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Jan 03, 2011 08:17 |  #211

Wow...just found out abou this. That sucks...but understandable.

Thanks for a great 4 yrs!


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Jan 03, 2011 08:17 |  #212

A shame that it may be, but thank you very much to the judges for this over the years. I stumbled upon it, and the level of competition has grown each year, making me have to work harder to win. A big well done to the winners, past & present for the weekly, monthly and final winning photos. And a big hurrah to all the judges.


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Jan 03, 2011 09:45 |  #213

Congrats to this weeks winners and HM's, also congrats to all those whose images were picked! Thanks to the judges and all who made this a go for so long! The best to all this new year and all the years to come.


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Jan 03, 2011 12:05 as a reply to  @ Pete's Prints's post |  #214

airfrogusmc wrote in post #11563044 (external link)
Well thanks for having the contest. I've had a blast. To all the judges a big THANK YOU and I hope that nothing serious is the reason for ending it. I do think we all understand that its volunteer and life/work sometimes needs to be a priority. Thanks again and good luck to all the finalists.

Ditto..


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Jan 03, 2011 13:24 |  #215

Aww, sad! Yet completely understandable, as I can't imagine how tough it would be to add to your daily commitments each week/month/year. Thank you all VERY much for the feedback that's been provided...while I hadn't been able to participate each week, the weeks that I did, the feedback was really, really helpful. Your commitments are truly appreciated.


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Jan 03, 2011 14:01 |  #216

airfrogusmc wrote in post #11563044 (external link)
Well thanks for having the contest. I've had a blast. To all the judges a big THANK YOU and I hope that nothing serious is the reason for ending it. I do think we all understand that its volunteer and life/work sometimes needs to be a priority. Thanks again and good luck to all the finalists.

double ditto....happy trails SMWYG :(




  
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Jan 11, 2011 13:43 as a reply to  @ Barb W's post |  #217

Congratulations to the winners of December!

And well done to Robuk for getting the lowest (and therefore best) cumulative score in the contest.

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Best possible score is 8. The photos that aren't listed were disqualified for not being taken within the specified dates of the contest.

1. Jason C. "In Between" 4+1+5+3+5+4+3+3+=28


2. Geno.ca "Riding the Rails" 4+2+5+3+4+4+4+5=31


3. Cotmweasel "The division between light and dark" 4+2+5+3+5+5+4+5=33


4. focalprincess 4+2+2+2+2+3+3+4=22


5. Barb W "Beads" 4+3+2+2+1+2+2+4=20


6. Geno.ca "Champagne Wishes"2+2+3+3+3+5+3+5=26


7. VMLopes "Pick a door" 3+4+3+3+5+2+4+4=28


8. Lavanut "Daydreaming of the Outdoors" 1+3+1+3+3+4+2+2=19


9. Robuk "The Shivering Robin" 1+1+1+1+1+3+2+1=11


10. Dilorenzo1954 "Urban Rockwell" 3+2+3+1+4+1+2+1=17


11. Dilorenzo1954 "Tales from Acropolis" 3+3+3+2+2+4+3+3= 23

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Jan 11, 2011 13:45 as a reply to  @ Permagrin's post |  #218

The finalist photos being voted on for the EOY SMWYG Photographer of the Year are here:

http://lcimages.zenfol​io.com/p460849962 (external link)


Well done to everyone who participated and to the finalists, I can only say that each of these is truly deserving of the top spot. Good Luck!

Comments for December coming up. Just need to get them organized.


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Jan 11, 2011 14:16 |  #219

Excellent imagery (as usual). Congratulations winners. Thank you judges.




  
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Jan 11, 2011 14:28 as a reply to  @ Permagrin's post |  #220

Dec comments

. Jason C. "In Between" 4+1+5+3+5+4+3+3+=28

A great idea and technically very well executed. The graphic high contrast look works very well but for me there is simply too much black space at the top of the frame. I think I can see what you were doing as the frame is evenly bisected but I am afraid it does not work for me.

