jkjond: Excellent winner this year. It is encouraging to see this competition is maturing above the predictable winners of yesteryear.
you're kidding, right?
What a lottery competitions are. It depends whether judges awake to their left or right side or they just flip a coin? I feel so demotivated to enter in competitions because I can't understand what is going on their heads, honestly...
Why not at local zoo? What's the point?
LJohnK2: - No mask function- No blemish removal - No CCP- No generic clarity slider- No, No, No,
Hey Nikon com'on up here to Canada.... we have Community College Programs that have 2nd year Co-op students that can produce better than this.
What the hell is Nikon thinking !!!....seriously Nikon just open source your ADL algorithm so real programs like Lightroom can include it and be done with this.
Nik was bought years ago and CaptureNX was updated since, so why this sudden, idiot move??
Capture NX2:- Mask function... check- Blemish removal... check- CCP... ? I know CCCP (former Soviet Union)- Clarity Slider... check (with nik plugin)- Yes, yes, yes... but those idiots at Nikon killed the software
While Canon enhances their RAW converter software, Nikon replaces CaptureNX with this short featured piece of crap. Did they bother to listen to their clients when this came as a Beta? I have some ideas where you can shove this, Nikon...
nycgazelle: Jesus Christ People! I can't believe all the stupid complainers about this. 9.99 is two cups of coffee a month. Life is expensive...THIS most certainly isn't. I like it because for the first time in years..I did buy photoshop at full pop once...I can have current versions and not pirate it. I feel great about giving Adobe 10 bucks a month because its an amount I don't even think about when it auto deducts. This prevents everyone who couldn't plop down X amount of dollars at once for the software to pay a modest fee and feel good about themselves and enjoy a tremendously awesome product.
I don't drink coffee...
flashkube: I just want to say that once you break away from Adobe products you will love it. I suffered for years learning their stuff with disorganized training videos all over the web. Adobe staff are certainly not friendly, either, if you manage to contact them through their convoluted and awful website.
If you have a Mac get Pixelmator for only $25. Much better to use AND the training videos are well organized on their website. After using it for a month I deleted Adobe Photoshop and good riddance, too.
For Windows or Mac try OnOne Software.com Creative Photo Suite. This gem makes me smile and dance when I edit photos. Photoshop always made me grind my teeth and curse under my breath nonstop.
That's because PS is becoming more and more a tool for just artists or bad photographers
Meanwhile, Nikon replaces Capture NX with a (not free) great piece of crap. Nice one Nikon!
How about a do-all-the-work-for-you feature? I could have a good night sleep while PS does it all for me.
Don Kiyoti: Too many DPReview people with their noses glued to their screens, staring at pixels, or fretting about what the other brand is doing, or worrying if their new camera might have "shutter shock" or some other trivial defect. When confronted with actual photography, they know not what to do and respond with fear and derision!
May be... But I still don't see "actual" photography here. Well, my son has done similar "works" when he was 4. I'll probably post them at next year competition.
Saffron_Blaze: Better stuff finds its way at the bottom of Flickr's Explore everyday. Much better.
so is a series of my pregnant cat having a crap with all that she is eating...
Really, I don't care. They are garbage. They don't tell me squat. I only see a group of amateur ugly pictures. I feel sorry for anyone with great skills being surpassed by "this"
Jeff Seltzer: It's really so unbelievable how many people don't get it. These images are not winners because they are beautiful, technically perfect photos. They are images from a series. The first image, for example, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, is a well regarded photojournalist that as documenting domestic violence. Just look at many Pulitzer winning images - would you necessarily want them hanging on your wall because they are beautiful? If you want technically perfect images of sunsets, etc., then look elsewhere. The second image from Ludovic Maillard - he's a well regarded professional with a long CV including dozens of exhibitions. His images are not meant to be decor. Those criticizing these images as "ordinary" should AT LEAST do a little homework and research. Really, embarrassing for you.
Lea5: Played around with some files of my D4 and D800E. It's not bad and the RAWs look very good. That's all I need, cause I do the rest in Photoshop. Never used the U-Points anyway.
Never used?? You really don't know what you've missed.
What a joke. I advise you all to leave a "nice" feedback to Nikon like I did. I'm considering to move to Canon just for spite.
madeinlisboa: Please, bring back last year judges. Very poor selection. I'm not even talking about the 12 finalists. Some of these are good, others technically poor or very common. I've seen the final selection and many were extremely Photoshopped and others very "contemporary". 2014 is a year to forget in the Sony Awards.
Before bashing my comment, I really liked last year finalists. This year they are way worse. I've seen much better in other photos from the competition. Anyone can win. It's not a matter of better or worse photo but the personal taste of the jury. Entering a photo competition is like playing the roulette.
Probably i'm a bit retro. Well contemporary "art" like an exhibition of anus portraits or bushed vaginas, or a series of a guy defecting in several positions is what makes me love contemporary...
To clarify some doubts, it works perfectly with older cameras. My files from a D700 look the same.
Brian OReilly: Pardon?"Only Supports D7000 and later DSLR"
This is a really underhand way of saying thatAccording to the timeline on this page:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Nikon_DSLR_cameras
That means it does not support:D3D300D200All D2 variants
This is really poorSo - to process Nikon NEF files with Nikon Capture NX2 I will need to keep 2 different versions of the SW on a machineSame applies with Nikon Camera Control Pro2
But, I do not believe you can have 2 different versions of the SW on the same machine - so you need to have 2 different startup disks.
So much for using Nikon products and the longevity of the NEF format moving into the futureDo we need to keep legacy hardware and operating systems and Nikon SW so we can access our images?
Sorry for the rant - but this is really disappointingBrian
Working perfectly with an "old" D700...
I meant, "crap as art". Most of contemporary is. Sorry if it hurts your feelings...