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    Is this a portrait?

    I'm thinking of entering this in a club "Portrait" comp. Do you think it's a legitimate portrait entry?

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    They look like maniquies.
    If I were (that I am not) a judge then I would not accept it as a portrait photo.
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    A bit of a -ky stretch of the field, Bob. That's just MO, though.

    Aside: can they change a light bulb? How many mannequins does it take...
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    No, I would as a Judge at a APS/SAPF comp DQ it
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    Hmmmm ... interesting. How about if the portrait were of an animal?

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    I'd say so, as a portrait is... well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait

    But it depends on how strict they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    But it depends on how strict they are
    Ahhh .... that's a key issue with Judges. We had a judge for a set subject on Ships. He ignored all images which were part of a ship or a single ship. Personally I'd have thrown him overboard.

    Then we had a debate about a topic called "Postcode 3000". The argument was over a boat traveling down the Yarra River - the postal area border is the middle of the river!!! Aaaaargh!!!

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    Zounds! like a rod of your own making, Bob Such hair-splitters!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Arguello View Post
    They look like maniquies.
    Well at least you're not going to be fooled into asking one out on a date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    Well at least you're not going to be fooled into asking one out on a date!
    and I was about to ask you to get four phone numbers for me Bob. The ones at each end of the 2nd row, the ......
    Maybe you could still chase up the number for the one at the far back left. I'd like to ask how her left shoulder is going after the operation.

    Now animals are valid subjects for portraits. (whether the judge agrees is irrelevant)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    Hmmmm ... interesting. How about if the portrait were of an animal?
    Generally its a strict people definition.
    At the local camera club they allow animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    :Now animals are valid subjects for portraits. (whether the judge agrees is irrelevant)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    Generally its a strict people definition. At the local camera club they allow animals.
    Just as well it's the local camera club then ...... here's my "Portrait"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    That is very specific! Couldn't get a much narrower interpretation than that. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    ...... here's my "Portrait"
    Sit Bob. Sit boy. Stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbler View Post
    Sit Bob. Sit boy. Stay.


    I could've phrased that better ........

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    I was going to say, don't pay that photographer. He's shot too close and only got your guide dog in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warbler View Post
    I was going to say, don't pay that photographer. He's shot too close and only got your guide dog in the picture.
    I should have labelled this thread "Caption This" !!


    (Actually .... this dawg was a guide dog ..... a failed one who got chucked out before she graduated!)
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    That is an interesting question when you first look at the photo. Now I have spent 30 secs to take it in I would say no. The subject isn't living which in my mind is the basis of a portrait. To capture someone living at the time in space and for the purpose of preserving the memory of that person along with a frame that can tell a story, and emotion, character, profession etc.

    To me with the frame containing the subjects as it has - I would lean a little more to abstract I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikew09 View Post
    That is an interesting question when you first look at the photo. Now I have spent 30 secs to take it in I would say no. The subject isn't living which in my mind is the basis of a portrait. To capture someone living at the time in space and for the purpose of preserving the memory of that person along with a frame that can tell a story, and emotion, character, profession etc.

    To me with the frame containing the subjects as it has - I would lean a little more to abstract I think.

    Now here's another category I could use ..... "Still Life". They don't come much stiller than these girls!

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    Still Life was your last such topic

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