Thanks for your kind comment!I only got to check your message now with the new notification upgrade.
True and I am glad they did, as this is one party that is still happening :)
Thank you RuthC for your kind comments.I will also take this opportunity to thank you for your various interesting challenges and for being an attentive host!
Jeff Seltzer: Just as predictable as the sun rising - a bunch of amateur photographers criticizing the work of others with the same, tired chorus of, "these are just snapshots" and " anyone can create these." Well, then why don't YOU create them and enter a contest? Why don't YOU create a cohesive story-telling body of work and submit it to galleries? Why don't YOU do something other than take shots of your cats, sunsets, kids, butterflies, and backyard flowers? Yes, it's easy to sit back and negatively comment on other's work. I guess it's much more difficult to try and understand why very credible judges chose these as winners. Good grief.
Perhaps most of us are just amateurs with little knowledge and less taste, but if these are the masterpieces of professionals then why does it not show?
Should there not be a difference in the ordinary snapshots of mere "amateurs" and the creative work of "artists"?
If these pictures were submitted by mere "amateurs" would you still be in awe of their quality? I doubt it :)
b craw: First, this competition involves photography in series; as such, individual images serve the interests of the series as a complete articulation of concept. Many comments here reflect only viewing and evaluating the one image from a series shown in in the article (click on the series link below each image).
Still, whether in acknowledgement of the full series or looking at a single image, opinions should always be welcomed. As an educator, it is never my goal to dictate opinion - or invalidate certain opinion, positive or negate, in a majority or minority, agreeing with potential art world concensus or not. But - and this is so very important - before one offers judgement of form or more complete content (particularly done so vigorously, emphatically), one should feel the obligation to take the time to form thoroughly-considered commentary. The absence of this basic form of respectful behavior is sadly repeatedly present here. Particularly when making a comment amounting to a dismissal of merit, this is rather lazy and irresponsible.
What I ask you sir, is the point of art if it is meant to be enjoyed and appreciated only by those rigorously trained in the study of "art"?
Art is for people to enjoy and appreciate first and foremost and if there is a deeper meaning to it, so much the better. If said appreciation and enjoyment can only be had if one does an in depth study of the matter being displayed it is not art for the masses but only for the critics.
What then is the point of art if it is only for the "select" and "knowledgeable" and those of "superior" judgement?Such art is not compelling and not lasting.
When art is worthy and beautiful it shows, no one has to tell you that you are too dumb to see the beauty behind what appears plain ordinary.
Most of these are at best ordinary.
Anything that people have to be forced to believe is beautiful, is ever beautiful.
The emperor has not clothes.
Beauty!!How close were you to this bird :)...focal length 27mm !!
lovely...like a jewel with wings!Thanks!
Superb shot! The composition, imagery and colors are amazing!I cannot imagine who or why of the two who gave this picture a o.5?!?A winner nonetheless!
BIF or No BIF?
How about you do one for us?perhaps it will guide and inspire some among us.
kw5kw, you have issues.You should stop hosting challenges with restrictions that are without any merit or rhyme or reason.Take up a different hobby perhaps:)
I never thought I would like looking at a fly as much or for as long as I have enjoyed looking at this stunningly spectacular image! Congratulations and thanks!!
how about a sample picture?
Infants are below 12 months of age; many of the children here are older;
NZ Scott, their are no pictures or statues of Islamic/Jewish God, the One God.
Texas is one thing, why restrict to one city in Texas?What's with all the restrictions?
Big difference between "Freedom" and "what is YOUR real Freedom"...looks like most entrants are not paying attention to that difference.This challenge requires thoughtful entries.