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Jessica Jenney
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  11 .  Man Made category
I see the "Catch-all" category has been replaced with "Man Made". I see many images that are not man made just to let you know.

3/18/2014 3:23:46 PM

  HELLO BP!! Shouldn't you let us know when you are changing a category? When was this effective? Next month's contest, I have to assume. What does this mean?? Wouldn't man made apply to some of the same stuff that goes in EOD, or what about DD? I know I'm baffled. Please let us know!!

3/18/2014 3:55:33 PM

  Holy Cow!!!
Yet another change!
I just noticed! Sheesh!
I have also seen things that are obviously NOT man-made. I guess I've missed the memo regarding this change!
I might have entered differently had I known this was going to take place.
Perhaps BP should just put the catch-all category back, and ADD this as a new category.....I dunno!

Signed,
Flabbergasted & Frustrated !!

3/18/2014 7:24:53 PM

Ken Smith
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  I think we need to see how this pans out. I've already put several photos into the "Catch All" category, and when I check my Contest Entries, they're still listed as "Catch All." And there are tons of Catch All photos that aren't applicable for Man-Made category.

This could be a simple mistake, or perhaps meant for next month. If BP does make the change from Catch All to Man Made, I hope they make it effective next month, and put out some guidance on what this category is...or isn't. Otherwise, half of the contest submissions will be mis-categorized.

3/18/2014 8:03:33 PM

  Here's the current definition of "Catch-All". "Man-made" seems to apply to the first type ("transportation") only, leaving the rest without a home. I can see that they might want to refine if the category were overrun, but it actually has fewer entries than N&L.

Plus while I've used the term myself on a recent image, I do object to the term MAN-made. :)

Catch-All
This is the place for any image that doesn't fit into one of the other nine categories. Examples include still-life, motion-blur, black and white. If you have an photo that you love (that doesn't seem to fit into the other categories), enter it into this category. Please do not put photos into this category that could fit into another category. This category is for:
Transportation - trains, planes, cars, etc.
Motion blur and long-exposure zoomed images
Painting with light
Black and white images.
Still-life
Bokeh and other special effects

3/18/2014 8:19:57 PM

  Thanks Jessica for letting us all know. You keep a close eye on the contest mecanics:)

Sure would have loved had BP informed us on the change of name with some specific details as to what kind of images are suitable in this new category. I would say a lot of architecture and transportation images would fall under this.

Looking forward to Team BP's elaboration/explanation on this new category.

UB.

3/19/2014 12:12:46 AM

  I hope they add Catch All back, because frankly, most of what I shoot only fits in this category... Where are tabletop/still life shots suppose to go now? This seems like a weird choice for a category... I don't shoot in b/w but I have always thought that would make a great one...

3/19/2014 4:59:33 AM

  LOLOL I was just thinking the other day in connection with another competition what a good idea it was when BP switched, years ago, to Catch-All as a final category since it broadened rather than narrowing.

I'm with others who say there are many subjects that will now be left without a home. If the problem is people putting a flower or a bird picture, for example, in C-A rather than Flowers or Animals, it can be solved much more simply. Just don't give it an EP or, if you do because you really don't pay that much attention to category on the first round (quite acceptable, IMO), make sure it does not go on.

3/19/2014 6:29:33 AM

  Martha, I'm with you - MAN-made doesn't cut it for me, either. Last time I checked I wasn't one, so guess I won't be using that category any more!

3/19/2014 6:30:39 AM

  Yes indeed, we really need BP's definition of what the new category means and a list of which types of photography are no longer welcome (see Kara's post). Do they mean what other sites call Digital Art (in camera or by PP)? Architecture? A bird on a telephone pole? A flower garden? Anything human? All require the intervention of "Man". For that matter, what if the subject was made by ((shudder)) a Woman?

And I agree with Martha: you'd think by 2014 it'd be routine to use inclusionary vocabulary. Why an insensitive title which ignores over half the membership even if that wasn't the intent? Since only BP knows what the category includes, it's pointless to suggest alternatives until they share that information with us.

Finally, what the heck was wrong with "Catch All"?

3/19/2014 6:42:39 AM

 
Perhaps their intention is/was to
INCLUDE a category of Man Made
and not take Catch All away at all....maybe it's just a glitch.

3/19/2014 7:07:55 AM

  To me it sounds like a great title for the Monthly Theme category. Man Made - infinite choice of images. I think its just a simple mistake. And, by the way, everywhere else on the website there is still Catch All category. But until this issue is cleared I won't put anything into Catch All. Too bad. I did not submit anything yesterday because of that.

3/19/2014 7:14:57 AM

  Must be a mistake. Yes, sounds as though it's really meant as a theme? Makes absolutely no sense as a category. And, of course, not "man" made but "human" made is the obvious term that reflects reality.

3/19/2014 10:21:04 AM

  Maybe it is a mistake and 'Man Made' is supposed to be a future monthly theme. This month's theme was 'Creativity' but has reverted back to February's theme, 'Wild Color'.

3/19/2014 12:17:12 PM

James Miotke
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  Hello awesome friends,

Man-made will be the new category starting in April, replacing Catch-all. It will be:

* Architecture
* Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles)
* Industry

Still-life photography should go into Details & Macro. Motion blur will likely go into Elements of Design.

Don't worry about this change for the rest of February. And if you enter awesome pictures of architecture, industry, and transportation... that will be cool too. The judges will be flexible for this month.

We have so many improvements happening... I can't tell you how excited I am.

If there is dust from all the construction work, please excuse and forgive.

It's been a long time since we updated BetterPhoto to this extent.

Since it's BetterPhoto's 18th birthday next week, it's a great time for improvements.

Thanks,
Jim

P.S. Yes, the theme is "Creativity" (I've just fixed that bug).

And let me say, I've peeked at what is coming in and it's awesome.

More details as soon as I can...

3/19/2014 4:08:44 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  "A bird on a telephone pole? A flower garden? Anything human? All require the intervention of "Man". For that matter, what if the subject was made by ((shudder)) a Woman?"

The poles would be crooked.

3/19/2014 5:03:00 PM

  Thanks Jim for your information/clarification on the new category.

Its great to know that BP is going to be 18 next week!!! WOW. I have been associated with it regularly since the last 5-6 years and have loved every second of it. Wishing BP and BPers many more years of success and growth and fun and learning.

UB.

3/19/2014 7:56:15 PM

James Miotke
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  Thank you so much, Usman!

And thanks, Gregory:

A) You're funny!

B) I realized as I was driving away after posting that previous comment that I forgot to mention:

This doesn't mean that you Nature & Landscape photos can't have any sign of humans in them. The other categories can of course have man-made stuff. It's just an umbrella term for those very popular subjects of architecture, transportation, industry.

It's all about what is the primary value of the photo. The main concept or core essence. Bird on a pole... it's about the animal. Flower garden... it's about the flowers, even if a person made it.

And we're using "man" in the universal sense meaning man and woman...

...but children would still go in the people category (if that is the primary subject of the photo).

:)

Thanks,
Jim

3/20/2014 7:09:44 AM

  :( Jim, to you, "Man" may be universal, but in the 21st century "Man" feels exclusionary for many of us. You're celebrating BP's 18th birthday in what to me (and probably some others) is an unfortunately negative way even if that's not your personal perception.

You used "Industry" in your list, which would also cover "Architecture" and "Transportation". So why not use it instead?

Then again, there's always Catch-All ...

3/20/2014 9:06:46 AM

  Kay, I was of those "rabble-rousers" who worked hard to rid the planet of exclusionary language like this way back in the '60s, and happily, most of it (at least from public organizations, businesses and such) has gone by the boards. Truly sorry to see it here.

3/20/2014 9:48:18 AM

  Yes, I would agree with Kay in all regards here, Jim. And Monnie as well. The use of "man-made" is exclusionary and inappropriate. The change to this category, and the dumping of Catch-All, and, really, your explanation of where things would go, all simply do not make any sense to me at all no matter how I might try to twist them in my mind to make them somehow seem reasonable. I cannot fathom what the reason for such an incredibly strange category change would be, from anyone's point of view, BP's or ours. WHY???

3/20/2014 9:55:47 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Ahh, the imperative of the perpetual victim. Human has hu MAN in it. Can't say that.

3/20/2014 4:37:23 PM

  Mitch couldn't have spoken my ideas any better! A tiny flower should still be able to go into macro. Why? BECAUSE THEY DON'T WIN IN FLOWERS! Yet, still life is now supposed to go into macro? So how is macro going to defined now that larger things are to go in this category??? Jim - I mean no disrespect but this is one of the most incomprehensible decisions I've seen yet and makes no sense at all to me or to anyone I've talked to.

3/20/2014 9:18:18 PM

  LOL, you are too much, Gregory! On a lighter note, I see a Man in WoMAN too. Check this out, someone listed all the English words in the lexicon which had man somewhere inside it including roMANtic !!!

http://www.morewords.com/contains/man/

By the way, I agree with what Mitch said above, I also fail to understand the need to take away Catch-All category and replace it with a new category which caters to just some of the subject content covered by the new category, whatever we may finally call it? What will this intends to accomplish?

UB.

3/20/2014 9:18:44 PM

  It was so nice and easy. Now I am getting more and more confused about this change(not a good feeling): Where do the Black and White images go? They used to belong in the Catch-All category. I have a couple of B&W floral macro photos.Where should I submit them? May be in the Elements of Design? Would it be a good idea to have a B&W category as well? At least this would eliminate some confusion

3/21/2014 8:07:36 AM

  I have always put black and white images in whatever category suited their subject and they have done just fine: black and white flowers in Flowers; black and white animals in Animals. etc. I would not mind a separate bw category BUT I would NOT want that to mean a black and white of a person could not be put into People if I felt it was more competitive there.

I still want to cast a vote for no change.

3/21/2014 8:31:04 AM

  Amen to all the above. I agree with the no change idea.

