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Sep 20, 2012

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Epic Photo Battle

Today we bring you the first epic photo battle on Phlearn. We are pitting one photo against another and seeing who comes out on top.

This is not just some “pick the best photo” battle, today we are asking why. The whole idea behind these battles is to get everyone thinking about what makes an image good and what makes it bad. By identifying both, you can apply these concepts to your own work, and be more successful because of it.

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Vote below to tell us which image wins, the poll results will update with your vote. More importantly than just voting, be sure to say WHY in a comment below. That way we can all read each other’s comments and find insights we may have not seen on our own.

So who wins, Gorilla or Zebra?

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    Shantel Crawford Rich

    Simple answer (and non-productive LOL!) – I just moved to Texas from Raleigh and dammit – we don’t have any Bojo’s over here!  Soooo…I’m diggin’ that box of Bojangles 🙂  Now if we just had smellovision, :sigh:…..

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    Darrell

    I chose the gorilla not only because its dope, but it made sense. The story it conveys is hilarious and the interaction is priceless. The zebra one is dope but no matter how good Bojangles is he wouldn’t eat it. Gorillas can be omivores if UN correct. Anywho, gorilla ftw

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    Email

    Gorilla.

    There is a symmetry in the Gorilla portrait where there isn’t in the Zebra shot, given the same environmental composition (shooting flat against a wall).

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    James Warwood

    If it was not for the subway bag then I would have voted for the Gorilla image. The interaction is absolutely better in the Gorilla image but the bag just serves as a distraction for me. If the bag was removed and the image was cropped in a little tighter then it would be a sure fire winner.

    Therefore my vote went with the Zebra. The image just flows a little nicer for me. Aaron > Zebra > Zebra reflection > back to Aaron. The yellow in the cup and box add a pop to the image where the Gorilla image is a little flat.

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    Aaron Brown

    Awesome feature, Aaron! I think the gorilla photo is stronger overall because of interaction as you mentioned, but also the composite – the way the gorilla “affects” the couch – makes me believe it more. I’m not a fan of the haphazard subway bag on the floor and think there could be a better way to show what brand you were eating. Both shots have a very stripped down environment, so they both could benefit from a little more furniture or decoration. Cheers!

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    Emma

    I totally love the Zebra. I really like the contrasts and the light in the Zebra image. I just don’t like Gorilla’s. That is all. Otherwise, both really cool photo’s. 

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    Patrick Mayon

    I also prefer the gorilla because of the mutual interaction you mentionned. For the zebra, I would be curious to see the photo with a mirror image of the zebra : more problems with legs but probably a better interactions between the two “friends”.

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    Annabelle

    I like the Gorilla picture better because you are looking at each other. It feels that the picture tells more of a story. The zebra image feels more like a pretty image. 

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    David J. Crewe

    Gorilla hands down.  The fill of the photo feels more natural.  The zebra photos feels like something’s missing and isn’t clear where to look.
     

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    Bryan Dockett

    i’m voting for the Zebra it’s not as funny as the gorilla but it’s something about the gorilla it just don’t fit for me maybe it the color idk

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    Daniel Eduardo Flores Espinosa

    Well, to begin with, the creativity on creating the gorilla one is incredible, I mean, the way you solved the problem about the gorilla sitting on the couch was very smart. What in composition, the sub it is holding look very unrealistic though, it feels like the gorilla is not putting pressure on holding the sub.

    The zebra one is good because the pattern on your shirt and the zebra is very obvious, but the lack of a couch or other objects makes it feel like it lacks of context. I mean… why would you be eating on the floor? why wouldn’t you interact with the zebra?

    and thanks for the last post about creating ideas… it’ll help me a lot!!!

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    Czar

    The details on the gorilla’s picture is more story telling than the zebra’s. You, Aaron, are acting more like a gorilla than the gorilla itself, having your mouth full and all. The gorilla on the other hand , is acting more like a human making fun of having the bigger sandwich. The hues on the subjects is very neutral and are not a distraction. The posing you chose is similar to the gorilla, this makes it none consequential and non-distracting. The plastic bag adds a little distraction to the overall composition.

