>>> LPS#3 Feedback Thread

Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in ResidenceRegistered Users Posts: 3,165 Major grins
edited April 20, 2007 in The Dgrin Challenges
You are in for a treat this round, as there will be a vast cornocopia of feedback coming at ya! It should start rolling in in a few hours.
Creator of Dgrin's "Last Photographer Standing" contest
"Failure is feedback. And feedback is the breakfast of champions." - fortune cookie
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  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkRegistered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Andy's feedback, LPS #3
    My Top 10 picks:

    Bubbles in Bubbles, Sunset Reflection - rddphotos
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144140763/Large

    Hypnotic, colorful, creative. I want to keep looking.

    Chicago, A Beans Eye View
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144154790/Large

    Architecture is BORING! This shot - not. I'm instantly drawn in, I
    want to see everything! The shot is sharp, clear, crisp. Love the rich
    blues. The empty space serves to help focus the viewer. And the "real"
    tower upper left, anchors everything.

    Pizza Delivery - JimW
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144154275/Large

    Disturbing! Most irregular. I'm drawn to the photo, and can imagine
    all sorts of bad endings.

    Children's Fountain - ginger_55
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144154027/Large

    Highly irregular! Call the dog-catcher :) Great capture, very Elliot
    Erwitt-esque!

    Gnarly Wedge - Netgarden
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144153611/Large

    Oh this captivated me the moment I saw it. It is like an abstract
    painting almost. I love the flowing movement of the water.

    Luminescence - annnna8888
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144154306/Large

    Great take on a common subject. Use of fisheye or uwa lens really nice!
    love the lighting and color. The perspective makes the shot.

    perhaps more prunes - PaulThomasMcKee
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144148106/Large
    Drives home "irregular" for sure! Grabby and disturbing at the same time.

    One of a Kind - Ken Lapp
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144141290/Large
    Nice take on the subject, and a classic composition well done.

    Blue, Boston Massachusetts - eoren1
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144148116/Large
    lovely night scene, beautiful blues and reflections.

    Watercolor - davev
    http://dgrin.smugmug.com/gallery/2718386/1/144154198/Large

    Make lemons out of lemonade! Very painterly, good use of blah colors
    and flat light. The egret is an added bonus.


    OK and here are all the rest. Yes, I'm direct, honest, and sometimes sharp. I tried to convey what I thought when I evaluated the photos critically.

    I believe I got every single one, all 110 entrants - but if I missed you, it wasn't on purpose! Just let me know :)

    all shook
    up

    Comp, execution, fine. Good idea. It just didn't speak to me as others did.

    Pen-ee S
    Neither irregular or picturesque to me.

    disjointed
    No clue, didn't grab me.

    Security
    Blanket

    Nice idea - not conveying either subject to me. Would have liked the
    light to be across the eyes not the mouth.

    teetering
    travels

    I think it suffers from underexposure. The idea is creative and fun.

    Fields of
    Gold

    Pretty. Nice sky. I'm wanting more light on the flowers. Still, it's
    really a nice image! I think it works better with either a traditional
    compo, 1/3s etc, or an exact midline compo for the horizon.

    Way Away
    A nice plane. So?

    TreeBark
    Clinical, not interesting to me at all.

    Mama's
    biggest fear public water fountains

    Nice family snapshot but it's not contest-worthy. Neither irregular or
    picturesque.

    Pennsylvania
    RR Bridge

    Nice scene, the overhanging tree detracts, not adds, work on the
    composition.

    Old Grain
    Silo

    Could be great, but it's missing foreground interest. Lovely BW though.

    Road
    Kill...?!?!?

    Almost picked this. It is irregular. But others nudged it out. Nicely
    done!

    Smokin!
    Good take on an old saw. But it didn't grab me for top 10, sorry.

    Snoqualmie
    Railway

    Neither irregular or picturesque. Fairly clinical, sterile. Step back!

    Asylum
    Grabby. Disturbing. Irregular. But I wanted more, I feel the crop,
    compo is too close up. Show the same figure in a big bed, and you have
    a great shot.

    Beam me up,
    Scotty

    They aren't rocklike to me. I was confused a bit.

    untitled
    seascape

    Was in my top picks. Would have been a contendah, i was just too
    bothered by the lighting in the foreground (pleasing) and the plugged
    shadows on the far rocks.

    Ravenous
    Ravens dine at the blue plate

    Not engaging. Birds looking away. Not funny. They don't look like
    they are eating, they look bored.

