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05-02-2004 01:16 AM
Buck Jeeeeeeeez am I a bonehead.... Im here just about every day and do ya think I remembered to do this ! :evil:

Atta boy :roll:
05-01-2004 05:18 PM
Jeremy S So, are you going to start the contest today?
04-28-2004 09:05 PM
wellbiz Kyle,

I will try sending you one.... A photographer I am not, but what the heck

04-28-2004 08:59 PM
KyleT Contest starts soon and still only have 4 entries. Is anyone else planning on submitting a photo?

04-24-2004 07:17 PM
KyleT I will create a sticky post in the forum with a poll option. The actual images will be on a separate page to be as fair as possible. If the images were just all posted in a post, the first posts would obviously have an unfair advantage.

Paul, Go ahead and resend me your pictures.
04-24-2004 03:49 PM
Jeremy S How will the voting work? Will the pictures be posted on the forums in a poll format or will there be another part of the website dedicated to the voting and viewing?
04-24-2004 08:44 AM
rumples riot Fender will I have to resubmit my shots as I think they are bigger than specified?

04-21-2004 03:07 AM
Momotaro I have full confidence in our top notch panel of judges!

04-21-2004 02:37 AM
KyleT Well it seems as if the no edit rule wasn't so well received. So against my previous plans I'm going to go ahead and change this. It is going to have to be based on trust and all hopefully any drastic changes will be obvious. I also like Gareth's suggestion about the size restrictions. It is slightly unfair comparing a 1280 x 1024 to a 800 x 600 image. I have changed the rules so everyone please re-read them and submit your photos!

04-20-2004 12:40 AM
Wasserpest I don't understand why post-processing is considered a bad thing, even prohibited. I post-process all my images, and the least I do is to resize and sharpen them.

Consider this... most digital cameras save their images as jpegs. This involves -- besides compressing them -- a whitepoint adjustment and sharpening algorithm. Saturation and level adjustments within the camera are not unusual.

So, for example, I set my camera to "low sharpening" rather than the default "normal sharpening", because I believe that USM applied in post-processing does a gentler job than the USM algorithm that is built into the camera. So isn't that kinda ambiguous... since I do sharpening in postprocessing, my pics will not qualify, but if I set the cam to "high sharpening" they will, even though they will perhaps look oversharpened.

With all advances in optics and electronics, the human eye is still much more capable than any lens. Cameras just record reality, while the human eye adapts to the specific situation. Sensible color correction can bring an image closer to what the eye of the photographer saw in that moment.

I understand that retouching (the elimination of parts of the original image or addition of elements that were not) or special effects like certain filters are frowned upon, even local enhancements... but wouldn't in the end the viewer notice if something looked unreal?
04-19-2004 11:31 PM
2la You're no different than the rest of us, Gareth. Post-processing is necessary particularly in situations where initial lighting isn't ideal or the camera's white balance is inadequate. Even when manually set, WB can change as your camera angle changes and more light hits the sensor or a nearby colored surface. I can understand the requisite that post-processing be limited to cropping and resizing in order to prevent less than scrupulous shutterbugs from enhancing colors, but it takes a lot of my own pictures out of the running (not that I'd enter) since I use Photoshop to correct my camera's minor mistakes. It's the digital equivalent of darkroom processing, but considerably more powerful and thus dangerous if not used properly.
04-19-2004 03:48 PM
GDominy 2la, as a Canadian I will not be entering the contest, or if I do, it will simply be for novelty. Aquarium Garden does not ship outside of the US so even if I won, the prize would be wasted on me.

Besides.. as far as disciplined photography goes, I'm really quite inexperienced. I rely pretty heavily on post processing touchup in photoshop (I've been doing desktop publishing faaaaaaarrrr longer then I've been taking pictures)
04-19-2004 02:43 PM
Leipo I understand that u can use these alterations to make your fish/plant/tank look more beautiful than it really is, but many people (like me) use them so show how the fish/plant/tank really is according to the human eye and not according to a digital camera.

In the end it all comes down to trust...
04-19-2004 02:03 PM
Gomer The problem with editing is that there is a tendency to use certain adobe filters such as Auto contrast, Auto levels, Image Multiply, manual level changing. Using these and others, you can get some unreal effects that are just not natural..but they sure do look good
04-19-2004 10:05 AM
Leipo I often edit pictures so that they resemble the true colors that my fish have at that moment. I often find that my camera adds a rather greenish color to my foto's which I edit...
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