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    Christopher Nelson51

    Gorilla. Why? 1. Communicative emotion with eye contact.

    2. Besides Chimpanzees, Gorillas are one the few animals in the animal kingdom that share similar genes to humans, and therefor eye contact with these animals as seen by a third party reinforces the idea that you ad watching non verbal communication between two PEOPLE. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120306-gorilla-genome-apes-humans-evolution-science/

    3. Because Subway is healthier (assuming you stayed away from Steak and cheese).

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    Anders Teibel

    Gorilla

    “monkey” vs horsie? Not much of a choice really. Also, I think that we like the look of familiar things. We are essentially  monkeys right?

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    Anders Teibel

    Gorilla

    “monkey” vs horsie? Not much of a choice really. Also, I think that we like the look of familiar things. We are essentially  monkeys right?

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    Cranky

    Not so keen on the Kebra in the pic as the mane looks out of focus slightly and found it drawing my eye to it.  I think the gorilla pic would have been better if the bag was on the couch so as not to draw away the attention of the great interaction created 

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    Stéphane

    I prefer the zebra. While I like the eye contact in the gorilla image, I find that the gorilla looks a little flat and fake, especially when compared to the coach, which has nice perspective and volume. 

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    Images Nm

    The two monkeys on the sofa for me… I wonder if the monkey picture was on the right and the zebra picture on the left, whether the votes ratio would be different as maybe our eyes are drawn to the left?   

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    Crazy-ivory

    I prefer the Zebra, because its visually more interesting, the stripes really draw me in. The gorilla interaction thing you mentioned is true, but visually (colors and composition) its a bit boring,.

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    Tom Simone

     I like the gorilla photo better.

    Don’t think it has anything to do with the compositing/technicalities of the photos, more that gorillas are more human like and therefore more engaging generally.

    Plus the interaction is great.

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    rhody360

    Better composition and interaction, buddies together. . . could do without the wrapper/bag on the floor

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    Bojan

    For me it’s gorilla as winner and it is because of interaction between two subjects. However, if zebra would be composed like it was stealing food that is close to Aaron while he is looking the other way it would be stronger than gorilla photo (in the way friends do such pranks to each other). Also subway bag on the gorilla photo is not good for me. If it has to be there as a part of series, I would put it on the couch beside one of the subjects. Any way, great photos, even with technical imperfections (which are not that noticeable at the first glance).

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    Henry Oude Egberink

    Gorila wins, but only within the bench contours, everything above the bench is to bright, same goes for aaron.
    The zebra looks ok, but also looks like to stand on it’s own, ie, not directly into the image, plus he looks a bit to bright.

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    Al Mcnaughton

    Gorilla wins because of interaction but would be stronger if cropped in tighter IMHO as presently subjects only 50% of canvas

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    Ender

    Although the Gorilla’s awesome, I like the perspective and the greater variation of colours in the zebra image that adds more interest and focal points (My eyes are drawn more to the bright yellow boxes and drinks than the subway sandwiches).

    Also, as an idea maybe for the Photo battles, the battles should be between two images from the same photographer? That way, there’s no hard feelings?

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    Carl Constantine

    Gorilla for 2 reasons.
    1) as you mention, the interaction between the two subjects (you and gorilla).
    2) Zebra has no tail 🙂

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    Sam

    I like the overall composition of the gorilla photo. The size of the zebra seems to be too small in my opinion. But I’m not a zebroligist so maybe that’s their normal size.

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      Sam

      Another thing to consider is that both animals don’t eat meat. It’s easier to believe that the gorilla is holding a vegetarian sandwich than to believe that the zebra is interested in fried chicken.

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    Enrique Osorno

    Both are well done but the one with the gorilla is funny, makes you feel good when you watch it. The other one its a little boring in terms of story telling.

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    Tsaqib Al-Hasawi

    Gorilla, since it is a best friend episode, absolutely it shows the feelings what best do with that eye contact, and of course DAT cushion very realistic on the gorilla’s side.

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    Macxs Oppici

    I vote gorilla, for many of the reasons i read below, but also for another reason. Is consistently static almost everywhere. You both are in the middle of the frame, your eyes go there, your posture is static, light and dark have same weight, there is symmetry and also the bag on the floor is in the middle.