    Linens from
    the Outlet

    Not picturesge or irregular, at least not without the title. Not enough
    anyhow.

    Frosted
    Falls

    Don't like the purple water. It suffers also from a clinical,
    tele-look. Step back, viewers aren't dumb, they'll find the good stuff
    in a well composed landscape shot :)

    Irregular
    Income

    Too small!

    What is
    it?

    Exactly. And why did you enter it in irregular or picturesque?

    Down On The
    Farm, Smoky Mountain NP

    Lovely scene. Leading lines are nice. This would benefit from pivoting
    the camera to the left, and eliminating the unfortunate empty blah
    foreground in the lower right. And some better light (landscapers are
    are at the mercy of nature!)

    Veins
    Nice closeup, neat lines, though underexposed and clinical. Light,
    light, light!!!!

    Broken
    Pattern

    Nice idea. Better light on the lights though!

    Cracked
    Too clinical. Too close up. Not engaging.

    Haceta
    Lighthouse

    Technically poor. Even under this weather, give us some contrast!

    Hands
    across time

    Neither irregular or picturesque, sorry.

    Ranier
    Sunset

    I want more foreground. It serves to anchor the scene.

    Postcard
    Nice idea! I want a better exposure though.

    Earth Sun
    Sky .. Irregular Results

    I don't like the processing, it takes away from the scene. This would
    have been gorgeous as a two shot vertical pano.

    Sweet
    Spot

    Nice fun shot. That's all.

    Hybrid Cherry Blossom
    Clinical and too cutesy for competition IMO.

    don't you
    just love Colorado?

    I love these cows! But the scene needs more for me. Step back, give the
    viewer more!

    Found
    Nemo![

    Well it's not a clownfish. It is pretty. But it's not sponge-worthy.

    Trapped
    Within

    Nice find, but it's not jumping at me. Sorry.

    Poised
    Elegance

    Not irregular. Not picturesque. Is a lovely loon, better even if he
    was facing the viewer.

    Morning
    Radiance 6am

    Nice compo, lovely reflection. Just not a top 10 for me.

    Life
    lines

    Nothing to anchor me, or keep me here. Move along, just some orange and
    black stuff.

    naturally
    Not irregular. Not picturesque. A nice portrait though.

    Double
    cut

    Double what???

    Gone to seedI found it
    to be too contrived - and the blue bg is bothering me. The idea is
    irregular, but sorry, it just rang "too cutesy" for me.

    Clinging to
    Life

    Yeah, so? Suffers from too much shadow, not enough detail contrast, and
    I'm kind of lost with this shot.

    Rural
    Sunset

    Way too much shadow in the foreground.

    While you
    were sleeping (I was awake and dreaming)

    Coulda been a contendah. The rock centrally composed, blocks me from
    the rest of the image though.

    Sunrise in
    Manila

    Overcooked in so many ways.

    Vintage
    Meadow

    What am I trying to see here? And I'm a NYer, been to this spot many
    times. You didn't grab me.

    Follow the
    light

    Lovely capture. Top 10 if there was something in the foreground on the
    water. Yes, harsh of me, I know. But you need to know what takes it
    from "good" to "great."

    A Dentists
    worst nightmare

    A gator. Close up and clinical.

    The
    Lookout

    Was in my top 10, got nudged out. Pretty, fantasy-like shot. Sky's a
    bit overcooked for my tastes.

    Black
    Sheep

    Geese. Ok. Common, ordinary, you didn't grab me. Work harder at
    giving your viewer more for their money!

    Lemonscape
    This image would benefit from a different perspective. Too straight-on.

    Violation
    of Copyright Violation!

    Kind of dark, nice idea, but just didn't make my cut.

    Family day
    at the beach

    Have a seat, this isn't picturesque or irregular.

    Hot stuff
    Neat idea, something about that green ....

    Paris Lamp
    Posts

    Where are the people???????????

    Uniforms
    Colorful, nice patterns, the one tie in the center - irregular. But it
    didn't get my top 10.

    Orchids in
    Evening

    Blown highlights. Work on that lighting. And the bg, top right and
    bottom right is distracting.

    Price of
    Pollen

    Not irregular or picturesque to me. Bee looking away doesn't help.
    Suffers from underexposure - need more light IMO.

    Dakota's
    Eyes

    A bit unsharp, Missing the mouth, nose. Crop more, or step back and get
    all of Dakota. The eyes should pop!

