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Portfolio review?

19 August 2013 - 08:10 PM

One of the aspect of underwater photography I find most difficult is separating my emotions surrounding a shot and the shot itself.  In other words, I find it very difficult to judge one of my photos objectively without recalling the particular dive or destination it came from.  This makes it difficult to identify which images should be entered in competitions or used as signature photos.  I don't think I am alone in this regard, but recently it struck me that maybe there is a more efficient way of doing this.  


With this in mind, I'm wondering if anyone out there is interested in a "portfolio review" system here on Wetpixel.  Here's what I imagine...


1. Senior photographers interested in critiquing portfolios would volunteer to critique a handful of portfolios (I imagine each critique would take 10-30 mins at most).  Ideally this would be established uw photographers with experience in judging or evaluating work.  


2. Wetpixel members interested in being evaluated would submit a portfolio of 20-50 of their (subjectively) best photos


3. The senior members identified above would browse these photos and identify the overall technical strengths of the portfolio, the weaknesses, and the strongest images.  


Any thoughts?  Sound interesting to anyone?



Giant Pacific Octopus Killing and a Call to Action

02 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Fellow dive photo geeks,

Last Wednesday (Oct 31), my Seattle-based dive buddy and I witnessed a pair of young gentleman violently taking a 70lb giant pacific octopus (GPO) from a very well-known dive site (Alki Beach) and throwing it in the back of their pickup truck (for more information visit http://www.raptureof...eep.net/alkigpo). Quite surprisingly this species has been given very little protection, and GPO harvesting is completely legal year-round in the state of Washington. While their behavior is not technically illegal, the event has ignited a huge nationwide controversy and the story has been picked up by several national news agencies including the Associated Press. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of this event, however, we have begun a campaign to change these archaic laws and limit the harvesting of GPOs from this and potentially other popular dive sites. Many of you have visited the Pacific Northwest in search of these majestic creatures, and I would like to respectfully ask for your help in petitioning our state fisheries department to change the rules on GPO harvesting. The link can be found at the following site: http://www.divenewsn...84-save-the-gpo

Thanks for your help in saving one of the most amazing underwater creatures I know of!

Scott Lundy
Rapture of the Deep Digital Media

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