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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #9324618

Boy its a huge number of pictures this year!
There was something mentioned in the Sandy thread so I thought we'd start a new one for the topic, here.

Have you looked? What are your general thoughts?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2012
4:35 PM

Post #9324620

Gita said:
I kind of like the process...of elimination, once you have chosen your favorites.
When it gets down to your favorite 4 or five--it gets hard.

I have so many pet peeves about the Contest entries--I could write a book on what
NOT to do to your pictures. Might be an interesting idea for a Thread...

Like--STOP spraying your roses with water and then posting---
"Such and such Rose after a morning shower". UGH! That gets me...Dah! The leaves next to it are dry!

OR--
"Stop posting these super macros of the inside of the Rose bloom"--other than
proving it is good close-up photography--to me it is an automatic "Skip this one".

I agree in that I am looking for something unusual many times. The Pets category is always fun to look at but as for contest winners I am NOT going to pick anybody's same ol slightly out of focus, adorable cat. Yes I know she is adorable to you, but not a contest winning photo.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9324622

But I have been known to vote for a pic when I know that its by someone special to me, AND is a very good photo too!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2012
4:37 PM

Post #9324623

I also really prefer if there is a caption, over a photo with no description at all.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9324754

Major pet peeve if the pic is out of focus...HELLO!!! It's a photography contest!
Or if I see the person's fingers holding whatever subject they are photographing

When I look at the pic I look at it with the thought, do I want to look at that pic for 30 days?

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 5, 2012
3:10 AM

Post #9324991

I started looking at the photos yesterday. I initially went with the first option of displaying every picture one at a time, but soon switched to the second option of displaying all thumbnails in the category at once and then selectively picking individuals. With so many pictures in each category, the second option is an easier way to get started. Since I am not much of a photographer, I think I tend to focus on the content vs the quality of the photo. I only notice the quality after I've liked the content if it is obviously bad or looks better than others, even to my untrained eye. I haven't selected any yet though. Can you vote for more than one in each category?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 5, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #9325067

You end up picking the best 3 in each category.

Hey Jen I hadn't thought of it that way.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 5, 2012
5:26 AM

Post #9325069

Sally--
Glad you ran with my suggestion on this Thread. I just hope all the photographers read it...

Teri--
Each category will end up with you choosing 3 pictures as finalists from all the "favorites" you saved.
Your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. DG then will choose the best, or most seasonally appropriate,
of all the winners (1st choices) to be printed in the calendar.
When I really like a picture, but it is very long vertically, I tend to not choose that one as i envision
it NOT fitting on a rectangular page in the Calendar. It would have to be cropped, and then you lose
part of the picture. Just another category I consider...

I look at the full page pictures, as then you can notice a lot more detail. My eyesight is not so great
that i could use the Thumbnails and correctly choose my likes and dislikes. Like--it would be hard to see if
some part is out of focus or if there is a small critter in the bloom..
As I scroll through each picture--my decision is often instant--and in my mind I say the reason.
Many times it is like--skip...skip...skip...skip...etc...If I pause--there must be a something about it...

A picture has to, instantly, grab my attention for some reason. It has to "speak to me". There has to be
An appeal to my eye, clarity, focus on the main object, well cropped (visually), good perspective, etc.
Being somewhat artistic--I look for stuff like that.
I have done almost half of all the categories by now. It is time-consuming, but also kind of fun.
I leave it as the last thing I do, to fill an hour or so, before going to bed.

SO! here are some comments re my dislikes and "flaws" (to me) in judging the Photo Contest.

--Many nice pictures--several--really? Why post something out of focus, or sideways?
Us viewers have NO option to rotate it! What are people thinking?

--STOP sprinkling water on your Flowers and Rose blooms and then posting---"Such and such Rose
after a morning shower"...DAH! The leaves around the bloom are all dry! You think we cannot tell?
There is a big difference between a natural dew--and big globs of water on your Rose.

--STOP taking these super Macro shots of a bloom and entering it in the category.
What the heck can I see? Half the time, one cannot even tell what it is. it just proves you can
take a decent macro photo and have a good camera. How can a shot like that fit into Annuals or perennials?
There are also several pictures of an extreme close-up of someone's dog's face. HUH?

--IF you photograph a most beautiful bloom--but the top of it is cut off--I ain't voting for that!
It needs to be complete.

