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10-18-2019, 11:57 AM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote

1) A bunch of social media friends said "Wouldn't it be fun to get a flash mob to up-vote a dumb image on Sony's dumb contest?"
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In the UK it is now known as the Boaty McBoatface Factor

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That is bizarre for sure (image is Ok but award winning?) - may be there was some weird theme to the competition that this meets?
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The kind of RAW image I wouldn't even bother to post-process. Pretty sure wouldn't even give it a star rating. Sorry if I'm being negative.
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No, I still don't get it. I've tried sqinting at the image or bunging a degree of Gaussian blur on it to spot some compositional wheeze, some flow of highlights or shadows, some hidden framework; all to no avail. Perhaps if I read Japanese the signage would enlighten me, or maybe in blurred form some semblance to a Kanji script message in Japanese can be discerned, but that apart its merits have me baffled.

Maybe the original was shot on a new A7R4 and is unbelievably sharp and detailed – when printed to 6m x 9m! It's still no justification for inclusion as a finalist — dull is still dull, dull dull. Yawn.

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The plot thickens

I've searched for this dude Ryosuke Takamura and found his website: he's very earnest. It's apparently Street photography, which accounts for the image of the street... He's on Instagram too, but I'm unlikely to follow him – you might like his stuff but it's much too obscure for me.

Obviously there's some fine art groove going on, which is why we mere mortals don't get it, obviously.

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