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Jim_Lynch
11-18-2008, 08:44 PM
After a thoroughly enjoyable experience at this years PPAM Convention and Print Competition, I am hoping to have something to submit for the 2009 competition. Even after spending several hours watching the judging (which was pretty interesting to say the least) I'm still a bit fuzzy on the judging criteria. I'm submitting some possible entries for CC and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thx.

Jim_Lynch
11-18-2008, 08:48 PM
Ugh. I need to work on uploading my images. that looks terrible.
Stay tuned.

Keith_A_Howe
11-18-2008, 10:49 PM
When Posting your images, you can get a larger image by hosting it either on your own website and pasting the link into your post or what I do is I opened a free acount at www.photobucket.com. Be sure to place your copyright on the image when you post to forums or especially to sites like photobucket. The advantage of photobucket is once you upload your image at say 8x10 @120 or so dpi, you copy the image tag (bottom option) and paste it into your post. It will give you a very nice large image that we can be able to give CC from alot more accurately. Good Luck
Keith

Jim_Lynch
11-19-2008, 01:37 AM
Thanks for the advice Keith. Will do.

Heather_L._Smith
11-19-2008, 02:15 AM
Hehehe... I think it looks like a dragon's nostril.

Sorry... I realize that's not very helpful, but I couldn't resist.

Here's a link to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print. It's the criteria that all judges view an image by.

http://ppa.com/competitions/international/12elements.php

Jim_Lynch
11-19-2008, 02:19 AM
Let 's see how this works...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/3041934527_0e1f283f79_o.jpg

Jim_Lynch
11-19-2008, 02:21 AM
Hehehe... I think it looks like a dragon's nostril.

Sorry... I realize that's not very helpful, but I couldn't resist.

Here's a link to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print. It's the criteria that all judges view an image by.

http://ppa.com/competitions/international/12elements.php

Heather,
Hey, thanks for just looking and taking the time to comment. The 12 points are very helpful. Cheers!

Jim_Lynch
11-19-2008, 02:46 AM
Last one tonight until I can fix the color shift. These are much more vibrant.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3051/3041997613_14d8f15761_o.jpg

: J

D._Craig_Flory
11-19-2008, 01:53 PM
Hi Jim;

On image #1, what would you say is the center of interest ? If that is an air intake, why did you make that the sharpest area ... what were your thoughts why you composed and created it ?

On image #2, I see an image that needs help. The bottom is too dark. Half the guitar is cut off and his hands are amputated. The accent line is lost with that area being too dark ... but, if it was showing up well, it would be wayyyy too wide. When I do competition images I usually use between a 4 pixel and a 6 pixel accent line on a 16" x 20" file @ 300 ppi. (on a low res like this it would be 1 pixel and I would reduce the opacity of it)

Jim_Lynch
11-19-2008, 04:27 PM
Craig, thanks for the feedback. I liked the intake in #1 as a focal point because of the shapes formed by the physical details of that feature as well as the shadows created by it. I used the shallow depth of field to soften the rim and tire which were too busy in sharp focus.

I will say that the color did not translate well in the transition to jpeg from tiff and is much weaker and distorted that what I see.

On #2, all points well taken. Again, the color is not what it should be and I am experimenting with my conversions. The bottom of the image is much less dark in my master file. The accent line width was something I saw on another comp print by another photographer. Is that a personal preference or a "generally accepted rule"?

Does "needs help" translate to "salvageable" or "not worth it"?

Thanks for the comments.

Jim