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    I'm not knocking it (just) because of its lack of photographic merit; it is just a beige show.

    There is no technical information, so you don't learn anything. There is no suspense as to whom is going to win (same as most "Reality" shows), so turning over is a real option. And, I cannot connect to any of the contestants, especially as they change each week, so there is no human connection.

    I suspect that Community TV knocked the pitch for this back before the ABC took it on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtraubert View Post
    I am just speculating, but it's possible that the printing system they used has an "auto-levels" type of adjustment, or something like that.


    A Doctor friend using a 5D MkII (which no doubt will be joining us on a grubby Alby Mangles-type jaunt into the Otways this Sunday) tells me that pics 'don't need any work at all for printing'. "Just connect the camera, transfer to the computer and print!". But he's a doctor, not a photographer in the strictest sense (though he is a darned good bushwalker and chaff-cutter...). I suspect it was auto-everything at the post stage.

    The printed image of the Myrtle Gully Falls hanging before the judges looked like it had come down with a bout of cyanosis, compared to the preview in-camera. All that said, Mount Wellington is a beautiful place to explore in winter, just getting up the one-car-at-a-time road is a challenge. Oh, and you can eyeball the palatial dig of the late, great Peter Dombrovskis in Fern Tree at the base of the ginormous long haul.
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    I liked the 'winning' pic much better than the waterfall (which could have done with some cropping to get rid of the awful overexposed sky IMO). Amazing changing conditions if that was all filmed over a single 4hrs.

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    Oops, I forgot to watch it last night. I thought it was okay the first week and especially enjoyed Dick Smith's comments about how it would be better with film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    A Doctor friend using a 5D MkII (which no doubt will be joining us on a grubby Alby Mangles-type jaunt into the Otways this Sunday) tells me that pics 'don't need any work at all for printing'. "Just connect the camera, transfer to the computer and print!".
    I guess if you don't care about how sharp your print is (...or isn't), the sure, go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    Ugh—!

    .......... I am not prepared to give any of the photographers any real credit as promising "professional photographers" after just 4 hours. Oh please! Who ever on earth came up with the suggestion that they are now "promising professional photographers"!? Give a guy a 5D, and after 4 days or so, presto! He's a professional. It's a mad world. The ABC is I think conveying a terrible skewed, overly simplified and distorted representation of what is involved in dedicated landscape photography. ..............
    What? You need to spend a few days with a DSLR before you can call yourself a professional? But there was a full page ad on the back of MX last week from either Dick Smith (the Woolworths-owned company, not the man) or JB Hi-Fi which said that simply buying one of their entry-level DSLRs would make you a pro. Is that not so?

    And I know someone who recently bought an entry-level DSLR, did the free basics course offered by the retailer, and now offers herself as a wedding and children photographer. Is she not a real pro?

    <painfully extracts tongue from cheek>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    I liked the 'winning' pic much better than the waterfall (which could have done with some cropping to get rid of the awful overexposed sky IMO). Amazing changing conditions if that was all filmed over a single 4hrs.
    Me too. Sometimes I consider heading off to the bush around here (Blue Mountains) which is not to be taken lightly when you're not a fit young bushwalker. And then I see a multitude of postcards, calendars and prints of Blue Mountains waterfall settings and wonder what I could do that was unique of that rather over covered subject.

    The winning photograph conveyed cold and bleak to me. It was interesting to see the woman attempt to overcome the brightness range problems and get that rainbow shot because the cinematographer caught it nicely every time; I guess he or she is not allowed to help.

    And I could not see any point in focus in the "macro" ice crystal shot. It didn't help that I'd read a piece on The Online Photographer site which was critical of what the writer believed to be a current and questionable vogue for bokeh and the problems of achieving it with small sensor cameras.

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    Ross I'm sure there is room for your, and others' many and varied creative intepretations of the well-beaten tourist path attractions in the Blue Mountains, like Wentworth Falls, and another, smaller fall (you may know it: has an ugly water pipe over it?). When I visited a place in Katoomba, it was selling small postcards which had a mysterious, ethereal glow and astonishing beauty about them. When I communicated with the photographer (who's name I can't recall clearly, a she, because my visit was in 2006), I was told they were multiple exposures (same frame), on film: the same scene, with different light throughout the day overlaid. To be successful as photographers we often have to find ways of being different, even exploiting mistakes to turn them around and make them successful and appealing. I wonder if all the photographers on ABC we've seen so far have actually contiinued to actively explore the genré, develop skills, refine technique and aim for the best they can produce (never relying on the camera to do it for them). Methink not much, other than the occasional guest photographer noted as being an active photographer in some sort of discipline, such as Peter.


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    I have just watched it - yes, this week was painful compered to last week.

    Looking at it at face value, the photo the judges picked met the brief the best. I didn't mind it and was what I would have chosen as well. It certainly portrayed what was there and the conditions of the time. I do agree with what Andrew said that it would have been better to get in closer to the spikes and use that as the feature. To me, the waterfall was a bit to cliche and showed the deficiencies in either the technique or the camera (or both) - lost shadows and blown highlights. The icicle shot wasn't the brief and lost out because of that.

    I do suspect that next week will be train wreck TV - weddings...ye Gods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    I do suspect that next week will be train wreck TV - weddings...ye Gods...
    yep, we both have a feeling it's going to be very cringe-worthy over here!
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