    View from
    the Window

    Pretty, eye candy. Was in my top, but got edged out.

    Sonoran
    Desert

    Too much dark foreground. Too centrally composed.

    Ghost
    Rider

    These are great fun shots, but hard to execute. I'm missing a ghost of
    car or something, don't know....

    Snowed In
    in April

    Kind of clinical. Probably benefit from stepping back.

    Waiting
    I'm waiting, too... for MORE of this lovely scene. This is a good shot.
    What would make it great? MORE. Next time, make a 2 shot vertical
    pano. Or use a wider lens and give me some more. You don't have to
    shove the tree at me, I get it :) Lovely lovely scene and drama.

    Waterfall
    Lovely scene, nice flowing water. A person in a red hat on the bridge
    would give it scale and make it irregular and picturesque :)

    In blue.
    Missing an anchor.

    The
    Individualist

    Nicely done. A bit underexposed for me. And way to close up I think.

    Lonely
    Times

    Almost got it from me! I think it just needs better post processing to
    make it a really good image.

    Unpredictable
    Sorry, I don't get it.

    Spring
    Snow???

    Not enough snow. Slow is not blue (bad white balance). The X pattern of
    the new growth is confusing, not additive to the composition.

    Seasons
    Awkward composition. Not enough snow to give me a sense of irregularity
    that means something.

    Clean cut
    Too close! Give me more! Viewers are not dumb, let them see more :)

    Spring in
    Vermont

    Too close. Too central.

    Bygones
    ??? whooosh - that's the sound of this photo going over my head.

    Abandoned
    Too close! Step back! Don't shove the subject down the viewer's throat.

    Fire
    wheel

    Nice ferris wheel shot But the pole distracts. And the foreground, too.

    Palm
    Sunrise

    Yahwn. And the horizon is off-kilter.

    Fresh Apple
    Blossom

    Perfect shot! For a text-book on Apple Trees. It's too clinical and
    not engaging.

    Water's
    Edge

    This could be sooooooo good. The unfortunate loss of the leading line
    left center, detracts. Watch your composition!

    Ooops
    Definitely irregular. A contender with an angry woman in the shot.

    More or
    less

    Techincally well done! Would be good for ad-work. It just didn't grab
    me for irregular.

    Broken
    Fence

    Only wanting for a pair of lovers walking down the lane.

    I just
    gotta be ME!!!!

    Make the red one stand out in a SEA of yellows. Too close up.

    Morning has
    broken - through the clouds atop a crater

    Plain jane central compo - not enough sun peeking through.

    Matanuska
    Glacier

    It's missing the bottom anchor.

    Which way
    is up?

    Could benefit from more exposure, better lighting.

    Cloud
    Dancer's Storm

    Composition needs work, you tried with nice leading lines but then I
    bump to the tree, and I'm lost.

    Fortunate
    Un.

    Polished
    Water

    Too small.

    Youth
    Not as good as the other tulip entries :)

    Ragtag
    band of colors

    Not irregular to me. Not anything really. I'm struggling here.

    Eggs for
    breakfast

    Try different compositions. This one isn't grabbing me.

    Dusk-LPS#3
    :nono --> http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=59067 Don't cheat, we will find out naughty.gif

    Motion
    Blur

    Not picturesque. Not irregular.

    Easter Egg
    Hunt

    Too tight!

    ...but
    only slightly

    Hilarious! Was in my picks, and then edged out.

    Majestic
    Waters

    Too close, and too blown out.

    Look over
    there momma...

    Could work, with more of the scene....
  • eoren1eoren1 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,391 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Wow
    Andy-
    You do know that we were all half-kidding about getting feedback on all of the entries....rightne_nau.gif
    What an incredible gift to everyone that entered - not to mention a herculean effortbowdown.gif
    I'll be the first (and definately not last) to say THANKS!clap.gif
    E
  • AndyAndy Bicameral New YorkRegistered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    eoren1 wrote:
    Andy-
    You do know that we were all half-kidding about getting feedback on all of the entries....rightne_nau.gif
    What an incredible gift to everyone that entered - not to mention a herculean effortbowdown.gif
    I'll be the first (and definately not last) to say THANKS!clap.gif
    E
    You're (all) most welcome thumb.gif Yes, it's a lot of work, but don't forget, I'm enriched by doing it, too. I love critiquing, it really helps me, as an artist, to keep my "edge."

    wave.gif
  • pyroPrints.compyroPrints.com photohunter Registered Users Posts: 1,383 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    :dragon Arggggh, well done, matey =c)

    Thanks =c)
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  • shatchshatch lv2grin IdahoRegistered Users Posts: 798 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Wow!!!
    Man Andy!...

