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Rriley Nov 14, 2006 9:14 AM is a project to try to find the prettiest image in the world


tcook Nov 14, 2006 10:05 AM

They are all fantastic photographs and I would love to take just one like any of those but, to me, there will never be one that is the best. I think the best one is always going to be the one I am looking for.

bayourebel Nov 14, 2006 12:22 PM

While, I do agree that all are fantastic photos, that anyone would love to lay claim to (myself included), I have to wonder how many of them are exactly what the person and camera saw, or what post processing is capable of. While no photo expert, I am aware of what is possible in the world of technology.

Not being critical, because I do try to post process also, although not very successful.

squirl033 Nov 14, 2006 12:48 PM

looks like some of those are pretty heavily photoshopped, and some, i suspect, are outright fakes... digital art, not photos. still, since they say the image doesn't need to be a photo, it's permissible. is that inspiration? ehhh... nah. anyone who's proficient with Photoshop can create some pretty amazing images, but that doesn't inspire me. check out some of the images on this site, if you want to really be inspired (and humbled! i know i have a LO-O-O-O-NG way to go to match these guys!

rhermans Nov 14, 2006 2:02 PM

Great images, some might have even started as a photo - but even then originals must have also been inspiring. - Ronny

RuidosoDigital Nov 14, 2006 2:25 PM


A several hardcore pornographic images in there, as well as some tasteful nudes.

I'm only impressed with about half the images in general. A lot are mere snapshots of scenes that would be nice if they were done more seriously/professionally.

Definitely a few outright fakes and several highly PS enhanced. Saw a few from NASA, and the Hubble telescope.

Some are superb though.

D.Ann Nov 14, 2006 2:43 PM

How do you know what is real and what is "faked"...when is photoshop okay and when too much...I can't tell. Donna

RuidosoDigital Nov 14, 2006 3:11 PM

D.Ann wrote:

How do you know what is real and what is "faked"...when is photoshop okay and when too much...I can't tell. Donna
I can't really explain it in words... Experience is the best way to understand; If you play around in your image processing program (Photoshop... {I mostly use PaintShopPro}... PS Elements, GIMP etc.) you will begin to see on your own.

Most of my stuff gets a pretty good workkout using PS techniques, mostly with saturation controls; I like to to make the photo look like what my mind's -eye saw rather than what the sensor recorded.

If a photo seems overly enhanced to ME, a real purist would be horrified.

(Don't judge my work with the junk I have posted here, I'm just learning to use the FZ50, I'm stuck within an few minutes of my house, so subjects have been limited. Have done much better work with my Nikons and Minolta; You can see some of my better stuff on my website,
CafePress .com/southwestphoto or at

"Too much" is in the eye of the beholder. My experience is that people who know little or nothing about photography like the level of PS enhancement I use.... The more people know about photography the less they seem to like my final output... So it depends on who your 'target audience' is that defines "Too Much"

Tazzie Nov 15, 2006 11:33 AM

Both sites are well worth visiting.

I won't get into the what is a photograph, art, fake as I'm not sure where to draw the lines either.

I love to look at inspiring photos and would like to share one I saw with you good folk.

Its at

That should take you to their Gallery of excellence. There, you need to scroll down to
to "Most challenged photos" and click on that heading.

You'll see various pictures. The one that grabs me big time is a self portrait of a young lady made up a bit. You can only really see her face. She is actually leaning against a tree as she HAND HOLDS her little Sony to take a self-portrait.

Other photographers challenge these photos of excellence with their own attempts.Most flat suck or worse.

HarjTT Nov 15, 2006 6:07 PM

Hi Riley

Mate those are simply awesome - jaw dropping stuff ! Need to book a holidya to somewhere exotic !



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