Astounding. Love it.
Xbrc: (I had posted this to the 1st picture, but it should probably be there, no offense to the 1st picture)While I could not reproduce the formula to get the "score" from the histogram of the votes, I could get a reasonably close value, and then played the game of removing the best votes ("5") for each photos and computing again the score, taking as a data set the best 500 photos of the contest.The new score is on average (gaussian) within 0.1 of the previous score. It only changes significantly for very few entries (~20).The new "ranking" of the first 10 pictures are:CurrentRank NewRank1 3882 4973 4964 4885 16 4897 1828 29 1310 3Pictures 5, 8 and 10 (520493, 521228 and 518882) get 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. They are actually very good shots.Shots actually 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th end in the last 12 shots, meaning they would probably be even lower if I had not limited my set to the 500 best shots.The current 1st goes to 388, which is quite honorable, as it is an interesting shot.
I feel that photo 5, 8, 10, 12 to 16 are all solid entries... IMO even better than the top 4.
I think all these challenges can be easily rigged. But oh well...
A beautiful shot. Nicely post-processed as well... does not appear as HDR. My only gripe is the road... I am a stickler for all-natural landscape, man-made objects are abominations to me... that's just me. :) BTW, I LOVE the Italian Dolomites!
Adorable! Deserves higher rating... :)
What a shot. I like it!
Nicely done. :)
Not sure if the feather was added in post processing. But it certainly captures my attention. :)
I LOVE this shot. Brilliant! And not easy too.. :)
Have seen MANY shots of the Li River. And this one is quite pretty because of the clouds. :)
This is a beautiful shot. Nice! :)
Brilliantly conceived. Well deserving. :)
This photo is like a breath of fresh air for me. It's just... so happy. I actually like it more than the other entries... :)
Tee1up: I've wasted an inordinate amount of time following the sagas associated with mirror-less cameras and in the end it seems that in spite of the 2% increase in size, DSLR's still represent a technology that works better, more often than anything else.
I too was eagerly following the x100, NEX-7, etc but it seems that for the average pro-sumer, a D90 or something similar will cover all the bases.
When I compare the weight of Sony A77/A55 to Canon 7D/60D/600D and Nikon D300s/D7000/D5100, I realize the amount of weight savings is really nothing to scream about.
forpetessake: There are three factors that must be taken into account: 1) seasonal variations, 2) market saturation, 3) rate of obsolescence. Firstly, a long term moving average of mirrorless camera sales still shows a steep growth, variations are normal and depend on many factors. Secondly, any explosive growth ends in saturation followed by decline (that's where traditional DSLRs are now). Mirrorless cameras are no longer a novelty, they in slower maturing stage. Thirdly, people don't just buy any new camera they like, most people decide to upgrade after at least a few years of camera use. Cameras are pretty expensive, so there is a natural inertia in upgrading them. Since mirrorless cameras put pressure on low- to mid-range DSLRs, which experienced a great growth and market saturation in the last 5-10 years, it would take a few years for market to make them obsolete. It's clear though that camera minituarization efforts will continue, because that's what people want.
I like what you're saying.
Someone build me a lightweight full-frame camera please!
I bet Sony will be the first one there...
Well captured. Photo embodies the party spirit. Like it... wish the head of that guy being thrown wasn't cut off.
IcyVeins: How can it get 81% but only a silver? When there are 73% gold ratings for other cameras? Which is better, a high number silver rating or a low number gold? This is the second highest rating you have ever given to an ASP-C sized camera and it's only a silver?
If Phil Askey reviewed the camera, the A77 would have received something like 70% in rating, with no accompanying award (bronze/silver/gold) whatsoever.
Yes, image quality is HIGHLY IMPORTANT.
Bull's eye shot! Nicely done.
Shirrif: What kind of company will have "sole factory making APS-C DSLRs" as it says in texts. Nobody, just nobody in consumer (or in any volume production) business have a sole supply point for items they produce. Just greed, I say, from Nikon.
Good thing so far that no loss of life, but serves Nikon right.
BTW: "We are now requesting drainage of the industrial park"."Dear Sirs, We approach You because it seems that our whole factory is submerged two meters deep. Would you be so kind to mop water out at nearest convenient time" ;)
Shirrif: Actually Nikon splits manufacturing of DSLRs in 2 places: Thailand (consumer) and Japan (professional). Ironically, both factories were hit by natural calamities at different times this year. I hear that they are planning to move manufacturing from Japan to Malaysia next year. Currently, Malaysia only produces their compact cameras. China produces the V1/J1.
Nice even if it's familiar
Beautiful subject. Great post processing. Fantastic lighting.