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    Name: Vijay Varadan Age: 46
    Username: shankraft
    Gender: M
    Type: Registered User Location: Bellevue, WA
    Cameras: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
    Canon PowerShot S400
    Lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
    Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
    Registered: Oct. 20th 2007
    Contact: Private Message
    URL: http://fotofoobar.shankraft.com
    Biography: How I rate photos.

    I primarily see photography as a form of art. As with any art form, one needs to transcend the medium to go from being a technician to an artist. Mastery of fundamentals is an essential first step in the journey of transformation into an artist.

    At the very least, I expect that any entries in a challenge get the following fundamentals right:

    depth of field
    shadowing due to light sources
    color levels
    appropriate cropping without losing bits of the image

    1 == images have serious technical deficiencies and / or are just plain jarring / ugly / lacking taste - mostly both.

    2, 3 == images that have some technical deficiencies, but are not distasteful.

    4, 5 == average photos - ones that have the basics down pat, but to which I probably wouldn't give a second glance were I to see them anywhere else.

    6 == photos where the photographer begins to show signs of no longer being restricted by the camera - the rudimentary signs of art start to become evident.

    7, 8 == here's where the photographer really starts to escape the medium and is starting to express him-/her- self well. The person is mostly an artist but the mind is still yet not completely unfettered by the medium.

    9, 10 == there is no subject, there is no camera, there is no photographer. There is only art.

    p.s. I consider myself to be at a level 4 or 5 for the most part and with occasional sparks of inspiration (1 in every couple of hundred photos), I manage to reach a level 6. No false humility here, but I suspect that the highest I will ever get to in my life (and very seldom) is a 7 - probably not 8. 9 and 10 are out of my reach. Se la vie. :-)

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