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04/06/2005 04:07:57 AM · #1
None of these are related to the one I submitted - just wondered how these would have faired:
"Qup of Qoffee"
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"L"
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04/06/2005 05:16:16 AM · #2
I kinda like the coffee cup, though I wonder about the legality of the border. The Camera shot's a yawner as far as I'm concerned...

Robt.
04/06/2005 05:18:52 AM · #3
Both look quite staged for me - maybe not "accidental" enough to score highly.
04/06/2005 05:20:08 AM · #4
Originally posted by bear_music:

I kinda like the coffee cup, though I wonder about the legality of the border.

That's what I wondered about at the time. Wait - that's what I still wonder. I've seen people getting away with some things lately and thought this was no big deal. Not worth stirring the pot over though - the one I submitted is doing ok and I liked it the best.

Originally posted by bear_music:

The Camera shot's a yawner as far as I'm concerned...

Come on Robert - don't pull any punches! ;-)

Message edited by author 2005-04-06 05:22:52.
04/06/2005 05:21:47 AM · #5
Originally posted by legalbeagle:

Both look quite staged for me - maybe not "accidental" enough to score highly.


I think over half the entries were "staged" in the sense that they are man-made items that happen to look like letters when photographed at a certain angle. That is not outside the challenge rules, but I see your point about scoring higher.

Message edited by author 2005-04-06 05:22:16.
04/06/2005 05:39:18 AM · #6
In this challenge I'm seeing a couple kinds of "staged"; some entries are apparently "found objects" where the photo is later rotated to emphasize the putative letter. Other entries actually appear to be "assemblages", things collected and arranged in some manner to make the shot. These latter or not accidental IMO and I am not scoring them especially well. The others are fine with me. I'm not concerned with whether the "letter" is man-made or natural; in fact, my own is man-made.

What I'm looking for, aside from the usual technical/compositional virtues, is evidence that someone went LOOKING and that they "saw" exceptionally well. I'm in fact disappointed that I didn't take the time to look harder, and apparently others are too because my technically truly excellent shot is scoring below 5, presumably because it was an "easy" shot....

Robt.
04/06/2005 05:54:07 AM · #7
Originally posted by bear_music:

In this challenge I'm seeing a couple kinds of "staged"; some entries are apparently "found objects" where the photo is later rotated to emphasize the putative letter. Other entries actually appear to be "assemblages", things collected and arranged in some manner to make the shot. These latter or not accidental IMO and I am not scoring them especially well. The others are fine with me. I'm not concerned with whether the "letter" is man-made or natural; in fact, my own is man-made.

What I'm looking for, aside from the usual technical/compositional virtues, is evidence that someone went LOOKING and that they "saw" exceptionally well. I'm in fact disappointed that I didn't take the time to look harder, and apparently others are too because my technically truly excellent shot is scoring below 5, presumably because it was an "easy" shot....

Robt.


Come on Robert, maybe your photo just plain sucks! ;-) I'm kidding. I scored them as you did - not happy with arranged items - and even less happy with those that had NO discernable letters and NOTHING in the title to indicate what letter they think was in there. It's not a "Where's Waldo" challenge for crying out loud. :)

getting cranky, going to bed back in the AM
04/06/2005 06:41:05 AM · #8
I am doing better on this one than i did on the last 2 so far. I hope my luck stays up ;)
1 very nice comment..thank you person-who-left-comment :)
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If anyone would like to leave more comments while they are tying to avoid that update button you caqn comment on all the eve outtakes in my portfolio.


04/06/2005 08:39:57 AM · #9
After hours of deciding between two shots. I decided against this one.

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The one I decided to enter is getting around 4.8 I think I may have chsen wrong... what are your opinions?

Message edited by author 2005-04-06 08:43:15.
04/06/2005 09:19:32 AM · #10
I found this one at a local aquarium, but I didn't have my tripod or external flash with me, so I couldn't get a shot that I was satisfied with. I think it's a great subject, but a lame image. Depending on orientation, the fish would also work as a p, b, d or g, but some of those look more like a 6 or 9.

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04/06/2005 09:25:17 AM · #11
Originally posted by scalvert:

I found this one at a local aquarium, but I didn't have my tripod or external flash with me, so I couldn't get a shot that I was satisfied with. I think it's a great subject, but a lame image. Depending on orientation, the fish would also work as a p, b, d or g, but some of those look more like a 6 or 9.

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IMO, your fish image 'as is' would have done far better than most. I'd at least have given the little guy a 7 or 8 which is more than I can say for 90% of the photos I've seen so far for this challenge. Not that my submission is even average at this point, lol, so take that for what it's worth.
04/06/2005 09:27:12 AM · #12
I definitely prefer the coffee cup over the camera as well.
04/06/2005 09:30:35 AM · #13
I missed the Accidental Letter deadline. I took this shot and intended on keeping my eye out for something better but lost track of time (preoccupied in camera & lens research).

How might it have done?
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I titled it Jpeg
04/06/2005 09:40:25 AM · #14
Originally posted by casualguy:

How might it have done?


Not so well, I'm afraid. It's a messy-looking image overall and the J isn't especially clear. Looks more like an accidental phone icon to me. ;-)

EDIT- Oh, and I prefer the coffee cup. It's a good Q that doesn't seem contrived to me.

Message edited by author 2005-04-06 09:42:27.
04/06/2005 09:46:23 AM · #15
Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by casualguy:

How might it have done?


Not so well, I'm afraid. It's a messy-looking image overall and the J isn't especially clear.....


Good thing I kept looking for a better shot.... and forgot.
04/06/2005 09:51:13 AM · #16
Originally posted by tristalisk:


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What are your opinions?

I think a tighter crop would have put more emphasis on the letter. You'd have gotten a six or seven from me. It's not brilliant, but the big bonus is that it's straight out of nature without manipulation and that th letter is easily found.
04/06/2005 10:20:06 AM · #17
Like others, I don't have a problem with man made items. The challange clearly wasn't limited to nature. As long as the image isn't of something that was intended to be a letter I'm not going to take off points. Some of the staged images, however I think were staged to look like letters.

Part of the challange was also to make the picture "intersting. So I'm looking past just is there something shaped like a letter in the image.
04/06/2005 10:39:14 AM · #18
Almost entered this one, but didn't realize it was basic editing. My current image is tanking big time, should I have re-shot this one?

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04/06/2005 11:06:10 AM · #19
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My only other possible entry... not sure it'd have scored above 6, so I entered something else.

-danny
04/07/2005 10:23:50 PM · #20
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C for Canopy

Did not enter it, because I thought it was too lame (did not enter anything, for that matter). But what do you think?
04/07/2005 10:28:08 PM · #21
Originally posted by crabappl3:

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My only other possible entry... not sure it'd have scored above 6, so I entered something else.

-danny


I'd probably give it a 7.

great image, colors, focus and lighting are fabulous except for the background where lighting is a little patchy. How did you light the back?
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