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02/10/2008 08:29:25 PM · #1
Wouldn't mind some comments here, not sure about why I've been DQ'd. In a (very) recent challenge running under advanced rules, i took 5 shots of the same scene over a 5 min period, converted from RAW to JPG, and ran them into CS3 in the "Stack Files" script. Applied the "Smart Objects - Range" analyser to them, flattened the images, applied levels and inverted. Used the eraser to "ragged" up the edge and saved for web. That's it....! Got DQ'd with this message...

"Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements, etc. is acceptable. However, using any editing tools to duplicate, create, or move major elements of your photograph is not permitted."

The "Load files into Stack" command does not duplicate, create or move anything. The duplication comes from the fact that there are several layers. I cannot show the image just now as the challenge still has 4-5 hrs to run, but will post up tomorrow if anyones interested. The Stack and Smart Object Analyser are quite cool, so would like to know if it is this that is illegal.

Bye the way, before anyone asks, yes I have asked the SC, but I'm guessing their probably too busy to answer....
02/10/2008 08:36:10 PM · #2
I think what probably got you DQ'ed is using the earser tool on the edges, I could be wrong though. Kind of tough w/o seeing the image. when the challenge is over, post it up, I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions. I'm sure SC will get back to you with the official reason though.
02/10/2008 09:35:48 PM · #3
Hi Alan,
To elaborate a little, the reason for the DQ was because the rules say you can base your entry on several captures of the same scene. The composition of your scene changed pretty radically between captures, even though the basic framing remained the same. The majority felt that the compositional differences between the captures resulted in them being different scenes.
02/10/2008 09:37:05 PM · #4
I sent you a PM. The DQ in this case was for combining files that changed substantially between frames. The allowance for multiple originals is to help control exposure, noise and similar issues on a single scene. It does not allow scenes with different features to be combined.
02/10/2008 10:22:39 PM · #5
Yeah thanx guys, Scalvert I just got your PM, thanx. Fully understand now. Pity, it's kinda cool what you can do, ...Expert Editing.....?

Thanx Guys

Alan
02/10/2008 10:58:59 PM · #6
I say this with the greatest admiration for the Site Council and it's dedication.

If you compare the answers elaborating on the DQ here, they go far beyond the
canned response originally given.

May I suggest that these canned responses, which have been used for quite some
time now, might either be rewritten, or perhaps DQs could be a bit more
comprehensively explained when given out.
02/11/2008 09:51:14 PM · #7
Originally posted by sfalice:

I say this with the greatest admiration for the Site Council and it's dedication.

If you compare the answers elaborating on the DQ here, they go far beyond the
canned response originally given.

May I suggest that these canned responses, which have been used for quite some
time now, might either be rewritten, or perhaps DQs could be a bit more
comprehensively explained when given out.


I think a lot could be learned from reading the real reasons a photo was DQ'd. The way it is now leaves a lot to the imagination.
02/11/2008 10:18:48 PM · #8
mmmf. indeed. and why not just bring back expert editing and leave the tweezers at home?

Originally posted by apashack:

Originally posted by sfalice:

I say this with the greatest admiration for the Site Council and it's dedication.

If you compare the answers elaborating on the DQ here, they go far beyond the
canned response originally given.

May I suggest that these canned responses, which have been used for quite some
time now, might either be rewritten, or perhaps DQs could be a bit more
comprehensively explained when given out.


I think a lot could be learned from reading the real reasons a photo was DQ'd. The way it is now leaves a lot to the imagination.
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