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Old 07-28-2008, 11:02 AM
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Re: July 2008 Contest Votes

1. Frank Lopez
2. Dennisu
3. Ruzzez
4. Cassidy
5. Lorraine
Old 07-29-2008, 02:29 AM
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my votes

Hi all
here are my votes, nice work and well done:
1 Cassidy
2 LonK
3 Frank Lopes
4 OlBaldy
5 Pixeltek

Cassidy, I love the blend of the head onto the body and the colour work.
The eye is a little weird, but works.

LonK I love the mood of your image, and the blend between head and body works well, but I don't think the composition works well for a poster. The animal especially seems to be falling off the side of the frame.

Frank, what drew me to you entry was the transition between feathers and scales, which I think is well done, though a bit of sharpening on the bird's head would have blended the depth of field differences better. The horn also has a small halo which shows where it was removed from it's original background.

OlBaldy, I like the mood of your image, the fantastical creature seems quite plausible and the use of colour to blend all elements works very well. The zebra stripes were a bit of overkill, maybe. Also, I think the shadow is at the wrong angle.

Pixeltek, I love your creature - very fantastical and emotive. Needs a background, though, especially in order to make it look like a photo.

I also enjoyed some of the blending and distortions used in the animals PhotoB and Ruzzez created.
Old 07-29-2008, 02:56 PM
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Re: July 2008 Contest Votes

All the entries are great. I simply preferred those with the supportive scenic backgrounds that added a sense of scale and a more natural photo realism.

1. karin l
2. Ruzzez
3. dweekley
4. CathyH
5. Kraelin
Old 07-29-2008, 06:47 PM
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Re: July 2008 Contest Votes

Based on my understanding of the rules, I thought this was more of a manipulation of the animal and not a background manipulation. I believe that if the Children's Discovery Center was going to create an ad campaign, the primary focus would have been the animal, and the secondary focus would be finding a great background to go with the new animal --- and not to use a background from one of the existing photos --- 'cause quite frankly they would have all looked horrible in an expensive ad campaign --- just my 2 cents

As such, I had changed my background to white as it would have been a photoshoot for this fantasy animal (thanks to someone who told me to go with one of the backgrounds provided to comply with the rules) and then the new background could easily have been added for this ad campaign.

So, my top five had nothing to do with the background, just animal manipulation:

1) dennisu
2) OlBaldy
3) Cassidy
4) CathyH
5) karin l

All were really great, and this was so much fun to work on.
Old 07-31-2008, 03:46 PM
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Re: July 2008 Contest Votes

Since this was a kid's event, I looked for truly outrageous compositions:

1 - Dweekley
2 - CathyH
3 - Philbach
4 - PhotoB
5 - OlBaldy

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