Just to clarify - I do expect this to be a portrait of your father - ie I do expect his face to be showing, - but he also needs to be doing something that gives us a sense of who he is. He is not allowed just to be sitting there.
Car629: There is no example posted Aussie Jo.
Now posted. I was looking on the wrong screen and though I couldn't post until the challenge was announced, which I now realise I was wrong.
No religion is specified.
My mistake. I should have specified as a rule that no images of a sexual nature will be allowed as it is a disallowed theme by DPR. As such any images of two animals mating will be disqualified.
If I had my way as the challenge host, this should have been the clear winner of this challenge. As soon as I saw this image when it was submitted I thought it should win as it was exactly what my intention for this challange was. I'm sorry that I didn't make my intnetions clearer in my description for this challange, but thankyou for getting the right vision for the challenge anyway.
This is a gorgeous photo and in any other challenge I would have wished it to do well. But in this challenge, my aim was to have fascinating tourist backgrounds as the main feature of the photo and the feet just as a focal point. Unfortunately it is apparent that I did not make my intentions clear enough, so enjoy your win.
Collett: THIS CHALLENGE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT. INCONSISTENT AND ABRITRARY RULES HAVE BEEN APPLIED.
My recollection of the sequence of events differs from yours as I know you were one of the last entries, but lets not continue to argue.
What photo entrants don't see if the vast array of submitted entries that are off theme that as the host you have to make countless decisions about, balanced against comments and complaints about entries that are either about the need to be more or less strict about the interpretation and implimentation of the rules.
I'm sorry for any confusion over what the theme was about but I am satisfied that all entries were held to the same standards in the end.
Actually I have not changed my criteria for disqual since before you entered your photos that were disqualified and before you made any comments.
That aside, as a challenge host I try to create challenges that are clear and assume people will only enter photos that meet the theme. Then people entered photos that were off theme and I was left wondering if I was the one at fault. So I started off allowing some questionable entries while disqualifying other entries for not being an interesting background. Then a person rightly stated that the theme of the challenge clearly stated in two places that I asked for photos that showed "Your feet". So I rightly made that the criteria by which all photos where disqualified, which meant that I had to reinstate some entries to be fair. Determining what makes an interesting background is subjective so I am leaving that to the voters.
Such As? I only had one rule by which I disqualified (and I disqualified over half the entries). The photo had to be of YOUR feet. The other half of the rules I will leave to the voters - to determine how interesting the background is.
tim and jan: tim and jan
jan wants to know why you think there not her feet.
Are the feet that appear in the photo belonging to the person who took the photo, and if so how did you achieve the POV?
klaas-Rotterdam: I can live with the fact that my picture has been dq-ed according the rules but because of the background of some of the current entries I tought let us give it a try.
I just cancelled the disquallification on this photo and a couple others. On reassessment I decided that technically it meets the criteria of it being your feet with a background and I will leave it up to the voters to decide how fantastic it is.
Small typo, big impact. Thanks for asking. Now corrected.
I have recieved a complaint about this entry, stating that it is not an interesting background. If i disqualify this one, I also have to disqualify the entry with the mouse and the dog as they are all the same type of entry of someone taking a photo of something they deem interesting at their feet. Technically I believe they have fulfulled the challenge requirements and I will leave it up to the voters to decide how interesting the background is.
blosshapperter: I do not get why shoes with background are OK.Especially when feet (without background) are NOT OK.Is the challenge name shoes?
Also I note the statement 'YOUR feet'. When you take this into account the number of valid applications twindle to vitually zero because the POV proves it impossible to be the case...
Actually as it currently stands there are 17 entires and 3 of them are from a POV where the photographer is clearly not the owner of the feet. As I had also considered this an issue I will now disqualify them as well. Arguing over shoe coverings is taking things a little to far, but thanks for your imput.
Even if I hadn't added my comment below, I would still disqualify all the entries (and there is a lot of them) that I have for not having fantastic/interesting background behind the feet and therefore not being on challenge theme. I'm sorry if you are offended by my decision but if I did nothing I would either have recieved a lot of complaints about not being diligent in my hosting duties, or I would have seen the majority of the disqualified entries come in at the end of the voting rank because the theme is not just about feet - but about having a fantastic background behind them. When entering images in a challenge you should ensure that your image meets all the criteria, not just one of them.
Please don't post photos of just a foot, no matter how great it looks. I want to see some sort of tourist destination in the background behind your feet - such as some luxurious resort pool or stunning beach etc.
I am sorry that you have missed out, but I wont be increasing the limit. There has been a lot of debate on the forums about trying to encourage people to vote on all images in a challenge, not just on their favourites, to make it as fair to everybody as possible, and one theory is that keeping entry limits at lower levels will help. I'm sure that this theory wont be popular with every body, but I have learnt that there is no pleasing everybody through these challenges:)
I am happy with an indoor or an outdoor "room". The reflection has to be more than a posed object infront of the ornament. The image has to be close enough to be able to see the reflection without having to zoom in on the photo.
Leslee Dru: I am OK with being DQ'd 2x in this entry...but, in all fairness, Faces Filling the Frame usually mean forehead to chin....in my Laughing entry it was cropped tighter. I think maybe the rules should have state 'Faces Fill Frame - Skin Only!' Curious though...why is "Eyelashes" is still in this Challenge then with his snowy fur hat & collar, or "Makeup" where there is a mirror plus hands...or the photo with the "long beard?" Don't get me worng, I like those photos...I am just wondering how your elimination process works. I know this job must be thankless but I am just trying to figure it all out for future challenges. Thanks.
I reviewed the images you mentioned and did disqualify two of them. I left in the beard image as a beard has as much right to be in the photo as hair does. If I was to run this challenge again I would say skin only to make certain that people cropped in as close as I envisioned.
Actually I have disqualified more than 65% of the entries in this challenge. It would appear that stating that the face has to "fill the frame entirely" is not clear enough for some people. I'm actually being quite generous allowing 10% of the frame not to be part of the face/hair. I check entries and disqualify twice a day.
I have been called to task in the past for not enforcing my rules, now it would appear that I am being called to task for enforcing them. Mike Childs is right - hosting is a thankless task.
If you are struggling to get your face to fill the frame here are some tips:* You do not have to crop in a 2:3 ratio. * You can change a landscape image into a portrait image* you can cut off the top/sides of the head* If you can't make the face you are working on look good, find a different photo of a face to work with