View Full Version : critique these for competition

01-14-2012, 10:06 PM
Okay, had a chat with someone well known around print competition. Now that person's gone off to NOLA so...
Here's what I've got. What works, what doesn't, (or just why they all don't!)

They need to go to the lab on Monday. Yikes. If it's not worth spending the money to print or the registration fee I wanna know now!! Thanks!





01-16-2012, 09:33 PM

Since nobody has responded yet I will (since you said they have to go to print today). But, I have never competed. So take it with a grain of salt!!! I just didn't want you to feel ignored!! (so many are at ImagingUSA - wish I was there myself!).

I really, really like the bottom three and I saw your first posts of the man in another post and think this one is the best - I really like it. I like the clarity of the smaller monkey and the background (effect?). I really like the big ape, too. As I look at it harder, it seems like maybe the focus was on his nose instead of his eye but it's really slight... maybe an extra bit of sharpening on the eye? But, again,... Never competed and don't know the rules.

In regards to the first one, it looks like the drum in the bottom left corner is more in focus than his face (probably due to motion blur). I think I would like it more if his face was really sharp and the motion was only in the hands.

Good job! Sorry if I'm not much help!! I really do like them... especially the later three!

01-17-2012, 03:52 AM
Thanks Sarah, I appreciate your taking the time. (Yes I was feeling ignored *sniff*) I actually went back to the drummer and grunged it up more before hitting send. It was kind of the "toss one more in to fill a case" entry. If I'd just decided to go for it sooner I would have dug up something different. At least I can say I entered even if I make a fool of myself.

01-17-2012, 01:30 PM
Kerri, are you sending these to a lab where they will give them a comp/dark correction? If not you may wish to darken them some as they will be too light on the turn table.

The first one, in my opinion, would benefit from being a lot darker. It's a moody, grainy image and needs to give the feel of being in a dark venue. This is just too light.

That said, I'd be happy to take credit for these! :)

01-17-2012, 02:22 PM
Hey Kerri,
It's true that most of us are at imaging but I came across your post while sitting in class and just had to say I love the last 3 but I'm not feeling it with the drummer. I think it may have more issues than you will want to deal with in such a short time.

01-18-2012, 01:53 AM
Thanks Linda and Greg, Yes I wish I'd had more time to come up with a better 4th image. I did futz with it some before sending it off. Things tend to come back from the lab darker than they look on screen so I'm hoping for that. I'll prolly wish I'd send them "lab color" labeled for competition but I didn't. Will be printed on F surface. I'm a competition virgin, hopefully there will be a next time to get better. :) I plan to sit in on judging. (Even my boss doesn't know I'm entering, he brings it up before every local convention. Big surprise when he gets back from Imaging!) And luckily I've had the competition guru (and Mrs. Guru) in on it. ;)

01-18-2012, 01:54 AM
Oh Yeah... Now on the the Title part. Ugh. Suggestions welcome!