scooper1: Dave,No, you're not alone. Only a very few entries actually complied with the key requirement of the challenge. Disappointing.
Looks like the few recent challenges - in this series -are going on their own , without any signs of hosting ...A few months ago , the host explained his absencein this way : "... I was elsewhere, had a very large headache(a natural one) also, and busy just gained4-5 awards for my photographs somewhere else..."
Sorry , but my comment below is a continuation of commentsthat have been removed by the host...
Here are his business ads where he presents himself as a" Modeling Portfolio Photographer " ...http://ahmedabad.olx.in/modeling-portfolio-photographer-uday-khatri-ahmedabad-india-iid-650921338
All the modeling pictutes were not taken by Uday Khatri ...Just a two samples :This photo :https://plus.google.com/photos/113148487576670121459/albums/6030559147266053825/6030561842027166130?pid=6030561842027166130&oid=113148487576670121459... was taken by Marc Laroche :https://www.flickr.com/photos/stygian/4486536327/in/photostream/This photo :https://plus.google.com/photos/113148487576670121459/albums/6039266791987988273/6039268203652455746?pid=6039268203652455746&oid=113148487576670121459...was taken by Deborah Ory and Ken Browar :http://www.designartmagazine.com/2014/07/nyc-dance-project-photographers-ken.html
JamesD28: Just to clarify, here are some of the things which don't count as a sky phenomena:- Regular clouds- Colours in clouds due to sunrises/sunsets- Sun rays- Mist & heat haze.
The sample pictures you have provided - have nothingto do with the "sky phenomena" . They just show someforms of lens flare. The lens flare is a very common"phenomena" - especially with the ultra-wide lens andthe sun located in the centre of the photographed scene.
The entry which finished 8th - doesn't comply withthe challenge's rules :1. It was not taken with a professional DSLR ...2. It's a composite photo ( I've never seen this kind of night shot of the Milky Way - taken with shutter speed 1/125 sec.)3. The entrant is a proven cheater ( multiple accounts , exif data manipulation )...
ozziebadger : you should set the correct date and timeon your camera ...It's impossible that the photo was taken on 23th June , 2014at 23 :03 :11 ...
bcys1961: Which period is the blue hour ? Dusk or Dawn ?
Both ..." The blue hour is the period of twilight eachmorning and evening when the sun is a significant distancebelow the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takeson a predominantly blue hue..." - Wikipedia
tasad: ... "Additional rules: Color ONLY! ..."So , what the two B/W entries ( " zebra style " ) are doing here?
OK , generally I agree with the most of the above sentences.BTW : if we're talking about some personal manners regarding challenges , it would be nice - when using nothost's own pictures as a sample images - to ask the originalowners of the photos for a permission .These sample images are copyrighted... But here is noinformation who originally took the pictures , and no linksto the ORIGINAL ( not something like Pinterest ) source of the images ...
If the challenge is about the capital city of Rome , Italy - whythere are so many entries taken in the Vatican City State ?Vatican City State ( country) is administratively , territorially andpolitically independent , sovereign from the city of Rome ... Also , the entry titled "Roman Soldiers" has nothing to dowith a "roman soldiers " ( and city of Rome ) . Actuallyit shows soldiers of "San Marco Regiment " . The regiment islocated in Brindisi - 540 km away from Rome ...
... "Additional rules: Color ONLY! ..."So , what the two B/W entries ( " zebra style " ) are doing here?
The Duracell battery was "Made in EC " ( European Community )
Buzz Lightyear: What is great about these "runner up" challenges is the obvious high quality of photographs entered. It is a feast for the eyes to see all these wonderful images collected in one place. While they didn't win a 1st in their previous respective challenges, any of them are deserving of a top placement. My head is spinning trying to select a winner here.
At least two entries in this challenge - have won first place in previous challenges .There is even an image entered 18 times in previouschallenges ...but , so far - it did not win ...
The entry which won the 2nd place in this challenge -has won twice 1st place in these previous challenges :http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=761894 http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=653159How does it comply with the idea of this challenge and with thechallenge's introduction sentence : " We all know that sometimes one of our favorite photos doesn't quite get the win ..."
db.: What an uninviting and unpleasant way of expres-sing all those «Additional Rules»! Don't you think the rules set up by dpr are enough? When a child, did you want to become a policeman??
@db : sorry - but there is no such thing like" rules set up by dpreview for all challenges " ...Rules are independently set up by hosts ...Only by hosts...
desertsky - in short : you are a thief and a cheater !Even if this particular photo was taken by you -you have stolen at least three photos fromothers photographers ...http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53647016
" Processing rules: Minimum and basic post processing only."This image is a product of extensive Photoshop's manipulation...A photo was post processed using illustration/watercolor filters and then Photoshop's "mirror image effect" has been used.The right half of the image is exactly the same like the left half.
This image was taken with aperture f3.5 - not f2.8 ...
Great image ...Like most NPW UK's images - done with lotsof work and creativity ...But , IMO - the post processing usedin the image , went far beyond the "basic PP" required bythe challenge's rules.Is it 'basic PP" - as described by NPW UK here :
"Rotation and cropping. Layers and curves. Temperature and Hue. Saturation and brightness. Dust and scratch tool. Brush tool and clone stamp. Spot healing tool. Sharpened and resized. "
"Her mouth was quite black in the original photo, but the flash picked up some back teeth faintly which looked odd so I darkened and evened out the area."