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The Official Camera Phone Shootout Competition April 2012: "Spring has come"


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Posted by 9_Destiny
Hi again. This time introduction will be short. Theme of this month is: Spring has come. Topic is wide, so no one who really wants to be part of the competition, shouldnít have problems with taking shot. Good luck.

Here are some inspirations from: Uncle Google

Here are some great examples from our Esatoís community. All shots were taken last April:

Taken by jorji



Taken by sassho



Taken by vanko



Taken by littledevil8



Taken by yce_marvel




RULES

1: Pictures must be taken with a mobile phone by that member.
2: Only 1 photo with allowance for only 1 change.
3: No archive photos & photos must be taken in April 2012.
4: Post full size photo here http://www.esato.com/phonephotos/ & post a link to that photo
5: Picture post processing not allowed

Happy Hunting!
[ This Message was edited by: 9_Destiny on 2012-04-01 01:54 ]

[ This Message was edited by: tranced on 2012-04-01 16:16 ]



Posted by Ricky D
Congrats 9_destiny, your photo was a well worthy winner.

Thanks to those who voted for me last month, it was a good month all round in the competition.

Let's hope this month is great too
[ This Message was edited by: Ricky D on 2012-04-01 03:39 ]


Posted by hihihans
Wide theme indeed. I hope for lots of entries.

for your signature, to promote this thread;
Spring has come, shoot it.
[ This Message was edited by: hihihans on 2012-04-01 15:30 ]


Posted by argiriano
Congrats to 9_Destiny.

I just have to complain that April Fools bring us some snow today after 20+ degree in March ... so no Spring for me for now.

Posted by pohuman
Congrats & very nice theme..

Posted by etaab
So it doesnt have to include flowers then at all ? all those examples make it looks like it should.

Posted by tranced
Exactly. Seasons are not the same worlwide.

Posted by 9_Destiny
You may shot everything which shows that nature comes to life. Flowers, trees, grass, plants, landscapes, insects and so on, and so on.

Thats why I've put Click Here other examles from Google.

Theme is very wide and you can use your own creativity to show how beautiful could nature be. Thx again 4 congrats
[ This Message was edited by: 9_Destiny on 2012-04-01 23:32 ]


Posted by io_bg
Congrats on winning and nice theme, too! However users living in the Southern Hemisphere will have a problem participating this month...

Posted by 9_Destiny

On 2012-04-02 00:47:57, io_bg wrote:
Congrats on winning and nice theme, too! However users living in the Southern Hemisphere will have a problem participating this month...



I think they won't have problems because they also got flowers, trees, grass, plants etc. Theme is wide and offers an opportunity 4 everyone who really wants to join in. In my opinion maybe only those who are living on Greenland or Africa could have problems with the theme

As far as I remember I haven't nothiced such users. Everyone from Europe, North and South America, Pacific and Asia even Australia shouldn't have problems with snaping shots no matter if there is a sunny day, cloudy or even rainy one.

More samples from Esato: All taken last April.

Taken by sassho



Taken by sassho



Taken by creafunky



Hope that I dispelled all doubts.
[ This Message was edited by: 9_Destiny on 2012-04-02 01:02 ]

[ This Message was edited by: tranced on 2012-04-02 04:30 ]


Posted by biosx
Congrats on the win, good luck to everyone this month.

Posted by Flinston
My sample. Captured today morning.


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Posted by rikken
Nice entry

Posted by 9_Destiny
Indeed nice. Taking into account photos made by others in Photos Section I predict great examples this month.

Posted by hihihans
yesssss, it started

Posted by Bonovox
In the UK the seasons are mixed up. Its spring time last week we had 22c today we had 2c with wind sleet rain and snow. Need the sunshine back to get my shot as I have seen what I wanna shoot.

Posted by Ricky D
But English weather is like that all year round.

It was 12ļC Christmas Day in Doncaster, sun was out and everything. T-shirt weather.

Posted by redhunter
I'm going to shoot a must-win photo this week

Posted by mlife

On 2012-04-05 05:42:57, Ricky D wrote:
But English weather is like that all year round.

It was 12ļC Christmas Day in Doncaster, sun was out and everything. T-shirt weather.



.... I know how that is, living here in Orlando it is usually 75ļF (23ļC) on Christmas day.... I can remember spending many Christmas' at the beach!

