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Well, we had a poll last week concerning the size restrictions for the monthly photography contests, and the people have spoken. The vote was forty in favor of eliminating the size restrictions, and zero in favor of keeping them.
Therefore, going forward, entrants will not have to restrict their entries with regards to dimensions or file sizes. Hopefully, more DU members will consider entering since they won't have to deal with this. Also, this should make things quite a bit easier for the members running the contest. It's possible that it may take longer for the page to load, but the payoff should be better quality images.
On a personal note, I do have one suggestion. Even though it won't be required to resize an image, it's still not a bad idea in some cases. For instance, I have noticed that some of my own vertical photos prove a little too tall, and people have to scroll up and down to see entire image. Also, very wide images don't always have the impact that I would like them to. You can adjust the dimensions of a photograph without reducing the resolution. You can still produce a clear, sharp image and just cut dimensions slightly to better fit the web browser.
Just my humble opinion.
Anyway, let's have at it, and see how it works out. We can always revisit the issue if it turns out to be problematic. For now, the people have spoken!
Grumpy Old Guy
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Poipu Beach sunset
Kuilau Ridge rainforest
Great Frigate Bird
Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
Princeville at dusk
A few months ago there were some discussions here concerning the requirement to resize photos for the monthly contests. Several of us feel that its unnecessary, and creates an extra burden for the person who is running the contest. At the time we took an informal poll, and the vote was overwhelming in favor of scrapping the requirement. (I think the vote was seven in favor of scrapping the rule, and one in favor of keeping it. I dont know for sure because I cant look back that far with the new interface).
Therefore were going to do another poll, and this time we can make the results official. Here are some salient points to consider.
1. The requirement to resize places a burden on the member who is running the contest. These contests are not easy to run. There is a lot of cutting and pasting, and double and triple checking to avoid mistakes. Its very time consuming. There is usually a large percentage of the entries that are not correctly sized, and the person running the contest has to check all the sizes and contact all the people who entered over sized pics. Its a lot of extra work.
2. There really is no advantage to entering larger photos, since the web browsers automatically resize the photos. In fact, a larger photo may actually be at a disadvantage, since the viewer might have to scroll up or down a little to see the entire image.
3. Many photographers strive to produce sharp, clear images, and its disheartening to see them lose sharpness due to the downsizing of files.
4. There are many members of DU here who would like to get involved in the contests, but they dont have the skills or experience to properly resize the entries. There would probably be greater participation from the membership at large without the resizing requirements.
5. One argument for keeping the resizing requirements is that there are some members who still have slower internet connections, and it takes longer to load the pages. That is a valid point. However, is it fair to ask the contest runners to do all that extra work for the sake of just a few individuals? Yes, it might take longer for the pages to load, but if theyre patient those users may enjoy having much higher quality images to vote on.
We would like to get everyones input on this. Please add your two cents worth to the comments and vote in the poll.
Grumpy Old Guy
Here is my first image from our two week vacation. Purely by luck we were in Maui for a unique event. There was an algae bloom that turned the pond at the Kealia Wildlife Preserve into a combination of purple and pink water, depending on the light. The algae isn't harming the wildlife.
I tried posting it on Saturday, but I couldn't get the images to upload to Imgur correctly from my cellphone while I was on the road. Better late than never.
Snowy egret with dinner
I shot over 256 gb of images the other day. Here are a few good ones.
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About Grumpy Old GuyThank you Democratic Underground for keeping me sane for the last four years. I think I was probably the longest lurker here. I started following DU during the Dubya administration. I was first attracted to the "Top Ten Conservative Idiots of the Week." I've been following along ever since. I always felt guilty for not participating, but refrained from doing so because I already spend way too much time online. However, after recent events, I just can't sit back any longer. I had to log on and thank you folks for all that you do. I'm a retired TV newscast director with forty years experience and more than eighteen thousand broadcasts under my belt, most of them live. I now travel the country (when I can) shooting landscape, astro and wildlife photography. You can see some of my photos at Ross-Kestin.Pixels.com or on Instagram at @oldguywithacamera. Thanks again! Ross K. Grumpy Old Guy
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