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#1 yahsemtough

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 12:50 PM

Congrats to all who placed and especially My buddy Rand for his Best of Show placing.

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Well done all!

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:01 PM

Holy cow, lots of other Wetpixel members too!

Congrats to Larry for second place behaviour and to Mary Lou Reid from HUPS for second place macro. Linda Cline got the first in the behaviour category. John Gordon got first and third place in the "General" category, and Judy Johnson got a third. Joe B. got second place in marine life and Jimmy Abernethy got an HM.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:06 PM

Wow.....great news for all the Wetpixelers......WTG Rand with BOS

Congrats to the winners!

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:58 PM

Congrats to all! Here is the direct link to the results:

http://www.beneathth...ntest_2006.html

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:45 PM

Outstanding!!!! Well done everyone....

I think Rand is photo contest king of 2005/06.....

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:48 PM

Congrats to all the winners!

Rand's running away with all the contests!
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:57 PM

Thanks guys. Congrats to Larry, Joe, Linda, John and Judy. Lots of good shots there.

I might mention, even though it's not real apparent from the small photo, that I used Alex's magic filter on that shot. It really needs to be seen big to appreciate what it did. Especially for the small baitfish. Anyway, what a thrill.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:25 PM

Congrats to the winners!
I was wondering about Paul Krupela's shot of the Tiger shark with the housing in its mouth. How on earth did that happen?!
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 04:42 PM

Congratulations all.

But Rand - that is amazing, brilliant, wonderful. I know it sounds totally selfish, but you wouldn't believe how much that means to me that the Magic Filter helped you win the "David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography" and be Best In Show.

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I was always a little worried about sharing the Magic Filter and not keeping it for myself. But this is totally brilliant. I am definitely more pleased that someone else won such a big prize with the filter, rather than me. Amazing.

:P :D :D :D :lol:

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 04:47 PM

Hi all,

Rand, a big congrats on that feeding bird shot. Those little bastards move fast. That is an awesome shot. Nice work by everyone else as well. Next up...UWIMAGES contest. Good luck to all.

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 04:50 PM

Just had another look through the gallery of winners. I was a bit disappointed to see the boxer crab image getting through. Boxer crabs don't live on sponges and are rarely found in such neatly arranged pairs - methinks that there has been some manipulation there.

Anyone else get that impression from that image?

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#12 yahsemtough

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 06:24 PM

I also found it interesting that not all the placings were awarded.
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 08:21 PM

Congrats to all the winners, myself included. I was very happy to place at BTS but from now on I'm going to get someone else to pick my shots for me. Same as last year the shot that won for me was an image that I added at the last minute to fill out the catagories and was the shot that I thought was least likely to win. I had three or four shots that I thought were very strong, that I really liked. None of them did anything. I guess there's no accounting for bad taste....my own no doubt.

Great shot Rand - there's no doubt about that one. Linda too.
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Posted 01 March 2006 - 09:52 PM

Thanks, and congrats to everyone else too!

I know how ya feel, Larry. Why is it that the photos that I think are long shots are the ones that do something? For myself, I think it's lack of objectivitiy when I evaluate my own photos. I do much better at picking winners when I'm looking at someone else's work :P .. Great nudis, BTW!

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:41 PM

Congrats all, great shots there.
But the most impresive photographer is the one that hold the camera in is mouth there, what a technick! :P
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 09:45 AM

[QUOTE]Just had another look through the gallery of winners. I was a bit disappointed to see the boxer crab image getting through. Boxer crabs don't live on sponges and are rarely found in such neatly arranged pairs - methinks that there has been some manipulation there.

Anyone else get that impression from that image?

Alex

In my response to this type of accusation that my first place photo in the General Categories "Tiny Dancers"is unnatural, I would like to inform you that this photo was taken after our dive master pointed them out to me. I never saw anyone move the Boxer crabs or touch them, all I did was focus, compose and shoot. This image was taken in a series where the Boxer crabs stayed together the entire time I can provide additional images and witnesses if necessary. If you reference the book "Indo-Pacific CORAL REEF Field Guide" by Dr Gerald R. Allen & Roger Steene on page 163 you will see a similar pair of boxer crabs together. I know that they were not placed together for this photo I believe paring is natural behavior.

As far as the sponge you could reference this website to see that this crab does live on or frequents this type of sponge. http://www.acclaimim...-1618-2451.html

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 10:29 AM

Thanks for responding, John.

Glad to hear that you didn't have a hand in arranging the crabs.

The reason I brought this up in the first place was I have seen dive masters in Indonesia pick up boxer crabs and carry them and place on nice clean sponge backgrounds or open black sand - as the rocky terrain that they usually live in is rather unphotogenic. I have also seen DMs coralling them between their fingers to arrange them in neat pairs.

Here is a photo I took of boxercrab that had been moved from its shallow, rocky natural habitat onto a sponge:
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If you type boxer crabs in google images can see them on plenty of different backgrounds - including corals and sponges. Although I strongly doubt all of these are natural.

I am sorry that my comment was inaccurate about your image. And thank you again for clarifying that there was no subject manipulation in your image. Certainly there are plenty of small sponges in the natural environment that boxer crabs are found. And certainly crabs need to come together to mate etc.

So on your word I retract my previous doubts and offer you congratulations - it is a very captivating image.

Alex

p.s. I am off to do some subject manipulation myself next week - when we will be feeding fish to get sharks arranged as we want them.

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 01:31 PM

So now that we see Alex's overexposed Boxer and know he does not always take inspiring photos... :)

I am curious on peoples thoughts on whether contests should award all placings or not. Should they stipulate the number of shots needed to be received in order to award all placings. I only ask as I see Rands wreck photo got a HM but no placings were awarded above that. I like his shot. (I entered no wreck photos so this has no personal bearing, just curiousity or discussion sake)
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:51 PM

Todd -

Sometimes the entries are so weak that judges cannot justify awarding all placings! It should perhaps be a fine print issue, especially if money is required for entry, but I believe that the final call should be up to the judges.
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Posted 06 March 2006 - 06:20 PM

BTS has done it in the past but not to the extent that they did this year. Maybe they decided to award the top 20 pics regardless of category.

The thing that I find most curious - and I'm suprised that no one else has picked up on it - is the fact that BTS seems to have disregarded categories entirely. Clearly, John Gordon's images do not belong in the general category. Here's BTS's own definition of the general category "A. General: Wide or medium shots of divers, wrecks, reef environments, etc." John's images are beautiful but they are macro shots. Unless it's just a typo on their site, it seems kind of wierd.

John,
I'm not dumping on your images - they're great - just making an observation.
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