3/21/2014 9:41:18 AM

  In the new categories, where do action/sports fit?

3/21/2014 10:01:46 AM

Ken Smith
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  Jim, I agree with everyone too; let's keep Catch All. It's been one of your more popular categories over the years. And it keeps it simple for people who aren't sure what category to choose. No anguish on where to place their photos.

Perhaps "Man-Made" could be the next Monthly Theme and you can reevaluate based on the interest the theme may generate.

3/21/2014 10:20:03 AM

  I'd like to add my vote to keep "Catch-All" as a category as well. Man-Made can be a wonderful separate category that would be great to have. Or a monthly theme. But please don't replace Catch-all!

3/21/2014 10:53:14 AM

  I also vote for keeping the Catch-All category. If its not broken don't fix it.

3/21/2014 12:58:13 PM

  So where do abstracts go now?

3/21/2014 2:16:45 PM

James Miotke
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  I hear you and I'm going to stick with the new category definition. Yes, some people may like how Catch-all can be a place to put a photo when you're not sure how it goes. But the sad truth is that too many photos the judges see in Catch-all clearly belong in another category such as People or Nature/Landscapes.

To answer your questions:

Abstracts go into Elements of Design.

B&W go into Digital Darkroom (since 99% of us or more do our Black and White in software rather than by using film). Same thing with Infrared.

Bokeh will also go into Elements of Design.

Thank you,
Jim

3/21/2014 2:36:38 PM

  Thanks you very much and very sincerely for the input, Jim. I can only say that I hope that the "judges" will also expand their parameters. Many nature shots are not flashy, wide-angle landscapes or seascapes. Are they now going to stand a chance in N&L? I would love that :) And many floral images are not tight, fill-the-frame, close-ups of flowers. Will they now be given serious consideration in Flowers? That would be way cool as they say. As for b&w in Digital Darkroom, it's long been my feeling that if the digital work isn't in-your-face, an entry hardly has a chance there. Will this change, too? And are you saying that all black and white images must go in DD? What about sepia toned images - are they now unwelcome in other categories? Or what if the tones of choice are blue?

I don't want or mean to sound contentious, but if an image is, in the judges' opinion, mis-categorized, it's their prerogative to pass it by. Simple as that. Got an animal ion People? Skip it. There's no need to juggle the categories in what I am quite sure will be a vain attempt to simplify things for the judges while, at the same time, complicating them for the entrants.

3/21/2014 2:59:15 PM

  Amen Nikki! And Jim - if you are still reading this be aware that a lot of the changes being recently made here have driven good, competitive photographers away. I can't imagine that that is your goal. If it is your aim to restore BP to its former prestige, you might want to consider what we are all saying because we are the voice of those who financially support BP and the voice of those potential new BP'ers who may think the contest definitions are too confusing. They will move on just as many have already done.

I think most of BP would agree that an improperly entered image should just be skipped. Simple. No confusion. We want simplicity in our photos for maximum impact. Seems logical to me that that might be a good idea for business policy too.

I challenge you to send out a survey. You may or may not be surprised at he results, but acting on the consensus of the results just might prove to be a wise business move.

Thanks for listening.

3/21/2014 4:20:01 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Usman, check out this out. You might find it interesting

http://therationalmale.com/2013/05/06/remove-the-man/

Once the panic goes away people will see that it's not going to be such a hard thing. Like all the other times. Nobody's ended up in the hospital yet.
Sepia or periwinkle toned it's still a duo toned picture. Same as black and white. That's not confusing. A portrait can be done to fit into a monthly theme. There's always been an amount of flexibility in choosing a category.

3/21/2014 4:32:08 PM

  Again, where would sports/action fit?

3/21/2014 5:06:01 PM

  People?

3/21/2014 5:08:54 PM

  Gregory....were you born with a level on your head? :-)

3/21/2014 6:47:03 PM

  I always use the alternate image uploader, and when I tried to submit the image to the Man-Made category, it wasn't listed in the drop down box. However, it did still show the Catch-All category. I'm waiting for this to get straightened out.

3/22/2014 7:17:57 AM

  Brenda, As Jim wrote above the Man Made category will begin in April and then the drop down box will reflect that.

3/22/2014 7:01:07 PM

  Thanks, Jessica.

3/22/2014 10:40:38 PM

  A still-life which includes, for instance, china and silverware, sounds like it would fit in a category called "Man-Made".

But Jim, above, defined the new category as for:

* Architecture
* Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles)
* Industry

A clearer category name would help encourage the desired usage. I like Kay's idea of "Industry"; I would suggest further refining it to "Industry and Architecture".

Also if the usage of "Digital Darkroom" is changing, what about calling it "Special Effects" to include other techniques like motion blur and bokeh?

3/23/2014 8:56:23 AM

Ken Smith
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  Martha, when I first joined BP in 2005, they had Special Effects category. It included things like motion-blur, nighttime photography, IR (and I'm referring to true IR, versus using software IR filters), etc. Basically, in-camera effects versus those created via digital effects. Then in Nov 2007, BP changed "Special Effects" to "Catch All."

I remember seeing a description of the 10 categories. I thought it was on the Contest page; e.g., "About our contest Categories", but didn't see it.

But even then, it's still subjective and we just need to give it our best shot when we categorize our contest photos. And have fun with it.

3/23/2014 9:32:40 AM

  Is this the description you were looking for, Ken?

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/categories.asp

I'm not sure if many people know about this list, or if they have studied it thoroughly. That's why I think the category name itself should be as explicit as possible.

3/23/2014 9:43:49 AM

Ken Smith
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  Yes, that's the one. Where on the Contest page did you find it?

3/23/2014 11:33:17 AM

  The only way I'm ever able to find it is to search on "contest categories" which leads to the forum question to which I posted this link, some time back. I can't remember how I found it originally.

3/23/2014 11:34:56 AM

Ken Smith
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  Thanks, Martha. Hopefully BP can post something like this on the main contest page, when they start the new category.

3/23/2014 12:03:20 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Right bleow where Jim says what goes in "Man Made" he says where your still life of silverware goes. Details and macro.

3/23/2014 1:24:43 PM

  Yes Gregory. That's what I refer to above. My point is that not every member examines every forum thread in detail. The contest category name itself should clearly describe what topics the judges expect it to contain. The "Contest Categories" page clearly describes what kind of photos belong in "Catch-All", too, but according to Jim, the judges are bothered and confused by the fact that these guidelines are not being followed. To me, "Man-Made" is almost as vague as "Catch-All".

3/23/2014 2:03:41 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  What's missing is on the page with the drop down menus, under the "contest" header there should be either a link that drops down for categories, or make it part of the guidelines page. That seems like it would be a routine thing.
However, you can't hold every hand if as Jim described that they were seeing far too many photos in a Catch All category that were clear to them belonged in another. I don't think the judges were confused, just seeing too many in the wrong place. If there's a person that has a macro of a flower and can't decide to put it in the flower category, then you'll have people who will have a fashion portrait and will be stymied by not being able to make a decision if industry includes the fashion industry, or is it just smokestacks and steel.
There's a small ice covered tree branch in Elements of design. I say it should be in nature. If that person made the choice based on the lines the branches make, more power to them. If there was some confusion, I don't think you can make it any clearer outside of telling them directly.

3/23/2014 3:50:34 PM

  How about:
1. Plants
2. Animals
3. People
4. Black and White
5. Bug and Butterflies
6. Landscapes with No People
7. Architecture
8. Macro
9. Cityscapes
10. Elements of Design
11. Catch All

3/23/2014 7:14:39 PM

  I find this information also very helpful and informative for the contest.

http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/guidelines.asp

UB.

3/23/2014 10:31:49 PM

  Maybe we don't need categories at all and BP could just give 1 grand prize, 10 1st place and 100 2nd place badges? It's not possible to explain all possibilities under categories, anyway, thus, people will still keep asking if a photo of a bug on a rose in a vase should go to animals, flowers, details & macro or elsewhere. Catch-all sounded universal for whatever kinds of photos, but now, if this category will be changed, confusion will only increase.

3/24/2014 1:22:59 AM

  I agree with Tiia :-) There are so many times when I just cannot decide where to put my images and now that we are not supposed to resubmit them it makes it tougher. In the past if I put something in one category and it did not get an EP I would put it in a different category at a later date. Usually it would get an EP sooner or later :-) I agree with what Nikki said earlier also. Sometimes I have an image that for example is a macro flower that I turned into a black and white, do I put in under flowers which has lots more entries,macro and detail, or DD because I made it B/W? If there were no categories images would be judged on their worthiness...The only other thing would be the monthly or weekly theme...? Just my 2 cents worth ...

3/24/2014 8:46:04 AM

  Not that anything we say will affect the final decision, but just thinking about the flip side of "no categories" . . . One thing a flower category (for example) does is assure a nice number of floral themed Finalists and Winners - even if the judge(s) don't happen to like flowers at all.

3/24/2014 8:51:42 AM

  Although I also don't think anything we say will make any difference at all in what's eventually done, I do want to make a point about black and white. I believe BP is suggesting that because we use software to convert to B&W, this somehow makes those images digital-darkroom-category appropriate, just because of the conversion. However, I feel, as Nikki has mentioned, that black and white images should go in whatever category their subject indicates is right, not the fact that they're monotone. The fact that software is used for the conversion doesn't really have to do with a digital-darkroom category; after all, software in the digital-photography age is used for absolutely everything, including taking the picture originally with the camera's software.

3/24/2014 9:46:22 AM

James Miotke
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  Good discussion, everyone. I'll take these ideas into consideration.

3/24/2014 10:18:28 AM

  Thanks for watching the discussion and keeping an open mind, Jim.

I had been thinking about something Jill mentioned ... resubs. I understand the reasoning behind discouraging resubs, but with categories changing, and increased scrutiny of whether the image was submitted in the correct category (which is confusing), it seems fair to allow participants to resub the image in another category. Not sure how BP could police that (of course, I'm not sure if/how it is currently policed), but again, it seems fair to allow at least limited resubs in another category.
Just my thoughts. Thanks for considering all of our opinions.

