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Old 02-18-2006, 03:59 PM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

Yes, it bothers me too, much more now than it used to. Sometimes the explanation of what is occurring in the photograph is just as important as the picture itself. For instance, there are many traditions in the world that involve "self-harming" and it would be very interesting to learn why these things happen and the motivation behind the action. One recently provided a very striking image, but absolutely no note, so the viewer is left wondering and learns nothing.

If the shot is well composed, even technically brilliant, I now feel more inclined to award one point for the picture, and drop the second point due to the lack of a note and say so in my critique. Hopefully, the next time the photographer posts, he/she may be more inclined to leave one.

Just my two pennies worth.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:32 PM
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:38 PM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

If someone posts a photo without a note, then to me it looks as if the person has no interest at all in sharing a little information about what the photo shows or means. Nowadays, unless a picture without a note is outstanding, then I won't pass any critique or comment on it.
I wonder if a way around this is to link it with the rating ability. At the moment, unless your note is more than a certain number of characters it can't be rated as useful ( and doesn't count towards silver/gold note writer status). If it was linked so that if you didn't write a note then you couldn't receive points on that picture, I wonder how many photos would then be posted note-less.
Just my opinion.
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:52 AM
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Default Arrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . .

Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone . . .

Just needed to add the Arrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Just saw a really nice image. It caught my interest . . . wanted to know more about it, where exactly it was . . . Took a look and *blank* . . . nothing . . . absolutely nothing . . .

Then I saw another image and the photographer just copied and pasted the title of the image into the notes . . . what's the point of that? . . . lol

Thanks . . . just venting . . .


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Old 02-21-2006, 05:23 AM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

May I adopt your note about not critiquing photos with no notes?

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Old 02-22-2006, 04:19 AM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

if i really like a photo, that has no note, i'll still write a critique ... but i make sure to tell them that they should write notes.

i understand if newer members don't write notes, but it's annoying when more experienced members do it. it only takes a few minutes to write a decent note to go with your photo ... since you can only upload one shot per day, it's not exactly an onerous task.

i'm think about what pixelterror wrote ... i don't think i'd go that far though ...

in future, i'm going to write a critique for photos i like. but if there's no note, then they get no points. i'll still critique, but not give any merit points. i'll explain that in my critique too!

perhaps that's a good way to get people to write ...


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Old 02-22-2006, 11:19 AM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

thought i'd just add my 2 paisas..

i hardly read notes.. i can very easily get bored reading notes.. i get even more bored writing them.. which is why nowadays my notes are very short and abrupt..

however i appreciate those who write notes and don't mean to disregard their efforts when i say i'm not that interested in notes.. but frankly.. i'm always in a hurry and i'm always more interested in the photographs... i usually start reading a note in a hurry.. and if it interests me i'll continue to read it, otherwise i'll go back to looking at/enjoying the photograph..
but i really appreciate notes like the one that mingfan wrote in her last photograph about love.. it was as rivetting as her photograph..

now the reason why i'm very hesitantly joining a forum that creeps up every month or so.... is because somebody wrote, "it looks as if the person has no interest at all in sharing a little information about what the photo shows or means."..

now personally.. my photography is branching out into 2 styles and genres...
when i'm doing my documentary work, then i'd like to add captions (not too long though) because i'm capturing something specific and i have to make sure that i don't let the viewer misunderstand what i've documented..

however.. there is also my personal stuff.. like my work on banaras.. where i'd like to add nothing at all.. because i'm trying develop a style where i'm pretty much photographing nothing in particular.... so to speak simply "life around us" ... i'd rather endevour to stimulate the imagination of people than spoonfeed them and give them a limited view...

so for those who think that people who don't write notes are not interested in sharing info etc.. it's not like that with everyone.... there are a few of us who just would like to tickle your imagination... there are others like say.. furachan.. who write long but good notes.. not about the photographs per se but perhaps just jot down their their thoughts that kind of compliment though not supplement their photographs.. that's a pretty interesting approach as well.. although not too many people do it..

for me.. when i'm taking my photographs i assume that i'm not going to add any notes and i'd like to let the photograph speak for themselves...not that i've managed that, but just wanting and trying to do that has perhaps been the biggest factor in my improvement.. i can always add photographs... but i think there are a lot of photographers here who take their photographs aware of the fact that they'd be probably attaching probably an essay along with the note.. i seldom find their photographss evocative.. no offence.. just my thoughts..
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: Just a note about no-notes :)

I like David's idea of no notes = critiques but no points (including a comment to that effect in the critique).
It would be good if people were unable to post without meaningful notes, but I don't see any way that could be policed. David's suggestion is a great compromise.
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