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10/02/2016 09:23:11 PM · #1
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We want more.
10/02/2016 09:12:23 PM · #2
stay.
10/02/2016 07:15:09 PM · #3
I will say that it would be awfully nice to get one (1) entry to score at or above my average before the end of the year.
10/02/2016 05:47:48 PM · #4
Deb, I am late to this but I am really happy that you are not leaving. There are so many shots of yours that I love and hate myself for not taking the time to
comment and to tell you that.

The people who get off on low voting will always be around but I have started to use the "morale" method by voting up a notch in each challenge. What used to be a 5 is now a 6 etc.
I do it because of what is being discussed in this thread.

I miss comments as much as I do good discussion boards and as much as I try, I wind up shooting an explicative here and there but have not put the time and effort into constructive
thoughtful comments which is the reason I have stuck around for so many years.

I wish I had the courage to pm someone who has an exceptionally low voting average. I just might work up to it....maybe.

As Johanna has said, DPC is what we put into it. I comment too infrequently, sometimes forget to vote, don't participate in many discussion boards etc and I am still hear complaining...duh!
10/02/2016 05:16:44 PM · #5
I suggest one remedy aimed especially at the people frustrated by the marks: after voting to go back and bump each picture by one increment. At least that's what I'll do as an experiment. I do not remember when I gave a mark of 1 or 2 and 3 is exceedingly rare.

Deb, I am in 3 challenges now and one of them reached 5, the others are in the 4 realm.
I have 1 wonderful comment (thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' blindjustice - an apt name)
Do these low scores deter me from entering challenges? Not in the least. I would love more constructive comments though. And some more of the struggle from each one of us to create a novel, personal point of view even if it strays a bit from the topic.
10/02/2016 04:37:53 PM · #6
I kind of agree with Wendy regarding the number of challenges. It used to be easy for me to keep track of the challenges and when they were due but now I am constantly checking. I too used to enter every challenge but this Monday will be the first time in forever that I will not have anything in the voting. I am having some health problems in my family which causes some of that but I find the two week challenge period just too much.
10/02/2016 03:58:06 PM · #7
Oh, and Wendy, you need to keep shooting and playing. You ARE DPC! :)
10/02/2016 03:56:40 PM · #8
I still like those two shots you posted, Wendy, thanks! In fact, for this year's calendar I should revisit old shots, as I haven't been shooting all that much.

Just finished a book of a wedding I shot. It's a favor for a friend. Lots of work, but I did enjoy it!
10/02/2016 03:31:58 PM · #9
aptly put, vawendy.
10/02/2016 02:55:23 PM · #10
I went from entering every challenge, to not entering something for the last couple of weeks. And the sad part is: it's been easy to skip more and more challenges. Since I first joined, I was wondering when the addiction would run it's course. And I'm afraid that the time may be coming.

Just to add my two cents worth:

1. Yes. The scores have been dropping. While it's frustrating, the seem to be dropping across the board. So it's bothersome, but just kind of like mosquitoes when camping: not perfect, annoying, something to bitch and moan about, but not worth quitting over. You have to decide you enjoy the other parts and take the annoying with it.

2. I think what I'm missing the most, and why I haven't been around, is that the forums seem to be almost completely dead. It used to be that the front page would be full of responses. I display the last 20 threads, because I used to miss things frequently. They'd scroll off the home page on the same day. Now there are topics that are 3-4 days old. And sometimes only one or two threads active in a day. When I'm missing DPC and thinking I should enter something. I just come around and browse. But there's really nothing to browse anymore. :(

3. It's dumb, and it's just me (I think), but the longer submission period is just making it seem overwhelming. More things in life to do that I can't keep up with. But like I said, that's dumb. I know when it went from 2 a week to 3 a week, it was hard to keep up. This should be giving me more time. But I have to keep pulling out my phone to try to keep track of everything. And many times, I just don't even bother anymore. I used to just know what was coming up and when. And even if I didn't have my camera with me, I'd keep track of it and use my phone or just go back later. And now, by then end of the second week, I've just lost interest. But I'm the Sesame Street generation -- so I have a very short attention span. :)

But the main problem for me is the forums. I wasn't here for the challenges as much as I was here for the companionship, the conversation, the people. And that seems to be slipping away.

As for Deb's original post: She's obviously never allowed to leave this place, or we'd have to just shut it down. She's a wonderful reminder as to why photography is important. We have the vocal people who show the different aspects of photography. The posthumous thread is invaluable. The arguments about what is or is not art is invaluable. Irritating. But so important. We stretch and grow by arguing, stepping back, reexamining, and going back to arguing again.

But Deb's photography reminds me that we really need to look. Not just surface glances, but really look at a photograph. They're simply little encapsulations of something wonderful. Yet on the surface, are so easily missed. This one is just brilliant!

