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AndyS

(14,559 posts)
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:29 PM Jan 2023

January Photo Contest finals! At Last!!

A little housekeeping before the you get to the vote on final winners:

In due diligence I captured a screen shot of Thread 3v1.0 with voters identified to compare votes in Corrected Thread 3v2.0. Turns out it wasn't necessary as the top vote getters had a large enough margin that my faux pas didn't matter. It did not effect the final outcome (to my unimaginable relief).

Second I want to acknowledge first time participants. The contest filled in ~24 hours AND resulted in one of the most difficult voting experiences for DU ever. You guys are good! Hope you all come back in future contests to share your vision and things you've seen.

Finally if anyone wants a postmortem on the mistakes made PM me and I'll either PM back or if the interest is great enough will post it in the Photo group.

On to the final vote!

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.


1. Water Lilies


2. Moody Blues


3. Reflections
4.

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


5. On the N102, Ardeche


6. At the Lake


7. Bee Here Now


8. East 73rd Street, New York


9. Summer Evening


10. Under the Brooklyn Bridge

163 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Time expired
Water Lilies
25 (15%)
Moody Blues
17 (10%)
Reflections
15 (9%)
A dusting of large, light snow flakes fallen on a smooth, frozen pond
13 (8%)
On the N102, Ardeche
11 (7%)
At the Lake
28 (17%)
Bee Here Now
14 (9%)
East 73rd Street, New York
9 (6%)
Summer Evening
10 (6%)
Under the Brooklyn Bridge
21 (13%)
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January Photo Contest finals! At Last!! (Original Post) AndyS Jan 2023 OP
So many outstanding photos. Very hard decision! skylucy Jan 2023 #1
Wonderful photos! happybird Jan 2023 #2
This one was really hard to choose. Thanks to all who entered. Biophilic Jan 2023 #3
How am I supposed to choose? I would love to have any of them on my wall! Coventina Jan 2023 #4
This message was self-deleted by its author patricia92243 Jan 2023 #5
Wow! Tough choices. All are stunning! SheltieLover Jan 2023 #6
Great selections all. They make you feel like you have been transported... hlthe2b Jan 2023 #7
kick BWdem4life Jan 2023 #8
They're all spectacular! yardwork Jan 2023 #9
Moody Blues: either dawn or dusk, the sun showing off, a few people out in the morning or ... planetc Jan 2023 #10
I like the restrictions, and all of these are winners housecat Jan 2023 #11
As always, they're all winners. Harker Jan 2023 #12
K&R llmart Jan 2023 #13
Wellll, ya' have to understand that cell phones do a lot of editing all on their own. AndyS Jan 2023 #16
Thank you for that explanation... llmart Jan 2023 #17
The camera is less important than the eye, the light and the ability to SEE. AndyS Jan 2023 #19
"See the world, smell the air and don't miss a single detail." llmart Jan 2023 #20
Lovely photos! Interesting how the rules for this month's contest enough Jan 2023 #14
Indeed yes! I think that's a large part of why the submission thread filled up in 24 hours. n/t CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2023 #15
All great photos. This one was hard to choose. Lonestarblue Jan 2023 #18
They are all astonishing, but Moody Blues just grabbed me Hekate Jan 2023 #21
difficult decision,,,, All are stunning! Thank you. KarenS Jan 2023 #22
Was Summer Evening taken in Omaha? ggma Jan 2023 #23
I wish there was a way to hide the results Mosby Jan 2023 #24
Really hard choice. Beautiful photos. judesedit Jan 2023 #25
K&R Solly Mack Jan 2023 #26
Kick kick kick! Grumpy Old Guy Jan 2023 #27
Wow, really, really, really hard to choose. Outstanding. a kennedy Jan 2023 #28
Do they wade out to the canoe 🛶? Emile Jan 2023 #29
Good morning kick! mnhtnbb Jan 2023 #30
All are amazing. How can one possibly choose? niyad Jan 2023 #31
Kick this beautiful post back up! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2023 #32
Wowza. These are wonderful. ratchiweenie Jan 2023 #33
Kick! mnhtnbb Jan 2023 #34
Kick! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2023 #35
Kick! Kick! Kick! CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2023 #36
Kickety kick kick! Grumpy Old Guy Jan 2023 #37
Kick Mz Pip Jan 2023 #38
K&R and same as everyone else, how are we supposed to choose only one?? Rhiannon12866 Jan 2023 #39
K n R oasis Jan 2023 #40
Kick! Niagara Jan 2023 #41
I wish I could have voted for all of them. No losers in the group. panader0 Jan 2023 #42
What a beautiful selection! Hope22 Jan 2023 #43
All really great however, Butterflylady Jan 2023 #44

happybird

(4,695 posts)
2. Wonderful photos!
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:38 PM
Jan 2023

