I am I guess a photo enthusiast. In the old days when my friends had a Kodak 126, I had a Rollie 35. I bought a Minolta SRT 101 when a brownie starflash was a family camera. Now that I have my 5D MK II a quad core processor and an Epson 3880 printer I don't know what they could offer me that would make me take overtime. I probably will never be able to use effectively all of the tools that technoloby has given me. I do lust for a 1DX after playing with one, but that is the same way every one with a Toyota want a Lambougini. For most people the technology has gotten beyond what most people can use. Unless something break, I don't see any new camera lenses or cameras in my future.
So how come the first place also has a handful of shrubbery jammed in the vase. Maybe the photographer here has chosen this way to point out just how unmoderated and manipulated the challenges are. Perhaps he is a real photographer and made the ultimate statement.
Thank you for your vote, I have had a number of comments that convince me that the voting here is rigged. The challenges are good inspiration so that is a bonus.
You do realize don't you that this is a really crappy photo. Burn't out highlights, and crappy composition. Why don't you put it on 500px and see how it does?
I am serious, tell me where the vase and the flowers are. How do you think this meets the challenge rules.
I don't know why everyone has their shirt in a knot; even if somehow this was determined to be a still life that met the challenge guidelines, it is overexposed, out of focus and lacks any merit on composition. Just means one less entry I have to compete against. Time for this entrant to get serious about photography or take up fishing.
Daro31: I saw this challenge; thought about it for a couple of days and came up with an entry. A vase we just bought, a flower from my garden and I have a new photo with thanks to the inspiration from DPR. How come all of this angst over a simple challenge. All of you people that want to play play games should sell your cameras and take up politics.
And by the way, I would not be disappointed; after 50 years of photography as a hobby I would just put it up to the vaghuries of judging and thank DPR for the inspiration.
The challenge topic was very specific and clear. A flower, a vase and a cloth background. In what language is this confusing? Changing the challenge after the start is like waving the finish line flag at 100 metres in a marathon.
The flowers died I guess.
I saw this challenge; thought about it for a couple of days and came up with an entry. A vase we just bought, a flower from my garden and I have a new photo with thanks to the inspiration from DPR. How come all of this angst over a simple challenge. All of you people that want to play play games should sell your cameras and take up politics.
Ruth, what does it matter, even if they took this in one shot at the right time it is piece of crap for a photo competition.
Thank you Rob, for the kind words. I just bought this piece of pottery from a local artist and this challenge was the inspiration I needed to photograph it. I just wish there web sizing didn't mess up all of the subtle textures and colours so bad.
Maybe you could get together with the photographer who has the vase, but no flowers. :-)
Am I missing something; where is the flower?
Great, fantastic technolovy, and excuse me for being cynical, all this so that someone can see a 2x2 inch photo on their I phone for .5 seconds. It really makes me wonder?
I notice the cigarette is not lit. Who knows maybe she never smoked and figures what have I got to lose
Josh152: As sad as it is for people losing their jobs this makes way more business sense. Why would a news paper pay someone a salary and benefits when they can simply have the reporter take a couple of good enough snaps with their phone or use one of the dozens of photos people just send to them in the hopes of getting it in the paper.. We are not taking about 30X40 gallery prints. It's a news paper with low quality printing anyway. Besides you don't need high quality photos when the reader is going to looking at them for 2 seconds, think, "that's nice" and never think about them again.
My local TV news station doesn't even send camera men to do the video work for a story. They send out the reporter by themselves with a big pro video camera and a tripod. and you know what? The video work is pretty decent and certainly good enough for a news report.
You my dear man do not belong on a web site commenting on photography, journalism or even photo equipment. Surely their must be a web site for passionless accountants - perhaps calculator review would enjoy your bottom line approach to the world.
Good for him, he is dealing with it the way he knows how. I guess I am an old fart, and my own photography and the work of others has been with me my whole life - 63 years so far. I have moved from B&W darkroom, and a twin lens reflex Rollei 2.8 being the ultimate press camera and into 35mm and then digital. All of the jumps meant better pictures, faster moments in time to the world. Ths jump to I-Phones is a big step backward. Anyone who doesn't think this is a pivotal moment in journalistic photography go and look through the photo record of Life magazine and tell me how many of those shots would have been captured with a notepad in one hand and an Iphone in the other. John Kennedy saluting his fathers coffin, Afghan girl with the eyes everyone remembers, Robert Capa; Spanish Soldier. The list goes on of captured moments that where part of forming my life. Unless you have ever waited for that special fraction of a second while squinting through a view finder you do not understand
I wonder if in 5 years the sidelines of NFL games will be crowded with white Iphones on mono pods. Can't wait to see the word guy being told to shoot the cover of Sports Illustrated or the swimsuit edition with their phone .
I can add to your motivation, to get your one shot right, I used to shoot Echtacrome transaperency on an 8x10 field camera, (look it up). Everyshot with developing cost $27.00. you learn to pick up the paper cups before you pull the trigger. Your all just spoiled. And wait for the right light.