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03/13/2007 06:16:54 PM · #51
Originally posted by bjoern:

Avg Vote Received: 4.7404

I must admit that I would like to have higher scores, but on the other hand I must admit that I just don't put so much thought, time and diligence in my shots and post processing compared with those that score higher that I think my average score is quite okay.

What I like about DPC is that it encourages me to take photos I wouldn't have come up on my own. And it teaches me to take a closer look, by the comments and also by looking at the work of others during voting. So I'm quite positive the scores will improve over time, and if not - so what, I learn anyway and I still have the fun.

(Edited a typo.)

Very true and the ethos of photography. Try harder, but in the end, have fun!
03/14/2007 05:33:04 PM · #52
03/14/2007 05:48:17 PM · #53
Ok, I update my Signature (I hope it works). Do we need an offical member list? Will our leader be the person with the lowest average? LOL!!!!

Message edited by author 2007-03-14 17:54:11.
03/14/2007 06:49:30 PM · #54
I don't want to start competing for the lowest average or anything, so maybe we don't need to single out people with lowest averages. I'll edit the first post for a members/supporters list.

Message edited by author 2007-03-14 19:03:52.
03/15/2007 12:51:22 PM · #55
Hey, I need a ruling on scoring, because I'm having a momentary lack of sucknes in the Grain challenge.

What can I do to stick around without purposely torpedoing myself?

I get a fluke every now and then.......8>)

Image Grain II
Votes: 86 Views: 158
Avg Vote: 6.6744
Comments: 3 Favorites: 1
03/15/2007 01:28:56 PM · #56
That's okay - you still have a sub5 average vote overall (the one on the profile page at the top). But even if you didn't you could still stick around. We like supporters :)
03/15/2007 01:31:42 PM · #57
Kelly, sign me up as a supporter, please! :-)
03/15/2007 01:32:17 PM · #58
Add me.
03/15/2007 01:51:45 PM · #59
Hey Kelly don't forget to sign me up too...please! ;-)
03/15/2007 02:01:31 PM · #60
My average vote recieved is between 4&5 but I know that is about right for my pics....although, my time is doing rather well. I am mostly happy with my entries...except one.......A HUGE STUPID MISTAKE......but oh well. Yes, who wouldn't like higher scores, but I get what I deserve!
So I guess I can't complain, I just wanted to add in here, I'm bored, I should be out shooting......good luck to each and every one of us!
03/15/2007 02:35:41 PM · #61
As a supporter of the au5 gang (and Kelly, dear, add me to the list, please!), I'd like to offer my support. I can't help you become Larus (and you probably don't want to become Larus because it means you'd have to move to Iceland), but I might be able to offer comments and critiques, or maybe help you discover a tool or two in post processing (though I kinda stick to very basic post processing). And in chatting with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' timfythetoo (who graciously puts up with my whining on a regular basis), he offered to help with Photoshopping hints. He's pretty good at that stuff, by the way.

So if you want comments or critiques on shots you've had in challenges or have in your portfolio, post a request here and I'll see what I can do. If you want Tim's help with PS, post a request here, too.

And there's always the after-challenge offers of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' drachoo and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' stdavidson to provide critiques - those are focused on helping you score better at DPC which may or may not be a goal you want to chase*. The critiques are helpful and worth the read even if you don't submit a photo for critique.

None of this is intended to encourage anyone to change their styles or their personal goals! Just ideas to encourage learning. :-)

*Caveat - getting great scores is a cool thing, but not an end-all goal, I don't think. Just my personal opinion!
03/15/2007 03:21:52 PM · #62

And thanks for the offer of help. Always appreciated :-D
03/15/2007 04:01:14 PM · #63
I can't be part of the club because my average finally climbed above 5 recently. Where were you guys before, when I was weekly getting sick over feeling like I had the lowest average on the entire dp? Anyway, I stuck with it and have finally gotten a bit better, but there isn't much separating me from dipping below a 5 again. I wish I could be part of something, though. I feel kind of alone, if you know what I mean.
I'll be visiting you in the under 5 club frequently, just to see if I can add anything constructive, or just to give you words to boost your spirit for the week. Oh, yeh, maybe you can visit me as well because I still score many images below 5, even after two years of struggle to get it over 5.
03/15/2007 06:44:11 PM · #64
Good for you for sticking with it. It can be tough sometimes but can be so worth it. You are part of us and not alone! We would love constructive or spirit-boosting things :-) And what I talked about in the original post about being okay with things but wanting to improve, that is the important stuff here, and what we want to do.
03/15/2007 07:39:03 PM · #65
hey Melethia! i'll have a pic for you to critique when Grain 2 ends! ;-p
03/16/2007 03:56:53 AM · #66
Originally posted by liberty:

Yes, who wouldn't like higher scores, but I get what I deserve!
So I guess I can't complain, I just wanted to add in here, I'm bored, I should be out shooting......good luck to each and every one of us!