3/24/2014 10:48:22 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  "It's not possible to explain all possibilities under categories..."

Yeah, they call that freedom. Run to it.

3/24/2014 10:52:09 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Since digital is new enough that most people have used a hour lab in their picture taking lives, I can understand where Jim would say put all black and white in Digital Darkroom. Anybody who did black and white before, good chance they had a darkroom while everybody else had a machine cranking out color pictures.
So I can see how he relates that to converting what comes out color in a digital camera to digital darkroom. But I do agree that the subject has as much weight as a color picture when a person makes their category choice. Not everything works as a black and white, just from converting it.

3/24/2014 11:23:49 AM

  How about having another listing under each category so there will be fewer questions as to where things should go.

I like to review the submissions and I wonder quite often why something was placed where it was.

Oh, well.....things will sort out!

3/26/2014 11:13:48 AM

  Some of you good folk make my depression feel better. Now as a Human-kind I can just ignore the sticky-outy-thingy I have in front and know that there are some fighting for every one of our rights. Let political correctness take over the whole world I say! :0) (thought I had better put the silly thing in as you might not recognize male-chauvanist sarcasm)

3/26/2014 12:38:09 PM

  I just noticed the change. I can understand having a Man Made category but I hardly think that a still life should be in details and macro. The old catch all was a great category. If it ain't broken, why fix it? I don't do many still life photos but I do have some that don't seem to fit anywhere so the Catch All was perfect for me. Oh well.... I only take the photos. What do I know?

3/28/2014 8:08:45 PM

James Miotke
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  The decision has been made:

1) I'm going to keep the new category... "man-made" really means "person-made" and refers to transportation, architecture, industry, etc.

And 2...

(good news coming...)

(you're going to like this...)

(ok you're going to love this...)

Resubmits are allowed.

3/31/2014 3:26:03 PM

  YAY! We need our resubmits..especially since some have been doing it anyway. Happy Happy Happy!

3/31/2014 3:33:48 PM

James Miotke
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  I thought I noticed that ;)

3/31/2014 3:35:46 PM

  It's my age folks; I don't think I will enter any more competitions. Too many changes for me to....um, 'person-age'.

3/31/2014 4:34:40 PM

Ken Smith
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  Thanks, Jim on publicly saying that resubmits are now allowed. Contest judging is subjective and this will be a nice step "back to basics" for the contest.

3/31/2014 4:42:38 PM

  Terrific news about the resubs! Thanks, Jim!

3/31/2014 5:22:52 PM

  Some changes I like, some I don't and some I don't understand. I like the resubmit change but I don't understand the Man Made category replacing Catch All. Right now I can't think of a change I don't like so that's a good thing.

3/31/2014 7:01:16 PM

  Yay on allowing the resubs, Jim.

Is it possible to redo the page on the categories by listing subjects allowed under each one? This will be easier for all of the members and I am sure for the Judges too.

UB.

3/31/2014 9:36:31 PM

  When I uploaded my image this morning (using the basic uploader), some of the category names included qualifiers indicating what belonged there. Nice!

4/1/2014 6:39:29 AM

  Planning out my April entries (yes, though I swap out if I get one I can't wait to upload sometime during the month, I mostly plan a month in advance). I cannot tell you how much I miss Catch-All. Argggggg

4/1/2014 8:53:58 AM

  And since I've already entered today, I can't see the drop-down menu. Can someone else notice when entering whether there is an Abstract/Graphics category? If so, does it replace Elements of Design? I just read through the descriptions under categories and stumbled on mention of this category which is new to me.

4/1/2014 8:58:56 AM

Ken Smith
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  Nikki, I've already uploaded and going off of memory, but I think "Elements" was still there. Elements is still one of the categories on the "Recently Entered" contest page. I don't recall reading anything about Elements being renamed to Abstract/Graphics. Earlier in this thread, Jim M did say that abstracts could go into Elements category.

4/1/2014 10:05:42 AM

  Here's the link from My Member Center - How to Categorize
http://www.betterphoto.com/contest/categories.asp

Note that
-cityscapes is still under N&L but is also specifically listed under Man Made
-EoD is still listed and says "extreme digital creations do not belong in this category" which would preclude many of the distortion abstracts people create, imo
-DD is still there but says it is NOT for "Photos that have such a subtle application of photo-editing techniques that one cannot tell any post-processing work has been done which was my point earlier - if it's not in your face, it won't fly there
-D&M still sounds as if it's for very close-ups but
-Man Made is NOT for

a. Bokeh, Painting with light, and motion blur photos belong in the "Abstract/Graphics" category
b. Black and white, and partially-colored photos belong in the "Digital Darkroom" category
c. Still-life photos, if they don't fit into any other category, belong in the "Details" category

Very confusing to me. And leaving me quite unhappy with the category choices I have to make on some images.

4/1/2014 10:21:39 AM

  And I really want to know if they seriously think all black and white photos should go in DD. Since I love black and white and think it's quite possible for a bw image to compete on an equal footing with color images, I do think the subject should determine the category. Which would mean a bw building or train that was not EoD or Graphics would go in Man Made, not in DD.

4/1/2014 12:09:13 PM

  After reading your posts, Nikki, my first thought about black and white being in the Digital Darkroom category is, where would Ansel Adams put his photos if he was a member of BP? Infrared, yes. Black and white, no. I think we have gotten too complicated. Again, if it is not broken, why the fix?

4/1/2014 12:46:36 PM

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  Harriet, it is broken from our perspective.

One note about black and white: as before, you can continue to enter them into ANY category. If it's an amazing photo of a person or an cat or a cityscape, feel free to enter it into the People, Animals, or Man-made categories.

OR you can enter it in Digital Darkroom, if you really zipped around Nik or Photoshop etc to create it.

Have fun.

4/1/2014 5:00:15 PM

  I can see where, as judges, it can be frustrating when photos are obviously in the wrong category. I can see where the
catch all could have gotten huge because it was an easy place if one could not decide. We will just have to do the best we can to put entries in the correct categories and hope for the best. Thanks for the clarification. I like the contest. First of all, it is free for members. Secondly, it is digital so no printing and framing and thirdly, it does help us improve. I have enjoyed the few years I have participated.

4/1/2014 6:30:41 PM

  Part of life these days! Changes!

4/1/2014 6:56:38 PM

  Thank you, especially for the clarification on the black and white images, Jim. That was a big question for me and I'm pleased to know they can go in any category.

4/1/2014 7:22:34 PM

  Yeah Linda, the only CONSTANT in life they say is CHANGE!!!

UB.

4/1/2014 8:40:19 PM

  I was keen to know the final word on the category choices for the Black and White images, great to know it remains as flexible as it was – Thanks, Jim for the clarification!!

4/1/2014 10:30:00 PM

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  12 .  Countdown to February Contest Results
Hello Everyone! It's the 15th of March and time to share our favorite contest image(s) from February. If it makes Staff Fav/Finalist/Winner, all the better. So give your favorites a showcase here, tell us why you picked them, and join us in the countdown!

Going off memory, I think February had nearly 6,800 images which is more than January, even with only 28 days. So, that’s a good thing…more photos. But we are nearly halfway thru March, and the rate is lower than in Feb.

BP has already gone thru the Feb EPs, and they may take another pass before they announce Staff Favs. And hopefully this month, we’ll see Staff Favs by March 21st.

So, upload your Fav photo(s) then join us as we await the contest results. Good luck everyone!

3/15/2014 5:46:02 AM

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  Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:

1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your Reply here. This avoids a duplicate image upload to your Member Center. Note the Photo ID# of the image you wish to include here (visible in your Member Center) then return to this thread, click Respond, enter the text of your reply, and choose "1" from the images-to-attach drop-down (even though you won't actually be uploading a file.) Click Submit; at the next screen, populate the "Photo ID" field shown over at the right. Skip the other text fields on that screen, check the boxes at the bottom, and Submit.

2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.

If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.

3/15/2014 5:47:42 AM

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Portal
Portal
From the traveling "Architects of Air" exhibit that was in Omaha, NE for a couple of weeks. There are many tunnels and domes inside, with lots of hues and colors. The sunlight bounces around, giving it a surreal feeling. across the curved walls.

F7, 1/125th sec, ISO 3200, 19mm focal length

 
 
Here's my fav...

3/15/2014 5:49:07 AM

 
 
  Added Beauty
Added Beauty
 
 
I'm picking this one, as much of a fave as any of them, I guess.

3/15/2014 7:30:46 AM

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  Hi Carolyn, you get the prize for being the first to join! :-) You've really excelled with your macros and this one is no exception. I hope we see the SF emblem on it shortly!

3/15/2014 9:16:49 AM

 
 
  Low Tech
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Staff Favorite - Digital Darkroom - February 2014

Antique Royal typewriter, shot in morning window light.
This is a teaching typewriter; the keys have caps (a few of which are missing), so that
when removed, the student must learn what the keys are and type by touch.
Textures by Shadowhouse and Flypaper, black and white conversion and other adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
Hi, Ken! Thanks for hosting the thread again!

My fave for February ... Digital Darkroom.

3/15/2014 9:54:24 AM

  Tag - already entered today, so will have to pick a favorite tomorrow.

3/15/2014 9:55:21 AM

 
 
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Yellow
Yellow
Selective application of Oil Paint filter in PS CS6 and other adjustments in NIK Color EFX.
 
 
My favorite of the month did not even get an EP :(So, I am picking the next in line which did get an EP.

Good luck to us all ;-)

UB.

3/15/2014 11:51:48 AM

 
 
  The Red Suit
The Red Suit
Submitted for the PG 101 RED theme.
I spotted this handsomely dressed gentleman coming out of a shop in our Old Market area and couldn't resist asking him whether I could take his photograph. As you can see, he obliged. Such a very nice person! And yes, even his shoes were red :)
Category: People
 
 
My favorite is from the 15th, so I don't know whether it will make the first cut or not - but I do like it a lot so here we go.

