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November 14, 2008


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Journal Entry: Fri Nov 14, 2008, 3:09 AM

Hello all :wave:

As the deadline for hougaard's competition has passed and as one of the judges I am in the process of examining the submissions, I have thought about competitions a little bit.
Generally I dislike photography competitions, because I do not understand why photographs should be ranked. Why can't we just enjoy all beautiful photographs? If you haven't yet seen the Nature Photograph of the Year in Finland it can be found here… What are your thoughts about it?

I also tried Photoshop CS4, but I didn't find it worth upgrading from CS3. I have all my plugins instaled for CS3 and so on. I know that with the new version of Bridge CS4 might improve the workflow a bit, but what do you think?

Last but not least, I updated my website a little bit. Not all of it, but just the wedding section and it can be found here:

all your thoughts about it are of course welcome and you can link it anywhere you want freely :lol:

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Cat Power
  • Reading: Newspapers
  • Watching: PBS documentaries
  • Playing: Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
  • Eating: porridge
  • Drinking: juice
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Shouldn't have left it so late (5+ months), the link to the Photo is gone now. I have no idea about CS3 or CS4, I'm a native MSPaint user haha. But I can see ranking the technical aspects of photos, but 2 photos that are excellently done will mean different things to different people at different times. You can hardly rank the effect that a photo has on you at the moment.
kimonokraken Nov 23, 2008
I was using CS3, but actually I've become tired of Windows, so I'm trying out a Linux distro and Cinepaint (used by various famous companies like ILM and Dreamworks to retouch 35mm film stock). The great thing is that's it's totally free!

I only just installed it, and it seems to have almost everything I used in CS3. All I need to find is an equivalent to the 'apply image' command - I've only been playing with it for a few minutes though.
I tried Linux some time ago also,
bt I gave up when I couldn't get ET and Teamspeak work at the same time :D
kimonokraken Nov 28, 2008
I'm not sure I understand...?
ET = Return to Castle Wolenstein Enemy Territory, best game ever :D
finkycake Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't mind competitions in general but not a big fan of DA's Daily Deviation system - there are some people (like your recent photo) that deserve them but it's all subjective and totally dependent on the judges decision. I think it's much nicer to just enjoy each other's work :)

Also, I know a lot of big companies use photo competitions as a way to get free images - holding a competition is often cheaper than hiring a photographer and they often claim all the rights, leaving the photographer with nothing.

I really like your website by the way. I only know a few words of Finnish but the images speak for themselves :D
Thank you.
I tried to incorporate English also to the site so that it would be understandable for foreigners who come to Finland to get married.

I almost once submitted an image to a corporate competition but I read that I would have to give up all rights. This means that if I ever would hold a retrospective exhibiton of my work, I couldn't use that image :D
Regarding the nature competition winner: It is still a great abstract shot, though definitely not warranted first place in a NATURE competition that's for sure.
As far as CS4 goes the nondestructive dodging and burning sounds appealing, I haven't heard a hell of a lot else. Do you use the dodge and burn tools in CS3 or use other techniques? I love using the dodge and burn tools though it is apparently destructive?
I wrote a tutorial about how I use burn and dodge.
It can be found from somewhere on my site [link]
kimonokraken Nov 14, 2008
I entered in the competition, but it takes a lot for me to do so. I concur about the problems of judging art.

For similar reasons I find it hard to do anything commercially with my work (photography, writing or music), but I suppose I'd rather start doing that than have a shitty 9 to 5 my whole life...
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