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Photo Competition - Theme: "Red"

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31. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I picked what appealed to me and (kind of) pertains to me. Three of my choices have "real" red, ranging from ~90% down to 5% red in them. But, for the 5% one, it's that small bit of red that makes the picture for me. The other two have more orange quality to them but one just intrigues me to no end and the other is something I would paint on my walls in my house (if they weren't already covered in seascapes). So, guess that means, I picked because I liked them.

32. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

As the theme is 'red' most photos I chose have actually red in them...surprise.
No, seriously, a few photos have not red at all or any color just a bit related like pink, orange or purple...nothing. I guess things were not clear to that person.
Anyway, besides literally the red color, I like the combination with red like in communism....hint...the Vietnamese flag I like a lot, it's like a photo that is in movement so it seems.
Therefore, I was disappointed that the one photo of Cuba (people in red in Havana) is not on there...well, at least not always
And I try to take original photos as well....those sunsets/rises are nice, but most times the color is not red and there seem to be a lot of those...after a while you have seen them basically.
Of course I look at the XL version as well, to see if it is not to vague or whatever. But hey, I remember last week when the winners of some international photo contest had actually won because of a sort of vagueness in the photos. Oh well, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder;)
Oh, and somehow both photos which are almost entirely red (octopus) or on the other hand have only a small part (tomatoes in truck) can attract least me

33. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

Which photo won ??? am i blind i can't find an announcement ?

34. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Rraven

Which photo won ??? am i blind i can't find an announcement ?

Don't you get the newsletter? We had a tie for winners! The winners are also included in this blog post.

35. Posted by Peter (Admin 5939 posts) 9y

Lol, I guess it hasn't had a mention in the forum yet!

The announcement was in the newsletter that just went out today and in the blog

The top spot was shared between Red Dream by 0000 and Flair at the Fair by Ardy.

A total of 94 people cast their votes, only 9 of those didn't choose 5 photos. Considering there was no newsletter specifically announcing the voting, this seemed like a pretty good number of voters to me.

36. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

i get the newsletter to my yahoo account which is blocked in work (i probably should have waited till I got home but I was really curious !!) , blogs are also blocked in work so I gave up trying !! Sorry !!! They are fantastic photos though !!!! Thanks guys for updating me !!!

37. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4951 posts) 9y

So with the competition over, I'd be curious in hearing from people what their specific favorite shots were. (Before we were mostly only talking generics, carefully refraining from mentioning actual images.)
For me, this shot stole the show. It has very little "red" in it, and that red was due to a photographer who wasn't the photographer of this photo - but wow, this so was the best travel shot of them all. Backpacker: Lonely Planet surgically attached. And then a deer (?) trying to eat it. Really made me laugh, and I could totally see myself be that person.
Great crop, too, although I wish the black border around the image had been left out.
And yeah, I can see how it didn't stand a chance in hell of winning the competition - but damn, it should've anyway. :) (Not that I have anything against the shots which did win; they're both great, even if they weren't in my personal top five.)
The photo I most expected to win was The Modern Angkor. I'm glad to see it did very well indeed, even if it didn't win.

I'm surprised that my cheesy flowerfields in bloom shot did well enough to make the top 11. It's such an easy point 'n shoot, and no skill whatsoever was present in taking it. (Perhaps it's just that out of all the photos in the competition, this one featured the highest percentage of pure red pixels for the entire image?) Conversely I'd expected my red ginger flower to do much better, as that one did take a lot of skill, and is one of my favorite photos ever, having functioned as my desktop's background image for the last two years now, and still I haven't grown tired of looking at its gorgeous and bright colors. Perhaps the other two red ginger flower photos in the competition divided the votes... (In general, I find it weird that the top 11 featured two flower field images, and none of the many gorgeous single flower shots, but I likewise suspect there were simply too many of the latter competing against each other so that people who like those photos had their votes spread out over them all.)

Anyone else have any thoughts on specific photos and how they did in the competition?

38. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

I liked the volcano in Bolivia. I'm not sure what else i voted for. I didn't vote for The Modern Angkor. I have had my fill of photos with buddhist monks holding a mobile phone. I'm not saying they are bad photos, they are just too many of them posted around to the point that none of them stand out from the crowd anymore. There were some very good photos submitted though.

39. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4951 posts) 9y

Quoting daveh

I didn't vote for The Modern Angkor. I have had my fill of photos with buddhist monks holding a mobile phone. I'm not saying they are bad photos, they are just too many of them posted around to the point that none of them stand out from the crowd anymore.

Heh. And here I'd never seen one before. Curious how experiences and thus judgment of photos differ like that. :)

40. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Personally, I liked this shot a lot.
It's both red and 'red' if you know what I mean, and although it's an object it seems like moving, probably because of the wind or something.
The double red function applies to this photo as well.
Also, octopussy I liked a lot (like Sam did) and mainly because it's red all over, but also makes you guess what it is.

Maybe, objectively, this weren't the best photos (agree with you Sander that your flower photo requires some skills and 'objectively' is maybe better) but it's all about taste, feeling with a place, uniqueness of a photo and not the standard purple or pink (!!!) sky or orange(!!!!) monk.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 27, 2008, at 1:43 AM by Utrecht ]