--If someone's hand is in the picture--or for that matter, if someones cute kid is part of it--Gone!

--If you did not rotate your entry so it is right side up--WE cannot do it either. Gone!

--Try not to enter a very long, vertical shot. I always try to imagine it on that Calendar page.
How on Earth will they fit it on a rectangular page--if your shot is 2 screens long???

--For that matter--if you are taking a shot of a very long flower, like a Foxglove, but only
photograph a part of the stem--I will not choose that...A close up of the blooms--or the whole stem is better.

--DO NOT post out of focus pictures. Do you think you have a chance of winning with them?

--DO NOT pose your animals in wheelbarrows and under pillows, and some such--that is a set-up.
Cute to YOU!--but I will seldome vote for these--I like a natural setting...

--There must be 50 boring shots of someone's dog or cat--which is ONLY precious to YOU!
What is so "cute" in a picture of your dog laying on his back in the driveway?

--If you take a beautiful scene but leave 1/3 of the lower part as grass or some other frontal material--
that is NOT a well cropped picture. Learn to visually crop your shots before you press the button.

--Think about WHAT you want to photograph--and then compose it in such a way that your eye will
be drawn to that object. Like--think perspective--think what you want the focus to be! Choose the main object
and make sure it is clear and visible. "Framing" it with other existing surroundings correctly
is what can make or break your photo.

I have more than half of the Categories to go yet--will make more notes of what I could comment on.

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 5, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9325668

Hoo boy. I just looked at Tropicals and Garden Art . I've already gone to looking at thumbnails and just going through those that really grab me, for a closer look. I just can't spend the time looking at every one in large view. I'm feeling like people who cast actors for movies. "NEXT!"

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #9325871

I think I recognized Ric's hypertufa container in the "Container gardening" category.
At least I think it was the one he/she made.

I voted for that as one of my choices...just wish the tree/evergreen in the distance was not right behind it.
It took away from the impact of the planter just sitting there...But--it was pretty...
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9325990

My aged computer is just not up to the number of entries to be gone thru! I started with the smallest category and of course with thumbnails.

From the thumbnail pages I decided I would like a "color" calendar: orange, red green. blue...etc with a collage of pics in each color for each page of calendar.

Then I was drawn to forms...like the multiple cedar waxwings in "Birds" and the tall water fountain in "water"

"Seasonal" had little in it to attract me. Wish the fox and kit pic with gourd was in "wildlife"...instead of miscellaneous.

Saw some 'kitch' appeal in photos with people pets etc scattered through out categories.

Wished the "personal" gardens were richer and more , well, personal.

Maybe there needs to be some general voting to get down to say ten per category and then another vote for top winners.

One good thing for me is that several of my pictures over the years could be contenders!!!

I'd like to create my own version of DG calendar from the items submitted and then buy that! How picky am I?

Think I recognized one of VaWildRose (Karen) pics..the woodpecker feeding babies! ??
rubyw
Crozet, VA

November 6, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9325993

I am seeing lots of talk about the contest and really ought to set aside some time to take a look myself. I find all your comments interesting and helpful in terms of what I need to be looking for in terms of something that like Jen says, I want to look at for thirty days. Great one Jen.

Thank you Sally for starting this thread. Will make for some good thought.

Ruby

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 6, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9326157

^_^

I actually took time and looked thru all pics by the full size method, kids offered their opinions too, LOL

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

November 7, 2012
3:50 AM

Post #9326708

I am not from the mid-Atlantic but saw the topic. I would like have a power slide option that would automatically move to each image until finished. I too started looking at full images which quickly went to thumbnail images which quickly went to picking and choosing only some images to view and vote.

I eliminate pictures of botanical gardens or hotel landscapes. I prefer seeing and voting on personal work and accomplishments of DG members.

Thanks for letting me post.

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #9326739

Hello Rockette - thanks for joining in the fun. I too prefer the personal gardens. The botanical gardens are nice, and the professionals that run and maintain them do an amazing job, but I like seeing the accomplishments of DG members in their own gardens. I guess it just means more to me because for most of us, it is a hobby that we do in our spare hours away from our full time jobs. I love to see the wonderful things the DGrs come up with.