Unique. Good entry.

I really would like to like this shot, but there is just something that turns me off.

It either needs something more included . . . or less.

Straight horizon, excellent DOF for this shot, good comp for feet. Only nit is the cars are a bit blown, but work so well in this photo.

2. Geno.ca "Riding the Rails" 4+2+5+3+4+4+4+5=31

Composition is good, we are not so much being led into the picture as being dragged in, but having said that everything else in the image is to poorly defined both by the extent of the movement and the dullness of the colours.

Good comp. Good idea. Not well executed. Nothing defined in the photo. Rather flat in colors contrast.

Lots of potential here...I do get a sense of motion, but too much of it.

Interesting idea for an experiment, but doesn't work in that particular setting.

Other than the vertigo this shot first produced, it is well composed, good leading lines. I think I'd like just a little more focus on the background where those lines are leading.

3. Cotmweasel "The division between light and dark" 4+2+5+3+5+5+4+5=33

This image does not work for me. Over 50% of the frame is in darkness and the brickwork is uninteresting as it is moulded. Some of the shadow play is interesting but as a composition I am afraid that it leaves me cold.

Good idea but lacking in content.

Photography is very subjective. I don't find a subject to be subjective about.

I like this a lot, especially the composition in that you did not split from corner to corner. A few hot spots.

4. focalprincess 4+2+2+2+2+3+3+4=22

An interesting and off the wall concept that could very well work as some POS poster work for Converse. Great colours and great use of selective focus.

This would be a good product shot for the shoe company. Great colors, fun idea. Nice leading lines into the focus.

This is a fun shot....I think a little thinner Depth of Field would help it.

Might work better if the shoes were more different. As it is, I think it might be one person straddling another but I have no sense of whether that's in fact the case, or, if it is, what the relationship is I should be seeing (assuming that's what I'm supposed to be seeing).

Good idea, excution could be improved by adjusting the back feet to add some more interest.

5. Barb W "Beads" 4+3+2+2+1+2+2+4=20

A well executed and interesting image. This is not an original idea but this has been really well observed and captured, there is more than enough in this image to make it stand out from the run of the mill droplets on a web picture. The creative use of DOF with the POF being well to the fore of the image leads in well and the quality of the background is exceptional.

Nice dof. Pretty shot. Not a fan of the dark edges. Unoriginal.

Very nice....Can't say more than I like it.

This is a good shot, however the processing with the dark edges is a bit too much and just a litte deeper DOF.


6. Geno.ca "Champagne Wishes"2+2+3+3+3+5+3+5=26

It is always difficult to come up with an original ring shot. I think this is a good effort and there are some elements in the picture that I really like. The positioning of the glass within the frame is excellent and the background detail on the right is also good. There are also elements that I do not think work so well. The thickness and texture of the glass itself has distorted the rings and makes them unrecognisable and the overall colour from the processing is, to me, way too cold.

A really good idea, but not well executed. Not a fan of the conversion. The crop is average & the shot angle does nothing to help the photo.

So close and yet so far....I think the rings need to be in better focus.

A ring shot I haven't seen before. A few distractions on the right side starting with it being a bit blow and the yellow light coming up from the bottom.


7. VMLopes "Pick a door" 3+4+3+3+5+2+4+4=28

I really like this image. The dynamic range within the picture is huge and serves to give the picture great depth, a well observed and very well executed picture. My eye keeps getting pulled to the door handle, and to be honest I do not know if I like that or not, the fact that it is making me think must be a good thing. The only thing I am not sure about is the inclusion of the black border at the top and bottom of the image. I fully understand why you have done this as it gives you control of how the image will look against a variety of backgrounds, but most photographic competition entries should be without borders or frames.

Good use of HDR. I like the textures in this image. But my eye just roves. No interesting subject.

