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#1 6814.05%
#2 112.27%
#3 285.79%
#4 6212.81%
#5 408.26%
#6 5010.33%
#7 377.64%
#8 112.27%
#9 275.58%
#10 122.48%
#11 173.51%
#12 5511.36%
#13 255.17%
#14 255.17%
#15 163.31%
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VOTE NOW: December 2018 "Lights" Contest Finalists
Posted By: Adam, 01-15-2019, 02:31 PM

Please vote for the overall winner from among the choices below:


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01-22-2019, 12:49 AM   #31
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Great work!

Some stunning images. Makes me proud

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Most of that lot seem too "gimmicky" for me. Waay too saturated, too much postprocessing. Although one might use a photograph as a "canvas" for his artistic use of software, the result is artistic use of software, not photography. Lots of whizz-bang doesn't improve a photograph, because what one notices is the whizz-bang, not the subject. Ok, these mostly had lots of great whizz-bang, and I do appreciate that skill. But post-processing (and especially that which messes with hue, saturation etc.) should be thought of like a ladie's makeup, or like theatrical lighting for a play - if you notice it, it's too much; if it exemplifies the beauty of the subject, it's good. If you're watching a play and thinking about how good the lighting is, then you've missed the play.
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No 4, it's the perfect winter wonderland

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QuoteOriginally posted by dlh Quote
Most of that lot seem too "gimmicky" for me. Waay too saturated, too much postprocessing. Although one might use a photograph as a "canvas" for his artistic use of software, the result is artistic use of software, not photography. Lots of whizz-bang doesn't improve a photograph, because what one notices is the whizz-bang, not the subject. Ok, these mostly had lots of great whizz-bang, and I do appreciate that skill. But post-processing (and especially that which messes with hue, saturation etc.) should be thought of like a ladie's makeup, or like theatrical lighting for a play - if you notice it, it's too much; if it exemplifies the beauty of the subject, it's good. If you're watching a play and thinking about how good the lighting is, then you've missed the play.
Sorry, but I have to disagree. If you shoot in Jpeg the camera is already doing the processing for you, the way that it thinks the image should look. Shooting in RAW you get a pure rendition of the basic photo which you can then interpret as per your vision. Do you really think that a painting is a true rendition of what was there, or an interpretation of how the artist saw it. Photographers are no less the artist, post processing is an integral part of photography, it's not cheating it's a matter of using the skills that have been learned to create the image of your vision. No disrespect intended, but an artist exercising their skills is in my experience more often criticised by those who don't have the skills or are too afraid to step out of their comfort zone to learn something new. As for watching a play & enjoying the lighting, it's mostly the lighting that creates the mood & reinforces the actors skills, without the dramatic or subtle lighting being applied half of the atmosphere would be lost.
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Why is it always so difficult at this final stage of the competition?! Fifteen winners, but I'll keep pondering!

01-22-2019, 04:42 AM   #35
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Difficult choice but in the end No5 got my vote
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#1 for me. Very tranquil and easy on the eye. Good luck.
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Wonderful work one and all!
Difficult choosing only one.
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I would hang #12 on my wall and claim I took the photograph.
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I vote for No. 12. Understated, haunting, beautiful.
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I vote number 1. It was very dificult, all are so good. I like very much the mixture of artificial and natural light. This photo has for me a touch of mystery and surrealism. The chosen place was good. Train stations allways were that dramatic theme...much used in literature, lyrics, cinema and photography. The night natural landscape helps. The warm station could be dracula's refuge, but also grandma house.
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Finds the ethereal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Please vote for the overall winner from among the choices below:


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I have to go with #1, because that looks like the photographer took some effort to make that shot versus being in the right place at the right time.
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However, # 12 is the best.
Real photography. :–)
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# 5, 7, 9, &12 are my favorites...9 has a composition that beats all, but the others I like have a story or haunting air about them and all these have excellent exposures. A couple of the entries are over saturated (edited to be that way - IMO). Regardless, every image has appeal.
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