Thanks for getting us off to another good start, Ken. Good luck, all.

3/15/2014 12:25:45 PM

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  Welcome Peggy, Michelle, Usman, and Nikki!

Peggy, I'm so glad I took a typing class in high-school. It's such a skill to have, versus keyboarding with one finger on each hand. Very nice tones on your photo.

Usman, a mesmerizing photo. And I've used the oil paint filter too; it's pretty cool. After this cold winter, I'm ready for a little sun and your flower is step 1!

Nikki, a fantastic portrait. I sure hope we see this one again. And what a beautiful day it was today in Omaha..but all things end as the cold front just went thru and a chance of snow/rain tonight. Lovely!

3/15/2014 2:13:51 PM

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Vacant Niches
Vacant Niches
A beautiful, cloudless February afternoon cast strong, late sun on the west facade of the cathedral; the empty statuary niches of the main portal always grab my eye, with strong clean lines in the absence of traditional standing gothic figures that may one day occupy them.
2/14 Finalist - EOD
 
 
Another lite month for me---7 entries. But I really like this one! Good kuck to everyone!

3/15/2014 8:11:25 PM

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  Hey Chris, welcome aboard. What a super shot...nice lighting and strong patterns. And it's not how many you enter; it's the quality of the ones entered. I hope we see this one again!

3/15/2014 8:29:47 PM

 
 
  Forum image
Forum image
 
 
Cape Cod Dawn is my favorite image for Feb 2014. I got an EP so that is the first step :-)

3/16/2014 9:30:18 AM

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  Hey Jill, welcome aboard! :-) I've never been to Cape Cod but I remember a lot of great photos from your gallery, plus this one's pretty special too. Love the lighting on this. Good luck in the next round!!

3/16/2014 1:29:44 PM

 
 
 
Here's my Feb fave. Good luck to all!

3/17/2014 8:04:07 AM

 
 
  Downtime
Downtime
A woman relaxing at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

f/5.6, 1/320, ISO400, 163mm (equiv)

** People **

 
 
Hmm, not sure why the image didn't attach...trying again.

3/17/2014 8:05:05 AM

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  Hi Martha, thanks for joining our group. And after my busy work morning, I can certainly relate to the lady in the photo...relaxation! Good luck in the next round; fingers crossed!

3/17/2014 8:15:36 AM

 
 
  vogue
vogue
I love orangutans
 
 
this is my fave but I dont think it will be the one to go on to the second round if I get one. but it is my favorite

3/17/2014 2:01:48 PM

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  Hey Tony, welcome to the fun! And we're all about your fav here, regardless if it goes to the next round. But I have high hopes for your photo; I like the full frame look and the tilt in the comp. Time will tell on your fav! :-)

3/17/2014 5:22:37 PM

 
 
 
Here's my fave from February. Good luck everyone!

3/18/2014 1:44:57 AM

 
 
  Flying Colors
Flying Colors
 
 
Let me try again to get my fave uploaded....

3/18/2014 1:50:30 AM

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  Hi Dayna, what a super shot you have here. Very creative (hopefully you saved a few for this month's theme) and I like how you've tilted the perspective. I've never attempted water drop shots. You did great!

3/18/2014 3:45:56 AM

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  I just noticed on the February EP forum that folks are getting new EPs, including me. So, double-check your shots and you may have more photos in the running!

3/18/2014 3:51:53 AM

  Picked up a couple more EP's for Feb. too. Hope everyone did.

3/18/2014 9:29:06 AM

 
 
  Bow Bridge Crossing
Bow Bridge Crossing
*Catch-All*
 
 
Here's my fave for the month

3/20/2014 9:58:03 AM

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  Hi Jessica, welcome to March Madness...oh wait, that's basketball...never mind. :-)

What a beautiful photo. I've always admired your DD effects; no exception here. Good luck in the next round and hopefully we'll see Staff Favs this weekend!

3/20/2014 1:29:27 PM

 
 
  Colorful
Colorful
For Monthly Theme Feb. 2014 - Colorful
 
 
Finally remembering to share a pic before I enter for the day! Good luck everyone!

3/20/2014 3:57:09 PM

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  Hi Michelle, welcome aboard! Your photo jumps right off my monitor. Very beautiful...and super details. It should be printed and hanging on the wall, at your local botanical gardens!

3/20/2014 8:24:10 PM

  Lovely work everyone. Can't wait to see the SFs come out this weekend, Ken.

UB.

3/20/2014 9:20:31 PM

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  Love your optimism, Usman ;) Hopefully we'll see them by Wed.?

3/24/2014 12:37:43 PM

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  Chris, Usman was optimistic about my weekend optimism. Thankfully we didn't take any bets that Staff Favs would be released this weekend. So, maybe we should bet on Wednesday? :-)

Last month, Staff Favs were announced on the 23rd, or 5 days before the end of the month. If they announce on Wednesday (based on Chris' optimism), then that's 5 days before the end of March. So, Wednesday it is! :-)

3/24/2014 4:45:57 PM

  Being on a diet makes the wait for the SFs a bit harder since I am not eating anything with manufactured sugar in it. I guess now fruits and honey are the only other sweet options left for me, which isn't that bad either!!!

And I would love and welcome SFs coming out even earlier than Wednesday ;-)

UB.

3/24/2014 10:31:04 PM

 
 
  Father Time - Time Series
Father Time - Time Series
Weights for the chimes and time on my grandfather clock. Nikon D7000 24-85mm lens and PP in LR5.

2/7/2014

 
 
Hey, everyone! Here's one of my fab's for February!

3/25/2014 6:36:09 PM

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  Hi Kalena, you made it to the party in the nick of time, I think. :-) What a cool photo...very striking the colors and the design. I hope we see this one again!

3/25/2014 8:01:29 PM

  Staff Favorites are out!

Two for me, yipee!

Digital Darkroom Low Tech

Flowers Intimacy

3/26/2014 5:40:12 PM

  13 SFs for me. There is a God!

3/26/2014 5:54:35 PM

  Holy Toledo, Carolyn. WTG!! Four for me but not my favorite.

3/26/2014 5:59:07 PM

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  Fingers crossed for everyone going into the next round... Not to jinx it, but my favorite choice, above, is officially in the running!

3/26/2014 6:04:32 PM

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  Two for me.
WOW - 13 Carolyn!!!
Good Luck Everyone

3/26/2014 6:30:22 PM

  Got 6 this time. CONGRATZ to all SFs and good luck in the next rounds.

UB.

3/26/2014 6:46:05 PM

  Carolyn, you're on fire!!!
Congrats to all and best of luck going forward!

3/26/2014 7:08:53 PM

  Thanks all. I'll take all I can get. And much appreciated!

3/26/2014 7:12:13 PM

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  Hey guys, congrats to Peggy, Usman, Chris B, and Carolyn as your Favs made Staff Fav!! Fingers crossed for the Finalist round.

BP handed out 13% rate for Staff Favs, and I'm thinking they'll knock it down to 7 or 8% for finalists. So, good luck to everyone!

3/26/2014 7:30:40 PM

  And CONGRATZ and good luck to you too Ken on getting a SF on your pick above.

UB.

3/26/2014 8:30:27 PM

  Yep, what Usman said ... :)

3/26/2014 8:53:35 PM

 
 
  Dark Eyed Junco - N&L - 2/14/14
Dark Eyed Junco - N&L - 2/14/14
 
 
I had stopped checking by early March and haven't submitted an entry since the end of Feb. and when I checked today I had three Eps that weren't there when I last checked. A surprise but not terribly exciting since I've never gotten beyond three Finalists. My favorite for Feb. is the "dark-eyed" junco.

Good luck everyone.

3/26/2014 9:26:20 PM

  I entered three in February, had three EP's and now one staff favorite. Not the fave I uploaded here but I'll take it! lol
Good luck to everybody in the next round!

3/27/2014 3:27:02 AM

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  Thanks Usman and Peggy. :-)

Beth, for the last couple of months, BP has made another pass-thru on the photos and handed out more EPs. So, never be discouraged if the first pass-thru skips some photos.

I like your Junco photo. It's amazing that birds can handle snow and bitterly cold. We've had wind chills -30F and doesn't seem to impact them at all.

3/27/2014 3:42:49 AM

  Congrats everyone, and good luck in the next round!


Has anyone seen a link that shows all the SFs, like the one that was shared last month?

3/27/2014 7:20:57 AM

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  Martha, last month BP supplied the SF link. That was the first time they publically posted it. Perhaps they will publicize it this month, and/or permanently include on contest page, with links for Finalists and Winners.

3/27/2014 8:39:36 AM

  Finalists are out!
Congrats to all!

One for me ... Flowers Intimacy

3/28/2014 1:36:32 PM

  Congrats to Ken, I think he got about 15! (nobody likes a show off) LOL..
I got 7 and am happy as can be.

3/28/2014 1:41:51 PM

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  Congratulations to the Finalists! With only 7 entries in February, I was thrilled to receive 2 Finalists, including my "favorite choice" in this thread!
Best of luck in the Winner's round!

3/28/2014 1:55:45 PM

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  Hi everyone, congrats to those that got finalists! The selection rate was 9%, as compared to 6% last month.

And Carolyn, no I definitely didn't get 15 finalists. And your 7 finalists are certainly a good show, even if you aren't showing off either. :-)

And for those that participated in our Countdown thread but didn't get a finalist, I hope next month will be better. We are all gifted in our photography.

3/28/2014 3:07:38 PM

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  Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day in March, so if you're in the habit of copying your contest submissions, don't forget.

And April 1st marks the transition from Catch All to Man Made. Per Jim's comments on the "Man Made" forum topic, the category includes Architecture,
Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles), and Industry.

Finally, next month's theme is "Back to Basics."

Good luck in April and we'll reconvene April 15th (American tax day) for the March countdown.

