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Need your input, people.

Hello everyone. I've noticed a pattern in a lot of images uploaded to the gallery. First, I'm jealous that I didn't get that shot. Pay no attention to the fact that I am in Florida in the U.S. and the shot was taken in Morocco. But it's always, "Damn, that great. Why didn't I take that shot?"

Then, it's "Well, if I DID shoot that, I woulda done THIS or THAT to it, THAT woulda made it better". Of course, it's great just the way it is, but each of us have our own take on what makes a picture good. Which brings me to something I think might be great fun.

I'm announcing the Brian Jackson (my real name, by the way) Galactic Award of Photographic Excellence in Post Processing and/or Image Manipulation. Here's how it will work. I will soon post to a downloadable site an image of my choosing, most likely a mediocre image of my own. I have hundreds to choose from, so this might take awhile. Each contestant has permission to do the full monty on it, no holds barred. Crop, color, use of third party filters, addition of other components from other images, you name it. Tame or outrageous, do your worst, I can take it. I will be the exclusive judge of what image tickles my fancy (or any other part) at the end of the allotted time. I will actually send you the Award Plaque if you win, no matter where you are in the Galaxy (Earth, most probably). We're sparing no expense here.

Of course, I may be smitten by this attempt at fun but the rest of you may think I've slid off the edge. That's where you're input is needed. If you think this would be a great diversion from the holidays ( I mean, how many times are we going to do the Christmas thing, seriously) or any other mundane part of your life, or your life is so vibrant and full that you simply couldn't add another thing to it (yeah, right) let me know either way so I can decide to move forward or make another appointment with my therapist.
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Re: Need your input, people.

This is very interesting and intriguing. I would like to suggest one thing though. To avoid any "sideway" influences between members, the PP-ed versions of your original image should be unveiled at the same time. So, maybe we should send them to your email and you would do the unveiling of all entries at the same time?
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Re: Need your input, people.

Sure, why not? I'm making this up as I go along anyway. I like that idea.
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Re: Need your input, people.

Alright! Why don't you throw one img at us to test your idea. Short deadline, say, till Monday?
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No, no, not enough input yet. No practice runs. If/when we do this it'll be for the Award, not before. And sufficient time will be allowed to think it through, not like I do it.
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Re: Need your input, people.

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No, no, not enough input yet. No practice runs. If/when we do this it'll be for the Award, not before. And sufficient time will be allowed to think it through, not like I do it.
OK, but from experience in PP, the idea that comes first to mind is usually the best, no matter how much more time I spend in PP
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Re: Need your input, people.

Great idea for a really fun project. Can't wait for the image.
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Great idea for a really fun project. Can't wait for the image.
I'm champing at the bit, but I can hold the reins for a while.

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Re: Need your input, people.

We already do this on DPNow - it's called the Photo Fix Challenge. Here is a link to the previous one we did. It's about time I set a new one too!

http://dpnow.com/articles/7286.html

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Re: Need your input, people.

I think click-click's point is extremely valid; glad you are adopting it.

Two suggestions from me -

1. we can submit 2 images rather than 1 - reasons are that I enables more feedback on what you like, or dislike, whilst probably enabling significant re-use of pp lements.
2. whilst I welcome the obvious freedom you imply with the inclusion of elements from outwith you file this hugely complicates everything ie what proportion of the image elements need to be yours, at what size etc when is it your image augmented or another image completely - but with elements of yours! I would suggest that whilst the image elements could be moved around, scaled, tone mapped and tinted etc etc etc - the addition of external elements isn't one of the options.

Another looking forward to it all - especially as we are all snowed in in the UK!
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