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Old 05-01-2009, 09:33 AM
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May 09 Contest Votes

Voting will run from 25 May to 31 May 2009. Deadline for votes is 5pm (Central Daylight Savings Time).

Only those that entered the contest may vote. All other votes will be deleted. If you did not enter, but would like to comment on an entry, please post your comments in the Contest Discussion thread.

Vote for the 5 best entries in order.

You cannot vote for your own image. If you do, your votes will be deleted.

Example Vote:
Pick the top five contest entries and list in order...

1. Entry X (First Place)
2. Entry A (Second Place and so on)
3. Entry Q
4. Entry S
5. Entry P

This thread will remain closed until it's time to vote.

And as always, when you vote try to include some things you especially liked about your choices…what made them stand out, what impressed you, etc. This is a learning experience!
Old 05-26-2009, 06:10 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

Hello this was hard to judge as always.
1. elemoose
2. Lonk
3. Kraellin
4. Ruzzez
5. Veralisa
Old 05-26-2009, 10:31 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

Here's my votes.
lon k
Cathy H
K Grimini M
Old 05-26-2009, 10:50 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

My votes for the five best "retouched" postcards:

1) Kraellin
2) LonK
3) carb
4) CathyH
5) eldemoose
Old 05-26-2009, 11:35 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

1. Kraellin - This really showed vision to pull out one boat and give it a dreamy treatment
2. eldemoose - clever use of desaturation to draw the eye
3. chas518052 - I loved the light in the background it was really inviting
4. LonK - superb cleanup
5. prariekittin - Adding the two little boats was clever and I liked the color scheme
Old 05-27-2009, 07:59 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

If I were at a fishing camp and looking for 5 postcards to send back home, these would be my picks:

1. cupcake
2. leigh
3. eldemoose
4. Nasturtium
5. Chas
Old 05-27-2009, 01:46 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

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Old 05-27-2009, 01:54 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

1. foresaa
2. Windy-hickman
3. leigh
4. Prairie Kitten
5. happymind

Good luck to all!
Old 05-27-2009, 07:48 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

1. Kraellin
2. eldemoose
3. lcramermay
4. leigh
5. ruzzez

Is it time for vacation yet?

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Old 05-27-2009, 10:52 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest Votes

Based on the job description (photo retouch for travel postcard), I looked for results that no matter how much retouched, manipulated or enhanced, still look like actual photographs; photographs that might "sell" an essentially honest scene to potential visitors. I preferred those with a crop that framed a simple, yet solid, dynamic composition. I sought retouching that primarily cleaned up the scene (i.e. removed visual distractions) and subtly adjusted the color palette for naturalness and balance.

Per the presentation requirements, one improperly sized entry and two lacking identifiable filenames were not considered. There were many terrific creative renditions. But after looking at dozens of postcard vendor websites, it's clear that monochrome or artistic interpretations are simply inappropriate for a photo postcard.

1. CathyH - PROS: Excellent landscape crop. While a horizontal format is considered passive, the diagonal lines add just the right touch of dynamic. Good tonal/color balance. Cleaned up grime and distractions nicely. CONS: The red lower hull breaks away from the predominantly cool palette.
2. carb - PROS: Ditto what I said about CathyH's entry. CONS: The composition is too bottom heavy, the top third overly bright and featureless -- although, valid if one *knew* text would be added in that space.
3. wendy-hickman - PROS: Basic crop. Warm/Colorful. Typical postcard-ish rendition. CONS: More clean-up needed to remove clutter. Some oversaturation of color.
4. ruzzez - PROS: Reasonable near symmetric portrait crop. Nice color. CONS: Clean-up needed. Bordering on illustrative. Disconcerting hairline halos in foreground water and white lines on right and bottom edges.
5. eldermoose - PROS: Balanced crop and composition. Bold. CONS: While I like the result, I'm doubtful that the client would go along with the selective saturation/focus for a postcard.
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