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On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (84 comments in total)

My narrative would have gotten no further than: "Stepping onto the ice, a crack rippled under my feet, and down I plunged into the frigid depths."

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 20:39 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
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mcshan: Whenever DPR posts a story about photos winning awards it is always the same handful out here that wrap their arms around the results and lecture others on how to define art. Art is very subjective. Award winning? Milli Vanilli won a Grammy as best new artist in part for their singing.

If the "award" in this story was titled "best Photo by a Soccer Mom" would the photos be heralded in the same way? I am not so sure.

It is nice that Sony gives out awards but in the end it really doesn't mean much.

No one every got fired for being the 100th in line to agree with the rest and bestow an award. No one ever got hired for being the schmuck contestants that weren't pre-vetted as flavor of the month.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
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Mapel: This is very interesting... and that tree is really huge!

City photos taken in the 1850s would have shown streets with hardly any people at all. The film (or light sensitive plate) was that slow.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 17:58 UTC

If I had to pick the "best" of 140,000 photos, I confess I might have to start by dumping 99.9% to reduce the heap to the 25 to 50 that my poor mind might be able to assess with care. So, yes, I would probably throw out all the pictures of pets, wild animals, muscle autos, cycles, air shows, seacoasts, weapons, flowers, sports, sunsets, touchdowns, and whatnot that the DOWG* crowd savors, but whose culinary equivalent would be a Big Mac with fries.

Art, like religion, pierces complacency and makes us humble.

But let's also be honest that most photography is staged, selective, and impossible to separate from bias and the whim of taste. No different than music, food, or camera brands.

* Disgruntled Old Wood Guys

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 16:35 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Mapel: This is very interesting... and that tree is really huge!

Back in 1912, rich benefactors donated "trophies" or "oddities" to museums for visitors to gawk at. Everyone wore hats and jackets, even indoors.

Today to cut and remove of an ancient Sequoia specimen for museum display would rank as "arborcide." Everyone wears sunglasses or ear-pods, and fiddles with their phone, even indoors.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 15:19 UTC

The photos in the -20 Celsius underground tomb will survive 500 times longer than in NYC? What does that mean? The Lascaux and Altamira paintings have lasted over 17,000 years. Would paper prints outlast metal oxide pigments on rock?

The Hon. Charles Rangel (House, NY 13th District) has been in office longer than that!

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 15:34 UTC as 11th comment
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dstanton: I have been to Whittier, Alaska, several times. It's hard to describe the town and the individuals who live there. Never thought of doing that...

Jen did a great job to bring the story and images together.

In fact I may have met Jen while I was there shooting images of marine resources for a non-profit (2012 and 2013). Staying there is amazing; the surrounding mountains, the sound (bay) and the marine life is hard to ignore. And the people are both friendly and a bit scary. Not much of a town there to visit. But the views are wonderful.

The winning piece will need an accompanying narrative or text. "Not Much of a Town" is a great grab of a title. But to explore the life of those scary people may have to depend more on fiction than interviews. Don't you think?

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 19:09 UTC
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jaaboucher: Duke's Documentary Studies program has turned out some amazing graduates lately. I can't wait to see who wins this!

A UNC graduate documentary about the Tarheel FB team will have a fair chance, surely.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)

Dis hear po' guy lyke Sony, but tink da a65 iz mo' beddah bung fa buck.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 98th comment | 3 replies
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)
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jackf00: Still neither Final review nor First impression review of the already shipping GH4 flagship from Panasonic.
Shame on DPReview !!
While most of competitor site of DPReview have already posted at least a long Preview or a Review, DPReview still don't go further than a single short and poor half page "quick summary" of the GH4 new Panasonic's flagship , three month after annoucement and now after it is released and shipping.
What a pity !

Not first time for Panasonic products, as DPReview provided the final Review of GH3 only 7 monthes after announcement and 5 monthes after release !
Same for GX7 and generally speaking for every Panasonic product !

What's the reason ? Come on DP Review, be more professional !