Ya know, part of the reason that Team Suck got going in the first place was to help and support each other as photographers with skill and passion that do not necessarily strive to conform or solely for the score when they are mostly trying to capture, communicate, and share, their view of life and the world around them.

So no, nobody "deserves" to not have their views understood and appreciated by a three second dismissal of a voter who didn't take the time or have the whole story behind your work.

That's why the side tournaments, challenges, projects, and groups such as these have sprung up.

You will be challenged to do better by competing, but do not think that lower scores than folks who have been here for years is any judge of them as people or photographers in the real world, either.

I am a part time professional photographer who seels his work locally and even though I'm no ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' larus, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Gringo, or ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' jdannels, they weren't always what they are today, and these fine photographers will take the time and effort to share what they can to help, as they have with me which in turn helped me to decide to pursue this passion to the next level.

So I'm a happy and proud member of Team Suck and au5, and I get what I "deserve" in the form of respect and support when I'm NOT being hammered by the voters.

And before you know it, you'll be watching your scores on that shot you got that you knew was spectacular when you got it climbing steadily towards a 7 and get to spend all week going WOO-HOO to yourself regardless of where it ends up.

Besides, you *really* find out what you "deserve" the first time you realize that someone is willing to pay for a little part of you when they want a photograph that's a part of you, to make their life a little more beautiful.

I have yet to run into anything in life that compares to that feeling.
03/16/2007 05:13:26 AM · #67
I find it strangely ironic that this thread appears during the very challenge that looks destined to tip my average over five for the first time since i joined.

Remember folk, your average is at the mercy of the voters.
03/16/2007 05:52:40 AM · #68
Very interesting post, NikonJeb!
03/16/2007 05:31:22 PM · #69
Kelly, I think you could probably add all of Team Suck as either members or supporters. You can certainly add me. :)

I'll toss out this offer: I'll comment on anything anyone asks for, provided you do a little work yourself. Send a PM telling me:
1) What you wanted to achieve
2) What reaction you hoped for in the viewer
3) What challenges you faced taking it, which you overcame, and how
03/16/2007 07:49:50 PM · #70
Thanks for the offer of comments. :-)
I think those three things are pretty interesting, too. I often think about #1 but don't spend a lot of time on #2, and I probably should consider it more often when I shoot.
03/16/2007 11:12:22 PM · #71
Originally posted by klstover:

Thanks for the offer of comments. :-)
I think those three things are pretty interesting, too. I often think about #1 but don't spend a lot of time on #2, and I probably should consider it more often when I shoot.

One of the things that gives me the most trouble when I gather up shots for a show or sale is that I can never tell what others will think of my work and whether they will fall in love with the subject in the same manner as I did.

My ribbon on that old truck really surprised me because though that picture meant a lot to me for a number of reasons, none of those reasons would be remotely relevant to anyone else.

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/612/thumb/449178.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/612/thumb/449178.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

First, it's a "Deuce" truck.....as in "Little Deuce Coupe" only the truck version. I've always liked that era of trucks and the '32 Ford is the most beautiful of them all to me.

Second, it is a perfect example of the kind of lost cause I would constantly drag home and completely restore. I was never happy buying a perfectly good used car, I always had to buy some POS and breathe life back into it above and beyond any sensible manner. I restored waaaaaaay too many cars that sould not have been saved.

Third.....this one is the one that helped me realize that the chapter in my life where I "had" to drag another home is over. I have neither the time nor the inclination to drag it home and tie up all my spare time and money in it for the next couple years 'til I get it the way I want it.

I like it better on my wall in a picture frame!

So.....for the life of me, I can't understand why anyone outside the narrow spectrum of antique and classic automobile restorers would see the beauty in this nasty old truck!

It's really, really hopeless!

Go figure!
03/17/2007 08:39:32 AM · #72
Nice to see ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' yanko as a supporter.

Anybody that can ribbon with his pet kitty is A-1 in my book!!!!

His average is 6+!

I'm thinking he's designated mentor!.....8>)

Take that, Richard!

I'm afraid that I might be going into the realm of supporter.....I'm at 4.9434 and I have two over 5 entries, one of which is currently at 6.6940.....
03/17/2007 10:13:06 PM · #73
Well....I've just entered a shot in Color Portrait that should be resoundingly thrashed.

I like it, but I'll probably get publically horsewhipped by the DNMC Police that feel that I don't meet the "Spirit" of the challenge.

It should indicate my inclination to be a lifetime member of this club!

You never know though, maybe some people will "Get it".
03/17/2007 10:18:19 PM · #74
Let me guess... a black and white portrait of a "colored" person.
03/17/2007 10:22:22 PM · #75
Originally posted by posthumous:

Let me guess... a black and white portrait of a "colored" person.

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