.
I truly don't think many of us really have the time to try and determine which camera make was used to take these shots - let alone having some misguided agenda to mark one maker higher than others. Are you really that paranoid? Most of us barely have time to rate all the entries, let alone time to perform a deep dive into the bowels of each image in some bizarre plan to out-duel Fuji.
Regarding resubmitting a photo that's been used before, I have no problem with it - especially when the challenge asks specifically for "YOUR BEST PHOTO". That statement alone should actually result in a higher number of resubmissions than one worded otherwise.
Finally, I'd like encourage you continue to enter these challenges. View your 4th place finish as pretty darn good (I got 31st) and try to improve on it.
Reviewing my votes, my highest award was 4 stars in this challenge, and only 4 photos got 4 stars from me. I usually go back and bump one or two up as a sort of "best in show" vote for me, but I decided not to in this case. I gave your entry 3.5 stars, meaning for me it wasn't quite the best but very close - tying for 5th place. I likely would have rated your shot higher if it was cropped somewhat or was slightly sharper (I know, it was dark out!).
Unfortunately/(fortunately?), you can't vote for your own submission. There are many challenges that I enter thinking I actually have a decent entry for, only to find that it turns out to be an "also ran". I don't cry foul every time I don't win - even when what I consider to be inferior entries outrank me - because we all have different tastes. Others may also be looking at the entries differently than the submitter does.
Wow - great DIF!
Worth a full-size look - nice
Nice DOF considering its position!
Great challenge, but I have to wonder if the couple of truly out-of-focus shots are really the best they've done?!!
He doesn't look real happy to see you!
I'd have preferred a slight touch up of the distracting blemishes