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Hi Ted,tjudy said:What happens if one photo gets 5 votes of '9' while another photo get only two votes of a '9' and a '10'. The photo with fewer votes gets the higher average... that does not seem right.
I agree. Although your photo is a technically a very nice picture (good balance, use of space, lighting, in focus, etc), it really doesn't convey any emotion (at least not for me) and because of that, I really don't consider it artistic (it would make a beautiful computer desktop, calendar or greeting card, though). I also think just plain, simple, flower portraits are a bit overdone. I've looked through the entrants of a lot of photo contests and it seems like nearly 1/4 of them are flower portraits (same goes for sunsets, mountain/lake landscapes, and insect close ups). Again, not that it's a bad pic, it just wasn't original enough for me to want to give it a #1 score.Well…. Here is my honest feedback.
This may sound a bit harsh but I feel I can spell it out b/c this is a photography forum, not just another Photo Contest on various forum.
This is indeed a nice picture but this is about it, a nice picture. There is a difference between nicely taken picture vs. not as nicely but with great composition and meaning behind it. I think "Crow" photograph was hands down a winner at least in my humble opinion. Ed picture shows great technique (*dark background) and excellent sharpness but unfortunately there is nothing else in that picture that gets my attention when compared to "Crow" picture. Not to say that flower pictures are useless and can't win the contest. I think "Field of tulips" photograph shows exactly how flower / composition photograph should look like. If top flower wasn't cut, that could be a winner as well.