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My comment on the preposterous beta-thingy announced yesterday, in the fervent hope that it follow Betamax into oblivion and take the scrap from my Buzz with it.

I am interested to know what Ollie, Francesco, Dougie and Nezih and others think of my photographs, not the results of some fatuous and ultimately meaningless Sudoku-substitute.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Lensbaby Composer/double glass optic/f4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Sep 2012 - 11:42 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2
Aperture:f/4
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Daylight
Title:VS CHALLENGE
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:2 Oct 2012 - 8:41 AM
Tags:Bread and circuses, My kind of humour, Specialist / abstract
Votes:52

Comments

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:43 AM

The photo is from the elephants' graveyard end of Tanfield Railway.

Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
2 Oct 2012 - 8:48 AM

Personally I think it could be open to abuse, rather than providing any reliable statistics - love your photo anyway ... Carol GrinGrinGrin

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10476 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:49 AM

A bit trunkated but a goodun.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:50 AM

Like the LB use here Bill,, good rust textures and colours too
Regards Richard

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:53 AM

Wonderful use of lensbaby and effect, stunning colours! I totally agree with you about "the preposterous beta-thingy", Bill. Your photo with the title is a great challenging answer to it and it certainly deserves more than my humble UA.

franken
franken e2 Member 123197 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:53 AM

Love it Bill. I think the verses thing will die a death. How can one of my street photography shots be compared to a macro of a fly?

Ken

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:57 AM

A very good point from Ken.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 9:10 AM

Rusty reds and rivets aplenty, must have been a challenge to get the LB just right here Bill Wink

Dougie

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 9:12 AM

An analogy on the way the site's going with this VS- type novelty. A minority seem to want to spoil the site for everyone who enjoys it as it is and I suspect it's because they think they deserve more recognition than they get.

Having said that, very nicely done - and love the bleeding colour.
x

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 9:32 AM

Sorry, Bill...can't make my mind up between top or bottom...and I would have preferred some joined up writing GrinGrin

off to VS mode to see if I can win a prize...what that's you say...there are no prizes?????? GrinGrinGrin

capto
capto e2 Member 21323 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 9:45 AM

Interesting image, great credit for the title. Before looking at the gallery I spent time trying to find away of opting out of this extremely annoying VS thinging. My Buzz is full of sCrap.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:10 AM

Typical that this image should have lost its first VS wotsit.
Why can't we just scrap VS, votes etc and revert to "If you like this photograph, click here" which was such a major attraction to the site in the earlier days?

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom104 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:20 AM

An exceptional creative, imaginative, and well composed observational piece, which screams out quality Bill. Certainly an image which I would have dearly loved to have captured.

Regards Nathan

mex
mex e2 Member 6mex vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:51 AM

Like this image a lot bill, im with others scrap the crap and dejunk me buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Grin lol
cheers phil.

BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 11:12 AM

While I can't personally see the point of this VS thing, my solution is simply to ignore it, in the fairly firm belief it'll go away.
I can however appreciate the fact that the EPZ folks are willing to try out new stuff, and keep the site interesting and perhaps relevant for a newer generation of photographers who lack the attention span of a gnat. Smile

That aside, a very fine image, Bill, which I really like.

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 11:56 AM

I think this is one of the worst ideas that EPZ has had in awhile.
The photo says where it should end up!

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 1:01 PM

A very colourful and eye-catching image, Bill...and a fine specimen of rust Smile Not keen on this VS Mode thingy, either....
Trev Smile

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 1:15 PM

OOPS, what have I missed? Someone send me a link to tell me what this VS Mode thing is all about. Love the lensbabied rust by the way.

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 2:02 PM

Like rust slowly disintegrating into the sea of water.......Sandy

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 2:15 PM

What was he thinking?

perhaps I will add another loose so you can have the honor of the most loosing image on the site???


As to the lens baby thing, I would have to crop some off the bottom as it upset my eyes--- LOL, otherwise a good exercise in selective focusing.

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 2:29 PM

perfect!!!!

love it

thanks a lot 4 the ua WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

JohnChambersPhotography

I remember this shot Bill, well spotted good capture, that lens of yours works so well in these captures.

John

Ps Didn't Moira spot it first. lol.

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 396 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 4:03 PM

As good as it gets, Bill, superb creativity and camera work.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 4:18 PM

Good creative (and rusty and painty) stuff Bill. As far as VS is concerned, I'm in the 'wait and see' camp.... Can't say I'm for it or agin it. Smile
Ann

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 4:23 PM

Dunno what the new feature really means Bill.
I never pay any attention to them anyway !!
A good bit of gritty rust here.
And I am sure there is still some guy in Leith,
trying to flog of 50 Betamax players cheap !!
Mick.

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 5:48 PM

A dirty word in my Company Bill, but a super image here with loads of lovely red Rust. ( Unlike my upload tonight ) Smile

John Smile

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
2 Oct 2012 - 7:15 PM

Much better than VS

Peter

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44080 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 7:51 PM

A question of who put the 'S' in the lower word in order to create the 'scrap' above, Bill.
The LB doing what it (in your hands) does best.

Malc

pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 - 8:47 PM

Lovely bit of rust there Bill, i must admit i first thought it said crap in the thumbnail Tongue , Peter..

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 11:14 PM

First:
Bill, this is a wonderful image. Very good use of LB, great color and detail as well. All in all -- VERY creative.
Next:
The whole VS thing -- I really hope it goes away. What I continually enjoy about this site are:

1) Peer review -- offering help to members by providing useful, instructive critique. I've also learned so much by seeing other people's work.
2) Worldwide community of photo enthusiasts of all stripes. Yes, we were engaging in a social medium before that term and Facebook were invented.
3) Encouraging newbies who are timid about their work and want to get help without having to produce vote getting images. This is the biggest travesty of VS.
I can't imagine how this would do anything but discourage a newbie when he/she gets nothing but negative votes.

Also -- what is meant by "which photo is better?" How do we compare photojournalism to wedding portraiture to abstracts to botanicals to . . .

OK -- sorry to turn this into my personal soapbox.

-=\Walter

twelvemegs
3 Oct 2012 - 2:13 PM

Messing with my eyes again Bill.

David

frz67
frz67  5 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 10:19 PM

I love how a judicious use of the lb lens enhances colors and textures.
perfect, Bill! Grin

francesco

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
4 Oct 2012 - 3:29 AM

fascinating colour!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 9:43 PM

Hopefully that VS or Very Silly Challenge will soon disappear, it's another ill thought out concept that won't catch on. The results are so random and meaningless and the spamming up of the buzz inbox was the most annoying thing about it!

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 9:26 AM


Quote: Hopefully that VS or Very Silly Challenge will soon disappear, it's another ill thought out concept that won't catch on. The results are so random and meaningless and the spamming up of the buzz inbox was the most annoying thing about it!

I missed your very appropriate image and Ed's comment that I would subscribe to immediately.
And yes, I prefer this wonderful iron oxide rivet selective focus to some meaningless nude and time. Makes me grind mind teeth to hear that a peace of rust looses against a nude, a crappy snap against a perfect landscape.. etc.
Who can seriously enjoy comparing apples and old teabags?

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