Bad news is, you really have to HUNT down any signs of seaons and their change!
[ This Message was edited by: mlife on 2012-04-05 14:16 ]


Posted by Flinston

On 2012-04-03 18:20:16, rikken wrote:
Nice entry



Thanks rikken!

Posted by mlife

entry withdrawn
[ This Message was edited by: mlife on 2012-04-05 22:57 ]


Posted by 9_Destiny

On 2012-04-05 00:25:00, Bonovox wrote:
In the UK the seasons are mixed up. Its spring time last week we had 22c today we had 2c with wind sleet rain and snow. Need the sunshine back to get my shot as I have seen what I wanna shoot.



Good to see you back on the board. Here in Warsaw also rainy days. Forecasts say that better weather should be from next Monday. First flowers should appear in days.


On 2012-04-05 20:21:15, mlife wrote:
Very hard shot to get... every time I walked up to the tree, she would fly away... anyway, here is my entry for now as I learn the new phone I may change it....


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LOL. Thatís called real sacrifice. Congrats for taking risk and invention mlife. AMAZING quality. Where did you get < censored by myself > ? Did you buy it from the store?
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Posted by mlife
@9 ... Thanks... I spent over an hour at that Tree!!! lol... I did get a picture of her eggs with my N8 too!

... got pureview from work!
[ This Message was edited by: mlife on 2012-04-05 21:57 ]


Posted by hihihans
Spring in optima forma gorgeous

Posted by mlife
I know I shouldn't take it personal but Im sick of all the HATERS posting one's to my photos.... I sat out last month to cool off a bit and I know this has come up countless times on these boards... but Im just done...
[ This Message was edited by: mlife on 2012-09-03 21:59 ]


Posted by 9_Destiny
I had the same dilema as you had. I knew about 42Mpix in Pure View 1,5 month before Barcelona. I also done a lot of pics from N9/Lumia 800 before others because I had testing examples when I was working 4 Nokia. Eventually I didn't inform/show anything because of private policy and so on... I regret this a bit

Anyway quality of your bird picture is truly amazing.



Posted by Bonovox
Let us know which forum mate

Posted by hihihans
What a shame, mlife.


Posted by etaab
What happened ? what was said ? what was his picture of ??

Posted by hihihans
It was a beautiful pic of a bird in her nest breeding eggs.

Posted by 9_Destiny

On 2012-04-05 07:34:46, redhunter wrote:
I'm going to shoot a must-win photo this week



I'm waiting 4 your shot redhunter

Posted by etaab

On 2012-04-07 13:09:07, hihihans wrote:
It was a beautiful pic of a bird in her nest breeding eggs.



What was wrong with that ??

Posted by emporium
Nothing, he deleted photo because of 1 votes.

Posted by Bonovox
I have felt the same again recently not bothering to upload anymore

Posted by etaab
You cant not take part just because you only got one vote, or am i missing something more.. ??

Posted by Ricky D
@etaab
I think it's not that he received 1 vote but in the photos section of esato his photos were rated '1' many times giving his photo an unfair ranking in the top rated section. There was suspicion (and strong evidence) that the votes there were being rigged positively and negatively by certain members on the forum. I thought the mods here cleaned it up a fair bit but it seems some are still being targeted. My solution for myself is I don't pay any attention to the ratings there (I don't visit the page at all), ignorance is bliss and I value votes in this thread as the voting is transparent and by people who care.

Posted by biosx
Here's my entry... though I'm not so satisfied with it I missed out on the past two competitions as I've failed to get any good entries.

Cheers.


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Edit: It does have a 1 vote though I think i noticed a pattern on the "1 voting". If a photo enters the top 100 and "someone" whoever it is doesn't deem it "worthy" of the top, he votes it with 1. Pretty stupid as you're not supposed to make the top yourself, you just contribute with one vote. So even if he feels the photo is a 6 or a 7, he votes 1 to get the photo out of the top, thinking "that one doesn't deserve to be in the top 100". So, if you upload a nice photo and it gets 3 or 4 votes of 10, it will show up in the top briefly. Then our friendly neighborhood troll comes along and does what I've just said.

It's a hunch i have, kind of amuses me, in a sometimes annoying way. All of my really nice photos have at least one "1 vote" whereas my .. let's say "less successful" shots are deprived this privilege.

What would be nice is if someone could check some of the photos in the top and see if they have two or three "1 votes", if the person who voted them down was the same sad little troll. Then it would make sense...

