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Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:57 pm Post subject: Re: My unlucky IAPLC scape
The first thing that came to my mind when i saw the header of this thread is that "Who is this guy to tell that his tank was not rated well due to his bad luck". But when i saw you tank pic i really understood what you meant.
I am sure next time if you keep a better picture of this tank at that time it might even get to the top 10.
I really like the details you have on the scape
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:19 pm Post subject: Re: My unlucky IAPLC scape
I personally believe Sreeram is one of the best talents we got in India , really proud to say that ;but when i happened to see his previous scapes only thing lacking is presenting his work[ i meant photography] , but am sure he must have realized this by now... sincerly beleive his future scapes will amaze us more
Joined: Aug 12, 2009 Posts: 715 Location: HSR layout, Bangalore, India
Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:17 pm Post subject: Re: My unlucky IAPLC scape
How many competitions have you participated in? I have participated in ASK fish competitions. But there I did not take my favorite fish. I took my best, Fat'est, Healthiest and Biggest fish, so that I have a chance to win! get my point?
Hey Nayak - my point of view - In India we still creating aquascapes to first satisfy ourselves and then submit it in competitions, most of us still have challenge to keep multiple aquacapes due to many reasons and decide which one to submit in IAPLC (though i had 2 but realized its sensible to spend time,effor and money on 1), resources and associated cost being one of the challenges. To give you an example there is an lfs recently opened by a hobbyist and have got some really nice small sized root woods however priced as "per piece" and not by weight which almost all the lfs retails it....and the price per piece is hillarious . i know its business but purely because not enough competition and depriving some of the hobbyist....sad.
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:20 pm Post subject: Re: My unlucky IAPLC scape
I know I'm way too late on this thread, but just wanted to record my view;
I agree with Mr. Nayak & Mr. Madan...
If you want to send entries to competitions, you must participate to win. If you want to just show off your work, show it on IAH. But I wonder how you show off with a bad picture . In case you only want to satisfy yourself, don't get a camera, get a comfy lounge chair. Put it in front of the tank. sit back & satisfy yourself by watching it no end.
What many others are saying sounds like; "I want to participate in the olympics 100m, just to satisfy myself". Firstly, you compete to win ( that is the literal meaning of 'compete'). Secondly, you are disgracing yourself AND your associates (friends, family, country... whatever). And at the end of it you want to be appreciated? That is just ridiculous.
Primarily, I think this thread was started to gain some sympathy.
Frankly, I think you're scape is a masterpiece (no doubts on that). But my point is that there is no point in whining when it was crystal clear, in the first place, that those PHOTOGRAPHS are not going to place you anywhere near your ambition of top 200.
and many people talking about 'only satisfaction'; He had an 'ambition'. Again, and this may sound philosophical, you compete to WIN, not gain 200th place. That has been our (Indians') mentality ... That is why we make heroes of bronze medallists. If you want to compete in an international competition, IAPLC no less!, you better be ready to beat the hell out of everyone in the world. Not just to be placed 'highest Indian'. If that is what you want to do compete in an 'All India' contest.
Photoshop or no Photoshop is totally another matter (I know, because I'm a professional photographer). By Photoshop, many people here are thinking, major corrections & retouching... NO. Any image has to be corrected for colours. The camera cannot do everything on its own. Even when technology was (so called) 'low' people were correcting colours and even retouching to a certain extent. Digitization has only 'digitized' that process. Now you use a computer to do what was done using light & chemicals. In this particular case, all he had to do was to correct colours and not retouch it or add flora or fauna on Photoshop (which can also be done, unfortunately).
But Sreeram, from the bottm of my heart; AMAZING AQUASCAPE. Next time give me a call, and I'll do the photography for you... FREE if you buy me that fantastic hyderabadi biriyani for all three meals of the days that I spend in Hyderabad!!! ( and some nice booze to boot
Joined: Jun 11, 2008 Posts: 3506 Location: Mumbai, Bharat (AKA...INDIA)
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: My unlucky IAPLC scape
What a big lecture just to for a few Biryanis
But we learn from our mistakes. Remove the word "UN" and let LUCKY" remain. Because the tank is not unlucky but the photograph was unlucky.
This is your lucky tank, it will win a prize provided the judges are having humility.
There are people from different walks of life in competitions. But their talents are remarkable and unique. Judges are those who have won best picture awards themselves, maybe they have used other's talents.
You have to be a good photographer to take a good photograph with an expensive camera.
Here you are an excellent and talented Aquarium scaper, thats your talent.
Its not how it looks its how you see
God is with you my friend, if at all in the next competition the same tank wins, we will all know that it was photographed by a talented photographer.
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