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A constant reminder that life doesn't have to be flashy or obvious. But there needs to be life.

Anyway... The challenges are perfect for what I need. They're an excuse to get out, shoot, and explore. Unfortunately, they're not enough for me. Maybe we need to get the DPL back in so there's enough people to be posting again. Even though they have a tendency to just post in their own groups, we can still sucker people in to a good conversation. But challenges without the conversations just aren't enough on their own. The only reason I picked up my camera in the last couple of weeks was to shoot my son's eagle project being completed. And that's just not right.

Enough rambling. Just thought I'd think out loud for awhile.

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10/02/2016 01:41:32 PM · #11
Originally posted by primabarbara:

I'm watching the discussion about low voting numbers, low scores and low participation for quite a while now. There is no suggestion from me how the situation can be improved - sorry.

But I have some thoughts that I wanted to share. Unfortunately the members who can answer my questions are not here any more. But maybe the one's who are still here are wondering about it too:

What do all those photographers DO with their pictures? Where is the place they show off their savvy and creativity AND get feedback about it? I can't believe all those great photographers who aren't active any more on dpc are content with showing off their work on facebook with all those noncritical yes men or have quit photography.

There is no harm in submitting pictures in challenges when you don't build your self-esteem on scores. You can even play around just like Melethia is planning now.

But I agree with Neil about the point he made about motivation:
Originally posted by Neil:


...it definitely doesn't "encourage" us and make us feel good about our photography. That's a problem for the site...participation should be encouraging you to shoot more and making you feel good enough about your photography that you care to spend the time to improve.


Only a few of us have enough ego to go on with consistent low votes. But it is even more frustrating for all those who were members since the "golden era" of dpc who are used to have a much higher average. For me - becoming active after participation was declining - a score above 6 is a huge success and a 7 is out of reach. But still I like to be tickled by new "challenges "

And I want to thank all those wonderful people and the critique club who are commenting and uttering their honest opinion - which is the most rewarding part of dpc. Thank you so much!


I am not a top scorer on this site. I am active in my local camera club and have done well in the quarterly print competitions (judged by artists/photographers from the community). My goal in becoming more active here is just to shoot more. I won't say the score is irrelevant, but I'm used to 5.5 and below. Getting a high score feels good, but becomes meaningless if the photo is not worthy. Facebook and Flickr are full of lousy photos getting raves. I don't learn by getting a high score, and if I think my mediocre photos are great because of high scores I will not be inclined to improve.

10/02/2016 01:21:35 PM · #12
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10/02/2016 12:38:44 PM · #13
I'm watching the discussion about low voting numbers, low scores and low participation for quite a while now. There is no suggestion from me how the situation can be improved - sorry.

But I have some thoughts that I wanted to share. Unfortunately the members who can answer my questions are not here any more. But maybe the one's who are still here are wondering about it too:

What do all those photographers DO with their pictures? Where is the place they show off their savvy and creativity AND get feedback about it? I can't believe all those great photographers who aren't active any more on dpc are content with showing off their work on facebook with all those noncritical yes men or have quit photography.

There is no harm in submitting pictures in challenges when you don't build your self-esteem on scores. You can even play around just like Melethia is planning now.

But I agree with Neil about the point he made about motivation:
Originally posted by Neil:


...it definitely doesn't "encourage" us and make us feel good about our photography. That's a problem for the site...participation should be encouraging you to shoot more and making you feel good enough about your photography that you care to spend the time to improve.


Only a few of us have enough ego to go on with consistent low votes. But it is even more frustrating for all those who were members since the "golden era" of dpc who are used to have a much higher average. For me - becoming active after participation was declining - a score above 6 is a huge success and a 7 is out of reach. But still I like to be tickled by new "challenges "

And I want to thank all those wonderful people and the critique club who are commenting and uttering their honest opinion - which is the most rewarding part of dpc. Thank you so much!
10/02/2016 12:25:42 PM · #14
Deb, we need your spirited photography! ... please keep posting, voting and commenting. I still remember that you noticed one of my first entries and sent me a PM to welcome me. That was in 2007 and, years later, we still PM and I still love your photography and style and I still want to come visit you again in LA! Scores are a crap shoot, especially when there are so few entries/voters, but who cares. Just have fun doing what you enjoy, there are plenty of us here who will continue to notice.
10/02/2016 11:45:27 AM · #15
Yes, numbers are down. But historically, participation has always been lower in the summer. We're just now coming out of it, so hopefully people will return invigorated form their vacays :)
10/02/2016 10:06:21 AM · #16
I'll add in my voice Deb...I've had the same thoughts. In fact, though, I've entered more than usual lately in order to help get participation numbers up. To me, that means entering more topical challenges...though to be honest I really am not inspired to shoot for specialized topics, so it's usually a matter of luckily having something that fits in. Never a recipe for success.

