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Old 22nd October 2014
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The Eye of the Beholder

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29701853

I don't often comment on things outside the forum (or not even that recently) but I was surprised by the BBC Wildlife POTY

IMO and I quite understand it's just an opinion ...

Flat, unframed, no point of interest, I doubt I would have put it in the keep file other than something to use in a wildlife talk

What have I missed about it?

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

That is simply dire...as you say, flat, unframed and no point of interest...and what about that horizon?

I'm also left very unimpressed by the other entries...

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

What about the diagonal leading to the (assumed) point of interest.

It has some strength but is not high impact.

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

Even I can see that horizon is wonky, I think the lighting caused by the volcano is a much better picture. Next year we can all enter when we buy our 40-150 2.8 pro's

Anyway, judges have code their winner - let sleeping Lions lie 😂
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

My eyes were all over the place trying to find a single focal point. The horizon is unforgiveable.
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

Well, if the judges are dishing out gongs for technically poor photos then I'm submitting a whole host of photos for next year!

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

Agree all round, the wonky skyline is a bit unforgivable...yes the fact that he caught the lions at rest and obviously had a long wait and journey to capture it is worthy, but it's just so flat....and i'm no expert.

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

Have to agree I wonder if the two black dots were in the original? It takes skill and courage to enter a shot with dust bunnies,lions and a sloping horizon!
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

I will reserve judgment until I've seen the print. The exhibition usually turns up in several places during the year.

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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

It must be 10 years since
I followed the competition. When one of the category winners was taken at a game farm in the US the competition became a joke to me.
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

To be honest, I don't think it is as bad as the comments so far led me to expect. The main strength is the unusual situation of so many lions together at once - and on rock, when we normally associate them with grasslands. The positioning of the lions sort of creates a leading line which aids progression into the picture.

The main problems are the sloping horizon and the flat lighting of the foreground, which means that the potential impact of all those lions is lost and allows the sky to command most of the attention.

The sad thing is, this image could be significantly better with some simple improvements with the sloppy processing. I've imported it into Elements and the histogram for the whole picture is fine. Make a selection of just the sky and it, too, is perfect. A selection of the foreground, however, reveals that it is slightly under-exposed and severely lacking in contrast. A few simple adjustments make a big difference! I can't post my edit here for obvious reasons.
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

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It takes skill and courage to enter a shot with dust bunnies
I wonder which type of Canon was used?
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

Well I love it - having said that it might not have got my vote as the best entry - regarding the horizon and some of the other "PP Fixable" comments - do we know that PP on the entries was allowed ?
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

I rather like this print...it would be interesting to see the original colour version.
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Re: The Eye of the Beholder

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Have to agree I wonder if the two black dots were in the original? It takes skill and courage to enter a shot with dust bunnies,lions and a sloping horizon!
It is understood that those dust bunnies can be dangerous little critters when threatened

For me, this scores well under 'wildlife' if not so much for 'photography'. I wonder what the judging criteria were?
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