    Thanks a ton for taking the extra effort to not only extract 10 out of that but provide critiquing on all of the entries.

    Very impressive and thanks for the critique.thumb.gif
  • tleetlee Perma Grin Registered Users Posts: 1,090 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Andy, thanks for taking the time....it's appreciated!

    T :D

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  • sanford tullissanford tullis Big grins Registered Users Posts: 63 Big grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Thanks Andy!
    Thanks for the extra work on the comments! It gives us a chance to to see our work through the eyes of the judges. It's a new chance to improve.

    Just like Arnold "I'll be back!" wings.gif

    already have to many ideas for number 4
    Capture memories one image at a time
  • Tessa HDTessa HD Major grins Registered Users Posts: 852 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    ohmagosh,
    I didn't think you were actually going to comment on every single entry! What a task! I can only imagine how long that took. I enjoyed seeing your perspectives - thank you.

    Tessa
    Love to dream, and dream in color.

    www.tessa-hd.smugmug.com
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  • Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in Residence Registered Users Posts: 3,165 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    The following feedback was sent in from Nir:

    i'd have to be in an exceptionally 'picturesque' mood to comment on all ten of my choices, so i'm just going to say what i think of the image i chose for #1. but before that let me say it was a very difficult job narrowing down over 100 to just 10. the first 50 were relatively easier to filter. after that another brutal round narrowed it down to 17. then i attached the titles to the 17 remaining to gain another perspective - the photographer's interpretation.

    most of the images are simply fantastic! i thank shay for asking me to judge at this early stage because i am sure the next rounds will gain participants and submissions and judging will be more difficult.

    back to my choice for #1 - "perhaps more prunes?" by PaulThomasMcKee: this image hit me from the very beginning. i found the tones, the mood and the situation pulling me in (hope you don't think i'm kinky rolleyes1.gif ). my view was of the "irregularity" of the situation - don't think i've ever seen an artistic photo of anyone on the toilet before. so for me this was one to definitely join the 17. then, when i attached the title "perhaps more prunes?", i understood for the first time the photographer's perspective.

    dictionary.com:
    9. deviating or experiencing deviations from a normally regular or cyclic body function, as bowel habits or menstruation.

    in my eyes it all fits so well! a beautiful image, an irregular situation to view, and, with the title, it nails the definition! this image with its title did for me what shay describes here

    PaulThomasMcKee - this is written prior to lps#3 results published. i have no idea how your image will do but i congratulate you for this composition!
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  • photogmommaphotogmomma Enormous giggles Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Andy! Thank you SO much for taking that much time out to comment on every single photo! That is just wonderful of you..... clap.gif And exceedingly helpful! :D
  • WrenTheBlurryWrenTheBlurry Major grins Registered Users Posts: 110 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Andy, let me add my voice to the thanks for you taking the time to make a comment about EVERY photo, wow! That was most helpful, and so good of you. *cheer*

    happy day,

    wren
  • DRabbitDRabbit Artsy-Fartsy Type Registered Users Posts: 181 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Andy, you rock :) - commenting on every photo was some task, I'm sure. I know I appreciate the feedback very much.
    Andy wrote:
    More or less
    Techincally well done! Would be good for ad-work. It just didn't grab
    me for irregular.

    Thanks for the comment. I totally hear ya on your interpretation, but I appreciate the compliment that it would be good for ad-work. Based on how my last two weeks have been it's amazing I got an entry in at all, but I really do enjoy participating in these rounds!

    Congratulations to all the winners!!
    Amy :D
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Thank you, Shay, Nir and Andy! thumb.gif

    Andy: bowdown.gif!
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • windozewindoze a life long newbie Registered Users Posts: 2,830 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    :bash
    Well like Shay says ..... failure is feedback and feedback is the breakfast of champions. Im gonna get quite chubby with all these breakfasts!

    Seriously, Andy thanx for taking the time to honestly comment how you felt about each entry. In Hawaiian, Mahalo means Thank you!



    troy
  • ericgtrericgtr Major grins Registered Users Posts: 104 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Nice constructive critisism, thanks for taking the time. thumb.gif
  • TentacionTentacion Click On ! Registered Users Posts: 940 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    Thank you
    "Nice idea - not conveying either subject to me. Would have liked the light to be across the eyes not the mouth."

