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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 8:43 PM

When I first joined the site I would look at the HCs and ECs and think " I wish I could produce stuff to that quality". I didn't think I would but it was something to strive for even though it was just the editors idea of what a good photo (no offence Pete, you know what I mean). So here we are now 6 years later and yes I do pick up some awards. There are some who will say that all the award winning wildlife images are pretty 'samey'. Fur, feathers, you know what I mean. Once you've seen one kingfisher Wink Now I also like a nice landscape or seascape but I just don't have the eye for it myself. But I know the formula.....foreground interest (mmm maybe a rock), a good lead in (path, stream,ripples in the sand etc), perhaps a strong focal point and a nice sky. They are all pretty samey. Portraits, a head and shoulders, 2 eyes (sometimes 1), 2 ears (sometimes 1) a nose and a mouth. Good lighting. All pretty samey. Nudes....well once you've seen one pair Wink Now please don't think that I am being derogatory because I am most definitely not. I would love to do a cracking landscape but as I say I don't have an eye for it. And I know the effort the award winning photographers have gone to to get the shot. (You have an advantage over me though because landscapes are usually in the same place when you go back Wink ). Now go to the award galleries and you will see these images, there is no doubt a kingfisher and a Buachaille Etive Mor or a lonely tree etc etc. But what is it that separates these images from the ones that don't make it? Your thoughts please.

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Cephus
Cephus  92123 forum posts England
8 Oct 2012 - 8:52 PM

Stand by, SadSad Here we go again! Tears before bedtime. SmileSmile

Last Modified By Cephus at 8 Oct 2012 - 9:35 PM
Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 8:58 PM

I hope not. I started this thread so that the people who say they will never get an HC or EC or are not one of the 5% can see that it isn't impossible at all!

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014740 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 8:58 PM


Quote: When I first joined the site I would look at the HCs and ECs and think " I wish I could produce stuff to that quality". I didn't think I would but it was something to strive for even though it was just the editors idea of what a good photo (no offence Pete, you know what I mean).

So here we are now 6 years later and yes I do pick up some awards.

There are some who will say that all the award winning wildlife images are pretty 'samey'. Fur, feathers, you know what I mean. Once you've seen one kingfisher

Now I also like a nice landscape or seascape but I just don't have the eye for it myself. But I know the formula.....foreground interest (mmm maybe a rock), a good lead in (path, stream,ripples in the sand etc), perhaps a strong focal point and a nice sky.

They are all pretty samey.

Portraits, a head and shoulders, 2 eyes (sometimes 1), 2 ears (sometimes 1) a nose and a mouth. Good lighting. All pretty samey.

Nudes....well once you've seen one pair Now please don't think that I am being derogatory because I am most definitely not.

I would love to do a cracking landscape but as I say I don't have an eye for it.

And I know the effort the award winning photographers have gone to to get the shot. (You have an advantage over me though because landscapes are usually in the same place when you go back ).

Now go to the award galleries and you will see these images, there is no doubt a kingfisher and a Buachaille Etive Mor or a lonely tree etc etc.

But what is it that separates these images from the ones that don't make it? Your thoughts please.

My thoughts were that it was hard to read that block of text, so I split it up Wink

Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:00 PM

Agreed Grin

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87271 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:05 PM

It's the Editors Choice......Wink

joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:07 PM


Quote: Now I also like a nice landscape or seascape but I just don't have the eye for it myself. But I know the formula.....foreground interest (mmm maybe a rock), a good lead in (path, stream,ripples in the sand etc), perhaps a strong focal point and a nice sky.


Or perhaps you don't….? Smile Smile

(I know, I know. Shameless self-promotion…. yadda, yadda. Tongue Wink )

Last Modified By joolsb at 8 Oct 2012 - 9:13 PM
Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:15 PM

Here's why what I pick get's picked: Editor's Choice explained

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:18 PM

Forget about the making.
You could get all the awards if you become Pete's whipping boy.... TongueWinkGrinSmile
(well, apparently that was what people called me behind my back anyway....LOL)

Last Modified By Coleslaw at 8 Oct 2012 - 9:18 PM
lobsterboy
lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014050 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:21 PM

but you have always liked a good whipping....

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:22 PM

Oh yusss...... please... Tongue

tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85867 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:23 PM

Totally agree with you Steve

Read your ethos before Pete and it is what it is - no gripes at this end

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:35 PM


Quote: well, apparently that was what people called me behind my back anyway

It really does sadden me when I hear this sort of thing...jealous and egotistical people have caused so many problems over the years for what should be a very simple and none political feature.

Similar thing happened a week or so ago when Nik and Emma featured one of our members in one of our top xxxx photographer articles. Apparently the person got an email from someone having a go at why they'd been featured.

mikehit
mikehit  46186 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:39 PM

With macro and close-up, there are no conventions to get in the way.
Or abstracts like Joolsb linked to (niiiice...).

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
8 Oct 2012 - 9:40 PM

Hey Pete, no need to be. Well,
I am not anyway. I am wise enough these days to not take things to heart. I just laughed, and think it was pretty funny.
There are sadder things in life.Wink

Last Modified By Coleslaw at 8 Oct 2012 - 9:40 PM

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