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AndyS

(14,559 posts)
Tue Jan 10, 2023, 04:54 PM Jan 2023

January Photo Contest thread 1

California Peggy won the privilege of selecting this month's theme.

The entrant takes a photo of anything they want, with some restrictions!

1) Those are that the photo be taken by cell phone ONLY.
2)AND that the photo has not been post-processed in ANY way.

So, one cell phone photo, right out of the camera! NO EDITING AT ALL.


This is a "level the playing field" contest. The idea is to remove any advantage that professional equipment or editing software may provide. Cell phones do a number of things very well, apply various corrective fixes without user input and in one respect are the best camera, that is, the one you have with you. Some phones offer in camera editing and the idea is to not even use that, as close to 'straight out of the camera' as we can get. Just you and your creative eye.

Thread 2: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100217548090
Thread 3: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100217548091


A dusting of large, light snow flakes fallen on a smooth, frozen pond


Bananas and shadows


Begonias and Torenia


Flip Phone 2018 Two Guns, Arizona


Ladybug visit


Textures and soft fur


East 73rd Street, New York


Laundry Day


Under the Brooklyn Bridge


4:00AM in Essexville, Michigan


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A dusting of large, light snow flakes fallen on a smooth, frozen pond
12 (17%)
Bananas and shadows
2 (3%)
Begonias and Torenia
2 (3%)
Flip Phone 2018 Two Guns, Arizona
4 (6%)
Ladybug visi
8 (11%)
Textures and soft fur
2 (3%)
East 73rd Street, New York
11 (16%)
Laundry Day
6 (9%)
Under the Brooklyn Bridge
19 (27%)
4:00AM in Essexville, Michigan https://i.imgur.com/GRjlNdR.jpg
4 (6%)
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January Photo Contest thread 1 (Original Post) AndyS Jan 2023 OP
K&R Solly Mack Jan 2023 #1
👀 underpants Jan 2023 #2
Can you remind us what the theme was? nt LAS14 Jan 2023 #3
Cell phone photos. Ms. Toad Jan 2023 #5
I'm sorry, this is just too hard. Grey Jan 2023 #4
Cool shots! 2naSalit Jan 2023 #6
Swift kick and rec for visibility Warpy Jan 2023 #7
All fine pictures wendyb-NC Jan 2023 #8
If I had known I would have submitted this ... aggiesal Jan 2023 #9
I love that so very much Mira Jan 2023 #22
kick HappyCynic Jan 2023 #10
Kicking a kennedy Jan 2023 #11
Kick! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2023 #12
KNR niyad Jan 2023 #13
kick ManiacJoe Jan 2023 #14
K&R for the spectacular photos, tough choices! Rhiannon12866 Jan 2023 #15
Can I vote for only one photo in each of the three? Thanks. nt akbacchus_BC Jan 2023 #16
How about weighted voting for these contests? I'm serious. planetc Jan 2023 #17
Please elaborate on this. What do you have in mind? nt AndyS Jan 2023 #19
Well, the idea is to give everybody maybe five votes which could be distributed ... planetc Jan 2023 #20
It sounds like a nice idea but . . . AndyS Jan 2023 #21
Thanks for your thoughtful and informative reply. planetc Jan 2023 #25
I can assure you that no disclaimer is necessary. AndyS Jan 2023 #26
Kick! Dyedinthewoolliberal Jan 2023 #18
Kick! mnhtnbb Jan 2023 #23
Kick kick kick! Grumpy Old Guy Jan 2023 #24
Kick! mnhtnbb Jan 2023 #27

Grey

(1,581 posts)
4. I'm sorry, this is just too hard.
Tue Jan 10, 2023, 05:16 PM
Jan 2023

Can I vote for at least 12...?
I can't believe how good these photos are, my mind boggles.

aggiesal

(8,895 posts)
9. If I had known I would have submitted this ...
Tue Jan 10, 2023, 07:47 PM
Jan 2023

3 kittens, 2 males & 1 female
I had to lie on the ground as low as possible and as quiet as possible, to not wake them up.
They arranged themselves

Mira

(22,379 posts)
22. I love that so very much
Thu Jan 12, 2023, 12:06 AM
Jan 2023

It has emotion and story all tied up. And I am not at all a cat person.

planetc

(7,763 posts)
20. Well, the idea is to give everybody maybe five votes which could be distributed ...
Wed Jan 11, 2023, 05:52 PM
Jan 2023

among the photos in each collection. You could give 5 photos 1 vote, or all five votes to one photo. The programming would have to check our arithmetic, and not allow us more than 5 (or however many) votes. I have no idea how hard this would be to set up, but I do regularly see more than one photo I'd like to vote for. So, I realize this is probably not worth the programmer's time, but I think it might result in a more accurate tally of how much enthusiasm each photo evokes.

AndyS

(14,559 posts)
21. It sounds like a nice idea but . . .
Wed Jan 11, 2023, 08:35 PM
Jan 2023

Even if Earl G and Elad took the effort and it would be more or less invisible to the host, getting 16 hosts for contests each year is difficult as is. Anything that might add to the confusion or the possibility of participant/voter consternation would make it just that much more difficult for recruitment.

This was my second contest as host. The first was almost effortless except for a typo or two. This one was a more or less a disaster.

It's a fun activity for both photographers and viewers. Even hosts if we don't screw up. We call it a 'contest' but it's really just an excuse to share the things we've seen & places we've been. No prizes, no rewards. Just the opportunity to shape the next contest. I think KISS is the best policy.

Just my opinion.

planetc

(7,763 posts)
25. Thanks for your thoughtful and informative reply.
Thu Jan 12, 2023, 11:59 AM
Jan 2023

I really hate to see any "contest" moderator encounter disaster; we need you. And I can easily imagine our picture viewers thrown into a state of confusion about what they're supposed to do, and then not doing anything. Thanks for explaining.

It's clear to me that in order to achieve what I want, which is more praise for the photographers, I will just have to work harder myself, and respond to individual pics in comments. Maybe I'll issue a disclaimer, and say "This comment does not mean I didn't admire your picture, it's just that this other picture is easier to talk about."

AndyS

(14,559 posts)
26. I can assure you that no disclaimer is necessary.
Thu Jan 12, 2023, 02:42 PM
Jan 2023

Once we make a decision to put our artwork before the public the art isn't up for critique, it's the taste of the viewer that's being judged . . .

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