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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-20-05 07:44 PM
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18. It's interesting to hear how people look at these images.
My slides are unsorted, mostly, because I was never sure which were most toss-worthy. and which were the best, and their importance lay mostly in the experience of taking the picture.

For me it is because it tells a bit of truth about us and our world. Sometimes that truth is just a reminder that we as people have an aesthetic sense and it can be evoked by simple curves or pretty colors or a foggy evening we might discover around us. I believe I read that many other primates seem to be enthralled by a pretty sunset.

So the subject matter is the first thing that draws my attention, but the best photo also tells its truth without a lot of noise or needless distractions, and this is where the technical aspects and issues of composition come in. This is what distinguishes a Salgado or an Ansel Adams from us mere mortals.

In fairness, contest voting shouldn't be based on favorite subject matter, but on the sorts of considerations you've articulated so clearly. It was very helpful to spell it out like you did, because I think it describes what actually makes us react to a photo. Those are not "judging rules" so much as a description of how these things work.
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  -May Photo Contest. LIGHT AND SHADOW, Stage 1: Intro and links ConsAreLiars  May-20-05 03:09 PM   #0 
  - Kick!  Prag   May-20-05 03:13 PM   #1 
  - Beautiful pictures everyone!  mutley_r_us   May-20-05 03:15 PM   #2 
  - Anyone can participate.  ConsAreLiars   May-20-05 03:29 PM   #4 
  - I just started myself  keithjx   May-20-05 03:36 PM   #5 
     - kick  alfredo   May-22-05 09:53 AM   #39 
  - kick and everything  mutley_r_us   May-20-05 03:28 PM   #3 
  - THANKS TO ConsAreLiars  keithjx   May-20-05 03:40 PM   #6 
  - Nice work everyone !  Catchawave   May-20-05 03:48 PM   #7 
  - Nominated for Greatest Page!  RagingInMiami   May-20-05 04:09 PM   #8 
  - What I personally try to use as Judging Criteria ...  TahitiNut   May-20-05 04:25 PM   #9 
  - I think I do all that  RagingInMiami   May-20-05 04:47 PM   #12 
  - Well, that's not how I think. It's how I think I think.  TahitiNut   May-20-05 04:53 PM   #13 
  - It's interesting to hear how people look at these images.  ConsAreLiars   May-20-05 07:44 PM   #18 
  - kick  lakemonster11   May-20-05 04:36 PM   #10 
  - Oooooh! The contest has begun!  intheflow   May-20-05 04:41 PM   #11 
  - Kick for the great photos  ralps   May-20-05 06:20 PM   #14 
  - Great photos!  HeeBGBz   May-20-05 06:34 PM   #15 
  - Gut feeling is what it is all about. If it doesn't move you  alfredo   May-21-05 03:03 PM   #33 
  - I'll kick this one up too, hopefully people are kicking up the contest  Longgrain   May-20-05 06:41 PM   #16 
  - Kick  RagingInMiami   May-20-05 07:12 PM   #17 
  - kick  Princess Turandot   May-20-05 08:40 PM   #19 
  - Awww....Page 2?  Ms. Toad   May-20-05 09:16 PM   #20 
  - Kick.  Longgrain   May-20-05 10:25 PM   #21 
  - kick for the recent arrivals in the Lounge (n/t)  ConsAreLiars   May-20-05 10:28 PM   #22 
  - Good job  alfredo   May-21-05 12:03 AM   #23 
  - kick  RagingInMiami   May-21-05 02:04 AM   #24 
  - kick  lakemonster11   May-21-05 05:21 AM   #25 
  - Many great ones. Hard to chose.....  Robeson   May-21-05 05:32 AM   #26 
  - I should probally kick this one up too...  Longgrain   May-21-05 08:19 AM   #27 
  - kick for Saturday (n/t)  ConsAreLiars   May-21-05 11:32 AM   #28 
  - Probably a few new folks have arrived since the last kick n/t  Ms. Toad   May-21-05 11:34 AM   #29 
  - A good swift kick in the  alfredo   May-21-05 11:37 AM   #30 
  - Rock the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1  RagingInMiami   May-21-05 12:55 PM   #31 
  - So when is the winner going to be announced?  Longgrain   May-21-05 01:08 PM   #32 
  - Around 6PM Sat (Pacific) I'll ask that the three polls be locked  ConsAreLiars   May-21-05 05:09 PM   #35 
     - Cool,  Longgrain   May-21-05 05:55 PM   #36 
  - Kickity Kick  ralps   May-21-05 03:07 PM   #34 
  - I guess it is time to  alfredo   May-21-05 10:09 PM   #37 
  - another kick  MissHoneychurch   May-22-05 03:38 AM   #38 

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