    Thank you for your critique, perhaps I may agree with your opinion of maybe not conveying either subject, but I tend to disagree with your opinion of the lighting.....IMO the emotion of the child was the mouth "pouty lip, sadness, also the glimmer of a tear in the left eye" which shows the emotion of the moment and why he wanted and/or needed his security blanket. Also the dark lines of the blanket follow the flow of dark lighting that crossed his eyes bringing the viewing in and out of the pic., metaphorically showing the darkness of an emotional moment. But that is my opinion, and how I percieved with my minds eye what I saw when I captured the photo, this again proves how everyone percieves what they see differently.

    Your opinion is much appreciated and I commend you on taking the time to offer commentary on so many entries, that is indeed above and beyond the call of duty.

    CONGRATS to all of the Winners...Great Work, so glad to see that a few of the photos I picked as winners showed up in the list.

    Good Luck to all in the Next Round!!!
    You're only as good as your next photo....
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  • Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in Residence Registered Users Posts: 3,165 Major grins
    edited April 16, 2007
    These are my thoughts on the finalists photos

    sherstone - Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs "teetering travels"
    A fun photo, I like the all metal feel of it, and the composition is great. It could use a little brightening up for me.

    Tessa HD - Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge
    Very attractive, I like the contrast and color.

    Speck26 - untitled
    Really beautiful, I like everything about it.

    PaulThomasMcKee - "...perhaps more prunes..."
    This is wonderfully understated, from the title, the pose, to the mood and somber lighting and color. This one made me think.

    BeachBill - View from the Window
    It's bold and colorful and the composition is interesting as is the lighting. Beautiful.

    ginger_55 - The Children's Fountain
    A funny picture that makes the viewer react. I like the B&W, it has a classic Rockwell appeal to it.

    photogmomma - Waiting
    The novelty of the shot has a lot going for it. One wonders when the tree is going to fall over, and perhaps it might in that coming storm.

    klphoto - Lonely Times
    I fell in love with the composition of this photo. I do wish for a better exposure or perhaps some contrast.

    JimW - Pizza Delivery
    Highly irregular, this photo grabs my attention. Well done in keeping the clown mostly hidden and having the persons head in front of the door partially visible. It feels like I am there.

    annnna8888 - Luminescence
    Can a photo be too lovely for words? If so, this one comes very close to doing that (like Speck26's did). The use of the fisheye lens and low angle really add life to this shot. And the glowing petals are pure magic.

    I have to say, the quality level has noticeably improved this round! Bravo for the hard work you all put in to your photos and titles. We are getting close to the first semifinal round, and it looks like it will be an incredible event.
    Creator of Dgrin's "Last Photographer Standing" contest
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  • ElaineElaine Major grins Registered Users Posts: 3,532 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Congratulations to all the finalists! clap.gif And thank you to all the judges and to Andy for commenting on everyone's entries! Amazing!

    Elaine
    Elaine

    Comments and constructive critique always welcome!

    Elaine Heasley Photography
  • NanaMoNanaMo always grinning Registered Users Posts: 189 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Andy wrote:
    My Top 10 picks:
    .


    Andy, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to critique each entry!!!! You obviously have listened to people who asked for CC!!! We all feel special that you took the time to give us all feedback.

    Of course, I am sad my cows did not make the cut but when I took a longer shot it seemed really to deminish the cows and they no longer seemed to be the focal point....BUT you be I am going back to try again and really show the Colorado mountains (actually Pikes Peak could potentially be in the background if I can sneak it in between the trees). You are sooo right...with the caption I had...how did someone know it was Colorado??? Thanks for pointing it out....thumb.gif

    First time I have ever been involved in a photo contest....this Dgrin contest, that is...have entered each one so far....and by golly, plan to make it in one of the qualifying rounds!