Jen, how many hours did that take? WOW... Sounds like you had fun with the kids joining in.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9326766

Don't know any of the ins and outs of this, but think it would be so cool if some of our Daves Garden proceeds form calendar sales or ??? could go to "Disaster Relief" or support of some botanical gardens or??

Just sayin

Judy

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 7, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9326781

I agree Rockette, I'd rather vote for someone's personal garden

Yep took me a few days to do all the categories a bit at a time

Would be nice for proceeds to go to disaster relief

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9326786

I second the opinion hat pictures of Public parks, Arboretums, and Botanical gardens are
an automatic "Skip it"--even if they are beautiful.

I second what Teri said--what we vote on should be from the gardens of DG members--lovingly
created, planted and maintained. Amen!

ecnalg

ecnalg
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9326845

Definitely agree on the public/private garden issue.

I just went through the birds section and they had some of the best photos I've encountered so far. I wish there was a feature where it would show you how far along you were in a category and how many you had selected to date. It probably takes a lot longer, but I do each category one at a time.

Good idea that some of the profits go to relief efforts.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9327441

Hi rockette!

THe birds category might interest me next. Like rockette, I am not finding enough dedication to go through each and every one the way Jen et al did.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9327442

I just did a hasty run thru of Containers. Not the most exciting category.
Birds though, looks well worthy of viewing every single one in large format. So many good looking pics there.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 7, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9327452

I love the white horses with watering trough containers!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 8, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9327742

Popping in late here...let me just say...taking macros requires as much skill as an action photo. Course I'm biased on this one. But to me a macro is nature giving you a peek into another world. Hugs, Gita - but we can all have our opinion, yes?

As for out of focus are we talking an entire photo or just a section? Could be the photographer wanted a blurred background, for example or someone's using a soft lens...guess I need to look some of the pics tonight. I always get great ideas from other folks!!!

Agree with Coleup re proceeds 'Disaster Relief' - GREAT IDEA!!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 8, 2012
7:24 AM

Post #9327789

Sally--

Was that Holly and Ric's hypertufa container in one of the pictures in the Container category?

Also--in the Miscellaneous, Weird category--they had a picture of the same plant
(with the black seeds on it) that you showed me at your house.
The person gave a name for it--and i think it was different than what you called it...
I wrote it down on a small slip of paper--but lost it.

Chantell, dear, I never said I did not like macros. They are proof of very skillful photography .
I just do not think that it "qualifies"(in my mind) as a complete Annual or perennial.
Also--way too many people post these super Macros for my taste.
And--as you said--we can all have our opinions...

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 8, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9328019

Yup the horses are cute

no i dont think it is Rics tufa he did not build the tim up i dont think. But the legs are the same
will look at weird later. Mine are Belamcanda or blackberry lilies

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 9, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9329297

Knocked off another two categories tonight. Just one more to go!
How are the rest of you doing?

A couple of comments now that I have delved through about 6 more categories.

--There is someone (maybe two?) who keeps "framing" her photos. Either in a semi-heavy black frame--
or a lighter, pencil-line frame. I cannot figure out what the purpose of this is???
I mean--it looks pretty--but no one else is doing it...
I always think ahead of how this or that picture would look on the pages of the calendar.
Would the picture be "framed" on the Calendar page as well if any of these photos would win??

--Second---There are some pictures (by someone)--usually close-ups of a whole bloom of some kind--
that seems that it may have been photo-shopped. Why? All the petals seem to be outlined in some way.
The edges have a very thin, darker outline. Just like super crisp/in focus that does not seem natural.
I do not know much about photo-shopping---but is there a feature that can do this?
Has anyone else notice this???? I have tended not to vote for these...

The one category I have left to do--I will save it for another late, mundane hour before i go to bed...

My favorite "last hour" thing is to play a couple of games of 'Super Mahjong".
Talk about concentration!!! I just tell myself it is god for my aging brain--as it requires a lot of
attention and skill in matching up any two of the same kind of a symbol. Endlessly!!!
It is the music that drives me crazy! I know! I know! I can turn it off--but then it seems that something is missing...
Go figure!!!

Good night! Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 10, 2012
5:29 AM

Post #9329488

I looked at the Weird category. THat is a very fun one to do full screen. It sure seemed to take a long time though.

I have not seen the framed pics- but am thinking that you never know if they'd crop it for the calender anyway. So many diferent sizes and resolutions probably.

