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03/18/2009 10:50:38 AM · #1
On my entry I found two comments that really made me smile.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CNovack- I think she spent more time looking at my picture than I did.

Love the warm gold orange hues that not only add warmth to the scene but the colors and silhouette of the plane adds to a sense of nostalgia. Akin to old travel posters or faded color of a well worn map the twin prop plane against the golden sky speaks of adventure. Like some of those old 40's films of 'seek adventure!' or even Indiana Jones era/films or Charles Lindbergh, the plane taking flight speaks of an era or time when the sky was the limit and there were many uncharted territories to explore and discover. It also speaks to me as a reminder that there still are - we just have to look for and appreciate them. Wonderfully captured and well presented imagery in this composition.

and

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' PennyStreet - This is a great summary of why I choose this image.

I love the frame of the clouds and then... whoosh!

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Thanks to all of the commentors.

Tim
03/18/2009 11:08:51 AM · #2
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Cnovack
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments. Some may not like the motion blur that obscures the sharp details on this predator but I like it for it adds a high degree of movement to what could be static. This jaguar looks like he is running at top speed perhaps we are watching as he is running down his prey. He is on the hunt and the motion blur strongly emphasizes that action to me. The colors are fabulous! One other thing I want to mention is that the longer I look I think of another way to look at your composition. With the blur it takes on an impressionistic look to it. Like the painter had to use quick brushstrokes to capture what he/she saw as it was occuring or mayhap from memory of what was seen that day.
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I like the "movement" in this and the feeling of being his prey. Well, maybe I don't like feeling like his prey, but it does feel like it "involves" the viewer more than just looking at it.
03/18/2009 11:14:16 AM · #3
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' pekesty

I love how photographers are still finding new and creative ways to photograph the Eiffel, especially considering how long it has been around and how many times it has been photographed. Your photo makes me think that Mr. Eiffel was half spider and this is the web he weaved.

Also, thanks to all who commented!
03/18/2009 11:30:44 AM · #4
I loved the generosity of the commenters this time. One thing that most said was that I should have cloned out the bright white box. Although I do think that editing makes my photos look MUCH better, I'm generally an avoider of cloning out subjects that were actually there. However, this comment made me think about what I really should have done with the photo:

Originally posted by JC_Homola:

a little tighter crop would have really brought these two out imo


How obvious - duh - a tighter crop. lol. That would have helped me get rid of the rectangle. I love how this place continuously teaches me new things about photography.

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03/18/2009 11:36:53 AM · #5
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Jaysus, what a scene! I can't wait to learn what this is. Is it real? Is it a diorama? What the heck is it? High mysterioso content, most definitely.

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03/18/2009 11:43:23 AM · #6
My favorite comment from this challenge was from...

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The deep rich tones of this shot are almost sensual. Beautiful curvy lines of composition in the soft dappled light send me right over the edge! ;-)

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I really appreciated this, it also describes how it makes me feel personally. I'm disappointed with the score, that so many people didn't like it. But I'm thankful and appreciative of all the comments.

03/18/2009 11:50:19 AM · #7
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I can see this on a contemporary home wall. Nice abstract.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1005/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_772429.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1005/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_772429.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Thank you!
03/18/2009 12:08:10 PM · #8
I guess it was a number of people who all had a similar observation, suggesting my title was contrived and was not what the title implied. Excellent observations, and it shows they took some time to examine the photo. Appearances can be deceiving.

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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' eschelar The title doesn't work for this pic at all IMHO. Nothing about that girl suggests begging.
katiemcg: eh, a poorly chosen title. That person looks like a business person to me (the bag).
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CNovack (Excerpt) ...The story I get from looking upon this image is a day of shopping at the markets or browsing the stores along the street - window shopping and getting a bite to eat at a local bistro....
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' mchalmers Hmm... Is the subject supposed to be asking this question? Because by the silhouette, this certainly doesn't strike me as a homeless or poor person.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser I get the image, which I like. And get the title. I just don't get the two together.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Nuzzer In a shot like this I think the title is a bad thing as it imposes a story on the viewer - I like to wonder what the story is - great shot for having the ability to fit stories to it
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Nshapiro Not sure I can figure out the story it's telling though.
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' HighNooner I do not understand the title, but i do not care great shot 8

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 12:11:28.
03/18/2009 12:11:03 PM · #9
Originally posted by phylsy7:

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I can see this on a contemporary home wall. Nice abstract.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1005/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_772429.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1005/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_772429.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Thank you!


Oooo thank you! :=)
03/18/2009 12:28:07 PM · #10
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' figmentsaid: Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SandyPSaid: One of my favorite areas on the planet. Matter of fact, we just got back from Estes Park on Monday and I am having Mountain Withdrawal big time. So thanks for the jab in my aching heart with this stunning photo :)

Not to mention that I hate you for being able to shoot straight at the sun and have it look so perfect and beautiful. It's okay, since it is such an important challenge, I won't let my petty jealousy affect my score :) It really is beautiful.

If I put a Colorado shot up ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SandyP always finds it....

03/18/2009 12:30:23 PM · #11
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' posthumous: Talk about a title changing everything. I see stories within stories. And themes within themes. I imagine of all the photos in this challenge it will be this one that stays with me the longest.

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I was one of those who pretty much disregarded technicals and submitted what I considered my "best" or "most meaningful" picture ... unfortunately there was no way other than the title (or maybe "caption" in this case) to provide the necessary context to differentiate the scene from a lousy vacation snapshot -- c'est la vie ... ;-)
03/18/2009 12:41:41 PM · #12
Here's my entry with my favorite comments.

