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13 Apr 2022 11:26AM   Views : 563 Unique : 289

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There are positive consequences of being Guest Editor, as well as a requirement to spend time online. Iíve adopted the approach that dark_lord mentioned in a response to my earlier blog, and I look at the images full size, not just the thumbnails. After all, the jobís about identifying exceptional pictures, not outstanding ability to produce images that look good when seen tiny!

This is a heavy, repetitive task, even with rapid broadband. It takes time to move to the next one, and centre the image so that itís all visible. And in some cases Ė the previous blog suggested reasons Ė the game isnít worth the candle. There are a few shots on this site that Iíd delete Ė or at the least, would never post anywhere!

Thereís a bonus, as well. I find pictures I wouldnít have seen in the normal course of things, and if I like them, I vote for them before moving on. Just that Iím chasing excellence doesnít prevent me enjoying less good and still attractive images along the way. I may find that I end up following more people on here, and I am certainly voting for more pictures than usual.

That brings up the old Ďmatesí issue: while Iím confident that I never give my own user awards just because I correspond with or have met someone, itís become clear to me that I have generally voted for pictures by people I know when theyíre marginal. I may stop doing that as a result of this week, which is probably a good thing in the cosmic picture. Sorry, chaps and chappesses.

OK Ė Iím off now. I shall be reading a book, and looking at printed pictures, as well. Or should I listen to the radio and rest my eyes?

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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
13 Apr 2022 11:30AM
The picture is from my safe space - the model is Amber Belle, and I edited the picture yesterday to use to publicise a lighting workshop in July.
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sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2022 12:40PM
I agree with Dark_Lords recommendation. I also would recommend that you look up to a particular hour (say 12pm) and then you will be able to find your place a little easier in the gallery the next time you get to connect.

I like being GE, but it is time consuming. The reasons you highlight are also the reasons I like doing it - I get a far better insight of the breadth of photographers making excellent images. Especially as I get very limited time to spend in the gallery at the moment - or even keeping up to date with those photographers I have "followed".

In regard to the awards for those you know. Look at the picture as it comes in the gallery and not the photographer. That said, I am sure, that like me there are photographers on here that you can recognise from their style as easily as their name. Is the image worth an award? If so give it - trust your judgement.
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
13 Apr 2022 1:54PM
The more you think about it the worse it gets. You could do somebody an injustice, just because you know them. Judge the image, if its worthy give it a GEA, if not don't.
If it happens to be by someone you correspond with or have met, so be it. If an image is marginal, constructive criticism is (usually) always welcome here. It's something
that EPZ is very good for and what drew me here in the first place.
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
13 Apr 2022 2:37PM
My SOUND advice:
Listen to the radio instead and rest your eyes because the number of images is big.
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Whenever I log in the site I look at all the images in the main gallery and vote for those I like or make a comment too. Or I can comment without voting for it (yes someone did wonder). And from time to time I check the Critique Gallery too. My award shortlist is reserved for those pictures I consider very special for one reason or another and for which I answer only to myself.

pablophotographer
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
13 Apr 2022 2:45PM

Quote: I also would recommend that you look up to a particular hour (say 12pm) and then you will be able to find your place a little easier in the gallery the next time you get to connect.

The easiest routine is to simply bookmark the last image you view, then start with that next session...
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
13 Apr 2022 2:49PM

Quote:There are a few shots on this site that Iíd delete Ė or at the least, would never post anywhere!

To be fair, John, there are almost certainly some members who have problems we are not necessarily aware of. Physical difficulties, eye problems that prevent them focusing correctly, yet who get pleasure and enjoyment from being able to use ePz to the best of their abilities...
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
13 Apr 2022 3:29PM
Thanks all - and that's fair comment, Malc. On both counts - in fact, I keep my place by having multiple tabs open all the time. Really quite a few. And one extra this week...
JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2022 5:50PM

Quote:The picture is from my safe space - the model is Amber Belle, and I edited the picture yesterday to use to publicise a lighting workshop in July.


A beauty
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
13 Apr 2022 6:34PM
Ju - her looks are an outward and visible sign of an inner and spiritual grace. She is a lovely person.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
13 Apr 2022 7:33PM
All I know about amber is that the more you rub it the more it shines and creates static electricity. Note: I did not say attraction, but then I wasn't talking about that Amber, lol 😂

Although a black ceiling lamp can fit well in a room with blue walls, I would also try a shade of hunter green in that picture, now I am thinking of it.
kaybee Avatar
kaybee 19 8.7k 28 Scotland
14 Apr 2022 9:25AM
I apologise.................
To you and every other Guest Editor, for having to look at (most of) my stuff because really, it isn't great and is probably pushing 'good' most of the time.
What I will say in my defence is, I take pictures for myself and post them (here and elsewhere) as memory joggers. I realised years ago the power of pictures for this when my father was alive and due to dementia and other things had forgotten who the family were and had lost the power of speech. Showing him pictures he had taken would bring a sparkle to his eyes and we knew that he was still in there.....somewhere.
saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
14 Apr 2022 12:16PM

Quote:I apologise.................

Roy - neither you nor anyone else has any need to apologise for the images you upload to ePz. As with all pastimes and hobbies, we all have different reasons for what we do and different levels of interest and ability. That does not mean some are better than others.
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
14 Apr 2022 12:55PM
I know that sparkle in the eyes too kaybee..
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
14 Apr 2022 4:38PM
Too modest, Roy.

One of the people who brought me most joy on this site was Peter Manser, who posted the view from his flat on many mornings. He shared the beauty he saw every day, and that gladdened my heart. He wasn't a great photographer, but he was better than he thought, and I miss him a lot.

I suppose that I tend to be too serious about many things - it happens with people on the spectrum. And it's fair comment that there are members here who aren't interested in awards or votes, but want to share things with a friendlier community than - say - MyFace...

I have more sympathy than ever in my life for competition judges who have to sift thousands of pictures...
JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2022 5:36PM
Quote: "One of the people who brought me most joy on this site was Peter Manser,"

I miss him too; happy memories as he always had a kind word.
Ju
dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
14 Apr 2022 7:21PM
In the very best possible way, Peter was an English gentleman.
Robert51 Avatar
Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2022 10:17PM
I always look over every image posted if I can, and have to admit the standard is getting better all the time. Just the other day I said to the wife that the overall level for that day was just so good. Add to that when you can see a great image despite a few problems that you can see pass.
Different ways I judge an image is first "do I wish it had been one of mine". Second if it was on a wall in your house, would you enjoy that image everyday ?
Great images will always be so much more.
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
18 Apr 2022 4:55PM
GEPOTW: nice choice dudler.
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