3/30/2014 4:38:24 PM

  CONGRATZ to All the Winners and to Ken for his First Place Gold which was picked in the thread too!!

I am at a loss interpreting "Back to Basics" for April's Monthly Theme, would love to hear from other members on their thoughts on the same.

UB.

3/30/2014 11:01:46 PM

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  Usman, like most BP themes, it's open to our interpretation. Here's a quick google search for "Back to Basics."

1. Stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles: The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated.

2. Emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.

3/31/2014 3:40:01 AM

  Thanks Ken, but I am afraid trying to figure out subject/(s) that would be a good fit for this theme still eludes me.
Maybe it will be one of the months when I won't enter any in MT!!!

UB.

3/31/2014 4:23:11 AM

  I'm also having trouble thinking up something that will work for this theme.
I'm probably going to skip it this month, too. So don't feel alone, Usman!

3/31/2014 5:21:18 AM

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  Thanks for the reminders, Ken, and for the thread itself!

Congratulations to all the gold winners, and best of luck to everyone in March's contest... seeya back in the Countdown in a few weeks...!

3/31/2014 8:40:00 AM

  Thanks very much for hosting, Ken!
Big congrats to all the Staff Favorites, Finalists, and Winners!
Best of luck in the March contest!

3/31/2014 9:55:20 AM

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  Thanks Usman, Peggy, and Chris.

For those that aren't following the "Man-Made" forum thread, BP has publicly stated that Resubmits are now allowed.

Usman and Carolyn...ref the theme. I was thinking about this while driving home today. I don't submit many photos into the theme, because the themes are generally out of my comfort zone for outdoor landscapes. But, maybe we can all step out of our box for this.

One way of portraying "Back to Basics" is to contrast the simple ways of life to our fast-paced, techno driven environment. For example, how about a photo of a manual camera (now that's back to basics for understanding shutter speed and aperture for exposure), with some modern-day cameras (or cell phones) in the background, out of focus.

Or, an elementary student working on a math problem using a pencil and paper, while mom/dad are in background keying in the same problem on the computer monitor, pulling their hair out.

Or a rotary dial phone because the cell phone accidentally dropped into the small fish-bowl adjacent to grandmother's phone.

I know these ideas are rather silly, but hopefully they'll get you to thinking of something creative. So, I would encourage all of us to step out of our box and give it a creative shot!

3/31/2014 5:09:03 PM

  Thanks for pointing that out about the resubs, Ken ... I hadn't been following that thread. Great news!

3/31/2014 5:24:17 PM

  Thanks for some interesting ideas on the MT, Ken.

How about a hand shot holding a rose with a perfume in the background with focus on the rose, shot with a shallow dof.
I might eventually enter the MT this month ;)

UB.

3/31/2014 9:16:37 PM

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  Usman, that's the nice thing about theme; it's open to interpretation and many directions you can go. Sounds like you're onto something!

4/1/2014 3:37:43 AM

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  13 .  Facebook link problem!
I would just love to know why every image I have shared on Facebook no longer is visible? If you click on anything I have posted recently it goes to this page ...http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery.asp#.UxmBBbu2XMs.facebook
I have been accused of posting SPAM to sell BetterPhoto products by several people which is a bit upsetting! I love BP, but I would really rather have folks be able to see my images I have posted here instead of a page promoting BP! I do not like posting actual images on Facebook due to people who can just steal anything posted there. At least when you share from BP to FB, the link used to take you to your BP gallery image which cannot be copied.

3/14/2014 6:01:47 PM

  Another problem I am having is that even though I check the box to be notified if anybody comments on a image I have uploaded when I go to "Email Notifications" under the "Discussions You've Initiated" it is turned off. I have to physically go in and change it back to "Yes" and even then, I am only getting like one email for an image I have maybe 12 comments on...I also noticed that the Photo Flash and Digital Darkroom newsletters seem to have disappeared? What is going on with BP? If it isn't broken, why fix it?

3/15/2014 7:56:15 AM

  Good morning Jill.

I think the problem is because the link to access, recent entries, doesn't work.

I know there is some kind of glitch with POTD. Now there seem to be lots of glitches. I'm sure they are working on fixing the problems.

3/15/2014 8:05:03 AM

  Donna, I am not having any problem accessing the recent entries if I go to the contest link at the top of the page and click recent entries from the drop down list, but,,,after I just commented an about 2 dozen images I went back to check my email and had notifications about all the images I had just commented on! Something is really messed up at BP! It kind of takes the incentive to comment away if I have to physically go back and change the notification of every single image I comment on!

3/15/2014 8:51:26 AM

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  Jill, I wonder if your "default" setting for comments is turned on, by accident? Try turning it off and maybe that will do the trick. Just go to your Member Center then click "My Info." You'll see something like this:

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Your default is currently set to not receive favorites and discussion notifications.
Change your default.
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I'm hoping your default setting is set to "receive" and it's a simple matter to change it back to "not receive."

3/15/2014 4:40:22 PM

  Thanks ken, but I have already tried that. The thing that gets me is that I never touched anything and somehow I stopped getting any notifications about all the comments on my images. When I looked they were all set to Off. When I upload I always check the box to be notified, somehow it isn't going through. When I changed it to receive I started getting emails about everybody else's comments on the pictures that I commented on. This is not the first time this has happened over the years. It is somebody messing around on BP's end of it. At this point I am now magically getting my emails, so I am not touching anything...
The thing I am really upset about is that all the images I have shared since October on Facebook can no longer be seen. If you click on the link it takes you to : http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery.asp#.Utb_1oMMewo.facebook. As a result my professional page at Facebook is now useless unless I want to sell websites on BP!

3/15/2014 5:51:49 PM

  Jim wrote me a very nice email and I sent him links for my page on FaceBook and a couple of the images I had shared from BP to that page that when you click on them no longer go to my image here on BP. Hopefully he can help me restore all the broken links since October...Everything I have posted for the last couple of days works fine. Maybe I will just have to write off the older ones...It was so nice of him to take the time to personally address my problem. Thanks Jim :-)

3/16/2014 9:27:53 AM

  YES! Jim fixed the problem on BP's end and everything is working once again. Thank you Jim!You have restored my faith in BP :-)

3/16/2014 10:23:18 PM

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  YAY! :)

3/18/2014 3:57:04 PM

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  14 .  Accessing recent entries
I'm not sure if this is related to the same glitch as not getting POTD's, but I can't access anything on the contest page, that is recent entries, or any of the categories that photos have just been put into. I would like to check if my photos have been entered.
Many thanks for your help.

3/14/2014 1:37:26 PM

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  Debbie, I don't have a problem accessing them. I just now navigated to the page; here's the URL:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=560

Maybe there are different ways to navigate to the Recent Entries. For me, I go to My Member Center, then, My Photos (link towards the top left), then "Enter our Monthly Contest." Scroll down on the LHS and click "View All Recent Entries."

3/15/2014 5:54:53 AM

Ken Smith
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  I just realized there's an even easier method for finding the contest entries; was staring right at me and I just never saw it. From the main home page, you'll see the main tool bar with Home, Self-Paced Courses, etc etc, Contest, Websites. Mouse over Contest then select Recent Entries. It goes to the same URL I just posted. If this doesn't work, then maybe it's a browser issue. I use Safari at home, and Internet Explorer at the office.

3/15/2014 6:37:04 AM

  I can't access them either Debbie. I have tried with Safari and Firefox.

To check if your photos have been entered, there is a link in your members gallery- current contest entries.

I haven't been able to access the contest entries for a couple of days now. You are not alone.

3/15/2014 7:46:17 AM

Ken Smith
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member since: 6/11/2005
  That's weird that I can access with no problems, but you guys can't. And I can see Debbie's "Fallen Comrade" on Page 8 of the "Recent Entries."

3/15/2014 9:15:31 AM

  I know right, it has been 2 or three days. This is what I see when I click on Recent Entries-

Safari can’t open the page.
Too many redirects occurred trying to open “http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?pageID=1&catID=560&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=&rows=&updaterAccess=”. This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirected to open the original page.

3/15/2014 10:59:44 AM

  I use Internet Explorer as well, and I have tried both links, but to no avail. It's just been the last 3 days now, like Donna says. I can open "Finalists" and "Winners" on the same contest page, just not the contest entries, in all categories.
Thanks for your help, Ken and Donna. I'm glad I'm not the only one having problems.

3/15/2014 2:57:43 PM

  Hi Ken, I pasted the link, and still can not access the page. Thanks for you time.

3/16/2014 4:47:55 AM

  Hi Ken, I pasted the link, and still can not access the page. Thanks for you time.

3/16/2014 4:48:20 AM

Ken Smith
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  Very strange, Debbie. Hopefully BP staff is monitoring this thread and can figure out what is going on. Have you tried the link on a different computer, or iPhone, or iPad, laptop, etc? Granted, that won't fix your current issue but maybe you can view "Recent Entries" from a different device.

3/16/2014 6:16:25 AM

  I tried yesterday on my laptop, just to be sure. It didn't work for me.

Happy Sunday,

Donna

3/16/2014 7:54:04 AM

  Very strange. I used Firefox and have had absolutely no problem...Still using Windows XP, maybe that is what the problem is?Hope they figure it out for you!

3/16/2014 9:24:48 AM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Debbie,

I, too, am having problems with my Recent Entries. It does not work on my phone either. I have been gone for days and did not have access to my computer, so couldn't really check it out.
Is there any solution?

Thanks,

Jane

3/16/2014 2:13:00 PM

Karen E. Michaels
karenemichaels.com

member since: 8/24/2004
  I cannot access entries.

3/17/2014 7:19:11 AM

  For the folks having issues ... Is it possible you need to do Java updates? Sometimes that fixes seemingly random problems for me.

3/17/2014 7:43:49 AM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Thank you for all the feedback, friends. I think this issue should be resolved now. If not, let me know.

