Sugarbaker: For anyone reading the comments, please contribute photos that utilized a graduated neutral density filter (as is the point of the challenge). Thank you to those that have contributed such entries.
sorry for late reply. the intent was to use filters when the shot was taken. That being said, if one was applied in post production, it would not have been disqualified. My feeling is that many of the entries did not use a graduated filter of any sort, but I can't prove it so I've left a number of them in that I don't consider good examples of the technique. Hopefully the winner will be a photo clearly stating the use of a GND filter.
For anyone reading the comments, please contribute photos that utilized a graduated neutral density filter (as is the point of the challenge). Thank you to those that have contributed such entries.
Did you use a graduated neutral density filter for this shot?
Mike Ronesia: So for voting do we only care about the best photo or are we looking for the best "save"?
The last rule/guideline clearly states "any image may be voted on".
macmonter2: I'm disappointed that the submitters' original/edit entries have been scrambled in the voting stage. I found it very interesting to view the original/edit sequentially during the submission stage since it allowed for evaluating the submitter's success at "saving" an image. Now, it's practically impossible unless one is willing to search thru the other 89 entries for the image's mate. Did I misinterpret the intent of this challenge?
I too am sorry that the entries are shuffled. As the challenge host, I can view them in various order. I didn't realize voters would not have sorting options. It will make for some interesting results.
vote for each photo with the stars you feel it deserves. in theory, the saves/edits will be the better. that being said, I wouldn't be surprised if some originals rank higher than some saves. hopefully the 1st place photo is an edited one!
as some of you may note, I am leaving in entries as long as they state the location in any form (rather than using the exact language stated in the rules). I realize that the rules are very specific, but also that many of the contributors to this site may speak another language than I do and something may be lost in translation.
Images by Kipper: Opps...Check your sample entries, specifically the edited image and it's title - "Deception Pass Bridge eidt"...
oops! thanks for the heads up!
Alfiethemastiff: So, more of a 'can you follow the rules' challenge than anything to do with photography?What does it matter if the entrant copies your words exactly, its a PHOTOGRAPHY forum.'Please enter the place that this was taken in the description', is perfectly acceptable.'State "this photo was taken at" and then state where taken, if not in that exact phrase i will disqualify you', is just egotistical.
I understand that the rules are specific. The problem is people's inability to follow simple rules. The last challenge I ran had a very simple theme and the number of horrid entries was incredible. The point of this challenge is more associated with post production/editing to create a good photo. The strict rules are in place to eliminate any question if a photo should happen to be disqualified. I will not be offended at all if you choose to not participate. Thank you for pointing out that this is a photography forum (I especially like the 'all capital letters' you have used).
dopravopat: How do I upload RAW images?
There is nothing like a not postprocessed image. Depending on the picture style that EVERY digital camera has, there is SOME post-processing. The only RAW data is inly in RAW files. And even they have to be decoded using a specific profile to view them...
the original can be a jpeg.
fouad6: Many of the entries are simply out of focus without following the challenge requisite of that only the subject should be out of focus and not the entire picture.
just because the sample had an element that was in focus does not make it a requirement of the challenge. I fail to see how this challenge was so difficult to comprehend. there were only three requirements that should have been easy to meet. 1. photo was meant to be a landscape or city scape (failed on many accounts)2. the subject was to be out of focus (no mention here of an in focus element or not... creative liberty aloud).3. must include a note or description that stated what the subject was. (also failed on many accounts.
my example was representative of all these requirements. Many of the photos entered were not. please consider this the last I will say on the matter.
I have a hard time believing the flowers were the intended subject of this photo. I will allow it to remain, as even the dragonfly is out of focus.
nothing in the description or rules of this challenge state that the photo has to have some element that is in focus. In the future, please do not place "complaints" without leaving a description in each complaint. Furthermore, your complaining is not valid if this is your only argument. Many entries were disqualified from this challenge. That being said, many of the entries that remain were nearly disqualified as well... I take some blame in not being as clear as I could be in the description and rules of this challenge. On the other hand, I believe a vast majority of the entries to this challenge were opportunistic and not creatively contemplated.
Wildbegonia: Some entries are rather the consequence of the subject's movement and not out of focus.
I don't have a problem with motion blur being the method of an out of focus subject... "in focus" to me really just means a distinctly clear subject.
xml5000: Creatively out of focus or mistakenly?
my hope was for a creative/intentional attempt to make the subject out of focus. Many entries were clearly lack luster attempts at meeting the requirements. I also believe that an even more embarrassing entry is made by those who submit a photo in which the clear subject was in focus, but they remark in the comment that another point of the photo is the subject. Clearly they missed the intent of my challenge series which is titled "Landscapes on purpose". Perhaps I should have a challenge series called "Whatever I can find in my album that loosely fits the challenge requirements so I can enter as many challenges as possible".
boar: Dear Host,I see a lot of entries in which the "out of focus" doesn't seem nor a landscape nor a cityscape.What about informing the involved participants?
I have disqualified almost 50 entries to this challenge... many for the reasons you state. Many of the photos that remain are not what I intended for the challenge, but I admit that perhaps my rules where not as clear as they could be. It seams that following rules is a challenge in itself for most people. Future challenges that I host will be more specific.
mayurgogoi: In sample--one is focus, other is out of focus--my entry disqualified-but both are out of focus---if both are out of focus--should it be disqualified!Sorry to say this!If u think that they are in focus little---not worthy.
your entry was disqualified because you did not include a note or description that stated what the subject is... disqualification had nothing to do with the photo... only your ability to follow the rules.
fouad6: I believe in this challenge, the subject, ie, the scenery, should be out of focus and not the camera in the foreground. See the host's sample picture.Nice shot though:)
I only state that the subject is out of focus. if the photographer intended the camera to be the main subject of this photo, then it is compliant with the rules.
I hope in the future you never let this person draw your blood again. Not wearing gloves during a blood draw is a cardinal sin in the medical industry.
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