    Thanks for such a wonderful, educational photographic experience!!! wings.gifiloveyou.gif

    Maureen
  • amy wilburnamy wilburn c'est moi Registered Users Posts: 83 Big grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    with much appreciation...
    thank you, judges, for all the time and effort you put into your 'work' iloveyou.gif
  • Speck26Speck26 Big grins Registered Users Posts: 13 Big grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Thank you for the feedback! It's great to have different perspectives on an image and to see how other people are shooting. Very generous of you Andy to comment on each image.
    Cheers,
    Rebecca
    RebeccaJackrel.com

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  • SelinaSelina Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 9 Beginner grinner
    edited April 17, 2007
    size matters
    hi guys. i'm sure you've gotten this question a million and one times, it just doesn't make sense to me. while editing my photo entry, i read over the rules of the competition, and it's stated pretty clearly image size should be less than 150kb, and the longest side should be less than 600 pixels. so i resized my image, and the result was way too small.

    how should i submit a photo that meet all that criteria, and also be large enough to be constructively critiqued? (andy, thank you for your critique, i just wish the image were larger and i could find out a little more about my technical shortcomings.)

    selina
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Selina wrote:
    hi guys. i'm sure you've gotten this question a million and one times, it just doesn't make sense to me. while editing my photo entry, i read over the rules of the competition, and it's stated pretty clearly image size should be less than 150kb, and the longest side should be less than 600 pixels. so i resized my image, and the result was way too small.

    how should i submit a photo that meet all that criteria, and also be large enough to be constructively critiqued? (andy, thank you for your critique, i just wish the image were larger and i could find out a little more about my technical shortcomings.)

    selina

    Selina,

    there were several discussions over that issue, and it's been made fairly clear that
    a) photos must fit 800x800 box (not 600x600!)
    b) if you attach (not link) a photo you can't have it more than 150K. In fact, it's simply a technical limitation, you will not be able to even if you try.deal.gif

    HTH
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • photogmommaphotogmomma Enormous giggles Registered Users Posts: 1,644 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Selina wrote:
    hi guys. i'm sure you've gotten this question a million and one times, it just doesn't make sense to me. while editing my photo entry, i read over the rules of the competition, and it's stated pretty clearly image size should be less than 150kb, and the longest side should be less than 600 pixels. so i resized my image, and the result was way too small.

    how should i submit a photo that meet all that criteria, and also be large enough to be constructively critiqued? (andy, thank you for your critique, i just wish the image were larger and i could find out a little more about my technical shortcomings.)

    selina

    If you are a SmugMugger, just attach the Large image and go with it - even though it's larger than 150K, because it's attached and not embedded, you'll be fine! (And if it's not SmugMug, you can still attach from an external site and you'll be fine if it's less than 800 on a side.)

    Sorry you weren't aware.... I did something similar once - very frustrating! :D
  • Shay StephensShay Stephens Artist in Residence Registered Users Posts: 3,165 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Shay's big list (sort of)
    3 - bgaras2001 - all shook up
    Great photo. This was in my top ten. Love the color and composition

    4 - b3nj4m - Pen-ee S
    Nice photo, but didn't strike me as suggesting the theme to me.

    5 - ChrisJ - disjointed
    Irregular for sure, but didn't do anything for me.

    6 - Tentacion - Security Blanket
    I am not seeing the relevance.

    7 - sherstone - Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs "teetering travels"
    Allready commented on.

    8 - rddphotos - Irregular - Bubbles in Bubbles, Sunset Reflection
    Not doing anything for me compositionally, color and subject are ok, but nothing grabs me.

    9 - thebigsky - Picturesque - Fields of Gold
    Very beautiful, I like the subdued feel but it's too tall for me. A 10x4 aspect ratio crop would punch this up a notch.

    10 - Aaron Bernard - Way Away
    I'm just not seeing the relavance.

    11 - lightroomtools - TreeBark
    Not very interesting.

    12 - sanford tullis - Mama's biggest fear public water fountains
    Too much reliance on the title. The picture as is does not have any relavance to the contest theme.

    13 - Tessa HD - Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge
    Already commented on.

    14 - nelsonstuff - Old Grain Silo
    I lke the color and exposure, but it lacks some wow to make it picturesque. The whole left side is doing nothing for me.

    15 - VisualXpressions - Road Kill...?!?!?
    I don't get it.

    16 - wildviper - Smokin!
    Love it.

    17 - fashiznitsngrins - Snoqualmie Railway
    Don't get it.

    18 - Ken Lapp - One of a Kind
    Nice, but maybe too expected, to grab much attention. It is a nice photo though.

    19 - ysabinin - Asylum
    I like it, it has something, but doen't feel like it has the right something for the theme to me.

    20 - kingmamaof2 - "Beam me up, Scottie!"
    Relevant? It's too much of a stretch for me. Cool concept though.

