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Re: REALLY Bad Portraits Competition.

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Janet, I am sorry but I think that this image has to be disallowed in this competion, not because it's taken on a samsung, but it does have two faces in it, they are looking at the camera, they are in focus, no distracting backgrounds etc... how good can it get.
Now this might be getting closer?



"The objective (of a portrait) is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person's face" Wikipedia,
hence my entry. The absence of a face engages the viewer in a 'what if' or a 'why' scenario, i.e If I could see his face what would I see? Why is he lying on an empty beach? Why is he wearing trousers, shoes and socks but no top? etc. The viewer has to work in order to engage with and interpret the image and goes away with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that he didn't just view an image he/she has interacted with it.
The BS is great, but shooting in the style of Martin Parr is hardly a bad thing, is it?
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Re: REALLY Bad Portraits Competition.

"The split second too late, Portrait"

The artist has created here, a masterpiece of inestimable skills with the subjects posing in Olde England Woodland, dull and grey and generally 'washed out' in soft focus.

Man and Boy are not to be seen prancing over a carpet of "Autumn Leaves" they are particularly out of focus and, it must be said, out of shot almost intoto. Were that the artist depessed the shutter button, just a mere infinate part of a second earlier, what, may we have seen?

Perhaps a common composition of a delightful Toddler running, smile upon his face as he screams out, in joy, at the adult male he failed to chase - having tripped and fallen on a single, wayward branch befallen. Shi*te happens !

However, in the 21st Century and the idealistic, albeit, altogether majestic world of High Tech camera equipment - much of which with "face focal lock" functionality of Compact cameras, 'tis a damned shame this artist dasterdly used an archaic Olympus DSLR on this one competition entry ! At least it is not a common portrait of full frontal faces ! such a pleasant change


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The received wisdom is that a classic portrait should:

Involve somone else.
Use a 40 to 50mm "portrait" lens.
Be carefully posed and considered beforehand.



I beg to differ:

Goog grief, Pete, whatever made you pick a nose like that for your lens? I mean a lens like that for your nose!

Sometimes breaking all the rules pays off and this is a strong contender!
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Hear I have shown my skills in composition and in focus background also in bokeh. please don't disqualify me this time John.

It's still rather too good, John, but it is redeemed by the bird having its back to the camera and appearing to have grown its own arm! This puts it amongst the front runners so far, Nice one!
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I do not do much portraiture as a rule and, in any case, a prestigious competition like this deserves a picture specially shot to match the brief.

My inspiration was the current exhibition of paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Sadly I understand it lacks the Mona Lisa as the Louvre would not let it go for fear that the loss of visitors would further damage the already precarious French Economy.

I am now able to correct this sad omission as I found Mona in person in Whitby this afternoon.

Of course Leonardo’s original is shot in the old fashioned "face on" style whereas mine has a dynamic 21st century look.

I was able to discuss the pose with Mona, and agreed to shoot her best side, whilst skilfully capturing that famous enigmatic smile.

No need for a 45mm, the 17mm was a perfect choice.
Peter, not only is that hilarious but it's very well executed too. Love it!
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I have to say Janet's photo certainly doesn't belong in this thread.
I'm looking for bad portraits but they're really hard to find or they've been deleted. The easy to find stuff is ... easy to find but wouldn't be appropriate here.
I'll keep looking ...


..Ah found a one.
E-600, out of focus, too-slow shutter, missing head and LOOK AT ALL THAT GRUNGEY NOISE.
This definitely has award potential, a great moment badly captured! Well done, Ulfric.
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Pah! I really thought my first entry was a contender! I can't believe now that I was so pleased with it at the time...

Here's a more considered entry, with suitable AB to accompany it...



Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.
This is exactly what we are looking for, Janet, and I love the Artists Statement, too - it adds greatly to my enjoyment of a job so badly done it's good!
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"The split second too late, Portrait"

The artist has created here, a masterpiece of inestimable skills with the subjects posing in Olde England Woodland, dull and grey and generally 'washed out' in soft focus.

Man and Boy are not to be seen prancing over a carpet of "Autumn Leaves" they are particularly out of focus and, it must be said, out of shot almost intoto. Were that the artist depessed the shutter button, just a mere infinate part of a second earlier, what, may we have seen?

Perhaps a common composition of a delightful Toddler running, smile upon his face as he screams out, in joy, at the adult male he failed to chase - having tripped and fallen on a single, wayward branch befallen. Shi*te happens !

However, in the 21st Century and the idealistic, albeit, altogether majestic world of High Tech camera equipment - much of which with "face focal lock" functionality of Compact cameras, 'tis a damned shame this artist dasterdly used an archaic Olympus DSLR on this one competition entry ! At least it is not a common portrait of full frontal faces ! such a pleasant change


Ah, haven't I seen this somewhere before? As a contender for a prestigious award it simply excels. Never mind Taylor Wessing, this is straight into Kobal territory!
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Ah, haven't I seen this somewhere before? As a contender for a prestigious award it simply excels. Never mind Taylor Wessing, this is straight into Kobal territory!
Yeah! Boss you failed it for "Landscape" as it had "Peeps" in it (even part thereof Peeps ...) so I was saving it for NOW !
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I see the figures you refer to, David, but I think it's pushing things a little far to describe it as a portrait.
That's why I posted it, I call it environmental portraiture.
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This is exactly what we are looking for, Janet, and I love the Artists Statement, too - it adds greatly to my enjoyment of a job so badly done it's good!
Badly done? BADLY DONE? I'll have you know that it took me several glasses of Tyrannosaurus Red from the free bar before I could take that considered and beautifully composed image...it took time, commitment and hiccups to get that fine shot!

As for Chevvy's entry? Instant ban! It's quite obviously a landscape...

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Badly done? BADLY DONE? I'll have you know that it took me several glasses of Tyrannosaurus Red from the free bar before I could take that considered and beautifully composed image...it took time, commitment and hiccups to get that fine shot!

As for Chevvy's entry? Instant ban! It's quite obviously a landscape...

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As for Chevvy's entry? Instant ban! It's quite obviously a landscape...

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NAY, Janet ! ... it was rejected in Landscape and Boss Zuiko said "it is clearly a Portrait"
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NAY, Janet ! ... it was rejected in Landscape and Boss Zuiko said "it is clearly a Portrait"
Now, now, girls - keep yer knick...I mean yer hats on!
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