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interesting photo on the NE Patriots facebook page...

 
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Oct 18, 2011 23:16 |  #1

So, I just stumbled upon this photo...
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I am curious why they would post this image? Welker is clearly out of focus, and yet nobody seems to care/notice...

Maybe it's just me, being a overly critical photographer, but it really bugs me when technically awful photos are posted on facebook, especially on an official page like the New England Patriots'.


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Oct 18, 2011 23:24 |  #2
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Judging by the comments on the page, it seems most people don't even notice he's out of focus. Several posts say "cool shot". I suppose their facebook guy doesn't know either.


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Oct 18, 2011 23:26 |  #3

Maybe the 3,374 likes at this time says something.

Many do not care in any way about the quality of a photograph. It's all about the moment.

Yes, it's hard for photographers to understand this but it's the truth.


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Oct 19, 2011 06:28 |  #4

Cozmocha wrote in post #13271677 (external link)
Maybe the 3,374 likes at this time says something.

Many do not care in any way about the quality of a photograph. It's all about the moment.

Yes, it's hard for photographers to understand this but it's the truth.

I think this is correct.


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Oct 19, 2011 06:36 |  #5

Considering that a majority of the people are using inexpensive point & shoot cameras and do not know how to use them properly or they are using the cameras on their phones. Now go figure.........




  
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Oct 19, 2011 07:26 |  #6

I also find it odd that the Patriots didn't have access to a better photo of this TD.. It was wes Wlker after all, and he was heading towards the end zone. The Patriots couldn't get a hold of any better (in focus) shots? lol. I guess they didn't want to pay getty for the rights...


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Oct 19, 2011 10:20 |  #7

Somebody missed a very good shot!




  
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Oct 19, 2011 10:24 |  #8

Guys...it's facebook. It's not like this printed in SI or something. How many photos of yourselves do you have on facebook that are print worthy?


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Oct 19, 2011 10:36 |  #9

Looking at it differently than the standard shot - look at all of the other Patriots players in the background - they are in focus and are watching Welker in anticipation of the TD. Who is to say that the photographer who took it missed the focus they were going for?


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Oct 19, 2011 11:37 |  #10

Numenorean wrote in post #13273474 (external link)
Looking at it differently than the standard shot - look at all of the other Patriots players in the background - they are in focus and are watching Welker in anticipation of the TD. Who is to say that the photographer who took it missed the focus they were going for?

This is pushing it...

The viewer's eye immediately goes to the out of focus region where the play is happening, and it stays there with no visual clues to lead the eye toward the background. So it is not arguable that the photographer intentionally framed the image in this way. If this is in fact the case, the new topic of discussion would be about the poor framing rather than focus issues.


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Oct 19, 2011 14:18 |  #11

Cozmocha wrote in post #13271677 (external link)
Many do not care in any way about the quality of a photograph. It's all about the moment.

Yes, it's hard for photographers to understand this but it's the truth.

That's the story I stick to. Realize that most people are of the mindset that a camera is a toy and the technical stuff about photography is just too hard for them. Those same people will use the fallback excuse of "it's just my ****ty phone camera" when they post some out of focus, out of alignment crap shot on the Internet. Okay, so some of us may be somewhat anal retentive about pics, but in my opinion people should spend the 5 minutes it takes to learn how to take a picture that is somewhat appealing.

Which brings me to where I'll derail the train a little bit. A few months ago, I ranted and raved on here about my local county fair. If you missed it, you can search for it but basically I had a case of butthurt over getting beat by crap shots. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, a local photography club started up and I decided to attend a meeting and will be going some more. The subject of my ranting and raving was at that meeting and they gave me a good laugh when they stated "I just turn the dial and take pictures and use the one I like the best" when the discussion turned to technical photography stuff. Yeah, that was good for a laugh or three, especially looking at their camera that costs probably double what my setup did.

As the meeting dragged on, I learned that most of the attendees are pretty much in the dark at this point about how to use their cameras. There are a lot of people out there that are in the same boat. It's my opinion that if we ever find ourselves in the position to help someone learn a little more about photography, we should do it. Most of us here came here to learn more about our hobby or profession and we should share our love and knowledge with others.

Now back to your regularly scheduled heckling of a crap football shot:mrgreen:


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Oct 19, 2011 14:25 |  #12

The Gelgameks would object!
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Oct 19, 2011 19:34 |  #13

Cozmocha wrote in post #13271677 (external link)
Maybe the 3,374 likes at this time says something.

Many do not care in any way about the quality of a photograph. It's all about the moment.

Yes, it's hard for photographers to understand this but it's the truth.

Where's that darned like button? :lol:


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Oct 20, 2011 17:06 |  #14

Sometimes its better to have a screwed up shot, and have the shot. I have some photos that aren't great, old ones that I always want to keep. It's not just about the quality of the photography sometimes.


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Oct 20, 2011 17:15 |  #15

Stump wrote in post #13281084 (external link)
It's not just about the quality of the photography sometimes.

It should be when photographing an NFL team... Thee are like a hundred photographers on the sidelines at these games, and the Patriots couldn't shell out $30 bucks to buy one from Getty that was IN focus? lol


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