Announcing the 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest!: Significant digital alteration???

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Announcing the 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest!

By dave
October 25, 2014

Today we begin the first of our annual photography contests, and there are excellent prizes for the winners. The contest is open for entries now. Break out your best photos for this year's contest! Sponsored by American Meadows and High Country Gardens.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 24, 2014 6:08 PM CST
@dave

What do you mean when you say "Photos submitted must be your own creation without significant digital alteration.?"

What is "without significant digital alteration?" Confused

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dave
Oct 24, 2014 6:21 PM CST

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You can read up on what that is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_manipulation
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Marilyn
Oct 24, 2014 6:27 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 24, 2014 6:29 PM CST

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I tip my hat to you.
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evermorelawnless
Oct 24, 2014 8:56 PM CST
dave said:You can read up on what that is here:

]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_manipulation


For the record, and on a much broader note, it IS A CRIME to photoshop out clavicle freckles.

I applaud this rule - for the contest specifically...and in a general, overall, encompassing way, too.

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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 25, 2014 3:29 PM CST
Yeah, we sure wouldn't want anyone photoshopping out the freckles on an orchid or a tiger lily and getting arrested! Rolling on the floor laughing

Asa, before I clicked on the Wikipedia link, I really was wondering about the clavicle freckles thing . . .

How will we tell if there has been significant digital alteration, though? Is blurring out the background clutter seen as 'significant' ? Sharpening the edges? Adding smart blur? Enhancing colors, brightness, contrast? These are all things even I know how to do and I'm no photo geek.

@dave ? Is there a way to tell other than when it's really obvious?
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dave
Oct 25, 2014 4:02 PM CST

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If it's not really obvious then it's probably not been significantly altered. Ideally on the honor system here nobody is going to cheat.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 25, 2014 4:33 PM CST

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Notice the word "significantly". Some cameras may make an image a bit too dark so an edit of brightness or a bit of the contrast may be needed. It's nothing that would be "significantly" noticeable but it does improve the shot just as a good cropping does.
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chelle
Oct 25, 2014 4:57 PM CST
Calif_Sue said:Notice the word "significantly". Some camera may make an image a bit too dark so an edit of brightness or a bit of the contrast may be needed. It's nothing that would be noticeable "significantly" but it does improve the shot just as a good cropping does.


Thanks Sue. I wasn't sure if even cropping was allowed, but in my cluttered gardens it's nearly always a necessity! Whistling

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