We are making lots of improvements, in anticipation for a WAY better BetterPhoto coming soon... I'm really excited to share it with you. SUPER excited.

But it's a lot of work so I can only hope we have it ready for primetime soon.

Thanks to all of you.

3/18/2014 3:55:00 PM

  Thanks Jim, the issue has been resolved. Oooh, the new improvements sounds interesting!! Thanks for sharing with us first!

3/29/2014 2:48:32 AM

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Photography Question 
Peggy J. Pfister
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member since: 2/2/2011
  15 .  POTD
What happened to the POTD for yesterday and today? Did I miss them?

3/10/2014 6:06:52 PM

Ken Smith
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  Peggy, I didn't get the daily POTD e-mail for the last two days, and according to the POTD page (http://www.betterphoto.com/Photo-of-the-Day.asp), the last one on there is from Mar 8th.

Hopefully it's just a glitch and we'll see POTDs return shortly.

3/10/2014 8:07:41 PM

  Ken and Peggy, its actually because they are still contemplating if they will showcase two of my images as consecutive POTDs as they have never done that before, LOL!!!

UB.

3/10/2014 8:51:07 PM

Ken Smith
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  Usman, thanks for bringing BP to a screeching halt with POTDs! :-)

3/11/2014 4:44:21 AM

  Thanks, Ken and Usman!
Usman, I thought it was my images they were considering, LOL!

3/11/2014 6:47:39 AM

  Hi All,
A nice -- and fun!! -- discussion. Yes, Ken has it right ... "just a glitch and we'll see POTDs return shortly". The tech crew is working on it!
Thanks,
Kerry

P.S. Sorry, Usman and Peggy :)

3/11/2014 11:58:29 AM

  Hi Kerry! Thanks for popping in and letting us know!

3/11/2014 12:17:44 PM

  Its all right, Kerry. Watching POTD is just like getting a quick shot of extra inspiration each day, and I confess, I am addicted to it!!! Glad to know, it will be back soon :-)

UB.

3/11/2014 8:23:20 PM

  Hi Peggy and Usman,
Thanks for the followup, and glad that you enjoy POTD!
Kerry

3/11/2014 10:00:36 PM

  Kerry, the POTD daily email is still not reaching us, however, I do see a POTD given on March 12, 2014 by looking at the POTD archives page;

http://www.betterphoto.com/Photo-of-the-Day.asp

UB.

3/13/2014 9:08:04 PM

  Something must be up with the email system. I have not been getting my comments emails either. Even though I click the button to be notified of comments when I look in my discussions, the notification is turned off...

3/13/2014 11:29:53 PM

  It seems it is resolved as I got POTD email notification for today ie., March 17, 2014. Thanks Team BP ;)

UB.

3/17/2014 8:48:20 PM

James Miotke
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Thank YOU! :)

3/18/2014 3:52:37 PM

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Photography Question 
Stella Larbi
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/3/2014
  16 .  How to Change the Setting from AE to AF
How do I change the setting from AE to AF on the Nikon D7000 pls?

3/5/2014 11:04:48 AM

  Hi Stella,
Thanks for posting this question. Although both are auto settings, the two really aren't closely related, since one (AE) refers to exposure, while the other (AF) relates to focusing ... two different "animals" entirely.

BetterPhoto instructor Peter Burian offers some great tips on auto-focus. See his article here...

And here is instructor Lynne Eodice's article on auto-exposure...

For the specifics on the D7000, we offer an outstanding interactive course...

Enjoy learning more about AE and AF!

Kerry Drager
Course Advisor
BetterPhoto.com

3/5/2014 3:19:11 PM

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Photography Question 
Brett Dolsen
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  17 .  Identity Theft
I have sent Jim an email but this is of urgent need to address.
Some time ago I had to let my Deluxe website expire due to unemployment and cost.
A couple of people contacted me recently to say they had noticed I had updated my website.
On examination I found that someone had hijacked my old site, still with my identity, and uploaded photography information and contact forms to elsewhere.
My concern is that I believe this was my Betterphoto URL and the identity theft may be a scam.
Here is the link: http://brettdolsenphotography.com/

3/4/2014 10:44:12 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
gregorylagrange.org

member since: 11/11/2003
  Which is the hijacked site? Your gallery and the site that you have the link to both have pictures from Australia.

3/5/2014 4:07:11 PM

  Thankyou Gregory,
The site that has been hijacked is http://brettdolsenphotography.com/
My basic Betterphoto site still has my images.
Anyone that googles Brett Dolsen Photography will hit the hijacked page and URL at the top of the search page.
There is a blog there with four entries titled *The best of photography *Photography lighting tip kits*Photography information about street photography*Marriage ceremony photography courses.
There is a contact form also to someone else!
There is also links to to websites*PaulaGPhotography and scottbirdsongphoto.com
There are none of my images or information displayed other than the social media links will take you to my pages and the title of the blog being BrettDolsenphotography.

Hoping this clarifies the problem

3/5/2014 5:44:35 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
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Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Brett,

I can understand your concerns.

However, the terms "identify theft" and "hijacked" are not really the correct terms for this situation.

You let you domain name expire in early 2013. It because available for another to register it and in August of 2013, someone did. They have the same name as you but operate in a different part of the world (it appears to me to be in Washington, near Seattle). So they have set up a website, published a few blog posts, etc. The social media links direct visitors to the main URLs for twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc so when you click one of them, it appears to go to YOUR twitter, G+, LinkedIn etc. but it is really just going to the main site for each and because you are signed in, it looks like your profile there. When I click on one, I see my own LinkedIn page, for example.

I hope this has clarified the situation and allayed your fears. There is nothing illegal or scammy going on here... it's just how domain name availability and registration works.

I'll email this to you as well.

Enjoy!
Jim

3/6/2014 11:10:26 AM

  I guess the main point here is to never let your domain name expire.
The person that has the name now does not have the same family or given name as me.
My information initially uploaded on the deluxe portfolio still shows up in search engines so anyone that searches for me is being directed to somewhere else.
It seems that someone is attempting to capitalise on other peoples reputation and credibility.
I see this as a warning to other members not to let your domain name pass into someone else's hands.

3/6/2014 11:52:01 AM

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MaryAnne Benusis
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  18 .  bird and flower overload
maybe its just me - but there seems to be a huge influx of birds and flower photos.....and that baby being held in someones forearm is so so so over done.

we need some new sherifs in town perhaps

3/2/2014 3:05:40 PM

  In my opinion it must be just you. I have been here since August 2007 and I still love seeing the flowers, birds and babies that are displayed here at BP. I think every photographer has certain things they prefer to photograph and enjoy sharing them here at BP without restrictions. Not sure MaryAnne what your idea is with needing new sheriffs in town?

3/2/2014 3:56:27 PM

Karen E. Michaels
karenemichaels.com

member since: 8/24/2004
  Perhaps you may be thinking more fine art photography. There are as many types of photographers as there are people.
Good is Good, no matter the type.

3/2/2014 4:31:30 PM

  Yes I am thinking of fine art photography and creative shots with intentions behind them, conceptual, interesting and unique. Not carbon copies.

SOME of the birds and flower shots are simply journalism. Here is a flower and here is what it looks like. It's just not interesting. We all know what a bird looks like.

BTW..I have 2 birds in my gallery.

Tammy "it must be just you", is a good laugh and an insult no well received.

I do not appreciate being insulted in an open forum in a world were freedom of speech is such a treasure. I assure you, it is not just my opinion. There are many conceptual artist on this site, that agree with me.

I look forward to seeing your gallery, you probably have more creative, conceptual and non-carbon copy photos than it sounds like in your comment.

Good for you if you love seeing birds.

You stated your opinion and I stated mine. Thank goodness we live in a world where freedom of speech is considered a great thing.

" it must be just you"... an odd and immature insult.

thank you for your in put.

Happy photo to all.

3/3/2014 1:51:28 AM

  Tammy,
You have some really nice photos. I would hang some of them in an art gallery.
"Natural Framing" is one of my favourite shots.
Your photos are not the type of photos I was referring to. So no need to be defensive.
Your photos are nice.
They are not staged journal photos.
They are free and in the moment; really lovely.

3/3/2014 1:59:50 AM

  Tammy
I just peeked at the editors picks today and they are a nice cross section of all types of photos. I love it.
There are so many genres of photography, I simply would like to see them all represented...as long as they are fantastic.

thank you for your input....and NO, its not just me. Just look at who won awards today. No, its not just me.

3/3/2014 2:06:36 AM

  Sorry you took this as an insult. Not intended. Just restated what you stated. Thanks for your opinion but this will be the last I say about this. Thanks.

3/3/2014 3:02:34 AM

  That is probably a good idea.

Good luck with your nature shots.

3/3/2014 3:04:20 AM

  Karen,
I just looked at your website. Fantastic! Absolutely Fantastic!
You are very talented and have a great eye for great art.

3/3/2014 10:10:40 AM

  Well, since flowers are my favorite photography subject (as they are with quite a few other BP members, I'm sure), as long as there's a category for them here at BP I'll keep adding them to my gallery. And yes, no matter how numerous they are, I enjoy (and get inspired) by seeing other members' work; so as far as I'm concerned, keep 'em coming.

3/3/2014 11:08:47 AM

  Well Monnie, that's 2 of you now.

Clearly I am out numbered. LOL.

Thank Goodness the judges enjoy conceptual work, because I already know what a flower looks like. I have thousands of them in my 5 gardens, mostly perenials from different countries.

thank goodness for freedom of speech and the freedom to express ourselves artistically or the world would be a big cookie cutter.

3/3/2014 1:52:34 PM

  Well
Someone more eloquent than me once said,
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

3/4/2014 3:18:56 PM

  Literally , that means: what ever someone looks at is beautiful to them.

I am not that easily impressed.

Yes. I am not like that. I enjoy things that have integrity..

A flower is a flower....wait for some nice lighting... And take a photo.

