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I'm a winner... maybe. - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
I'm a winner... maybe.
I just posted contest entries. Feels weird doing it.

Have to let you know what comes next.

Would it surprise you were I to say that I'm a bit liquored up?
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technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: September 27th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Contest entries... of your pottery?
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm still at least a year and a refined, personal style away from that. ^_^

I was actually talking about this. First one I haven't frittered the opportunity away on.

technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: September 27th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Jesus, Peter. Those are beautiful. Absolutely, stunningly, amazingly beautiful. I am in total awe, my friend.
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I tend to think I got lucky for most of them. ^_^

I ended up going with the butterfly and the go player for submissions, partly because I really like them, but mostly because I've been sitting on them for so long. Wish me luck.

I haven't said this yet, but I'm really happy for you gents. You rock.
From: missmelysse Date: September 27th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You do amazing work.
I hope you win.
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'm really just hoping to make it into the images considered by the panel. ^_^
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 27th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
UNless the submissions are wildly improved from last year's, I don't see how you couoldn't make it through the first cut. I'd be completely blown away and confused, really.
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still of a mind that some of the images posted saw some serious image modification. I ended up in Macro & People.

What did you finally decide on?
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 27th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure they did, too. It's quite frustrating, but I keep telling myself that you can accomplish at least as much on film with filters and the like, so I shouldn't resent what other people did to their images.
Bah.
I ended up doing the screaming self portrait (titled "Megaera, a newer fury," because I liked the pun on the Furies and my name, and it gave the portrait something of a story), and the door from Eastern State Penitentiary (titled "no lock, no key," because I wanted to imply the prison thing, and emphasize the hinge/motion thing). I remain unsure that they're my strongest photos, but I think they're most unlike the other submissions in their categories, and they're really bold/graphic.

Eep.
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't resent the submitters, I just think that the rule is a bit arbitrary. I mean, sure, you don't want a lot of heavily manipulated images kicking around in the Abstract category, but you're not supposed to do things that are otherwise pretty standard image processing? Lame.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 27th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
However mechanically infeasible, I am attracted to the romantic ideal of awarding the luck, occassion, and fortuitous nature of perfect shots. I love the idea that the worst of photographers might generate the most beautiful image, that a photographer who's completely technically crummy might win a contest, that there's some randomness and bias in the judging. By submitting manipulated images, they're not offending me as a competitor so much as me as a romantic.
I worship the idea of hapenstance in photography, I guess.
[More selfishing, though less to the point, and less influential to my opinion. I resent the manipulation clause because then when people do, as you point out, perfectly standard processing, I feel at a lack as someone who's horrid at reworking photos on computers (though I loved darkroom manipulation, when I had the option). I'd like to think my photos still stand a fair shot, you know?]
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no darkroom experience, limited Photoshop skills, and a bare understanding of some of my camera's functions. I usually feel like a hack, and think I've managed better than I really should have so far.

I guess I end up seeing the restriction as problematic because it seems like it's artificial and forced. It effectively denies away half of the process for the sake of an ideal, and to me, that ideal has less to do with romanticism around the "perfect" shot so much as fetishism of the equipment. While I don't believe that a better rig will necessarily produce better pictures (there is a skill to this, after all...), I do think that it's easier to find sharp lines/color with a higher MP camera (for instance).

Dunno. It's not like it's a huge issue for me. It just seems odd.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 27th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
So sage, you are. So yoda-ish, my syntax. =)
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keep in mind that I really don't know anything, so this is all probably just talking out my butt anyway.
prosicated From: prosicated Date: September 28th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm relatively sure that's how all the greats do it...
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: September 27th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Would it surprise you were I to say that I'm a bit liquored up?

Rawr...
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm drinkin' my wine. Man, it could use for aging.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: September 27th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yay! I'm so glad to hear you did this! Good luck!!!
komos From: komos Date: September 27th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It'll be interesting to see where this goes and how I react to it.

Have you been shooting at all?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: September 27th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not really. I need to get in the habit of carrying my camera with me...
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