Full reviews are not cost-efficient. They draw no more "hits" than the previews, or even a copy of the manufacturers' announcements. At best, they merely attract a handful of owners who complain the review is not positive enough, or trolls who "diss" the brand altogether.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: This crap does not work at all, let me tell you ... one of my top images has received more than 2500 like/favorite marks in 500px for a period of 12 hours !!! ( an image of a charging elephant bull ) The same image has been visited more than 18 000 times, reached 98.9 % on the chart after that ... and here at MIT algorithm it has received a pathetic score of 3. something ! Looking at these melancholic goats above I can clearly say that your seemingly complex mathematical approach is nothing short than a thin-walled soap-bubble ....

Perhaps visits to one's own pictures were discounted from the test data.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 18:18 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)
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Black Box: My personal pic got 1.282. Something's very wrong with that algorhythm!

Congratulations. That qualifies you as "just a face in the crowd." Be glad you don't draw stares, screams, or laughter everywhere you go.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
On MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity article (97 comments in total)

A celebrity in exotic or scanty dress will draw hits. Cute kids and baby animals take second. Another clever "draw" is a link that entices people to learn what the "10 top" or "10 worst" this or that happen to be. MIT, give me a degree too. Or is this something any MAD man already knows?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 9th comment
On Q&A with Lytro's CEO and founder on the Illum article (24 comments in total)

Perhaps DPR should create a sub-forum for Lytro enthusiasts, so that they can share experiences with the plenoptic gear they have purchased.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 2nd comment
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xt1isdabomb: I believe the writing is more important these days. That's why the Chicago Sun-Times laid off their staff photographers and gave their reporters iPhones.

Writing? Perhaps you mean "texting." It doesn't pay either.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 16:18 UTC

The goal is to 'encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of acclaimed photographer Dorthea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor.'

Careful, careful. On the road, the two became cozy-close, abandoned their spouses, and got hitched.

Anyone planning a sequel to their work on farm laborers should also obtain property owner permission (fat chance!) or else, at least in the case of Iowa, be ready for felony charges.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 5th comment
On Helping children one print at a time article (5 comments in total)

Charities raise their credibility by publishing their financial statements and reviews by such organizations as Give Well or BBB. The share of contributions applied to fundraising or administrative expenses is not the full story, either, unless one also knows the portion of "help" that gets spent on subcontractors, or whether any aid-in-kind is priced at market or obtained with subsidy and marked up. NG might consider improving its site with information about its directors, oversight, and financial disclosures.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners announced for photography article (29 comments in total)

The Lacy Atkins site, if one can excuse the "selfie" on the main page, includes various interesting photo series, including the one about the Oakland charter school. It features some motivated, engaged people. Unfortunately, most of the pictures portray very reluctant or bewildered young men. One appears to give up entirely. The learning experience seems reduced to passing unappetizing multiple choice proficiency exams. The school could probably use a music and choir director prior to a math drill sergeant. The enrollment selection process and voluntary nature may assure some improvement in scores or graduation rates, but that is a matter that photography does not convey very well, and which statistics can cloud too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 13:49 UTC as 16th comment
On Past and present: NYC's changing streetscape article (49 comments in total)

All the changes involve cases where one business failed, or could no longer be sustained. The replacements involve new efforts to "make a go of it." Most of the new storefronts are improvements.

Maybe half the new ventures will thrive. Others will hang on, but be a grind to keep going. A quarter will be gone in five years.

This is the normal process of competition or creative destruction. People who are tired of this are tired of life, or perhaps consumed by pixel-peeping dementia.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 19:38 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On In photos: Taking the lid off America's trash cans article (39 comments in total)
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kadardr: Rubbish ideas from rubbish minds made rubbish picture. What a waste of talents. But the no soda, no sugar, no carbs life is a good idea: could and should make better pictures. Although, if rubbish pictures can change the world: why not?

Discarded water bottles are equally or more culpable. Why eschew carbs and then toss a plastic container that will be an eyesore for decades?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 13:13 UTC
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