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Postby Grover » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:20 am

We've beaten this to death in the past ...
The article is from The NY Times http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/ ... it-real/...
The contest is from Popular Photography .. http://www.popphoto.com/Popular-Photogr ... rs-Contest

(Photo/Todd McVey)

*Travel/Places Category Winner*“This shot was half planned and
half happy accident. I was on vacation in Cape May, NJ, last July, and found this lighthouse while
exploring the beach. I knew I had to shoot it— just didn’t know what I wanted it to look like. Then
the idea of a composite came to me. I captured just the lighthouse one day, shooting close-ups and
from a distance to cover enough angles to choose from. Then I went back the next day at roughly
the same time to photograph the seagulls. The sun wasn’t as much of a difficulty as you would expect—
framing it behind the lighthouse, I bracketed all my shots so I knew I would get the look I wanted. The
main problem was the mosquitoes. They were pretty terrible, so I had to work fast. I think I lost about
a pint of blood on this shoot.”*Tech Specs: *Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with Canon 35mm f/2.8 (lighthouse)
and 70–200mm f/4 (seagulls) lenses. Exposures, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100. Composited in Adobe Photoshop
"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
there are in a lollapalooza."
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Postby LeadingLight » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:40 pm

The photo shows that it is important for organizers of a contest to say what is allowed and what is not. Maybe it is time to find a new word for the art form of photo manipulation. I really like to work with photoshop and play with photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/francoismique/sets/72157602350128988/), but when I sent work for a contest I would never consider to send in manipulations, unless it is required. Especially when a photo is meant to look realistic, my humble opinion is that it has to be an original photo. But then... adjusting saturation, brightness, contrast... cropping..., yes, that's what I do too but others might consider as unfair. The conclusion may be that organizing photo contests has become much more complicated.

The prize winning photo above would never have gotten my vote. The manipulation made it unrealistic while it suggests to be a lucky shot, obvious that it is a mix and in my eyes even ugly. But I'm aware I'm old fashioned :mrgreen:
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:11 pm

I'm basically a post card type photographer and not very technical but I agree with you Frans. The thought I had when I first saw the photo above is what is the subject, a seagull or the lighthouse.
One would have to say the seagull as the lighthouse is incomplete.
I'm old fashioned as well. :roll:
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:20 pm

The whole thing looks fake to me.....Like on the cover of a comic book..... :?
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