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(Daily Mail)   Squirrel photograph wins international photography prize. No, not that one you idiots   ( divider line
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2014-03-19 04:46:54 PM  
4 votes:
Every other pic in that article was better.

/not a judge
2014-03-19 05:57:04 PM  
2 votes:

Walker: Every other pic in that article was better.

/not a judge

Well, I'll give him points for composition. Having the horizon at the lower third mark, having the squirrel dead center but it's tail of to the side both acknowledges and breaks the "don't center" guideline. He used depth of field properly to focus on the squirrel. Overall, it's not a bad photograph.

The second photograph doesn't have as good of composition. It seems lopsided with one bird centered and the other offset. The brown background with the brown winged birds isn't doing the picture any favors. He does hit proper use of depth of field though. I wouldn't consider this picture better than #1, maybe around the same level.

Third one has more interesting composition with the branch snaking it's way all the way across the photo. I can't help but feel the bird should be a little further to the left though, maybe a closer crop fixed to the top-left to get more detail from the bird and his meal and limit the branch to the interesting, flowery part on the right. The background is much better suited for the subject than in picture #2. I wouldn't consider this picture particularly better than #1, again about the same level. Definitely better than #2 though, I think this guy got the shaft because #2's type of bird is more colorful.

The forth photo has a much more interesting subject, but the composition is shiat. Look at the background. Way too much noise. What's that big brown line going across the photo? This looks like the photographer said "Oh cool!" and snapped a shot of a cool thing with no attention paid to the background or composition. Definitely a worse photograph than #1, and #2, and #3.

The fifth photo is where they start getting good. THAT'S how you get a picture of a snake, using the repetition of the snake's coils as the background. All points on a snake lead to the head. I feel if he had tweaked the colors a little better to get some better contrast out of the photo it would be a great one. As it is, it looks a little washed out, so I can see passing it up. But definitely better than the ones above it.

The sixth photo is OK, again with the dead center composition. The depth of field work on this one isn't as good, which is understandable given the size of the subject. Lenses to capture this photo correctly are kind of expensive and don't come with the kit. Overall I'm kind of "meh" on it.

The seventh photo (tree) is well done. By at least a million other people at this point. I wouldn't select it just because I've already seen so often. Not that it's a bad photo.

The eighth photo (salmon) is pretty poor quality. Looks like it was cropped out of a much larger picture. Not a good photograph.

The ninth photo is OK. Good use of symmetry. Not a particularly exciting composition or subject. Either one of the ducks doing what they are doing by themselves would have been better, giving the photo a singular purpose instead of it just being a "crowd shot" of "ducks doing various things". Not better than most of the others.

The tenth photo is pretty but cropped poorly. Centering the flower would have been a good idea. As it is, everything is *just* off of center, making the picture disjointed. The detail in the insect wings is awesome, but my eye keeps getting pulled away to the mushy fuzz fest that is the out of field flower center. It's a photo that's good because the equipment was good, not because the photographer is.

The eleventh photo must have taken some effort. I'm not liking that the wings are only partially blurred out though, and the back of the bug being out of focus is distracting. Not bad, not necessarily better than the squirrel.

The twelfth photo is the best one yet. Composition is great, the background helps it pop, the entire subject is in sharp focus, there's nothing to take your eye away from it. You get a sense of the mushroom striving upwards in a sea of a green. Fantastic, the only thing I would change would have been removing whatever the brownish thing forward of the field at the base of the mushroom is. Definitely better than the squirrel; I suspect it didn't win because the judges liked squirrels more than fungus.

The thirteenth photo is pretty good as well, but suffers from the same problem as a lot of the other insect photos. It's really not easy to get outstanding shots of insects. I'm not thrilled with the composition on it either.

The fourteenth is pretty meh. He's lucky he happened to be out when they background was obscured by the fog or else it would probably be a terrible picture. As it is there's nothing special here, nothing to make me think this anything but a random snapshot with some kids iphone.

Christ there are a lot of these. I'm going to sort of condense it here:

15: good
16: meh
17: poor
18: great
19: great
20: poor (what the hell is up with the top left of the photo?)
21: poor
22: poor
23: ok, but riding entirely on subject matter and not anything the photographer is doing
24: good
25: meh

All in all, the only photos I would consider "better" than the squirrel photo by a quantifiable amount are 7, 12, 18, and 19. Certainly not every other photo.
2014-03-19 04:57:51 PM  
1 vote:
This one? Full Size
2014-03-19 04:55:54 PM  
1 vote:
A 15-year-old British boy has beaten off professional photographers from across the world to win an international photo prize.

Well, whatever it takes, I guess. usually people just submit a photo and hope it wins.
2014-03-19 02:59:57 PM  
1 vote:
I call shenanigans.
Squirrels can't take photographs.
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