February 2014 POTM Contest! Vote now!

Which photo should represent the February POTM?

  • 1

    Votes: 5 6.2%
  • 2

    Votes: 11 13.6%
  • 3

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 4

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • 5

    Votes: 14 17.3%
  • 6

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • 7

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • 8

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 9

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • 10

    Votes: 15 18.5%
  • 11

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • 12

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • 13

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • 14

    Votes: 6 7.4%
  • 15

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 16

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • 17

    Votes: 7 8.6%

  • Total voters
    81
  • Poll closed .

reptileguy112

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Jan 12, 2014
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why do people like 10 so much??All it is to me is a piranha that swished some sand...no offence, I am not trying to be disrespectful AT ALL!
 

fishyman

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Jan 19, 2011
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why do people like 10 so much??All it is to me is a piranha that swished some sand...no offence, I am not trying to be disrespectful AT ALL!
Yes, the voters' choices are really "mysterious" to me, too. For example, I cannot see why No.5 gets into top 3. It looks like the person knows using a black background will have a better chance of winning and thus "forcefully" changed the background to completely the blackest black. It looks like a tool like "magnetic lasso" being used in Photoshop to pick up the part around the fishes (along the the whole or part perimeter) of the fishes and then fill with black. That's why the "edges of the fish look like that".

I guess using black background will somehow have a better chance in this competition --- voters somehow seem to like it.
 

fishyman

Feeder Fish
MFK Member
Jan 19, 2011
360
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Yes, the voters' choices are really "mysterious" to me, too. For example, I cannot see why No.5 gets into top 3. It looks like the person knows using a black background will have a better chance of winning and thus "forcefully" changed the background to completely the blackest black. It looks like a tool like "magnetic lasso" being used in Photoshop to pick up the part around the fishes (along the the whole or part perimeter) of the fishes and then fill with black. That's why the "edges of the fish look like that".

I guess using black background will somehow have a better chance in this competition --- voters somehow seem to like it.
Oops! Not "magnetic lasso" should be "Magic Wand Tool" in Photoshop.
 

Chicxulub

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Yes, the voters' choices are really "mysterious" to me, too. For example, I cannot see why No.5 gets into top 3. It looks like the person knows using a black background will have a better chance of winning and thus "forcefully" changed the background to completely the blackest black. It looks like a tool like "magnetic lasso" being used in Photoshop to pick up the part around the fishes (along the the whole or part perimeter) of the fishes and then fill with black. That's why the "edges of the fish look like that".

I guess using black background will somehow have a better chance in this competition --- voters somehow seem to like it.
If you're handy with a camera, that effect is infinitely easier to create with a camera than it is to create in Photoshop.

As for the mysterious votes, people on this site tend to vote more for the more the most "monster" picture, not the most technically correct. If you have a dynamic shot that was done with a cell phone up against a technically flawless picture that is boring, there's a good chance the flawless shot will lose.

If you have a dynamic shot that is also flawless, it is almost guaranteed a win. Look at the 2013 Photo of the Year for example.

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GMFISHNUT

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MFK Member
Oct 3, 2008
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10
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Long Island, NY
Yes, the voters' choices are really "mysterious" to me, too. For example, I cannot see why No.5 gets into top 3. It looks like the person knows using a black background will have a better chance of winning and thus "forcefully" changed the background to completely the blackest black. It looks like a tool like "magnetic lasso" being used in Photoshop to pick up the part around the fishes (along the the whole or part perimeter) of the fishes and then fill with black. That's why the "edges of the fish look like that".

I guess using black background will somehow have a better chance in this competition --- voters somehow seem to like it.
Actually fishyman, I didn't change the backround or use the magnetic lasso or Magic wand tool! The tank has a black backround and the only thing I did was crop the picture. It only took me around 10 minutes to process the photo in camera raw as it was shot in raw format with 3 overhead flashes. What you see is the actual fish in their tank no tricks! It wasn't an easy shot to catch as the pair was courting and preparing to spawn, and the male was very rough on the female. If you'd like I will send you the raw image!!
 

danny2875

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Apr 10, 2008
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I vote for #5 breeding trimacs!!!!

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