Buzz Lightyear: Abstract is from a Latin word meaning "pulled away, detached," and the basic idea is of something detached from physical, or concrete, reality. It is frequently used of ideas, meaning that they don't have a clear applicability to real life, and of art, meaning that it doesn't pictorially represent reality.
Applying this definition, it seems to me that a large percentage of these submitted entries are not, to my mind, representative of abstract images (including two of the top three entries). Many look too much like real trees, cleverly processed to perhaps take on the appearance of fine art" images - but "abstract"? Not to my way of thinking.
BTW - I concur that limiting challenges to 60-70 entries is ideal.
@TheMan/Buzz: I entirely agree! I tried to take the rules into account: capture the essence of the subject and being abstract, what is a bit contradictory. I was not very successful (129!) and I think I will omit the next abstract challenges; too frustrating what people think what is abstract, photographers and voters.
User5992591304: Love this image! Excellent composition, big impact not only with the leading lines but also with the horizontal movement created by the lines. Beautiful technique.
Thank you very much for your nice comment; I am glad you like it!
Wildbegonia: Some entries here are murals, some are not graffiti. The term graffiti should have been cleard or limited for the purpose of this challenge.
The term graffiti is not clear and how it is used depends also on language and country. So may be my entry has also been regarded as a mural. For example in Germany even in newspaper articles about graffiti artists no distinction is made regarding graffiti, street art, style-writing, mural etc., in particular if it is legal. The German Wikipedia lists 18 (!) variants of graffiti and the term graffiti is very often used as a collective term for such activities, including murals. You are right, it should have been clarified. I would prefer in such cases examples, or even better Dos and Don’ts what the Host is after.
NilsBV: Just a question for clarification: must the image show the use of colour in the design of the item being photographed, or of the image as a whole? For example the white lighthouse that has been submitted, that does not use colour in the item being photographed, but the image as a whole has strong blue and white design elements. This is relevant to landscape shots where the picture is designed to showcase the colours, but where the landscape itself does not feature a design as such.
Good question, I asked myself the same. Design means for me the intentional use of elements like color in this case by the maker of an object. Using color as a disign element by the photographer means everything would be ok except BW. I prefer the first interpretation but have the feeling that the host has the second meaning in mind.
The Canon G9X is for me the only true pocketable candidate here. I don't understand why dpr mentioned the pocketable size on the pro side but fixed LCD and no hot shoe on the cons side. There is a reason why it is so pocketable.
Zaax: Well done!
Thank you, Zaax, for your nice comment!
Well done, summicron! This has been my 5 star favorite; excellent work! Perfect colors, nice composition and a great model! Chris
papa natas: This will do GREAT for a skin cream pub.Love the colors and, yes, the composition too.Why am I having this instant craving for chocolate?
Thank you very much; I am happy that you recognized also the composition. It took a while for me to select an appropriate area.
KnightPhoto2: Wonderful shot. One day I am going to remember to simply my images like this, very inspiring.
Thank you very much for your comment. I would like to encourage you to start not one day but today with the concept of smplicity. It could be very challenging and it is a great fun.
Akpinxit: Well done .
Thank you, Akpinxit; I am glad you like it!
RuthC: Congratulations, chrisby, on achieving first place in this 'Shades of Brown in Nature' challenge. This is an excellent image, one which meets the challenge theme perfectly. It was perceptive of you to see the uniqueness of this wet and dried mud, and to capture its detail so beautifully. The colours are rich, from dark chocolate, to lighter milky coffee, with the sharp cracks and shapes of the dried mud adding to the overall abstract image. Definitely one for the wall! Ruth :-)
Thank you so much, Ruth, for your kind words! I took this picture specifically for your challenge. The low evening sun helped to carve out the cracks and caused also the warm coffee and chocolate colours.
RealPancho: This is a fantastic set of photographs, but very few of them qualify as macros. Whoever was in charge of submissions should have disqualified almost all of them. Had I disregarded that fact and voted in this challenge, I would have had a very hard time choosing my favorite. But if I ignore the category and simply choose the best photograph of these 60, I can't say I really have any quarrel with the chosen winner.
Good to know that the host is relaxed regarding definition of macro; thank you Michael for clarification! - BTW a nice set of challenges from you!
You are right, only a few are macros there.I think there are several reasons, e.g.: many people do not distinguish between macro, close up or even crop.Nowadays the definition of macro is not easily available, often due to former related definition to size of film format, becoming complicate due to different sensor sizes today.When I submitted my entry I was fully aware that it is not a real macro, but why did I submit?
The serie of the host "macro - something" has a long history and host, photographers and voters seem to accept, that the entries are not real macros. Just have a look at the previous macro challenges, and in particular at some high ranked entries.
We should regard the challenges here as fun, ok, as a serious fun, but nothing more :-)
Does anybody knows whether is it possible to set a filter to eliminate posts which contain certain phrases (e.g. no EVF, no 4K)?
utomo99: I wish the lens is faster. F 5.6 is too slow now
@Joseph Black: well said, I entirely agree!
Yes, that is dirt, and even more impressive looking at full size; well deserved win!
NancyP: peeling paint on sheet metal
Congratulation, you are right! The pattern stems from the peeling paint in the area of two dents in a steel container.
chrisby: Dear Ruth,may be my language problem: do you require more than one leaf or is it sufficient to show just one leaf? I always think whether the plural in a challenge title means more than one per entry or refers to the entries in general.
Thank you, Ruth!
Dear Ruth,may be my language problem: do you require more than one leaf or is it sufficient to show just one leaf? I always think whether the plural in a challenge title means more than one per entry or refers to the entries in general.
When I saw this image, I was sure that could only be from the master of steam engine photos and in fact, it was. Very nice capture!