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Bhasmang Mehta
 

Award winning image..


Hi, I participate in photography competition on another site as well, I am relatively new here, so was just wondering, can I uploade my award winning images( from that other site) for the contest here?


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3/25/2008 11:34:10 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Sure you can... and I recommend it! But there can be a lot of difference between sites. Some of us that may do pretty well here can't get anything going on other sites. And some who do well other places can't get any recognition here. So you never know. Just enter one a day (if you have that many) and hope for the best.


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3/25/2008 2:38:53 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Gee. Why would anyone want to win another award for the same picture? Isn't one win enough?

Actually, everyone assesses pictures subjectively; oh sure, there are the objective things one can look for but, in fact, the subjective "factor" just might be the one assuring a win. Thus, the more people who assess your image AND give you constructive feedback, the more you'll learn.

BP's judges are as good as those who assess in other contests. A lot of members think they're terible [generally, because these folks haven't won!]

But, in an intramural competition at my Camera Club a judge [my good friend] awarded an image of mine a TERRIBLE score. Two weeks later it won a medal [Best in Category (Open B&W)] in statewide competition and has taken a 2nd or 3rd in several other competitions.

Don't look for wins; rather look to solid and constructive criticism of your work. And remember, there are a mere 30,000 BP members [or so,] so there are a lot of people trying to win. Any given maker's odds are the same [assuming the image submitted is great.]


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3/26/2008 11:59:39 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  I hear Sharon D footsteps.


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3/26/2008 12:17:55 PM

 
Bhasmang Mehta   Thanks for your answers carolyn, john and greg.


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3/26/2008 12:37:07 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  ROFLMAO, Greg!!


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3/26/2008 12:51:10 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Quote from John "Gee. Why would anyone want to win another award for the same picture? Isn't one win enough?" Then you state "Two weeks later it won a medal [Best in Category (Open B&W)] in statewide competition and has taken a 2nd or 3rd in several other competitions."

Wasn't one medal enough? And possibly Bhasmang thinks the competition is tougher here at BP and wants to try his/her luck in the free contest, or perhaps the paid contest offers more prize money?


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3/29/2008 6:20:37 AM

 
Bhasmang Mehta   Good point Carol, yes I do think that the competition is tougher here. And by the way I am male,,,, :-0) Just to clarify your confusion.......


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3/29/2008 12:09:49 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Gee Carol, I'm sorry you didn't catch the humor in my comment. It was designed as a lead-in to my comment that awards shouldn't be the only focus of entry in a competition because all judges are "right" and "wrong."

The competitions I enter involve our judges offer of comments on how an image might have been made better [AND NOT THROUGH THE USE OF AN EDITING PROGRAM.] If you shoot with film, there's not too much you can do in the wet darkroom to improve a poor negative. If you shoot in digital, there sometimes might be a chance to recover a marginal image.

A Medal Winner will not normally receive too much of a critique because it will be a superior image. Pictures that earn 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mentions will get suggestions from the judges. Hence, entering reputable competitions with qualified judges usually will help a photographer to improve his/her skills.

Although I think the BP judges are good to excellent, with 30,000 entries each month there's no way to get their constructive criticism.

Unfortunately, too many of the folks who offer comments on images in the contests simply praise an image and give no constructive suggestions.

Without attempting to "toot my own horn," there are many BP threads in which I've offered my critique of pictures in a person's gallery at their request. And, some folks have reached to me directly, asking me to offer suggestions and, in most instances, I've responded. Hopefully, I've helped these folks.

Anyway, do try to "think light" and enjoy these threads. Get off the pedestal that lets you think everyone is trying to "destory" rather than "help" fellow members. All of us can learn a lot.


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3/29/2008 1:45:24 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Nice to know your intentions are honorable and your first sentence was to be taken lightly. That is a problem with the Internet; one cannot see the facial expression of someone to see if it is said in a joking manner or not. As far as a pedestal, I don't think a pedestal works for the type of comment I made. Pedestals are for those who think they are haughtier than someone else, which I have never portrayed to be. In fact, I don't think you will find me responding to much of anything in the forum. I read it frequently but try to stay out of the conversations. I have commented before, but I am definitely not one of the "regulars."

I suppose a wink ;) or a smile :) goes a long way in showing good or joking intentions. And I would love to always think "light" regarding the threads, but I see so many turn ugly that it is difficult to remember that this is not always the case. Being that Bhasmang appears to be new, I was attempting to defend him (although he didn't ask and very well may be fully capable of defending himself if need be). :D

And yes, I understand that honest (and kind) critiques help those whom ask, and I have given and will give them if asked. And I do give many people praise when I see photos I really like, and when not asked, I can still usually find some good in most people's photography for those who don't ask but are quick to comment nicely on something I post. When I first began on BP, I asked for critique on everything I posted, and I learned so much from many BP members! However, after about a year, I didn't ask any longer because I became happy with my own photography. Of course, I have friends I contact privately to ask for opinions, or who know they can contact me with a suggestion if they see something that I could do to improve an image. I always appreciate that. Being that I am a teacher, and teachers have to call parents in for meetings many times when their child is not doing well (either academically or behaviorally), I learned in college to always use the "sandwich" approach, meaning I begin with the outside slice of bread and say something postitive, move on to the "meat" and state the problem and then always end with the other slice of bread, another postive comment. Some people forget the "bread" when they give critiques! And I am not referring to you at all, just others in general. :)

And Bhasmang, thanks for clearing that up for me. I looked for a photo of you but you haven't started a gallery yet, so I had no clue! :)


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3/29/2008 7:39:50 PM

 
Bhasmang Mehta   John, got that now.


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3/30/2008 12:34:25 PM

 
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