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Some for The-Photo-Critics, but some others as well. You can find 'comment crits' here
The stars are really a bit(?) biased - I tend to have critted images I like!
Feel free to request a crit - as I have time, I'll get there.


An interesting observation. At the beginning of the year, I was at a school camp in a nice dark spot, and got some nice images of the southern sky:

Southern Milky Way by AfricanObserver      and     The Centre of the Galaxy by AfricanObserver

Now the one on the left is what the reality looked like. The faintest stars you can see are around 5 or 6 magnitude, and the "coal sack", the dark spot to the right of the Southern Cross is just visible.
The one on the left is a full 30' exposure, hit with a fairly strong unsharp mask, and then had its contrast tweaked to really make it pop a bit.

In 6 days, the tweaked - unreal - image already has 50% of the hits that the 'real' image has achieved in 6 months, including being on my home page! I suspect it will carry on acquiring looks at a faster rate, although it will decline a little.

But it just reinforces what we all know- we want to see good looking images, not real-looking images - be they of people, places, products or the sky. The challenge is that documentary, photojournalistic type work is about recording reality, as it happened. Important, useful images are lost, and others are 'adjusted', to make a sale or garner hits.

I think future historians are going to look back in some confusion and amazement at the record we have created.


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Grant Hillebrand
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niklin1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav!  :-)
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cnrd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the fav and comments!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
:w00t: Thanks for the Fave on Poppy after the rain 01 :)
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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jxsnyder Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave!  :D
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
1pen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
How was I not watching you?  I wondered today why I hadn't seen any of your work recently so I thought I'd stop by and lo and behold I'm not watching you?!!!  Remedied now.  :heart:
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