Cassidy96: Distasteful. You cant criticize the winner when you take 63rd place.
LOL, it is always sad when someone can't accept criticism and runs to see what they can slag off instead.
F Langheinrich: Let me set the record straight. First, Delaney is a real photographer who works for me. Here she was waiting for a late arriving bride. Delaney took second in a recent challenge.Second, I don't make comments on dpreview because I would just be mocked more by those of you who have nothing better to do.Third, what did I win? Nothing! I do have friends and they may have voted. I'll never know. I didn't solicit any votes. If I wanted to cheat I could have gotten 100 5's and the result from you would have been the same. The question is, why do none of you have 11 friends. I think I know.Fourth, you say a lot about me but know nothing. I don't have Facebook right now, no website, only minimal information on the school website. Intelligent people don't write about things they know nothing about.Fifth, I make no apologies for this picture. It is beautiful and well-composed. It deserves to be first. Do any of you know anything about art?
Lol, how pretentious!Without your 11 'friendly' votes that have nothing to do with art, being beautiful or well-composed, this would have come 9th, or even lower if we assume that the 'friends' also gave the 0.5 votes to some of the very good shots that 'deserved' to score above yours. Ah, yes, "deserved" can be subjective, can't it...If you didn't solicit those votes, good for you, but the pattern of a rigged vote is there.P.S. Please, humour me, do you think any of the shots 2-8 deserved a 0.5 lowest score...P.P.S. Maybe others don't get their non-existent friends to vote high for them and sand-bag others...P.P.P.S. If you really think your shot deserves to win, you might try taking some photography lessons... there are some good elements in this photo but some not so good ones.
stevelatinner: Great photo. Can't believe the number of jealous people here. There is no evidence of vote rigging!
Lol, you've got to be joking...
nz769r: Big Deal! What a lot of silly misgivings and sour grapes!
What? A female photographer has to be ugly? This is a photo of a beautiful woman who is nicely posed. You cannot tell whether Delaney is/not a photographer any more than you can with the other photos in the competition. The photograph meets the requirements of the competition. So get off of that rant.
For those that think that the voting was biased somehow -- you need to change the rules if you think that you should have won. Not whine here.
Well done F. Langheinrich! Delaney and you won fair and square.
Sounds like you're new to the challenge system, people have been asking for changes in the voting system for years, and it's not happening. If you think it's fair and square to get a load of friends (11 of them in this case) to give you top marks and dump bottom marks on other great photos, well that's your right... it made the difference for the winner who would have made 9th place without his 11 friends. But that's ok, nobody died, or even lost money, it's just a DPR challenge for fun and a tiny bit of glory ;-).
Interestingly, if you remove the 11 votes from 'friends', this would have made 9th place, which is about where I would have put it. Possibly a few places lower if you remove the sandbagging 0.5 votes from some of the pics.
Nice shot, love her dress style and great framing, would have scored higher if someone (the winner?) didn't get a couple of friends to dump two 0.5 votes on it.
I did like this shot, great framing, looks like a scene from a film :-)
babalu: A shame that the winner in this challenge is a cheater, in my opinion ! This shot had to be in the very top places !
Not really, having 11 friends give you 5.0 and dishing out 0.5 to others isn't worthy.
Needs re-framing using the rule of thirds, but not bad at all :-)
Maybe it's not the winning shot, but it does have something very cool with those clouds on the left!
Fabulous shot :-)
Yes, I mean by golly, superb, yes !!!
Treatment a bit heavy-handed, but sublimely oppressive...
Too easy, but so damned cool!
Diversity of colours obtained, love it :-)
Le Kilt: Nice shot, well composed :-)
I must add how cool it was for the person walking away to be wearing the right colours, it certainly adds to the pic :-)
RumpelHund: That's a girl, there's the camera and CamBag. She's not shooting at that very moment, but seems legit to me.
Fair winner I think, there's very few brilliant shots in the competition, so a deserved win.
Personally I prefer all the photos 2-8, particularly the fabulous light in 3, 5 and 8, but that's taste, and it certainly is legit for the challenge. Just a pity numbers 2 to 8 didn't have 11 friends to call upon ;-)
A bit of a classic shot, but so nicely framed, I liked it :-)
Falous light, zgood!