    21 - Speck26 - untitled
    Already commented

    22 - amy wilburn - ravenous ravens dine at the blue plate
    Conflicting and doesn't fit the theme for me.

    23 - urbanaries - Linens from the Outlet
    The mark through the tag is too obscure to carry the theme for me, but I do like the photo.

    24 - Strikeslip - Frosted Falls
    It feels more complicated than pictureque to me.

    25 - kelseyd127 - Irregular Income:
    Too much reliance on the title to carry the photos meaning. Also rather hard to make it out.

    26 - Annie222 - What is it ?
    Looks cool, but relevant?

    27 - GREAPER - "Down On The Farm, Smoky Mountain NP"
    Beautiful but weak subject/composition.

    28 - JillG - Veins
    Repeating patterns don't strike me as irregular.

    29 - Brett - Broken Pattern
    Love the concept! A tad dark, but well done.

    30 - tlee - Cracked
    Doesn't do anythig for me.

    31 - quark - Foggy favorite of the photographers - Heceta Head Lighthouse.
    Cool shot, but somehow doesn't say picturesque to me.

    32 - fmkjr - Hands across time
    Doesn't hit the theme for me.

    33 - scas - Rainier Sunset
    A wider angle may have lended more of a picturesque feel, also it feels too dark, color may have looked better here.

    34 - jillo - Postcard
    Love it!

    35 - MaxThompson - Earth...Sun...Sky - Irregular results
    Feels over cooked and over cropped.

    36 - indiegirl - Sweet Spot
    Cute, but doesn't hit the theme strongly enough for me.

    37 - mcgil - A new cherry hybrid blossom
    Too contrived and flash is overdone. Needs more finesse.

    38 - NanaMo - ...don't you just love Colorado?
    Very cute, I like it. Just wasn't as strong as some of the others I also liked.

    39 - vandana - "Found Nemo !"
    Pretty, but it didn't grab me for the theme.

    40 - hugz - Trapped Within
    Kinda looks like a scull, but I have to work too hard to make it hit the theme.

    41 - Swartzy - Poised Elegance
    Beautiful! But not irregular or picturesque enough for me.

    42 - Nikolai - Morning radiance, 6am
    Very evocotive, this is well done.

    43 - chertioga - life-lines
    I don't get it.

    44 - Elaine - naturally
    Beautiful portrait! I really like it, but it doesn't look irregular, and the surroundings don't look picturesque.

    45 - bas - Double Cut
    I don't get it.

    46 - Dee - Gone to seed
    Beautiful and colorful, I like it.

    47 - richtersl - Clinging to Life
    I don't get it.

    48 - shatch - Rural Sunset
    Too dark in the shadows. So much black diminishes the picturesque qualities.

    49 - TylerW - "While you were sleeping (I was awake and dreaming)"
    Beautiful and colorful, I like it.

    50 - pemmett - Sunset in Manila
    Over cranked. It detracts too much from the scene.

    I don't know that I will be able to do more, but I will try.
    Creator of Dgrin's "Last Photographer Standing" contest
    "Failure is feedback. And feedback is the breakfast of champions." - fortune cookie
  • erich6erich6 Photoholic Registered Users Posts: 1,638 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Good job on the feedback folks. Great stuff! clap.gif

    Now, if I could learn to read 12:01 AM vs. PM I would have enjoyed some of this for my own pictures.... Well, there's always LPS#4.

    Erich
  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,159 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Just got to agree... bowdown.gifbowbowdown.gif

    It takes a *lot* of time to do this many comments. Thanks Andy, Shay, Nir, and all the rest of the judges. It will definitely help me (and probably everyone else) with future challenge pics.
    Chris
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Andi,
    If you are a SmugMugger, just attach the Large image and go with it - even though it's larger than 150K, because it's attached and not embedded, you'll be fine! (And if it's not SmugMug, you can still attach from an external site and you'll be fine if it's less than 800 on a side.)

    Attached and embedded are the same, linked is different.
    For Links only dimensions matter.
    For Attached/Embedded - both dimensions and file size.
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • sherstonesherstone ½ here Vancouver Island, BC., CanadaRegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 2,356 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Thank you so MUCH!
    Andy that is spectacular, thanks for giving us the gift of insight into how you think and a little taste of what pushes your buttons.

    I read every one, some that I thought were powerful contenders you explained so well, why you felt they were not.

    Thanks again. :cool
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited April 17, 2007
    Shay,
    Thank you very much for the feedback, much appreciated! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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