poppyjk

Joined on Apr 13, 2012

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On photo Day of the Dead in the Album cover for a rock band challenge (3 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: As host I cannot vote, but I can award this ‘Commended by the Host’, with full bragging rights. It’s a provocative and colourful design that will stand out in a record store, or as a poster on the tube, or an advertisement promoting the album or the tour. It would be an effective design on a t-shirt too. The skull design is perhaps too close to a human design - that the band don’t want - and the label might have reservations about exploiting an image which is a reproduction of another artist’s work.

Thanks. The Day of the Dead celebration is full of colorful artwork. I enjoy capturing it. But personally creating original art - not so much.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 17:29 UTC
On photo Epcot Geodesic Dome in the Pattern picture challenge (3 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: The challenge host cannot vote, but I would like to award ‘Commended by the Host’, with full bragging rights, to this simple, colourful and pleasing image.
Congratulations too, on a well deserved first place.

Thanks, Dutch. It is fun playing with 50 megapixels.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On challenge Your Best Contest Worthy Shot (5 comments in total)

Bangers and Mash,
Good Challenge topic.
Lots of really great photos entered.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On challenge - Fields of Gold - (Full Colours Only) (3 comments in total)
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By standing on the Shoulders of Giants: field
fiːld
noun
an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences.
"a wheat field"
synonyms: meadow, pasture, paddock, green, pen, grassland, pastureland, sward;

Your definition of field is quite specific. There are 4-5 entries in which the gold color is represented in trees. It seems that "Forests of Gold" would be a very different challenge theme.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 01:53 UTC

This is a fabulous photo. Would you mind sharing the location?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 14:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo New Zealand in the - Fields of Gold - (Full Colours Only) challenge (2 comments in total)
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By standing on the Shoulders of Giants: It’s very pleasing to look at.

Thanks. It was quite a scene. Never seen anything quite like it. Got lucky.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
On photo Alien Ammo in the The Shape of Things to Come challenge (4 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: The challenge host cannot vote. I could do so, I would have looked very closely at this shot, which seems to tell an interesting story which fits well with the theme. However, this seems to be a photograph of another artist’s work - properly credited - and I think I’d want to see more of the photographer’s own creativity in a challenge of this type to be able to give it the very highest mark.

Fair enough. Point taken. I'm not very creative, actually.

Wouldn't your comment also apply to the predictable shots in 5, 6, and 9 of other artist's architecture? Number 3 is just spectacular with superb post processing but also of another artist's/architect's/builder's work. Number 4 is a very compelling entry, but I would bet money it was another artist's work shot at an exhibition.

So, I agree that perspective has a lot to do with the appeal of a photo, and that mine is an uninteresting flat 2D perspective.

I appreciate you taking on the hosting of challenges, and this was a good thought provoking theme. You have breathed some life back into the Challenge arena on DPR. It had been shrinking, so thank you.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 14:17 UTC
On photo Footprints In The Sand in the Record album cover challenge (3 comments in total)

Dutch and George,
Thanks for your comments. I had never seen such a distinct footprint on the beach.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 15:56 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Acadia National Park at Night in the Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice!! Wish I had your post processing skills. Well, good job on the scene, of course.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:52 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Winding Path in the S-Curves challenge (2 comments in total)

Really great capture!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 02:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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h2k: Very nice collection, pics + texts.

My favorites:
- photo #2 (7yo girl i pink)
- stories #6 (wedding shoot) #12 (ducks)

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The bride's expression and hand placement are magnificent. Rishi's story is interesting and confusing. He is DPR's technical expert and dynamic range guru, yet he knowingly chooses a camera with 2 stops less DR at base ISO for shots he knows will be backlit. Then presents a photo with badly blown highlights in a third of the frame. And why? Because the lcd jpg looked prettier on the Nikon? He might consider adjusting the A7RII jpg settings for creative style, contrast, saturation, and sharpness to give him an lcd image that is closer to what he might process from raws. I don't know what effect that might have on the evf view. The 'artistic' choices of the subjects tilted to be falling out of the frame and the blurred foreground elements partially obscuring both subjects' lower jaw are just a matter of preference.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
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h2k: Very nice collection, pics + texts.

My favorites:
- photo #2 (7yo girl i pink)
- stories #6 (wedding shoot) #12 (ducks)

This explains a lot. You like the stories. Since this a photography site, I like to see the photos resulting from the stories.

In the duck photo the posture and feather detail are great. But it looks like it was taken at a sewage treatment plant with the scum laden float and concrete where the lines of both are big distractions for me especially where the concrete intersects the duck's breast. And then there are the randomly angled white posts at the top of the frame which are distracting to me. The basic concepts of leading lines, rule of thirds, subject isolation, and symmetry seem to be intentionally ignored. A random photo of a real duck(s) from Google Images has a 98% chance of being better than this one presented by THE PREMIER photography review website.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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poppyjk: Hmmmm....maybe three of the photos are good enough to win a DPR Challenge. But the duck photo is embarrassingly poor in its composition and lighting. It should be replaced or deleted before any more damage is done to the reputation of DPR Staff.

I have to admit that I have formed an emotionally over rated attachment to some of my really mediocre photos or photos I thought were funny/cute. Maybe that is what has happened here.

@h2k Right! Personal preferences certainly are not manifestations of universal and eternal truth. So, I was a bit harsh expecting some higher minimum standard from DPR Staff that suited me.

I did think it comical and bewildering that this photo was posted on the same day as the article "Dynamic symmetry: The genius of Henri Cartier-Bresson's composition".

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 15:49 UTC

Hmmmm....maybe three of the photos are good enough to win a DPR Challenge. But the duck photo is embarrassingly poor in its composition and lighting. It should be replaced or deleted before any more damage is done to the reputation of DPR Staff.

I have to admit that I have formed an emotionally over rated attachment to some of my really mediocre photos or photos I thought were funny/cute. Maybe that is what has happened here.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 21:43 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On photo Archway of the Heavens in the night landscaoe challenge (52 comments in total)

Applause, applause!!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 02:47 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On photo Dirt Hose in the Dirt challenge (2 comments in total)
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adamjdavis1992: this is utterly awesome!!! got to love elephants. the captured dust particles is amazing!

Thanks for the comment. It was quite a sight. This old one tusker blocked the road for about 30 minutes taking this leisurely dust bath, and we were privileged to witness it.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
On photo Lake Saimaa in the Tree Branches challenge (1 comment in total)

Very artistic!

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 17:32 UTC as 1st comment
On photo GBH Sunset in the Bird Sillouette challenge (6 comments in total)
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barb_s: This was exactly what I was hoping to see for submissions. A worthy win, and the "host's" pick! Congratulations.

Thank you, barb_s and for your vote. Happy to have matched your hopes with this one.

Really appreciate all the challenge hosting you do.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 14:59 UTC
On photo GBH Sunset in the Bird Sillouette challenge (6 comments in total)
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Toermalijn: Great shot, nice contrast! Congrats.

Thank you, Toermalijn.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 04:40 UTC
On photo GBH Sunset in the Bird Sillouette challenge (6 comments in total)
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Marko2: Beautiful.

Thank you, Marko2

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
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