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On photo Whiskers in the Large Aperture challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks for your kind comment!
I only got to check your message now with the new notification upgrade.



Link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Fossil Shells in the The Wonder of Fossils challenge (2 comments in total)

True and I am glad they did, as this is one party that is still happening :)

Link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 01:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo fossilized plant in the The Wonder of Fossils challenge (5 comments in total)

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!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 01:14 UTC as 2nd comment
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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 :)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 21:04 UTC
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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.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 20:56 UTC

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.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 19:44 UTC as 45th comment | 5 replies
On photo kitten in the A To Z - Letter K challenge (2 comments in total)

superb :)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Seeker of Emptiness in the Buddhism challenge (1 comment in total)


Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 19:11 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Ruby Throated Hummingbird - female in the Resting / Stationary Hummingbird challenge (1 comment in total)

How close were you to this bird :)...focal length 27mm !!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:03 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Hummingbird in the Resting / Stationary Hummingbird challenge (2 comments in total) a jewel with wings!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:01 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sunset over the Coast in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (5 comments in total)

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!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 20:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On Challenge:9634 (3 comments in total)

BIF or No BIF?

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:9548 (19 comments in total)

How about you do one for us?
perhaps it will guide and inspire some among us.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 02:57 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:8212 (23 comments in total)

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:)

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 18:02 UTC as 10th comment
On photo Striped Horsefly Portrait in the The Eyes Have It challenge (31 comments in total)

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!!

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2013 at 04:59 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:8466 (1 comment in total)

how about a sample picture?

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 19:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:8381 (6 comments in total)

Infants are below 12 months of age; many of the children here are older;

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 13:29 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:8483 (12 comments in total)

NZ Scott, their are no pictures or statues of Islamic/Jewish God, the One God.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 13:27 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:8211 (6 comments in total)

Texas is one thing, why restrict to one city in Texas?
What's with all the restrictions?

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 21:38 UTC as 5th comment
On Challenge:8057 (9 comments in total)

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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 at 12:44 UTC as 4th comment
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