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GEA - day 2


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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GEA - day 2

12 Apr 2022 6:10PM   Views : 418 Unique : 241


Iíve decided how to deal with the idea that one shouldnít just give awards to oneís friends. Along with GE awards for pictures that I think meet the highest standards, Iím using my own user awards for pictures that are a bit more niche. I donít know if anyone elseís felt the need to do this, but it seems a reasonable compromise.

I think that if youíre doing the job really conscientiously, you probably need to put aside 2 hours each day that you are Guest Editor, and you need to spend some of this time looking at the pictures that you shortlisted to decide which are really worthy. And yes, I had to ask someone else how to use that!

Iím finding that looking at every single picture posted is rapidly lowering my tolerance for birds on sticks, full length shots taken from to close in with a wide angle lens and showing the feet, and architectural images with what might be termed a one-tenth Dutch tilt. I cannot imagine any occasion on which an image that is half a degree out of true should receive any sort of award. Of course it happens when you take pictures, but even the most basic editing should include correcting the horizontals.

And I realise that some people arenít posting in search of excellence and just want to share what theyíve done with their friends. Thatís entirely OK, and I wish them well. And if they ever want to do more ambitious stuff the critique gallery will welcome them and help them Ė though in that case, itís a big help if they respond to comments and answer questions directly and thoughtfully.

One response to yesterdayís blog suggested sticking to my own areas of interest Ė but that feels like a copout. Surely one of the reasons for doing something different is to learn oneself. And although Ė for instance Ė I have almost never taken a picture of a bird, I know whatís sharp and whatís out of focus, whatís badly exposed, or carelessly composed. Iíve seen enough excellent avian images that I can offer an inexpert but sincere view of images. And surely a good picture, in any genre, will have an appeal to everyone?


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20 2.2k 2063 England
12 Apr 2022 6:12PM
Lead picture is Annie Andrews onstage at a Burlesque night in Nottingham: the picture at the end is the result of going to a photographic event out of my comfort area, the Dance Group at The Camera Club in Kennington, many years back. Through that, I met Fred Whisker - and he introduced me to the high-kicking Eleonora.
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13 1.3k 105 India
12 Apr 2022 7:17PM
Your selections will reflect your inner views regarding the difference between a good image and a bad one, that is the intention of this concept, if I am correct...
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20 2.2k 2063 England
12 Apr 2022 8:34PM
I'm aiming for that, Somnath.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 451
13 Apr 2022 12:06AM
I may have not worded this well in the past during my stint as Guest Editor but I would like to stress that the award does not go to the photographer, it is the picture that gets the award. This removes any issues of favouritism to my opinion. I don't think I would be fair to all if I had appeared to favour particular or specific photographers. My consciousness is clear, I covered all bases and genres of photography. 🐝

Alan_Baseley Avatar
13 Apr 2022 9:33AM
"And surely a good picture, in any genre, will have an appeal to everyone?"
Why? That is the problem John. What is a good picture and who says so?
With regard to your role as GE, you can only choose those you think are good, but I doubt everyone will agree with you.
One other point, having been GE on a few occasions, I always wondered if anyone actually looked at the GE Gallery. How many do?
If you navigate the gallery via thumbnails you possibly won't be aware of who has been awarded and if you navigate via full image and the left/right arrows before the GE you'd also be unaware the awarded images.

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10 38 8 England
13 Apr 2022 2:05PM
It would be interesting if there were two guest editors (perhaps for a day or two). Just to see if they both chose many of the same images, or if they were all different.
A good photo to one persons eye may be viewed entirely differently by another's. Irrespective of how sharp the focus is or how straight the horizon. And there are
plenty of 'Famous ' images by renowned photographers that fail both of those tests. Smile
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20 2.2k 2063 England
13 Apr 2022 6:42PM
Alan - sorry, I may have spoked in haste, and would need to refine the definition at leisure! I'm sure that there will always be disagreements and more opinions than people on a bad day. But generally, a shot with good composition and a bit of impact will appeal to everyone, barring prejudices (for instance, a nude will not appeal to some religious folk, and a cat picture will annoy my wife: maybe I hope that some people share enough of my taste to look again and see virtue where they didn't before).

Pablo - yes, the award is for the picture, but sometimes one recognises the style, or guesses at it. one can't not think those sort of thoughts. They are spontaneous...
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 451
13 Apr 2022 7:48PM
I know what you mean dudler. I've just voted for another picture by zdumus 😯

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