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I noticed that very few photographs [in the 2013 Great Nevada Picture Hunt photo contest] are a natural representation. In other words, they appear to be heavily enhanced and manipulated with software such as Photoshop. Perhaps two classes would be appropriate. One natural, which would demonstrate a photographer’s skill at capturing a natural image, and another demonstrating a photographer’s skill with editing software.
Not to diminish the images in any way; they are truly amazing. I just think these capabilities are not available to a great many who capture spectacular natural images and have no desire to enhance them in order to cater to a fashionable trend such as HDR. How about it for next year? Real shots of real things by real people with real cameras.
The selection process is clearly slanted in a particular area, if not toward a particular group of people who—while producing incredible results—have an advantage.
Your input is much appreciated, Chris. We are constantly thinking of ways to improve our photo contest, so perhaps readers will see something akin to a “Natural” category in 2014.
More September/October 2013 feedback…
FOND GHOST TOWN MEMORIES
Since the 1980s, my brother-in-law, Len Sjosten [of Petaluma, California], and I have spent a week each summer traveling Nevada to photograph ghost towns and other scenes. In your [September/October 2013] edition, there are features on ghost towns and the photo contest. We entered those contests many times. The edition arrived at my house just a week after Len’s sudden and untimely death. He would have enjoyed that issue so much.
• On page 63 of the September/October 2013 issue, the sentence should have read: “After the discovery of gold in 1848…” (not 1849).