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Photo of the Month?

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:04 am

Our local photography group has this Photo of the Month thing - it's an interesting didactic exercise. You submit your best photo for each month, or one you want critique on. Then some of the top folks in the group spend a few days critiquing all the entries. Then all images with critique are displayed. You get a chance to not only learn with your own image, but from those submitted by others as well.

But one of the biggest difficulties I've found is editing my own images for a submission. (Sound familiar?)

So I thought it might be fun to ask you guys which of the two below I should submit for July. (It might also be fun sometime to set up our own 14ers photo of the month... Just a thought.)

Anyway, I've got it down to these two. Any thoughts on which one has greater impact? Fewer technical/artistic errors? Please feel free to make honest, critical comments. Thanks!








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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby Exiled Michigander » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:12 am

You always post amazing photos. Of these two, I gotta go with the Bells rather than the belle (although both are beautiful and inspiring!).

Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby gonzalj » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:17 am

I definitely have to go with the bells as well. I like the fact that it's B&W and also the different perspective with the deadly bells sign (instead of the more common and traditional reflection on maroon lake). Also, I love the fact that the sky is not whited out (like it sometimes happens). Did you use a ND filter on that one?

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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby Jay521 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:22 am

Da Bells...
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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby bif » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:27 am

Ok, my friend, you asked for it.........
The girl climbing appears to be hiding something.The soft edging makes me think, just outside of the photo is a "set" and the photo is faked, the girl is not really climbing, but posed. Also what a pretty model, but again the head gear makes me think she may be a in medical picture ad , or just recovering from brain surgery. The copy may read," You can reach higher, sooner after your brain sugery at Colorado Spring General".

The Deadly Bells picture is interesting with the concept of the Deadly Bells sign and the floating orbs of spirits of the dead that have been lost on that mountain. Thats kind of creepy......The Spirits of the Bells.

The Bells is my choice.

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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby whoopi_cat » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:07 am

I like the Belle better, but the white "burning" (Is that the proper term?) at the corners also bothers me.

I must say I saw the headgear much more like fashionable headware that I might have seen on a woman at the climbing gym last night than anything to do with surgery....

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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby MUni Rider » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:23 am

Oh wow. My long post just got eaten by accidental usage of windows shortcuts caused by hitting two keys at once on the laptop somewhere.

cliff notes version: I vote for climber girl.

I'll reconstruct the original post tonight at work if I have time, (graveyards). It's bed time now.

ps..... Is it possible to TURN OFF windows short cuts? It happens often enough to piss me the hell off with Microsoft, but thankfully still (just) short of causing me to go "postal" on Bill Gates. :evil:

edit: well, fast forward about 18 hours and pretty much my take on it has since been voiced.

Obviously anyone reading this thread is a lover of the mountains, so the Maroon Bells will get a biased slant. You did present the Bells with a non-traditional take with the sign and absence of their reflection off the lake. Nice job. I like what you did, but any non-climber people in your photo club may view that pic as: "Hey, look, another picture of that "two peaked" mountain that we see everywhere."

The pic of the climbing girl is great. The edge blurring seems a little over powering as it extends fairly deep toward the center of the picture. It was the first thing I noticed as I viewed the picture as I scrolled down it on the screen. That may not be true if I were to have seen it all at once in a frame as you no doubt would present it to the club so that may not be of much issue.

You are a brave man to open yourself up to the views of the forum members.

Great job on both pics, but as I stated in my "cliff note" above, I vote for the girl.
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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby kaiman » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:39 am

MUni Rider wrote:Oh wow. My long post just got eaten by accidental usage of windows shortcuts caused by hitting two keys at once on the laptop somewhere.

cliff notes version: I vote for climber girl.

I'll reconstruct the original post tonight at work if I have time, (graveyards). It's bed time now.

ps..... Is it possible to TURN OFF windows short cuts? It happens often enough to piss me the hell off with Microsoft, but thankfully still (just) short of causing me to go "postal" on Bill Gates. :evil:


Check your touchpad, mice, and keyboard settings under Start > Control Panel or look at the Preferences for the particular program you are using as each application has different shortcuts for different things.
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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby Dave B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:52 am

I like both pictures quite a bit and don't really favor one over the other.

With that in mind, the deadly bells sign makes me feel uneasy for some reason. The crop on the frame is weird, I wish the stand was showing, the sign was excluded or the top line of the sign was parallel with the bottom part of the frame.

I'm also not a big fan of the burning in you did on the edges of the climber girl.

Actually, I think I prefer the climber girl. I like the lens flare in the Bells photo, but, and I mean absolutely no offense by this, that picture is a bit cliche, every tourist who visits the bells has a picture somewhat similar. There is a bit of an individual touch with the flare, but I think the climber girl captures a unique and unrepeatable point in time far better.
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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby jomagam » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:06 pm

Black and white pictures work best imo if there is a good contrast between the black and white parts of the photo. There is no real black or real white colors in either photos. Is the girl wearing a blue shirt ? I'd say that the sign in the Bells photo is unnecessary especially since only the title is legible.

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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby shredcrazy » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:12 pm

i like the angle and color on the girl pic, but that white is kinda weird, it gives it a kinda cool affect but it cuts into the picture at weird angles, if you still want that effect maybe try more of a border, like fairly even amounts of white around all edges, no cutting into the pic. The bells is cool, especially the lens flares, but the sign attracts your eyes attention the most, and most of it is unreadable, making it annoying to me, and distracting from the best parts of the photo in a way.
they are both great photos though!

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Re: Photo of the Month?

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:37 pm

Hey, thanks you guys. You've seen stuff that's just blown right past me. It's really hard to evaluate one's own work; certainly for me, anyway.

While it's nice to get compliments, it's even better to get specifics as to how an image impacts the viewer. So thanks for responding, and being candid. You guys rock!

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