And Wow it's painful to see someone try to photoshop a beautiful flower. Mother Nature should sue for plagiarism. :) and distruction of intellectual property .

I love flowers. In my garden , not on my wall.

To each there own. If we all thought the same. We would be like massed produced tacky postcards.

3/4/2014 3:44:50 PM

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Photography Question 
Denny E. Barnes
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  19 .  Finalist & Winner Positing
My question is how long does it take PB to post the finalists. I know there are finalist for Jan. but no posting. I'm very busy right now and don't have time to search everyones gallery to see if they have a finalist to comment on. Sometimes I thank the old system worked much better.

2/28/2014 11:28:16 AM

  http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallMember.asp?pageID=1&catID=60991&contestCatID=&camID=&zulu=

Denny, that's the link for Jan's finalists. Happy watching ;)

UB.

2/28/2014 11:33:31 AM

  Thank You, Usman! As of this morning I could only get Dec. to come up. I used you link and there they were. Went back and tried again and this time Jan. came up???? Thanks Again!!

2/28/2014 12:11:02 PM

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Photography Question 
Beth W. DeBor
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  20 .  March 2014 EPs, Staff Favorites, & Finalists
Please limit your posts to images that have received EPs, Staff Favorites, and Finalists in March 2014. Other topics can be started in their own thread. Thanks and good luck!

2/28/2014 8:58:13 AM

  tag

2/28/2014 12:28:55 PM

Jane E. Miller

member since: 11/16/2010
  Tag. Congrats to all winners and finalist. Keep warm! Another blizzard heading our way.

Jane

3/1/2014 7:26:16 AM

  tag

3/4/2014 4:31:11 PM

Ann Varley
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member since: 8/16/2007
  One for me! :) Good luck everyone!

3/6/2014 2:35:18 PM

  3/1..SKIPPED
3/2..Landscape..A Dazzling Sunset At Lake Eufaula

3/6/2014 3:07:30 PM

Ann Varley
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 8/16/2007
  whoops! looks like my entry was in Feb, not March ... sorry folks.

3/6/2014 3:30:16 PM

  Tag.... :-)

3/6/2014 5:17:19 PM

 
 
  Planes
Planes

A portion of a building at a local junior college.
Adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
3/2 Elements of Design

3/6/2014 6:01:34 PM

  Mar 1 - 7:40 a.m. - MT
(a Selfie taken in London)

UB.

3/6/2014 10:11:16 PM

  Hi there. Just returning to BP after a while away. Question---are they getting to EP's later or are there fewer? Just wondering....Thanks

3/9/2014 11:04:44 AM

Ken Smith
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  Lorri, I'm not sure how long you've been gone from EP. Several years ago BP was pretty consistent in handing out EPs within a few days after the contest day.

But over the last few months, they've gone several weeks without awarding any EPs, and then in a 2-3 day period they catch up and do about 10-15 days.

Last month, Jim M said that BP was working hard to award EPs faster, including the Staff Favs and Finalists/Winners. And BP has already gone thru all days in Feb. And recently, folks have reported more EPs in Feb so it looks like they're taking a 2nd run thru the images.

Long story short...they are getting to EPs faster now (at least for Feb and initially, for March).

As for whether there are fewer EPs. There are far fewer contest entries now as compared to a few years ago, so the number of EPs are lower as well. And the EP rate fluctuates. I've gone thru a sampling of photos to see which ones got an EP and which ones didn't. Several years ago, I remember seeing months when the rate was 80% (which means virtually all contest entries got an EP), to as low as 25% (one in four got an EP).

I checked the EP rate for March 1st, from Midnight to 12PM (12 hour period), and the rate was 38% (42 EPs out of 110 entered). That's lower than normal, although maybe 40% is the new norm?

3/9/2014 3:12:50 PM

  3/3..SKIPPED
3/4..Flowers..Pretty Colored Flower

3/9/2014 5:49:00 PM

  Ken--thanks for your detailed feedback. Much appreciated!

3/9/2014 6:08:33 PM

  checking in

3/10/2014 1:33:23 PM

  Mar 2 & 3 skipped,

Mar 4 - Through the Arches - T&P.

UB.

3/11/2014 3:40:04 AM

  3/5..EOD..Autumn Website Bling

3/11/2014 3:55:26 AM

  This just in ....

Mar 5 - Spring Sprung - Flowers

UB.

3/11/2014 4:08:17 AM

 
 
  A Favorite Place
A Favorite Place
Early morning light from the Virginia Foothills kisses the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.
 
 
3/03-A Favorite Place

3/11/2014 5:06:45 AM

  3/6..SKIPPED
3/7..Macro..Ornamental
Somebody's up early! This just came in.

3/11/2014 5:16:17 AM

  Russell Stover Candies
3/7/14
Digital Darkroom

3/11/2014 7:15:18 AM

  3/8..SKIPPED
3/9..Landscape..A Walk At Sunset
Looks like about every other one is skipped this month. 5 of 9 so far for me.

3/11/2014 3:00:49 PM

  That's a whole lot better than the one I had so far, Carolyn - based on my abysmal record, you're doing great! ;-D

3/11/2014 3:25:32 PM

  Mar 6 - SKIPPED
Mar 7 - Softly Pink - Flowers
Mar 8 - Step Up - Step Down - EoD

So far its 5 EPs out of 8, which I feel isn't bad at all considering what happened last month.

UB.

3/11/2014 8:29:48 PM

  Love the glich that is going on right now on my gallery! All of my finalists for the past years have gold badges on them and I have gold badges on images that haven't been through the finalist period yet...I love it! :-)

3/12/2014 10:15:39 AM

  My goodness, Joannie, wonder what's going on there! No changes like this in my gallery as far as I can see. Too bad, LOL. Also, not doing well so far with EPs. Missed the first three days of the month, and since then have only two EPs, with the last one on the 9th.

3/12/2014 10:20:22 AM

  Checking in late. I've only submitted one entry on 3/4 and it was skipped. I've been submitting more people portraits and BP doesn't seem to like them :( Since I am newer with people pics, does anyone know where to get some good feedback or critique?

3/12/2014 11:27:36 AM

  :-( I knew it wouldn't last...all the extra gold badges are gone!

3/12/2014 3:53:38 PM

 
 
  Soft Green
Soft Green

Echeveria "Sunburst" shot in morning window light.
Intentional soft focus, straight out of camera.
 
 
3/8 Catch-All

3/12/2014 6:30:20 PM

 
 
  Loropetalum
Loropetalum
The loropetalum shrub is related to witch hazel and is native to China, Japan, and southeastern Asia.
In the spring, strap-shaped petals burst from these tiny buds, producing small bright pink flowers all along the branches.
Minor adjustments in PS CC.
 
 
3/9 Flowers

3/12/2014 6:31:21 PM

  Got one, lost one !

Mar 9 - SKIPPED
Mar 10 - Gate Design - EoD

UB.

3/12/2014 8:49:41 PM

  Mar 11 - Chimney & Holes - EoD

UB.

3/15/2014 11:57:27 AM

 
 
  Got An Itch
Got An Itch
 
 
3/11 Got an Itch

I remember someone commenting before but can't find the thread...even though I am submitting entries on different two of them were "logged in" as the same date. Does anyone know why this is or how to correct? Thanks.

3/15/2014 2:14:28 PM

  Looks like I'm skipped for both the 10th and 11th. Bummer.

3/15/2014 2:44:05 PM

  Nada for March for me- of course I didn't expect any :0

3/15/2014 8:05:09 PM

  3/12..People..A Little Fishing Makes For A Nice Afternoon

3/16/2014 12:29:24 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Yellow and Lavender
Yellow and Lavender
 
 
3/13 Details and Macro

My first EP after 11 skips!

3/16/2014 12:43:04 PM

  Mar 12 - Waiting for Sunlight - SKIPPED!
Mar 13 - Eons of Decay - Travel & Place.

UB.

3/16/2014 11:37:44 PM

 
 
  Soft Green II
Soft Green II

Echeveria "Sunburst" shot in morning window light.
Intentional soft focus, straight out of camera.
 
 
3/12 Catch-All

3/17/2014 7:27:23 AM

  Lots and lots of skips for sure. Just got one for 3/12 in D&M though.

Networks Triptych

3/17/2014 8:18:40 AM

  I have not received any EPs for March despite entering every day... no comments...

3/17/2014 8:51:36 AM

  TAG


jo ann c.

3/17/2014 10:30:50 AM

  3/13..SKIPPED
3/14..Landscape..A Spectacular Start For 2014
3/15..Catch All..Canoes

3/18/2014 12:31:48 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Summer Dahlia
Summer Dahlia
 
 
3/15 Flowers

3/18/2014 5:09:10 PM

  Mar 14 - Missing Summer - Flowers

UB.

3/19/2014 12:21:24 AM

 
 
  Lighting First Blooms
Lighting First Blooms
One 30" exposure, about 1 and 1/2 hours after Sundown. Painted tree and blossoms with light from a small flash light.
 
 
3/13- Lighting First Blooms

3/19/2014 6:20:29 AM

  3/16..SKIPPED
3/17..DD..Wild Beauty

3/27/2014 3:00:03 PM

  Twinsies, Carolyn :)
3/16 skipped
3/17 Travel and Place Wood Islands Light

3/27/2014 3:09:20 PM

  Maybe they'll go back and get them later....Could happen!

3/27/2014 3:20:37 PM

  It could :)
I don't hold much hope for 3/16 (and a few others), but maybe 3/2 or 3/7 or 3/9 or 3/14 . . .

3/27/2014 3:36:30 PM

  Up to the 17th? Pooh!!!

3/27/2014 4:35:01 PM

  So are you saying they may never get to the rest of the EFP's? I am just returning to BP. Does that happen often?

3/30/2014 12:28:09 PM

  I have:

3-13
3-15
1-17
3-19

jo ann c.

3/30/2014 1:29:37 PM

  I have:

3-13
3-15
1-17
3-19

jo ann c.

