Archive for the ‘Craftsmanship’ Category

Nature Exhibit – FOLLOW THE RULES, PLEASE!!

April 20, 2014

Summary – The good news: two entries within the 1st 5 hours. The bad news; one was wrong on two counts. :(


Sunrise

Be original

You don’t have to travel far (above – walking distance from home)

Chances are if you do make that special trip to a photo icon

It’s to capture the same image as 1000′s of others – not original

I’d rather not see half-dome again ;)

Also, try showing your subject, whatever it is, using a creative eye

And not the same composition style that everyone else might use

Get down in the weeds (or cat-tails as the case might be)

Don’t be afraid of getting wet or dirty or both

Give the viewer something to view

It’s the viewer’s eye that should travel; not the photographer


Let’s try this ONE MORE TIME -

The entry rules are simple

If something is confusing, PLEASE let me know

A large percentage of the previous Abstract Exhibit entries

Had problems with not following simple rules, most often

1 – Sent to the wrong address

Just because you know another of my addresses,

DO NOT use it (11 abstract entries)

Use the one below

edkphoto@comcast.net

2 – Incorrect image size (pixels on long side)

14 of 78 abstract entries

I want 1024 pixels on long side

3 – other problems (4)

Life is too short (29 entries to “fix!!”)

May not seem like much, but it adds up

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So – new exhibit & one of the 1st two entries was this next one -

Shown is the full size image

320 pixels high – and not 1024 as called for

Here’s a tip -

Include the image as an actual attachment

If you simply embed it in the body of the e-mail,

Your e-mail program may shrink it (or not)

A word to the wise….

Also – look at the right side of the image

Images are NOT to contain the hand-of-man (HOM)

Sorry if you think otherwise, but that is the HOM

The path|road|trail|whatever was made by man

It doesn’t have to be paved to be so

Let this be your general guideline – if man had been involved with anything in the image, it will not qualify

Don’t think “it’s incidental” to the story makes it OK

Anything means anything

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Nit-picky maybe BUT most exhibits even would consider the row of trees HOM as they obviously didn’t “spring-up” naturally like that

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If you have to wonder about it, substitute another image; if in doubt, it’s out

The other (correct) entry can be seen here

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Exhibit Subject Matter

Nature, the outdoors

Without the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Unless you have absolutely NO doubt about

What is & is not the HOM,

Check out the above link!

ALSO – no wildlife; saving that theme for later

A bird flying through the scene is OK

But not as the main subject; just incidental

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Yes, I’m a crotchety-old-grouch

Otherwise known as a curmudgeon :( ;)


Entry Rules (repeated one last time from yesterday’s post) -

#1 – One entry per person

Entries open immediately

Entries close 5/31/14 or after 100 entries (whichever is 1st)

#2 – Send entries to edkphoto@comcast.net (NO other address)

Subject line: Nature Exhibit Entry

Body:

Your name

Country

Image Title

Critique desired? Yes or No

Attachment:

JPEG file (NO other format)

1024 pixels on the long side

Not 300 and not 3,000 but 1024

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I will reply to all entries (if sent to correct address) with either:

Thank you, or

Doesn’t conform to rules, or

HOM – not accepted

Wrong address? In the Trash :(

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Entries will be displayed

In a gallery in the order received

As soon as I send the acknowledgement reply

The only identification will be a number until

Viewer’s Choice and Equal Merit selections are done

(mid-June)

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The work must be yours

You retain all rights to the image

I will show suitable copyright markings

© by the photographer 2014

Email edkphoto@comcast.net for details

And will substitute your name after the exhibit closes

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A heads up -

Strive for originality

Images that look like those seen over & over

Won’t score high in the critique’s

Creativity and Communication areas

Unoriginal images are average at best

 


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Enter this Nature Themed Exhibit – Free

April 19, 2014

Summary – Thursday’s post surveyed viewer interest in a landscape exhibit. Today’s post kicks it off with a slight twist – nature in general.


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“Yummy!”

An intimate landscape

Yummy was a one-word workshop critique by Freeman Patterson

His highest praise; I didn’t know it at the time, puzzled me in fact


Exhibit Subject Matter

Nature, the outdoors

Without the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Not wildlife; saving that theme for later

A bird flying through the scene is OK

But not as the main subject; just incidental


Entry Rules -

#1 – One entry per person

Entries open immediately

Entries close 5/31/14 or after 100 entries (whichever is 1st)

#2 – Send entries to edkphoto@comcast.net (NO other address)

Subject line: Nature Exhibit Entry

Body:

Your name

Country

Image Title

Critique desired? Yes or No

Attachment:

JPEG file (NO other format)

1024 pixels on the long side

.