Can’t decide, they are all gorgeous. I’ll keep coming back and looking with fresh eyes until one really pops out at me. This might be the most difficult choice yet!

Response to AndyS (Original post)

hlthe2b

(102,634 posts)
7. Great selections all. They make you feel like you have been transported...
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:05 PM
Jan 2023

and that's a very good thing.

Congrats all.

yardwork

(61,849 posts)
9. They're all spectacular!
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:15 PM
Jan 2023

Edited to add that I chose Summer Evening because it immediately reminded me of my childhood. They're all beautiful but this one is a time traveler.

planetc

(7,872 posts)
10. Moody Blues: either dawn or dusk, the sun showing off, a few people out in the morning or ...
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:24 PM
Jan 2023

evening, two walking, and one staring contemplatively off into the mood. This picture sucks your mind into it, and rests it, and calms it, and it's all the work of the color blue. well done, photographer!

llmart

(15,580 posts)
13. K&R
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:28 PM
Jan 2023

Since I'm a sucker for nature pictures, this was a really difficult choice for me. All of these are amazing and I love that the criteria was that the photos could not be edited in any way. Shows what great photographers we have on DU.

AndyS

(14,559 posts)
16. Wellll, ya' have to understand that cell phones do a lot of editing all on their own.
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:43 PM
Jan 2023

The camera adjusts exposure, contrast, color balance, sharpness and noise to an Artificial Intelligence 'ideal'. Most of the time they get it right for most of the pictures people take.

I only comment because these pictures are not un-edited nor are they not post processed. It is just not done so at the intent of the photographer.

We do have great photographers because it all begins with the eye, ability to see the light and how they combine to make a memorable image. That a cell phone improves on that beginning is only an invitation to grow past that beginning.

llmart

(15,580 posts)
17. Thank you for that explanation...
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:56 PM
Jan 2023

because you're talking to someone who only owns a $40 Tracfone. The camera on it leaves a lot to be desired.

AndyS

(14,559 posts)
19. The camera is less important than the eye, the light and the ability to SEE.
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 09:06 PM
Jan 2023

Someone said to me, "I've had a dozen Kodak moments in my life and you have a dozen a day."

So many people are in the world but not of it. See the world, smell the air and don't miss a single detail.

The camera only does one thing; show the rest of the world what you've seen.

llmart

(15,580 posts)
20. "See the world, smell the air and don't miss a single detail."
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 09:25 PM
Jan 2023

That's why I rarely take pictures. I take pictures with my mind's eye and save them in my memory to pull out whenever I need to remember the beauty of this world. I have vivid memories of when my children were little where I can remember the weather on that day, the color of the fall leaves, the smell and feel of the air. Just this morning, here in Michigan, we had an actual sunrise, meaning that we haven't seen the sun for weeks. I stood at my doorwall just enjoying it and telling myself to cement that picture in my mind. When I go on vacation I never take pictures, but I've seen some amazing beauty in many different places and I can still recall most of it.

enough

(13,280 posts)
14. Lovely photos! Interesting how the rules for this month's contest
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:40 PM
Jan 2023

seem to bring out a certain spontaneity and relaxation.

Hekate

(91,181 posts)
21. They are all astonishing, but Moody Blues just grabbed me
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 09:35 PM
Jan 2023

Thank you, Andy, and thank all our photographers

ggma

(709 posts)
23. Was Summer Evening taken in Omaha?
Sun Jan 15, 2023, 09:44 PM
Jan 2023

Swear to goodness, it looks like a neighborhood very close to me!

gg

Rhiannon12866

(207,406 posts)
39. K&R and same as everyone else, how are we supposed to choose only one??
Tue Jan 17, 2023, 11:36 PM
Jan 2023

Kudos to DU's talented photographers, and it was equally tough in round #1...

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