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SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
25 Apr 2012 2:27PM

Quote:I try to wind up judges these days and know I've won when I get comments such as "I don't know what to say as I'm not sure what it is I'm looking at!" Wink
Yes, I sometimes deliberately put in an odd one or two just to get them going. Such fun. Grin
I wasn't bothered about the low scores but I am bothered about the calibre of judges, especially those that can't, or won't, keep up. Smile

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Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 7:21PM
I hate it when judges feel the need to make up time by talking about stuff other than the photo itself. I had a judge say that I must be rich, as I had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, so I must have holidayed in America, right? In fact it was one day off from a very hard working business trip.

I had another judge see the same shot and couldn't work out which side was England and which was Wales....
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 8:42PM
My pet peeve is the "Done it in Photoshop" judge. They either tell you how you should have done it better in photoshop or better yet, claim to see where its been "Shopped" when its a print direct from a negative (we still have some "proper" photographers in our club Wink )
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 11:13PM
After saying that, I just got home from camera club with another trophy, so not all judges are useless Wink
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
26 Apr 2012 11:14PM

Quote:My pet peeve is the "Done it in Photoshop" judge. They either tell you how you should have done it better in photoshop or better yet, claim to see where its been "Shopped" when its a print direct from a negative (we still have some "proper" photographers in our club Wink )


I had a judge look at one of my photos (that consistently scores 10) and say that the fantastic sky behind the castle "must be real, because nobody would go to the trouble of recreating the castle and sky in the lake in front, then adding all the ripple back in".
Wrong. Wink
pabloisme e2
4 566 England
27 Apr 2012 11:08AM

Quote:I had another judge see the same shot and couldn't work out which side was England and which was Wales....


clue sheep and wellies on the taffy side! (is that argentina? lot of taffies there!)

it seems most judges are of the mature standing (OLD gits) and struggle to understand new technology NO?
BUT a picture is a picture regardless of what was done, it apeals or it is a "why did they take that" in a sort of black & white way?

BUT I think we have all made the point that "voting" for each print by the members is best..
takes the FULL idiot out of the equation and leaves it as:-

the winner is the one who's mediocrity meets the mass criteria aproval BUT NOT nessacerily the best pix?

think the formula is winner = members / idiots * legible voting slips / rainy evening (*good looking birds) ?
unless you know a better one? oh I forgot 2 pints please!!
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
27 Apr 2012 11:10AM

Quote:think the formula is winner = members / idiots * legible voting slips / rainy evening (*good looking birds) ?
unless you know a better one? oh I forgot 2 pints please!!

Now that'd be a club evening worth going to (*but hunks instead of birds though - fat chance). Grin
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2012 11:48AM

Quote:clue sheep and wellies on the taffy side! (is that argentina? lot of taffies there!)


er... it's in San Francisco.....
pabloisme e2
4 566 England
28 Apr 2012 7:51AM

Quote:er... it's in San Francisco....
can see you are a club member! Wink

the comment was put as a joke, BUT like a club judges joke, fell apon stoney

mmmmmmmmmmm


Quote:(*but hunks instead of birds though - fat chance).
WOULD FAT DO?
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 9:17AM

Quote:the comment was put as a joke, BUT like a club judges joke, fell apon stoney

mmmmmmmmmmm



ah, I see. it was about as funny as a club judge's joke, that's why I didn't realise.

Wink
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 10:07AM
I feel I must say a few words in support of judges down here in the SAPA and Southern Fed region. I reckon better than 80% of them are switched on to current technology and style, give useful critique when commenting and don't waffle on too much. I usually mentally score the images before the judge gives a score and reckon to be within +/- 1/2 a point most of the time.

(Of course there are some incompetents - as witnessed by the fact that I don't always get 10's! Wink )
28 Apr 2012 10:30AM

Quote:I try to wind up judges these days and know I've won when I get comments such as "I don't know what to say as I'm not sure what it is I'm looking at!" Wink Yes, I sometimes deliberately put in an odd one or two just to get them going. Such fun. Grin
I wasn't bothered about the low scores but I am bothered about the calibre of judges, especially those that can't, or won't, keep up. Smile



Yep, the same thing happens here in New Zealand, I put stuff in to "play" with the judges mind, often they seem to "struggle" with my photo's ... I put them them in so that they are in "the judges face" ... no sense in putting in an average photo, might as well challenge the judge (and a lot of the other members), as at the end of the day it's all subjective (and I am in the 'A' Grade - top of the food chain) ... and with projected images always it's good to see something on the "big screen" rather than on a monitor ...

Just me 2 cents worth ... Grin
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 10:35AM
Apparently the Southern Fed rules are changing so that the judge will be given the image title, so they won't have to guess as much I supposed. Unless you make the title cryptic as well Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 11:25AM

Quote:Apparently the Southern Fed rules are changing so that the judge will be given the image title, so they won't have to guess as much I supposed. Unless you make the title cryptic as well Smile


Even more opportunities for mischief! Grin
sausage 10 288 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 8:39AM
We had one judge once that obviously favoured black and white images. When a colour image was shown he would say 'I wonder if this would be better in B&W' ........!

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