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Did I expect a high score? No
Did I expect this to do well with the others? No
Did I have better photos? Yes (but didn't have originals or they weren't taken digitally).

I know the post processing is not the best on this and I know that the composition isn't that great but I loved the shot. I'm still new here and learning, especially with post processing. I consider this site as practice and a way to get better. Will I ever be an expert or pro? HA! I am always hoping to get ideas on how to make my photos better and then I go back and try these things. Anyway, these are my favs because they made me laugh:

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' LydiaToo LOL Pitiful, but well done.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser Don't assume that because you have an affinity for your subject, the rest of the world will too. Pretty dark on my calibrated monitor.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Adamsw216 Image feels a little dominated by the dark tones.

Sorry, I had to take a different approach here. I however do love all the comments and thank you very much. There were some very wonderful comments on it too!
03/18/2009 12:55:17 PM · #13
Lovely blue water, out of the box composition as most people can't resist including all of crater lake in the frame. by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Firebird
Yes, there were much more complimentary comments. But his mention of out of the box and my different perspective won my heart.
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And then there is:
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and
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Notroubles with ... It would be tough to take a bad picture here. (And they are so absolute right ... it is location location location.)

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 12:55:47.
03/18/2009 07:46:58 PM · #14
I started this thread as a way to say thanks for a couple of comments that made my day. However, I have really enjoyed revisiting the images posted from the viewpoint of other members. I'm also pleased that on most of these images that I gave a score higher than the average score received. I've been working towards looking at the art more than the technicals and I think I am slowy being assimulated.

Thanks for sharing your comments everyone.

Tim
03/18/2009 08:11:43 PM · #15
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Olympus C-8080 [Reply w/ Quote] [Report this Post] 03/13/2009 07:17:21 PM
Voted earlier coming back to vote now. Gorgeous colors in this composition. Swans always tend to add an elegant or regal touch to picture and this is no exception. Love the backdrop for the wavy shapes, slightly soft focus and red hues of the foliage take on aspects of strokes of a paintbrush. It gives this composition a painterly feel. And the crisp white hues of the swan really pops of the reds and the reflected reds in the rippling water. I have one critique (Oh man, why does she have to be so darn picky right;-) ) I think that the visual impact and appeal would be even stronger had you taken this at a lower angle (if you could) shooting slightly up and waited til it got to those 'trunks' seen just to the right of the beak. The reason is the you would then get a solid uninterrupted wall of just the wavy red foliage to act as a full curtain backdrop for the swan to visually pop off of.

There were many that standout, but I really appreciate the fact that she took the time to pick the image apart and tell me what it needed. Which I agreed with, just didn't have the time to do when the shot presented its self.

Thanks to all for the wonderful comments, they were appreciated.

Mac,
03/18/2009 08:15:24 PM · #16
My entry
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2 comments that I thoroughly enjoyed.

1.from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Kelli
Coming back to comment...

I have returned to this image several times to comment and keep ending up leaving without that comment. I gave this a 10, and every time I look at it, still think it's a 10. It's beautiful. But, I can't for the life of me, figure out what I'm actually looking at.

The fact that she liked the pic and scored it hi regardless of whether she "understood" what it was or not.The fact that She didn't lowball for the same reason, keeps what little faith I have left in voters.

2.from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Chinarosepetal

It's funny - I can actually hear this picture. :)

For those who have seen whales you know what she means. One of the best sounds on the planet. When these creatures surface it is a sight to behold!
03/18/2009 09:05:59 PM · #17
My first comment was from K10DGuy which was excellent and encouraging! (will ETA later...lol)
03/18/2009 09:17:11 PM · #18
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Originally posted by Bear_Music:

The gauzy minimalism of this appeals to me very much. I'm sure you're getting crucified by the voters-as-a-whole, but I'm not part of that, as I bump you to 8 based on surreal chutzpah.


Bear, as usual, had it right. I was getting crucified. I was beginning to appreciate those who didn't supply any nails. :-D
03/18/2009 09:20:28 PM · #19
Originally posted by phiggins24:

Here's my entry with my favorite comments.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Dr.Confuser Don't assume that because you have an affinity for your subject, the rest of the world will too. ...

Yeah, but he said that to every other portrait.
03/18/2009 09:46:57 PM · #20
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' figment Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.

That comment was really nice, thanks again!

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 21:47:54.
03/18/2009 09:48:11 PM · #21
Originally posted by RulerZigzag:

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Oh brother! Copy and paste comments should be deleted, imo.
03/18/2009 09:50:03 PM · #22
Originally posted by RulerZigzag:

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' figment Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.

That comment was really nice, thanks again!


Did you know he left that exact same comment on almost 200 photos?
03/18/2009 09:51:43 PM · #23
Ughh....thanks for ruining my day, Ignorance is bliss... lol. Well, well, well.
03/18/2009 09:54:08 PM · #24
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

Did you know he left that exact same comment on almost 200 photos?

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Message edited by author 2009-03-18 21:54:52.
03/18/2009 10:01:52 PM · #25
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' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' dahkota
wow. Okay, my favorite poem is wallace stevens, "13 ways of looking at a black bird". This image made the following line pop into my head, "The blackbird whistling Or just after." This is very well treated in post, to enhance the image extremely. Its just beautiful. It is a line from a poem, or just about to be. 10
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