I've been frustrated by this phenomena many times, but it's really not worth it mlife just smile!
[ This Message was edited by: biosx on 2012-04-09 14:14 ]


Posted by Ricky D
I'd be honoured if one of my photos got the 1 vote treatment.

It's like Sir Alex Ferguson only slags off the teams that pose a threat to Man Utd, calling City desperate last week. He's completely stopped arguing with Wenger, he's even complimented him once or twice this season!


P.S. Great photo! ^^
[ This Message was edited by: Ricky D on 2012-04-09 15:45 ]


Posted by etaab
Ah i see, i dont really use Esato for anything other than its forum so yes, ignorance is bliss.

Its the same on any site, you go to the news section and you get lots of morons posting stupid comments to the news but then you actually venture into the forums and find you have to sign up to post and you get more creditable comments.

@ mlife - like these guys have said ignore them and just post here, people can see quality with their eyes not by paying attention to a morons rigged voting.

Posted by Bonovox
Nice shot @biosx I can almost smell the scent of spring now

Posted by 9_Destiny
Great shot biosx. Good to see your shot in this month's competition.

Regarding to the haters the best strategy is not to worry about them and their trolling votes. I remember when I was close to stop posting shots here at the end of the April last year. Fortunately jsrjr_gua_br and CecoBizona discouraged me from doing it. Even mlife wrote at one of my shots that he was also frustrated with it.

I bet it was the main reason of leaving many great photographers from Esato. I could bring dozens of links where owners of the shots are calling such haters of trols, idiots even gays

Esato could be great alternative for Flickr as cameraphones database. "Could" because sluggish mods don't do much in this case. Pity. If not us who don't bother such trolling, there would be hardly any user posting new shots. Who normally would to upload pics here and see couple of one's at start? Nobody. Everybody could fell as a stranger here.

Medicine on that would be a modification which automatically delete lowest marks every day. Otherwise I canít see better future for mobile photography here in Esato. For now Iím trying not to bother those haters but Iím not guarantee that one day I will simply go away and I will upload shots only @ Flickr. All to left haters for themselves

At least here is less anonymity and everybody who wants to be part of monthly voting must reveal.
[ This Message was edited by: 9_Destiny on 2012-04-09 23:36 ]


Posted by hihihans
That's why I put the names in the list at the end. To keep things clear and open.

Back to topic, post some spring-worthy pics please.
Can people from the southern-hemisphere post an autumn photo? I'd like to say yes

Posted by io_bg
Here's my entry. I've always wanted to shoot in foggy weather and today I had a perfect opportunity Click on the thumbnail to see it in the Photos section

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Posted by etaab
Do you think your picture illustrates spring has come though ?

Posted by 9_Destiny

On 2012-04-12 14:39:35, io_bg wrote:
Here's my entry. I've always wanted to shoot in foggy weather and today I had a perfect opportunity Click on the thumbnail to see it in the Photos section





I think the same way as etaab. To be honest I would never hit that itís a picture of a spring or nature comes to life. Maybe more suitable shot would be better? What do you think io_bg?

Posted by hihihans
Fog comes in all seasons. Maybe spring has the most fog but I don't think that's reason enough.

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Posted by etaab
Dont get me wrong, its a very nice picture and very spooky - maybe we need a spooky natural picture theme next month..

but i dont think it shows spring's arrival much

Posted by Ricky D
This is my 'Spring on the Great Wall' shot.

I took it at a section of the Great Wall of China which is closed off to tourists and so hasn't been restored in a long time. It was crumbling and broken and the path was down to just 8 or 9 inches wide in places and yet in the area there was white blossom growing without a care in the world bringing new life to decaying structures.

I had to lean out over a 20ft drop with nothing to counter balance me but my left leg to get this shot. And I had to shoot blind to get the right angle.

In another attempt you can get an idea of the kind of thing I was leaning off and the state of the wall.


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Posted by 9_Destiny
Nice shot Ricky

Posted by Ricky D
Thanks 9_Destiny. Although I'm convinced I could probably get something better.


RE: the ratings in the gallery. I have only just found yesterday where to see what votes you've had. I notice some of my recent shots have one 1 and then a few 7-10. I guess this is what is meant by the 1 vote. I'm not bothered just thought I'd share that even my shots which can't muster a win in a competition where the average attendance isn't more than 10 also get victimised by some low level vote rigging.


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