Lots of potential, but needs a subject. The head from a mannequin or something similar on the floor would garner more attention. The door just doesn't work as a subject for me.

The exposure in the window is too high and the processing is too overboard on the vignette for my taste.

8. Lavanut "Daydreaming of the Outdoors" 1+3+1+3+3+4+2+2=19

A very fine portrait of a very fine cat. Well lit and well composed. Possibly a little over sharpened.

Love the lighting in this as well as the conversion. Nice shot.

This would have been my first pick had it been in color. B/W just doesn't do it justice.

Beautiful, but to many blow pixels along that front line.

9. Robuk "The Shivering Robin" 1+1+1+1+1+3+2+1=11

A fun picture of a classic little bird, well exposed and with great timing. I do have some issues with the picture though. The subject could not be more centre framed than you have placed him here, experiment with a different crop, have you tried re-cropping him to be slightly lower and over to the left?
The background is great and really adds to the winter feel of this picture but you do have a few dust bunnies particularly bottom left that you should have dealt with prior to entering the picture.


Gorgeous shot. I gave this a "1" but the sensor spots nearly dropped it to a 2. I just couldn't do it though...it's such a good shot. Just know for future that if you are entering a photo in a contest, it's best to clean up small details like that.

This put a smile on my face and in my heart...can't ask for more than that. Very fun catch.

This is a beautiful shot I'd like to see just a bit less motion blur, not much but a tad.


10. Dilorenzo1954 "Urban Rockwell" 3+2+3+1+4+1+2+1=17

I love this picture. Colours are great, execution is flawless and the composition is good (but I would have been tempted to include all of the empty chair opposite the girl).
What really make this for me is the contrast between the girl and the man, it can set the mind racing in so many directions, this is a great piece of street photography.

One of my favorite subjects in this contest. I like the feel. Not technically perfect,the cropped chair on the right draws the eye too much, but I like this photo very much nonetheless.

I wish I could tell you in great detail why this shot doesn't work for me, but I can't put my finger on it. There are some interesting elements, but as a whole it just leaves me cold.

Open mouth on GiB distracts.

Good street shot, would just like to see the gentleman's head just a little above the girl and a few blow pixels in the girl's books.

11. Dilorenzo1954 "Tales from Acropolis" 3+3+3+2+2+4+3+3= 23


Well observed and interesting, however what makes this image so dramatic is the border and frame that you have used and that should not be the case in a photography competition.

There is a lot to see and think about in this shot. Good job.

Hate the frame. Interesting photo though.

I like this shot except for the reflection going through the head of the lady leaning over in the right window.


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Jan 12, 2011 01:04 |  #221

Congrats to the EoM winners, and thank you judges for your time and critiques.


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Jan 12, 2011 02:58 |  #222

Well done winners and thanks for the feedback...........Lis​a its not a HDR.......lol but i wont hold it against you.....lol


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Jan 12, 2011 03:04 |  #223

vmlopes wrote in post #11622909 (external link)
Well done winners and thanks for the feedback...........Lis​a its not a HDR.......lol but i wont hold it against you.....lol

lol. That wasn't my comment.

I always copy/paste all the judges comments into one section. I'm not sure which judge said it but I admit I thought it was as well.


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Jan 12, 2011 06:31 |  #224

Thank you judges for taking the time to not only comment on the pictures but to take the vast time to judge the competitions, and I'm sure everyone else has the same opinion.

The picture of the Robin is "as is" as they say and the only thing I did was auto contrast in PS and re size to fit the web page. I really do take on board about the dust bunnies and to be honest I did not see them :o ...... I'm not looking at excuses, but I'm blind in one eye and having problems with the other one :( and having lost my glasses a couple of days before this shot it's been a bit stressful :lol: and I would say it was more luck than anything else to get the shot even though I pass this spot regularly on my way to work in Snowdonia and always make sure I have some treats in the car for him.

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Jan 12, 2011 07:34 |  #225

well done guys!


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