Now I'm curious about those outlined petals.

I've spent hours- days - weeks- on Mahjong and Free cell and Spider solitaire. I can do a four suit Spider. ( ahem!)

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 10, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9329523

Ack. I just endured what, fifteen minutes? of going thru all the Annuals and Per Flowers full screen ? 300 at one second per, isn't that five minutes? Must be five sec each at the very minimum to load and scroll and move on...I didn't get to all of them, I gave up, but nearly all. I did not save as I went. Now I cannot find one of the ones I really liked, on thumbnail.

I'm sure its much fun to enter a picture. But I don't have the time to go through all of them.

A simple crisp white flower on leaf background is refreshing after so much color.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9329862

Sally---

The weirdest of weird in this category is the snake, hanging from the gutter and starting to
devour some kind of bird, with long tail feathers, that it had just choked to death.
How did that grab you?

The outlined petals were on Dahlia blooms--and it may just be my misinterpretation---
but I think something was done to them.

FOUR???? suits on Spider Solitaire????? You da woman!!!!
I must admit I just tried it once--and decided I did not want to feel like a failure at a game.
Love Mahjong--to an extent----Two games is my limit per night...
You know what frustrates me??? When I am done with my game--and I want to go back to the
screen where you can click and choose which arrangement you want to plaay next--
there is NO option to get back to it other than ending the game and starting all over.
Can you enlighten me?????

YES! That Annuals and Perennials category is a killer! And it was the first one I did...
How many close-ups of a flower can one tolerate within 20 minutes????...

The category I have left to do is: Butterflies, Moths and...???...
NOT tonight! I am bushed...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 10, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9329904

EW that snake from the gutter- I meant to warn people about that! Two times , too.

It could well have been an enhancement done to the Dahlia photo. I use those tools, (brighten, contrast...) but a little can go a long way and a little more can look really weird.

I can't enighten you on the Mahjong question. Mine seems to be a different set up.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 11, 2012
3:42 AM

Post #9330096

Sally--

I found my little slip of paper that I jotted down the name of the plant on the
"Bizarre and weird and miscellaneous" category. The one with the black seeds that you
showed me at your house.
The person who submitted the photo labeled it as "Leopard Lily".

Of course, by now, you have already done this category yourself and saw the picture.

Gita
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 11, 2012
5:25 AM

Post #9330128

Hello All, I haven't gotten to the Photo Contest yet and not quite sure I will get the time. Ric was going thru the pics last night when I got in. They sure are a mix of great Photography and good pictures and then those that just make you wonder why did someone post that fuzzy pic in a contest. Even if they are cute pics they just don't belong in this type of a contest.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 11, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9330183

Yes Gita- Leopard lily must be another common name for it- Blackberry lily, Belamcanda - because of the spots on the leaves

Me too Holly- I have made myself not be cranky about it- it's fun to submit a picture and see it in a contest. If I was doing the judging as a job (Nat Geo) I would be really annoyed.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 11, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9330216

Sally and Gita, I agree that blackberry lily and leopard lily are on and the same. There is a pic on wikipedia that shows a flower stalk with both black AND orange seeds. See it here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Belamcanda_chinensis_seeds.jpg

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 11, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #9330255

I have 10 favorites from "Butterflies/Moths"

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 11, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9330666

And another 5. Just two or three more and I have a calendar full!

Welcome back Holly.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 11, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9330743

I guess time will tell what that 'thing" Lily I have growing will turn out to be when it blooms this next summer.
I still am trying to compare the seed pod to the one in the picture above.
Even in totally dried state--it does not look a lot like the one I picked.

I know I will just have to accept the majority opinions as to what it is.
I don't know any different...so I have to accept the majority vote...

Once more--here is a picture of the seed pods I picked off this "Lily"...
Just went and looked. The seeds are still bright orange--but a bit shriveled up
as a seed or berry would look like when dry. The pod is still just like in the picture.

The below picture was taken Oct. 7--a month ago.
Gita

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coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #9332536

Yep, The plug was pulled before I had a chance to cast my votes. Most of my 'favorites were not among the final winners except my 'white horses' in Containers!

