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What do you consider when voting?

Just wondering what everyone is looking at when they vote. I was just going through some duels, and was jotting down things I was looking at as I was choosing. Here they are (in no particular order).

THINGS I LOOK AT WHEN VOTING:

Is it sharp (especially the eyes)? If it's not sharp, was the softness obviously an intended effect?

Is the background distracting?

Is the composition pleasing? If common photogographic 'rules' were broken was it done effectively? IE: Rule of thirds, golden mean, rule of odds, etc.

Is the horzon straight? If not, was it obviously intentional and did it enhance the image?

Is it saturated correctly?

Does the post processing enhance the image, or is it too heavy handed? Does the technique used match the subject?

How difficult was the shot and what kind of preparation was required?

Did the photographer have a unique vision or viewpoint?

Is it over/under exposed?

Is there good detail in the highlights/shadows? If not, was it obviously intentional and did it enhance the image?

Is the tonal range good? If not, was it obviously intentional and did it enhance the image?

Is it free of 'odd' unintentional color casts?

Does the image tell a story?

Is the image free of halos, fringing & 'brittle' oversharpening?

Does the image fit into the category?

Is the image gimmicky/cheesy? If so, does it work?

And the ultimate question (for me) is: "Would I hang it on a wall in my home?"
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  • Or could you / would you create a space in your home for it? I like the critiera.
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    Jackie, you either have more time on your hands than me or your brain works a lot faster than mine! That's a lot to consider in looking at the duels. It would take me a year to get through a worthy duel session! I like Julie's idea...a lot less to think about.
    • LOL - I understand.

      Actually, I've been looking at photos for so many years that those things are pretty automatic for me. I had to really slow down A LOT in order to make notes of the things I was noticing while I was evaluating. I don't even get through most of the list on every photo. The decision is over (for me) when I see one or two of what I consider 'fatal' errors (not sharp, horizon not straight, bad post processing, unpleasing composition, etc.). It usually takes me less than 5-10 seconds to quickly compare average images for those qualities.

      If only one image has 'fatal' errors (or has obviously MORE of them), I vote for the other one. If both images are just not good equally, I skip to the next. On some images, the 'story' is so good that for me it overcomes all of the technical issues that otherwise would have killed it.

      For example,this shot came through my duel screen within the last couple of days. It's got some real technical issues that just set my teeth on edge. But the 'moment' was so great that I couldn't resist it. I even added it to my favorites.
      http://www.pixoto.com/images-hotograp...

      The real slowdown (for me) comes when both images are really good or exceptional. That's when I take the time to give the shots the extra consideration they deserve. For me, that's how I show respect for the photographer & of the care he/she took in making the image.

      And ALL of this is just my opinion and how I do things. Your mileage may vary. LOL
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  • I just realized that another important thing I look at is how hard could it have been to get the shot. I do a lot of wildlife, so I know how long a gator or turtle will stay still for a shot...or being on a canoe and knowing how the light is constantly changing as you traverse down river. Things like this making getting the shot harder so the level of success for two similar is different when say two birds are compared. knowwhatimean?
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