Still, the problem is with fewer people voting, the outliers matter more. I think that's why scores are down in general. And it definitely doesn't "encourage" us and make us feel good about our photography. That's a problem for the site...participation should be encouraging you to shoot more and making you feel good enough about your photography that you care to spend the time to improve.

10/01/2016 09:42:30 PM · #17
Current scores are 4.9 and 5.1. I will never reach my average again. I am succeeding at my new goals! :-)
09/29/2016 12:39:19 AM · #18
Originally posted by jomari:

Originally posted by Melethia:

So I shall continue to irritate the voters, then. As long as all of the rest of you do as well. Those are my terms.


Good to hear! I'll join you. I am also an irritation to voters and I was wondering whether or not to stop annoying them, but I've just renewed so everyone will have to grin and bear it.


Excellent!!
09/28/2016 09:11:01 PM · #19
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Originally posted by Melethia:

6.03, huh? Very impressive!

Yes, but.....

One storm, weird temps, the bridges, and I had a bunch of river fog that covered three challenges.

My point was that when I got here, it was all about the scores.

People like YOU taught me how to see the world around me differently.


I'm still learning how to see (and shoot) the world differently. Please stay!
09/28/2016 06:28:07 PM · #20
Originally posted by Melethia:

So I shall continue to irritate the voters, then. As long as all of the rest of you do as well. Those are my terms.


Good to hear! I'll join you. I am also an irritation to voters and I was wondering whether or not to stop annoying them, but I've just renewed so everyone will have to grin and bear it.
09/28/2016 02:39:50 PM · #21
Originally posted by Melethia:

6.03, huh? Very impressive!

Yes, but.....

One storm, weird temps, the bridges, and I had a bunch of river fog that covered three challenges.

My point was that when I got here, it was all about the scores.

People like YOU taught me how to see the world around me differently.
09/28/2016 02:20:18 PM · #22
Originally posted by mariuca:

Originally posted by Melethia:

So I shall continue to irritate the voters, then. As long as all of the rest of you do as well. Those are my terms.


Wonderful thing to do Deb. Looking forward to it.

The thing is posting pictures on FB does not interest me at all. I do not play to get a pat on my back. Taking the camera and shooting is a "modus vivendi" for me - I need it more than I need praise. But of course comments like yours make me even more motivated and make me think. Looking at your pictures makes me understand the world better and think even more and. I learn from everything I look at even if it's not my cup of tea.


yes.
09/28/2016 01:52:16 PM · #23
6.03, huh? Very impressive!
09/28/2016 01:20:44 PM · #24
Originally posted by Melethia:

So it appears as though I'm going to have an even dozen (12) challenges where I have failed to meet my own average, and failed to get into the upper half (with one at 51%!) in the limited field of challengers. So why should I continue to play? I do like having challenges to shoot for. So there's that. But (and this is a serous question) is it fair to the few voters we have left to continue to apparently bother you with my entries? We're down to just a handful of voters these days. Would it be best to just stick to Facebook? Does anyone want to point out why I'm doing so very poorly these days? (I'm guessing "boring" is the main reason. I'm pretty sure at least a few have actually met the challenge.)

The one plus for the rest of you is that when I do play, I vote more. And I tend to vote higher (much higher) than I receive. So there's THAT.

I just added up my last 12 challenges......including my hiatus in the middle.....and came up with a 6.03 average.

My "normal" average is 5.6 & change.

The ones that are above my average are eye candy......mist/river/bridge shots that everyone loves, not necessarily evocative, thoughtful, or artistic. Just consistent capturing of beautiful immobile stuff reasonably well composed.

Funny thing......The ones *I* like best are the ones that dragged my average down.

I learned here not to take scores too seriously. I learned here how to shoot, how to see, how to compose, and most importantly, how to be comfortable with the photographer that I am. This community is second to none.

I've been with you as a member of Team Suck, I met you in New York at a DPC GTG, I've chatted with you in the forums, I shot (pictures of) pigeons in Paris with a smile on my face thinking how much that would amuse you, you have always have a kind word and an aumsingly wry outlook on life that I like. Honestly......I cannot imagine DP Challenge without you.

Just sayin'

Message edited by author 2016-09-28 13:23:42.
09/28/2016 12:44:49 PM · #25
Originally posted by Melethia:

So I shall continue to irritate the voters, then. As long as all of the rest of you do as well. Those are my terms.


Wonderful thing to do Deb. Looking forward to it.

The thing is posting pictures on FB does not interest me at all. I do not play to get a pat on my back. Taking the camera and shooting is a "modus vivendi" for me - I need it more than I need praise. But of course comments like yours make me even more motivated and make me think. Looking at your pictures makes me understand the world better and think even more and. I learn from everything I look at even if it's not my cup of tea.

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