Waybo

Joined on Jul 10, 2011

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On Challenge:5087 (5 comments in total)

Drat! I just went to a five-year-old's birthday party at a gymnastic center, solely for getting a photo for this challenge, and it's already full. :(

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 at 21:09 UTC as 4th comment
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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RaptorUK: Can you define what is Major and what is Minor please ? Can I clone out dust bunnies ? can I clone out a bird in the sky ? can I clone out a chair ? can I adjust levels ?

"No major photoshopping" = what ?

"Minor things like cropping are ok." = what ?

Some of that can be done with Aperture (and presumably Lightroom). So does "No major photoshopping" include no major work in any editing program?

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 at 19:42 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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Aidan Jaros Grilli: i don't do HDR but what does it stand for?

HDR = High Dynamic Range, a technique of combining several images with different exposures to create a single image. These images are created by bracketing shots with the camera, and then combined within the camera or computer. A single raw image can also be used to create bracketed images. Photomatix is the leading HDR app, but Photoshop can, too.

A recent contest, "HDR only" has some excellent examples:
http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=5012

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ has good info, a tutorial, and a discount code for Photomatix.

HDR can create some startling images, or can be used to create some very subtle adjustments in lighting and contrast, which can't easily be detected.

To be done properly, one MUST have good photo skills to create 3-5 decent photos at different exposures (or one decent raw photo). Then, to properly use this technique, one must have good computer skills.

HDR, PS or "pure": Is it not the quality of the end result that should matter?

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 at 19:34 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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Gonefishing: If it was PS'd you can tell in the exif info. You know, the metafile data. Right? Any PS..disqualify. I see allot of it in these photos. But what challenge host has the time to view all the photos?

You are correct, Dennis. But the rule says "No major photoshopping. Minor things like cropping are ok." So, even looking at the exif data won't differentiate between major or minor editing."

So, those who follow the rules don't bother entering. And the others, who don't have a lot of integrity, hope they can fly under the radar without being detected. The ones with the really good post processing skills can make their images look so natural that they won't be culled by the Challenge host ... and they'll win.

I'm struggling to comprehend this ... and I am failing.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 at 03:49 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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Petean: right... so its "up to you" but there are restrictions about processing choices... weird

I respectfully argue that your opinion needs to be reconsidered. Post processing after shooting a photo is long-recognized as acceptable. Ansel Adams, arguably one of the greatest photographers, ever, spent hours in the darkroom, dodging and burning to get his spectacular images. I suspect that there are very few, if any, professional photographers coming out of training who don't have Photoshop as part of their camera "tools" ... just as valuable as filters, flashes and tripod.

Have you ever taken the same negative to two different labs and have them come back looking quite differently? Of course! Because the photo labs adjust the colors, white balance, saturation, etc. Better labs do a better job.

Photographers should be able to do the same to their photos which are being processed for the web.

Again, respectfully.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 at 03:32 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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Waybo: No major Photoshopping ... how about HDR?

Nope. My best shots have some PP work ... including HDR. Getting very frustrated with this website, so probably won't bother.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 at 18:18 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)
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Waybo: No major Photoshopping ... how about HDR?

Thanks for clarifying. I needed to ask, since I don't use Photoshop, but I do use other apps to create my HDR's.

This rule means that I am unable to submit the photo that I'd like to enter. :(

It also means that you have a lot of work ahead of you in disqualifying images, as I spot a number of photos with heavy post-production editing and several HDR images ...

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 at 01:54 UTC
On Challenge:5088 (27 comments in total)

No major Photoshopping ... how about HDR?

Posted on Aug 6, 2011 at 04:36 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies
On Challenge:4960 (6 comments in total)

The first line of the top is: "Challenge #11 in the Creativity is a frame of mind... for photography, your mind is the frame. series." There is nothing in the rules to state that the photos must show details or can't be abstract ... just creativity!

I do wish that it had been clarified that this was to be a self-portrait ... it doesn't seem proper to enter a photo taken by another person in a photo contest. But that wasn't in the rules for this contest, either.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 at 20:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo "It's Just..........NOT FUNNY!" in the Different Emotions challenge (1 comment in total)

Some good post processing work could do miracle with this!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 19:09 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Pauanui Pan 151 in the Typically KIWI. (As in NEW ZEALAND) challenge (1 comment in total)

A nice shot. I wish that you could have held the cloud details better.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 20:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Typically KIWI. (As in NEW ZEALAND) challenge (1 comment in total)

Good capture of a fast-moving object. Great detail. Impressed that we can actually read the writing on the front! Initially it didn't seem to fit the topic, but, on reflection, the Royal NZ Air Force is certainly New Zealand! Good job.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 20:16 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Nova Zelândia a in the Typically KIWI. (As in NEW ZEALAND) challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice and peaceful setting. A good shot that could have been better if:
1. White caps on mountains hadn't been blown out
2. Turn off the date/time stamp!

I am unable to tell about the horizon. If it's off, it's not by much, but it feels like it is slightly lower on the left. (It may be an optical illusion to my eyes, because the objects to the right are also thoes that are closer.)

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 20:12 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:4909 (2 comments in total)

Darks could use a little brightening.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Colourful Christmas... Always in the Typically KIWI. (As in NEW ZEALAND) challenge (1 comment in total)

A little over exposed.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment
On photo New York across Brooklin Bridge at sunset-7 in the The Big Apple challenge (2 comments in total)

When reviewing my votes, I realized that this tilts down on the right, so watch the "horizon" as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 16:56 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P1050341201,71001,7800 in the The Big Apple challenge (1 comment in total)

I'm having a hard time determining your focus point. I'm wondering if you had upped your ISO, made your aperture smaller (higher number), and increased your shutter speed if you might have had a more successful shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 16:46 UTC as 1st comment
On photo New York from a distant. in the The Big Apple challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice coloring, composition. Just watch your horizon!

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 16:37 UTC as 1st comment
On photo P1010207 in the The Big Apple challenge (2 comments in total)

Very nice, but too much water. Cropping it to make it a panoramic view, using the Rules of Thirds, would make approximately 1/3 sky, 1/3 skyline, 1/3 water ... a vast improvement.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 15:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Heralding the Holidays in NYC in the The Big Apple challenge (1 comment in total)

Very, very nice. I wish the wing on the far right wasn't clipped off.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2011 at 15:04 UTC as 1st comment
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