    Good work Aaron, you win! 😀

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    Izayaa™

    Gorilla. As someone said already, at first glance the zebra picture feels like something’s missing, but the gorilla one feels much more complete with the eye contact. The zebra one isn’t too bad though, because I noticed how Aaron’s shirt is striped like the zebra, but I didn’t catch on to that immediately. Still both good pictures!

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    james

    you could him sitting with the gorilla and looking at each other, but not with the zebra.

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    Brandon

    Zebra because of 1 unavoidable distraction for me with the gorilla.. The contrast difference between your jacket and his fur make me not “believe” he’s on the couch with you. Now that I think about it, the contrast of the whole image vs the gorilla feels substantially different. So hard to explain my reasoning, though, due to I struggle with “adding in” subjects/objects to images myself like an onion ring struggles to not be eaten (I love Cookout).  

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    Paul Monaghan

    I voted for the Gorilla image even though as 
    Brandon 
    said that the contrast between you and the Gorilla is off (he seems flatter, more gray).

    The reason the Gorilla image makes it for me is the eye contact, as for the subway bag I think that’s ok but it could have been better off to one of the sides instead of central.

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    Gokate1

    I like the content and composition of the Gorilla picture the most, but I voted for the Zebra picture because the contrast is more appealing. The Gorilla picture just feels a little flat, whereas the Zebra picture draws my attention immediately due to the brightness. 

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    Jandrie Lombard

    I voted for the Gorilla because I find that you filling your cheeks with air looks like you are almost teasing the gorilla, which makes for great interaction. It is almost like you guys are best mates and it is like a running joke between you guys that he has puffy cheeks, and you are teasing him about it.

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    Sue Fitzgerald

    gorilla. story content better.  Also, the image of Zebra, the head looks off and that would automatically
    distract from the focus of the story.
    Gorilly looking at you, after a persons eye confirms a sub in his hands, Then you notice the
    Subway wrapper on the floor. Nice touch. Would be a great Marketing touch.

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    Imagesbyjk

    I liked the zebra shot better. Just my initial impression when I saw them was that the gorilla was an obvious composite while the zebra looked more convincing. I think it has to do with either the color balance or image quality of the gorilla. It just doesn’t seem to fit. I like it’s overall concept with the interaction and the sandwiches. But it doesn’t seem to sell the composite. I like the clothing coordination of the zebra shot and your sort of ho-hum reaction to it is engaging.

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    Daniel Moroyoqui

    ZEBRA.

    Why?

    1. the competition is not about the eye interaction because both pictures are so different in many ways.
    2. There is more work in the composition of the Zebra picture, there is more going on there than just an eye interaction for a sandwich. I mean, I love both of the pictures, do not get me wrong.
    3. Support artefacts such as the lunch boxes and sodas are better placed in the Zebra picture, they look more natural.
    4. Zebras are funny! they are some kind of eclectic to me so I really find this picture interesting and again, composition.
    5. I do oil painting and the Color universe in the picture I’m choosing is huge!

    Thanks!

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    Daniel Moroyoqui

    ZEBRA.

    Why?

    1. the competition is not about the eye interaction because both pictures are so different in many ways.
    2. There is more work in the composition of the Zebra picture, there is more going on there than just an eye interaction for a sandwich. I mean, I love both of the pictures, do not get me wrong.
    3. Support artefacts such as the lunch boxes and sodas are better placed in the Zebra picture, they look more natural.
    4. Zebras are funny! they are some kind of eclectic to me so I really find this picture interesting and again, composition.
    5. I do oil painting and the Color universe in the picture I’m choosing is huge!

    Thanks!

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    Luis Pacheco

    I voted gorilla. Although I think that the issue with the disconnect between the gorilla and the rest of the composition may have to do with the fact that the gorilla is super desaturated especially compared to the color saturation of the sandwich. Maybe bumping some color into the gorilla may have helped.

    The zebra seemed less believable as it wouldn’t eat that kind of food. It had a missing tail, and I believe it’s face would cast a shadow into the box.