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December 1st, 2005


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10:25 am
Everyman contest results are in.
No, I didn't get an honorable mention, but I did get some recognition. Each of my photos got picked by one judge (out of 12) for their top ten per category.
So thank you judge #4 and judge #6. I appreciate it. ^_^

Sheesh, some of those "winners" are absolute dreck!
And talk about miscategorization... about half the winners in Macro/Abstract are neither macro nor abstract by any stretch of the imagination! eg: this and this.

Also, a good chunk of the chosen photos look like advertising shots. Sure it's still photography, but blech. Such as the first-place winner in the landscape/nature category here. (psst, tweak the saturation and contrast in photoshop much?) And why the heck is this one a winner? Apparently babies and cute animals are all it takes to win.

Travel/Architecture is definitely the strongest category. I can't really find anything to complain about there. The winners are nearly all great photos. I personally don't find some very interesting, but I'll gladly conceed that it's a personal preference thing.

People/Portrait is a mixed bag. Blah photos of children with strong primary colors took 2/3 of the top spots. There's some fantastic shots though, like this one and this one. But I honestly can't see how this got an honorable mention.

Black and White has some fantastic shots, and I'm such a sucker for black and white that I can't really find anything that I dislike enough to single out.

This is my favorite shot from the contest I think. It's just plain beautiful.
mood: cheerfulcheerful

(5 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:komos
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)

Bugged

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From:inahandbasket
Date:December 1st, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Bugged

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From:wdalphin
Date:December 1st, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Pardon my curiosity...

What kind of camera do you use? Do you use digital, or film?

I'm a huge fan of photography. I want to go out and photograph everything. I love black and white, but the only true way to take black and white seems to be with film, because digital is really more gray than black and white... it completely strips you of the pure black/pure white aspect of black and white photography.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:December 1st, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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black and white film is really grey too. ;o)
To do nice b/w digitally:
- take a color photo
- desaturate (photoshop tool, Image... Adjustments... Desaturate. Other programs will have something similar)
- At this point you'll have the 'digital grey' photo.
You need to boost the contrast to get that nice studio-processed b/w film look.
If you've got a copy of photoshop, here are my suggestions:
Start with Auto-Levels. This will take your whites to white, and your blacks to black. This may be enough right there to get the look you're going for. If not, load up the brightness/contrast tool. You'll probably need to crank up the contrast +10 or so. brightness will depend on the source photo.
If everything's just losing detail, start over and skip the Auto Levels, go straight for the contrast slider. Again, depends on the source photo you're starting from.


Anyway.
I shoot with a Canon Digital Rebel SLR.
Lenses:
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens, comes with the body when you buy it.)
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
(I plan to get myself a 50mm f/1.8 lens if no one gets it for me for xmas.)

If I had the cash (and actually shot as much as I think about it) I'd get a Canon D20 body.

My selected photos are up at http://www.lordgoogle.com/gallery , but you probably knew that. I've shot about 1000 shots with this camera since I got it, definitely enjoying it.
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From:zoey_c
Date:December 2nd, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
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Wow there are some really good photos in there.
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