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PostTue Aug 13, 2019 6:00 pm 
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If it was a legitimate photo I can see why it might win. It's got a good story to go along with it. Presumably the photographer and subject didn't know each other and met on the way up. But I don't think it would have won if the judges knew it was a composite of two photos.
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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 12:07 pm 
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Tom wrote:
But I don't think it would have won if the judges knew it was a composite of two photos.

Maybe, but  I don’t know about that. The criteria includes “artistic quality.”

Professional photographers are allowed to enter, and do win; and many photos are set-up poses, so I don’t know that manipulation isn’t allowed. I never agreed with allowing professional photographers. Posed photos – sure, if it’s a posed family, or someone excitedly waving at the camera, or a kid holding onto a funny-looking stick at the beach - stuff like that. But good lord, I hope the glowing-tent-with-the-Milky Way-above-it phase is done. Not sure if the hiker-jump phase is over with (2 styles: a silhouette jumping over an outlet, and jumping in general), yoga poses, and uninspired arms outstretched in front of a view – I hope so. (this is for all outdoors photos in general, not just WTA).

Remember the first year with all those over-the-top poses? The nekkid lady in what looked like a pooping posture, hanging from a log in front of a waterfall? A woman in a white dress with a looong veil wrapped around the terrain, the dog propped up at a campfire made to look like it was roasting marshmallows? That first year still cracks me up. First years of every new thing is usually pretty wonky.

If I entered any of my extremely unique photos of mushrooms, clouds, or - I’m sure no one has ever thought of taking photos of raindrops on flowers  hmmm.gif - I would surely win. hmmm.gif

People enjoy the WTA photo contest; it’s nice.

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 12:31 pm 
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I did enjoy looking at the photos.

BTW, I think you're an excellent photographer.  In fact just the other day clicked thru on one of your photos to see what gear you were using.
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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 12:52 pm 
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  In fact just the other day clicked thru on one of your photos to see what gear you were using.

Thanks. I have been using two old point-and-shoots because my DSLR done broke. I recently was given an old Sony DSLR (old that my bodacious freind gave me when she upgraded, but I haven't done much with it yet.

I just bought a condo this year, so I'm more broke than I already was - should have stayed away from environmental studies and career - so it'll be a while before I get anything fancy, though I do like the Sony. And the condo.

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PostWed Aug 14, 2019 12:56 pm 
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Kim Brown wrote:
Tom wrote:
But I don't think it would have won if the judges knew it was a composite of two photos.

Maybe, but  I don’t know about that. The criteria includes “artistic quality.”

Stitching together different photos of the same scene to improve quality/resolution/depth-of-field/field-of-view/contrast is one thing. Creating a scene almost from scratch, like composites do, may be art, but I'm not sure it qualifies as a photograph. It most definitely needs to be identified as being a composite, at least in my opinion.

As Tom said, the story behind the photograph in question was compelling. Unfortunately, the end result was not.

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PostWed Aug 21, 2019 1:51 pm 
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Stitching together different photos of the same scene to improve quality/resolution/depth-of-field/field-of-view/contrast is one thing. Creating a scene almost from scratch, like composites do, may be art, but I'm not sure it qualifies as a photograph. It most definitely needs to be identified as being a composite, at least in my opinion.

Agreed..  I do a lot of HDRs.. many times it's the only way to capture a scene the way it actually appears...  Digital cameras have come a long way.. but they are still a long way from actual eye balls...

And regarding the image in question.. shadow on his face.. part of hair.. orientation of the peaks..  nuff said..
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