Looks like every single point/suggestion is taken to the extreme to prove it nonsense and objection-worthy.
1- Minimum resolution/quality
Regardless of your camera or phone model, you pretty much get at least 8M pixel photo (unless you use a 15 years old Nokia). That's by far bigger than what is considered as a minimum required resolution for a calendar-size printable image. That also gives enough room for cropping (recomposing in post edit) and still be within the range. But there are photos posted in the range of like 640 x 480. They are even low quality on a small screen of a phone, let alone the monitor or the calendar.
So, it's not about showing off the camera or tools contest, it's about what it takes to be adequate for printing on our calendar.
2- Aspect Ratio
Again, it's about proper calendar print and composition. I used to compose and edit my photos for Instagram, so they were all squared. When I won the TOTM Sep 2017 and later Jay asked for some more photos for calendar, I sent some other square photos and you know what, that turned to ugliest composition I could imagine. I'm not arguing him, he did a fantastic job. But my photos aspect ratio and their resolution, didn't give any better choice either. When he sent it for review, I looked and tried my best to find a better composition, but finally gave up and let it go.
It's not a big call to apply the calendar's photo frame aspect ratio as a requirement for the contender photos. All free editing tools on your phone or camera or computer have all the common cropping aspects.
3- Well Composed, Model Photo, ...
Someone asked what's the opportunity of wining for a 4x2 not-modified truck being used for daily commute? And I tried to give my two cents on how everybody can be contender and even a winner, regardless of the mods or even the place he/she goes.
But I believe none of us would love to watch a random photo of even our truck for two full calendar months, which is captured in the drive way, passenger door half open, with some guy in shorts walking his dog in the background, and trash bins at the curb, ... . All being said, I never told we should ban those photos from contest, or set a rule for composition; I told those type of photos has very limited chance of wining.
So, the whole idea of mine was; yes your 4x2 daily driver car can win if you just use your creativity and capture a beautiful photo of your truck.
4- Themed photos
My initial idea was
a) Give more encouragement to the members to plan for specific activities like mud, rock, water, sand, dirt, ... and inspire the others by sharing their photos. This also adds the enthusiasm for contributing in the TOTM contest
b) Give more opportunity to not-mod or slightly -mod car owners by the themes I could suggest at the moment (and certainly look for the brain storming ideas from the others). It could be even a single month of "Stock Xterra" contest
When others suggested season-themed photos, I really liked it, considering these photos go to a calendar. Yes, we can consider one season-themed month per season, and the rest with other themes or even some months theme-free.
5- Small Community
No argument, it's obvious. These two suggestions were considering that fact, indeed:
a) Print 3 best photos of each month (winner the big, 2nd and 3rd small size) instead of some nu-judged random photos of the winner
b) No limit on how many times a truck can win
IMO, these suggestions keeps enthusiast members active all year round. While limiting to one time win sets the winner off for the rest of the year. In addition, it adds the encouragement since it's not "The winner takes it all". More people get the chance to be seen. On the other hand, the voters don't get a surprise photo on the calendar, what they get is a collection of best photos by their choice.
Some may argue that it will make the calendar a personal album. I'd say, no. When we vote, voters will unconsciously prevent it, and if someones photos and truck is so good that can win multiple times, what's wrong about it? Isn't it true that we all want to enjoy watching those photos on the home screen and on our next year calendar?
At the end, I shall admit that watching other's photos is a big inspiration for me; not only for my mods, but also for my adventures and trip planning.
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Last edited by Nasarno; 07-12-2019 at 02:19 PM.
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