3/30/2014 1:29:58 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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  Young Male
Young Male
 
 
3/19 Animals

3/31/2014 1:05:12 PM

  3/18..SKIPPED
3/19..SKIPPED
3/20..Macro..Hanging In The Balance
3/21..Flowers..Daisies

3/31/2014 1:31:02 PM

  March 15 - Skipped
March 16 - Skipped
March 17 - Creation - Monthly Theme
March 18 - DID NOT ENTER
March 19 - Rowing Forever - People
March 20 - On Top of World - Monthly Theme
March 21 - DID NOT ENTER
March 22 - DID NOT ENTER

UB.

3/31/2014 9:10:31 PM

Lola M.
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 3/29/2005
 
 
  Remnants of Yesteryear
Remnants of Yesteryear
 
 
3/22 Nature and Landscapes

4/2/2014 9:22:37 AM

  3/22..Landscape..Cold Winter Sunset
3/23..Landscape..From Black Water To White Water

4/2/2014 11:02:44 AM

 
 
 
3/21-Last Morning At Lassen
3/16-Blank Signage

4/2/2014 12:33:29 PM

 
 
  Blank Signage
Blank Signage
Painting with light,using a flashlight, during mirror lock up, a single 30" exposure, in the dark of night.
 
 
3/21-Last Morning At Lassen
3/16-Blank Signage

4/2/2014 12:38:16 PM

 
 
  Last Morning At Lassen
Last Morning At Lassen
Taken on an early morning in 2012-never processed until now.
 
 
Last Morning At Lassen

4/2/2014 12:41:51 PM

  3/24..Macro..Drop And Roll

4/2/2014 1:04:54 PM

  3/15 Flowers Cuppa Sun

3/23 Details & Macro Fringy

4/2/2014 7:10:18 PM

  March 23 - Beyond Pine Trees - Digital Darkroom
March 24 - Musee du Louvre - Travel & Place

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4/2/2014 8:08:53 PM

  3/25..Catch All..Cool Lockout
3/26..Landscape..Sunburst

4/3/2014 2:16:46 AM

  The Letter Y
3/27/14
EOD

4/3/2014 5:15:10 AM

  3/25 Digital Darkroom Electric Spring

4/3/2014 7:00:36 AM

  3/27..Macro..Dewy Website

4/3/2014 7:02:32 AM

  3/28..Flowers..Orangey Peachy Rose

4/3/2014 1:19:15 PM

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  Flowing
Flowing
 
 
3/28 Nature and Landscapes

4/3/2014 4:16:52 PM

  March 25 - SKIPPED
March 26 - SKIPPED
March 27 - Awe-inspiring - Nature & Landscape

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4/3/2014 9:20:44 PM

  GOOD NEWS - found in SnapShot# 670...

"Contest news: 1) Once again, it's OK to resubmit. If a photo didn't place, and you'd like to try again, then feel free to go for it! 2) The judges are now selecting more Editor's Picks, and best yet, the EP's are being chosen sooner."

4/4/2014 2:19:33 AM

  February - no entries.
March - one entry. Skipped.

Encouraged.

4/4/2014 2:22:16 AM

  3/29..T/P..Beavers Bend Fly Shop In Autumn Colors

4/4/2014 2:49:02 PM

  3/30..Landscape..Ripply Reflections
3/31..Landscape..Touchdown

4/4/2014 3:33:50 PM

 
 
  Stars Out Tonight
Stars Out Tonight
MT: Creativity-Painting with light for greater Depth: Six 30"exposures, of the same composition, using two flashlights, one with the helper, both with different kinds of light, i.e., low, soft/wide, strong, strobe, and at various distances.

F8.0 on a 24-70mm lens@24mm, WB 4300K,
ISO-1600.

 
 
3/28-Stars Out Tonight

4/4/2014 4:13:50 PM

  My precious great-grandson skipped again! :-(

4/4/2014 5:45:57 PM

  I have cut way back on entering photos and I really wish I hadn't renewed my gallery for another year. I entered two for March and both were skipped. No reason to be encouraged.

4/4/2014 6:18:53 PM

  Are they through for March? I was looking at the EP's and there are some fabulous photos this month and lots of EP's. I haven't been anywhere to photograph and have not done much for a few months. I can see that I have some catch up work to do. Good luck to everyone.

4/4/2014 8:19:21 PM

  Yes Harriet, they are through with their FIRST pass of March contest entries. However, as has happened in the last few months, I expect there will be at least one more pass where they will pick more EP.

March 28 - Basking - Travel & Place
March 29 - DID NOT ENTER
March 30 - DID NOT ENTER
March 31 - Cresting an Impression - Monthly Theme

UB.

4/4/2014 9:20:43 PM

  March 31 - Creating an Impression - MT

Mis-spelled the title.

UB.

4/4/2014 9:23:58 PM

  Thanks, Usman

4/4/2014 10:27:59 PM

  Like Usman I am very much hoping for a second chance for my 19 skipped images.

4/5/2014 3:17:59 PM

  They went back the last couple months, so if we think good thoughts, maybe they will again.

4/5/2014 5:46:34 PM

  They went back the last couple months, so if we think good thoughts, maybe they will again.

4/5/2014 5:46:37 PM

 
 
  Hello?
Hello?
British style phone booth taken in Galveston, TX on the Strand.

Nikon D7100, 24-85 mm lens, and pp in LR5 and Nik.

3/30/2014

 
 
Had two this time out of four in the contest so far. Loading one at a time.

4/6/2014 8:22:55 AM

 
 
  Daisy
Daisy
Taken a Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. PP in LR5.

3/31/2014

 
 
2nd one!

4/6/2014 8:25:51 AM

  17 of 26 entered skipped for me, so I'd be quite happy with a second look.

4/6/2014 10:54:44 AM

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  I just started back on 3/29 and I have eps for 3/29,30,31 & 4/1.
I see the reasons I left for are still here! I also see the sight is experiencing bandwidth problems that keep the photos from populating the page for several minutes.

4/7/2014 4:07:45 PM

  I only have 6 for March...however, happy to even get that! lol

jo ann c.

4/7/2014 4:28:21 PM

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  Flower On The Wall
4/2 Flowers

4/8/2014 3:38:53 AM

  4 out of 7 for me for March - a little better than half.

4/8/2014 4:25:09 AM

  17 EPs out of 26 entered in March for me. Can't complain and there is still a chance of a second pass. Good luck all.

UB.

4/8/2014 4:30:28 AM

  21 of 31 for me, but I'm still hoping for a couple of pickups later on if they go back through. I'm thrilled with what I got, but I see a couple that I think should have an EP.

4/8/2014 4:35:40 AM

  2 out of 12! :-(

4/8/2014 6:55:38 AM

  Joannie, they will probably reassess some skipped images and grant a few more EPs in the second pass. I am an optimist and see two potential golds out of two EPs. Best of luck.

UB.

4/8/2014 7:50:43 AM

  I wonder if, although the CA category changes don't go into effect until the April entries, entering anything else under the CA category is already a no-go.

So now do I re-enter my skipped entry under a different category in the future or just assume that the Judges are right about my photography skills?

4/8/2014 8:02:22 AM

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  Kathy, you can reenter photos into whatever category you like. If you provide a link to the photo in question, perhaps we can give you our thoughts on the category.

4/8/2014 9:12:48 AM

  I did get that email - I thought that was the best reversal decision they've made.

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=14416857

It's probably no good, but it was so dramatic that I was intrigued enough to enter it.

4/8/2014 12:34:37 PM

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  Hey Kathy, I like it. But most importantly, do you like it? Don't let the omission (or inclusion) of an EP be the barometer for whether a photo is good or bad. We've all seen resubmitted photos that didn't have an EP initially, go all the way to 1st place and Grand Prize.

It's certainly not applicable for the new Man-made category. But People would be an option. And I'm going off memory, but I think "Elements" also accounts for abstracts. And maybe this is an abstract...would be curious what others thought too.

4/8/2014 3:04:12 PM

  Kind of pitiful- 6 of 12 EPs this month. Pitiful because they skipped what I thought were the best of the bunch!

4/8/2014 5:15:54 PM

  I do like it, Ken (wasn't thinking that People would be the next try.)

4/8/2014 5:44:15 PM

  None for me this month, although I only entered twice. I've learned not to expect much from these judges, whoever they are.

4/8/2014 9:02:52 PM

  Oops. Ken, I meant to say that People is probably the next category for a re-entry. Thanks for checking out the image.

4/8/2014 9:24:33 PM

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  4/3 skipped
4/4 skipped

4/10/2014 9:34:23 AM

Ken Smith
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  Bob, there's an April EP thread at this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=36113

4/10/2014 10:15:17 AM

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  Thanks for the update Ken.
I have been gone for a while and I guess I am clueless!!!
Where is link to the new thread usually posted? It was posted in the body of the previous month's thread before????

4/10/2014 3:40:46 PM

Ken Smith
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  Bob, just navigate to the Forum page and click "all new responses." You might want to bookmark this link:

http://www.betterphoto.com/QnACat.asp?catID=251

Usually, the EP thread is towards the top of the page, because it's pretty active. And this URL is quid reference if you wish to see any of the active forum topics.

4/10/2014 4:33:56 PM

Ken Smith
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  To navigate to the Forum page, click on the link "My Member Center." On the left hand side you'll see various things like My Photos, My Courses, Forum, Gallery, etc. Then click "Forum." And from there, click "all new responses."

4/10/2014 4:36:44 PM

  Now that Ken added the number of the April EP thread, all you have to do is change the 5 digit number in the address box above from 36098 to 36113.

4/10/2014 5:00:48 PM

  All I did was went to the top of this page and changed the last 3 numbers...worked for me!

jo ann c.

4/10/2014 5:09:53 PM

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  Thanks, Ken, Kathy and Jo Ann.
The only thing I was unaware of was the
"all new responses.".
You all are great!!

4/10/2014 5:35:08 PM

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