Steven Chong used mirrors on the substrate to create the puddle effects
Of course...Air pumps and air stones and fine sand for the waterfall effects above it...
I was referring to Steven Chong’s use of mirrors to create pools of water reflecting the swamps in his background. Sorry for not being specific, as the mirrors where mentioned in a post above.Not any more, unfortunately.
Can you define this with examples? I'm not too sure what you mean.
I find this kind of cheating more heinous, because rather than an enhancement, it is a fabrication.I bet my life on it this technique is used over again in contest images... Simply because the camera's never can see what the human eyes will see when it comes to detail and light intensity... There can/will always be shadows showing more obvious in the picture than in real life. Now, this kind of editing isn't really altering the layout in its true form, but only highlighting sections that wouldn't be obvious and hidden from view without editing.
I personally believe the scoring structure is lenient, because it’s the most impactful entries that win and not the layouts that tick the most boxes. Personally I don’t believe there should be a scoring structure as this is an art and not a baking contest with everyone baking the same type of cake. However, the way the score allocation is presented isn’t really consistent with the results.
Not to mention fake weights, lighting, edits, exaggerated timespans, measurements, lifts and of course anabolics.This is very sad, not just on the points raised previously; but for the expectations of new aquascapers entering the hobby.
Reminds me of people trying to look like their Instagram fitness heroes, who also abuse photoshop to comedic levels
I would disagree on your point that only nature aquariums should be represented in the highest results, because of the natural habitat points allocation. The way you look down (at least in the sense of natural recreation) on diorama layouts, Heiko Bleher and other biotope aquarists look down on your nature aquariums.
. . . the way the score allocation is presented isn’t really consistent with the results.
We had similar in the UK, except it didn't have to be Dutch style of course.Back in the days, before the internet and international competition we had (maybe still have I dunno actually) national unions competition for Dutch scapes (Anything, not Dutch wasn't even considered an aquarium). Then you got personal visite at home from the judges, tearing your aquarium apart and throwing you under the bus if so...
I think you’re misinterpreting meI suspect you misread my post, so you may want to reread it. I cast no opinion on diorama scapes at all, I certainly don’t ‘look down’ on them.
Literally the only point I was making was:
I find this kind of cheating more heinous, because rather than an enhancement, it is a fabrication.
Kinda reminds me of this scape below. It was submitted to the 2018 AGA Aquascaping Contest in the biotope section and is titled "Penglai Fairyland". Needless to say it was immediately disqualified.That example is such a shoddy photoshop job. If you are serious, you'd take much more time with it and make it undetectable!
TBH I think this entry was trolling the whole competition by being deliberately shoddy.
Looks legit to me mate he's frosted the front of his tank?Kinda reminds me of this scape below. It was submitted to the 2018 AGA Aquascaping Contest in the biotope section and is titled "Penglai Fairyland". Needless to say it was immediately disqualified.
Maybe an ironic comment on the way competitions are headed?
This has become a norm in the modern culture now. It's completely normal to use beautify filters and bend hips/waists and bump up biceps/abs.Reminds me of people trying to look like their Instagram fitness heroes, who also abuse photoshop to comedic levels
I mean, it is against the rules.This has become a norm in the modern culture now. It's completely normal to use beautify filters and bend hips/waists and bump up biceps/abs.
Music is now being adjusted note by note on the computers including microtonal adjustments.
It's natural that it will spill over to the other forms of visual arts.
What is laughable is that some people believe these to be true and don't realise that it is just a representation of the original.
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