bjacxcky, I know what you mean. This happens in the photography contests also. It seems the photo that is way out of focus, blurry and bland rates higher sometimes than others that are in focus, nicely colored and the composition is great.
unfortunately, this is something we deal with all the time, for years we've been dealing with it. At times I feel there is some "friendly" voting going on, but the mods do all they can to spot those kinds. I left for a while because of it (and other things).
For example, in the photography contest "Rebellion", I think the entry that got 7th place probably should have been first place. The crisp clear photo was focused and it was completely on theme. Instead, my own photo got 2nd place just because it looked more like a rebel. It wasn't as clear and crisp as it should be. The way a photo makes you feel is obviously going to rule your mind, but seems voters don't take into consideration the technical aspects.
It is what it is and we are here for fun, not for a job or anything. Some of my entries here that placed LAST or close to LAST in a contest have actually sold at galleries, so even though I hate it sometimes, I don't take it to heart when my photo places last in a pxleyes contest
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I have to agree that the sources lately haven't been that good in choppers eyes. Before anyone who supplied those sources gets upset: Yes they are great photos and most choppers are thankful you do supply them, but to be a good source we need something extra to it.
1. DOF photos are great but they do not make great sources for chopping.
2. a good source for chopping can be the worst shot of a shooting but:
- sources do not need to have a perfect composition or color balance
- the object needs to be sharp
- a source needs to be a (simple but) interesting object, this can be a headphone, a wallet... ordinary but interesting objects to chop
- a source needs to be big
and so on...
Please before you click on that button (to make a photo in your portfolio a source) think if others actually can do something with those sources, the question "I'm curious what choppers can do with this photo" is not something that helps choppers.
BUT choppers can do something as well about this:
1. if you see a nice photo in our contests which would make a great source: ask if the author is willing to make it a source
2: go through the contests suggestions regularly and leave your opinions on them, If you leave a comment maybe also point out why a certain suggestion would be a bad source, educate the suggesters to look through choppers eyes.
To make 1 thing clear: mods do not pick the sources, they have 0% influence on the choice.
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Joined: Thu May 10, 2012 4:50 am
As someone who does not know what makes for a good source but would happily allow some of my pics to be used, may I suggest using the "tick box" as a request option (by the choppers) instead of a suggestion option? Then the photographer can either accept or refuse. Just an idea.
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