I was happy to see that one of my favorite photographers was a winner. Congratulations to Karen, VaWildRose
Ist Place in Landscapes
2nd Place in Annuals and Perennials
Runnerup in Birds
Runnerup in Tropicals and Houseplants

Y E A K A R E N !!!!!!!!!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #9332537

Great job, Karen!!!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

November 13, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #9332551

Congrats!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 13, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9332563

Thank you all!
I was really surprised by my placements this year! I am humbled!
There were so many beautiful photos in the contest... I honestly never dreamed I would even place much less win a category.
I give God the thanks and glory for the talent, and for letting me share it.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 13, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9332580

Not knowing who was behind the lens, I voted for your Fuchsia, chilly Cardinal, and Phalaenopsis. Each one was equally breathtaking. Those were mentioned off the top of my head, so forgive me if you entered more. If you did, I probably voted for them too :)

I tend to avoid entries taken at public sites like Botanical Gardens and Parks. Most photos with people in them are a turn off. Blurred photos, those submitted out of category, and repeats from previous years are automatically skipped. That being said, there were so many awesome unique photos this year it was difficult to pick favorites. One stand out was that thundering White Horse. The landscape and Sun / Moon photos were the best ever to my eyes.

Congrats to all the Winners!




sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9332584

Karen thats wonderful!!!!!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9336703

No surprise to me re our Karen - LOVE her photography (humble sweet spirit award as well)!!!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 20, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9338055

Thank you all!
:o)
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9340784

Hey everybody, Karen has started a new Bird thread for us here

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1288659/

This will keep me happy for the Winter! Thanks, Karen.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

November 25, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #9341965

The picture that Coleup posted is the same sort of Blackberry Lily that John shared with some of you. The ones in Gita's photo are not the Blackberry Lily that I am accustomed to and I would think of it as most likely being of the Tiger Lily sort. I took a picture a few weeks ago of the stalk of one of our blackberry liles and will try to pot it later. It look identical to the one that Cole posted from Plant File. It looks identical to Blackberry.

Congratulations on the wins Karen. I didn't see the entries, but I am sure that you did some amazing work. Yes, thank God for such a wonderful talent. I am always in envy of those talented as you are.

Ruby
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 1, 2012
4:35 PM

Post #9347145

This was my second time voting. HUGE increase in photos and categories, HUGE increase in Overdosing by me, of course. I found myself totally overwhelmed by the amount. Could barely get through it, and I just jammed in my favorites without looking at all of the photos, honestly.

I was surprised to see non-home gardening entries, like parks and vacations and animals. I happen to be a horse lover, so this category is totally okay! But, dogs and cats? Come on now, isn't this Dave's GARDEN?

I feel strongly that there should be a set amount per category and filled by "First Come, FIrst Serve." It seemed most unfair to the voters to have such a deluge from which to choose!

Next time, if the set-up this year is what it is, I will abstain from voting. I don't know personally any of you, and so please do not take this position as anything other than my reaction to such overload.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #9347152

My formula is simple:

--If you are off category----GONE! DAH! Read the title!!!
--IF you insist on sprinkling water on all your Roses--and then post-"after a morning shower"---Gone!
--If you have included your cute 3yr. old in the picture---GONE!
--If your pet is, obviously, posed in some way--NOT natural to that pet--GONE!
--If your hand is in the picture--GONE!
--If your focus is on a 2 acre lot--and the category item is a small part of it--GONE!
--If you have a nice photo, of a bloom, say--but it it not in the picture in its entirety--GONE!
--If your photo is out of focus--GONE!
--If it has obvious enhancements (photo-shopping--framing...outlining..etc.)--Gone!
--If you insist of posting macro, macro innards of a bloom--Gone!

OK. That's enough. I am sure there are others I cannot remember.

Gita

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2012
12:41 AM

Post #9347334

Gracye, I found myself getting cranky about some of the pictures too.
But since the prizes are pretty minor, and its not trying to be anything more than amateur (despite a number of wonderful pro quality entries, like our Karen's) I decided to chill out. I only viewed a few categories, and at that, I also did not take time to view every photo. I just picked out the best three of the first maybe half the entrants.

It's really truly about getting lots of clicks for the site I believe. If there are way too many pics to view and 'we' get tired of it and stop viewing, then it'll change.

Gita- . I have absolutely no quarrel with you having any of those rules for your voting. After all our vote is our opinion! I agree with every one of your rules, to some level or entirely.

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