I will reply to all entries (if sent to correct address) with either:

Thank you, or

Doesn’t conform to rules, or

HOM – not accepted

Wrong address? In the Trash :(

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Entries will be displayed

In a gallery in the order received

As soon as I send the acknowledgement reply

The only identification will be a number until

Viewer’s Choice and Equal Merit selections are done

(mid-June)

.

The work must be yours

You retain all rights to the image

I will show suitable copyright markings

© by the photographer 2014

Email edkphoto@comcast.net for details

And will substitute your name after the exhibit closes

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A heads up -

Strive for originality

Images that look like those seen over & over

Won’t score high in the critique’s

Creativity and Communication areas

Unoriginal images are average at best

 


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Landscape Themed Exhibit – Any Interest?

April 17, 2014

Summary – The abstract exhibit is over. An entrant suggested a follow-up exhibit: landscapes. How many are interested?


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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

A Landscape? Yes.  An Intimate Landscape

From a 2007 trip to California – Sequoia National Park


It has been suggested that I host a Landscapes Exhibit

I believe that would draw more entries than

The recently completed Abstracts Exhibit

Possibly more than I’m able to handle

I’m willing to consider it, but with entry limits; maybe as follows

One per person

Deadline in 60 days or

Until 100 entries are received

Whichever comes first

To add to the challenge, the landscapes

Must not include the hand of man (HOM)

Read here if HOM is new to you

Today’s post’s feature image follows this rule

Based on the Abstract Exhibit (where some voting bias was seen)

Entries will be identified initially by a number only

This assumes that after entries close

There will be Equal Merit & Viewers’ Choice selections

 The images should be judged on their own merit

Not who made them or

What clever image title was given


Interest?

Let me know what the interest level is

No’s as well as Yes’s are invited

They tell me something about this blog’s readership


Critique?

If  you chose Yes in the Interest Poll,

Would you like your image “scored” (critiqued)?

Scoring would be based on 0 through 4 in four areas

1. Craftsmanship

2. Composition

3. Creativity

4. Communication

For a perfect score of 16

An image that’s average in all four areas gets an 8

And so on

Each image would be shown with

Four scores (one per area) and a total

And maybe optional comments

 


If there’s enough interest,

I’ll post entry information in a few days


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HDR – How it Works & How to Use it Properly

April 16, 2014

Summary – The clearest explanation of how HDR works I’ve seen. Also uses that explanation to demonstrate why many HDR images look so, well HDR-ish (as opposed to natural).

Another great post

by Ming Thein – a good photographer who is

An even better writer

To be expected if you attended Oxford at 16 ;)


I won’t dwell on my feelings about HDR (not all positive)

Ming pretty much says it all

(BUT – if you really want more – here are my 60 HDR posts)

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Read his excellent article by clicking on this image

(and learn about dynamic range & zone system at the same time

2014-04-14_9-18-19© Ming Thein

 

 


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Image Opinions – Judges vs. Viewer Comparisons

April 15, 2014

Summary – Two recent posts showed three judges’ selections for awards as well as the choices of 50 viewers. See how they compare.


Not surprisingly,  judges and “ordinary” viewers

Don’t necessarily have the same tastes when choosing images

Heck – even judges disagree with one another (ditto viewers)

I noted some favoritism in the viewers’ votes – expected I guess

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Below are examples from the two sets of selections

Eleven selections each by judges and by viewers

1st: Images chosen by both judges & viewers

(These represent 10% of the total entries)

2nd: Chosen only by judges

3rd: Chosen only by viewers

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There was even one image chosen

Only by a single judge (the most experienced) and zero viewers

 


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The 1st eight hold universal appeal – judges and viewers both

Not so much the following two groups of three

What do you think separates the universal from the others?

Draw your own conclusions and share if you like

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Click on the image below to see full screen images

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In case I didn’t explain things well -

Top 8 + Middle 3 = Equal Merit Selectees

Top 8 + Bottom 3 = Viewers’ Choice Selectees

(Notice how I avoided using the word winner

Everyone is a winner who bothered to enter ;) )


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