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Jade O.
Sep 28, 2020
     

#235
      I've tried emailing you twice at your link but I'm not sure guidex is working. If you are getting the emails, just post a comment on one of my entries and I'll see what I can work out. Maybe post in your comments and then delete and it should get to your inbox that way.

Jade O.
Sep 23, 2020
     

#235
      I've added two how to comment in outtakes as to how to get your photos to link to your forum posts, without havimg them only work for the moment and then disappear later.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Lo the key was shooting with the sun in the same location with relation to the camera (over the photog's right shoulder) and at the right height (azimith) in the sky. The reflections in the water were essential to avoid the pasted in water shot and the detailing to blend the boat wires for example, in with the background took a little work and a deft touch.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      I knew this was yours and I thought it was the best of the bunch of your parachute surfers so far. It is perfectly composed which is amazing for such a dynamic scene. And how more than one photo of water with bubbles in it beat out this entry is something for the psychologists to figure out....

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Lo I agree. Compliments are nice but critique is where you learn something. I shot a few lake scenes and thought, this is pretty but standard and for me, boring, I need something to push the envelope. I know when you shake people out of their comfort zone you can't expect to get wide acceptance (people like comfort) and the water figure could have been better, but I had fun and am surprised this made the top ten actually. Now my Main I thought would have got there if only for the nicely done reflections but you just never know and my guess is that that one is even further from comfortable. I was surprised so many had an adverse reaction to it.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      This doesn't belong down here. It should be in the top ten. I can't understand the voting sometime. I wonder if voters thought water had to be the only subject to the exclusion of the birds despite the clear wording of the Challenge topic.
Edited on Sep 22, 2020

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      I thought the lighting and composition were exceptional on this one. The graininess I'm not so concerned about as I noted below. I thought this was one of your finest images and shows a real maturity in fine photography. Maybe the title threw some but I would have been happy with this shot. I could readily see it with a few technical adjustments to the grain mostly in a magazine of fine photography.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      I guess the voters thought you needed more water? This is such a lovely image....not sure why it is way down here.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Two freighters beats a pair of sail boats... : )
Congrats on the top ten. This scene was a good find. I thought this might have ranked higher.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Clearly this was the right choice. Congrats!

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Two great ranks! Now tell us, did you take 300 shots to get this one... : )

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Such a powerful image. I think the horizon where you put it is absolutely essential to make the impact this does. This is just a wonderful shot overall. Congrats!

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      This bird gets second but your last one didn't make the top 10!? I never understand the voting! Congrats on a high finish. Good capture. Nicely done.
Edited on Sep 22, 2020

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      The clear winner for me. I agree with Steve's critique but this was still the standout entry.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Thank you for your votes and comments. Each one is appreciated.

Jade O.
Sep 22, 2020
     

#235
      Thanks fc, Maike I thought I'd try something different and had fun with this one. Some obvious flaws which many noted for me to consider next time.

Thank you for your votes and especially your comments. Each one is appreciated.

Jade O.
Sep 21, 2020
     

#235
      Mepo I noticed the appearance of tilt when I lined the image up with the camera on tripod, corrected the tilt to level and took a few shots the night before deadline. Only later did I note it had tilted again but by that time it was too late to correct.

Lo Thank you. The dye figure was a composite of maybe a dozen dye crops. Always interesting to read different reactions.

Jade O.
Sep 21, 2020
     

#235
      Thanks Jomari. I tried to think of something that wasn't mostly all water but still had lots and clearly the subject.

Jade O.
Sep 20, 2020
     

#235
      Thanks Lo. This won't win any fine art photography awards but sometimes you just want to have fun.

Jade O.
Sep 20, 2020
     

#235
      Maike Just having a little fun and anticipating lots of sea shots so I wanted to toss in something different.

cookiejar I was hoping you'd look twice.

Jade O.
Sep 20, 2020
     

#235
      aoc I'm glad you like it. This was just something fun to try. All the pole reflections were masts, mostly white, that I had to relocate to position and color grey. The yellow hydrant, tree trunks, traffic signal and speed sign reflections I had to create. Mostly just brush on or clone with opacity less than 100%, then smudge to make them wavey. The swim/don't swim pedestrian signals I just created. The masts would be a huge issue with the traffic signals, wires and trees, but it is not supposed to be serious, just fun. I've been to places in Florida where you literally park your sailboat in the backyard, the nicest was in Coral Gables where my host had his 43' sailboat moored. I had fun with this one just for the technical challenge to see if I could do it. The hardest part was making sure the sun position was right for both the boat shot (facing south-east in the evening) and the intersection shot, (facing north in the morning)
Edited on Sep 20, 2020

Jade O.
Sep 20, 2020
     

#235
      Well I'm thinking of taking a shot at more "real" surreal images and we'll see if the reaction is any more positive. I think we're a long way past worrying about whether applying pp means the resulting image isn't really photography but I know Steve for one probably would not agree with me on that point. I just had some fun with the concept of engineered dye in water -- also perhaps the figure is too perfect a copy and too unrealistic - the figure upside down might be more of what you would expect from dye in water....start narrow and go wide. On the whole I agree that all the critique so far makes some valid points which helps me consider what I could have done better.
Edited on Sep 20, 2020

Jade O.
Sep 19, 2020
     

#235
      ysal I hoped to get the viewer to look and I really enjoyed putting this one together. Getting the reflections to look real was the challenge. I thought about lowering the water so that the curbs became deep and the water canal like (since this almost looks like a flooded street) but maybe I should have gone with the flooded street and nixed the boats. My best guess is you know the sailboats have keels but the water doesn't really look deep so you can't reconcile the two and are left feeling uncomfortable like something doesn't fit.

Jade O.
Sep 19, 2020
     

#235
      Steve You are not alone in your thinking. But to be consistent, I take it this means you dismiss surrealism as not photography either? My view is that taken to the extreme, any pp is not photography.... that sophisticated in camera processing is not photography. I resolved that dilemma for myself by deciding photography is a visual art, like dance, and any "artificial" processing does not diminish the art form. I've seen dance performances where the performance art was done while the dancers wore ski boots and snow skis (and nothing else btw) or where the dancers were wired to lifts so they could fly...all art to me, as is all pp. Taken to the extreme, a photograph can be cartoonized, rendered as a purely graphic image rather than a real life rendering. To me it is still all photography, even if I might not vote for it.
Edited on Sep 19, 2020

Jade O.
Sep 20, 2020
     

#235
      aoc46 Well no matter what else is going on, I read the Challenge topic literally..."but water should clearly be the subject of your shot." Now my intent was that the subject was clearly the water in the glass and what is going on in there, with the other elements being supportive...btw you could drink the water, those are food dyes, but I doubt you'd want to risk ruining a good vodka!

Phil Glad someone saw it the way I intended. The figure is actually lost in this image size which is too bad. Maybe I should have done just the top of the glass. Thanks.

Maike I concur the dye bottles distract a bit but I thought the addition of a narrative made them necessary. For me the crop would make the image too crowded and I deliberately clipped the left side to force attention to the glass figure and away from the photo of the sculpture. Overall the scene is a little barren and could have been made more cohesive, but it was an experiment I wanted to try and have fun with. [Edit] I did try your crop and think you are right, I should have cropped the right side tighter.
Edited on Sep 20, 2020

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