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  1. Ruby’s is now a great place to hang out in. It’s so great he did  the necessary renovations to make it a great place. Now it is a victim of success, my objection is it’s too crowded for me to go into on weekends! Was in there during the Olympics watching the indoor volleyball on one of their new TV’s.

  2. Tattoos can look trashy if you have too many of them. Also, they never look good/professional if they’re on the face, neck, arms (below the elbow).

  3. Huh? I don’t know where you got that from my comment. All I’m saying is that in certain cases tattoos look trashy/unprofessional. I’m sure if you showed up to the doctor’s office and he’s supporting a new tattoo on his face you’d question whether or not to continue seeing him in the future.

  4. The sky is really blown out, you can  barely see the art work/ tattos on the mans back and there is too much blurry cluttering on the bottom.

  5. And I suppose, Mr. or Ms. Anonymous Trollface, you’ve managed to have your spectacular photography be featured on the cover of National Geographic this month, is that accurate?

  6. Lol Trollface? How old are you? No I have not, as a photography student I personally think having my work critiqued is helpful because it makes the photographer aware of what they are or are not doing while photographing a subject. However I guess some people can not handle constructive critisim, and there for maybe should not be posting their work on the internet.

  7. You said “some”. LOL.
    I was not going to make a comment but you are right. The shot was probably taken in haste as not to be seen by the subject.
    If his trunks were red, white and blue it would be a good Memorial Day pic.

  8. But if he reads Sheepsheadbites, he will see it. I don’t get the blurriness either unless it was intentional and supposed to make the picture artistic. I guess art is in the eyes of the beholder.

  9. I was doing what is known as “framing” a subject
    and I am so sorry my photo did not meet with your high standards of approval.
    One thing I have never, ever done when I have posted others’ photos is insult
    their work. They submitted their photos because they feel there is some merit
    to their work and they are proud enough of it to want to share it with others.
    I am cool with that and I can only hope I’ve been kind in supporting them in
    their artistic endeavors. Is this the best photo I’ve ever shot? No. My best
    work isn’t usually created while I am sitting at a bar. But I am paid money to
    shoot professionally, and clients seem to be cool with the work I produce, as
    evidenced by their using me a second, third, or ninth or tenth time, so that is
    all the validation I need. Now you may very well be a more skilled photographer
    than I am, but I can look at myself in the mirror and like what I see because
    what I may lack in technical skill, according to an anonymous nobody such as
    yourself, I make up for with tact, which you are profoundly deficient in.

  10. Fail. Now I have no tact. Guest was giving constructive critique. As he stated some people can’t take it. So get of your holier than tho soap box. 
    You are not that good a photographer that you don’t need help paying your bills. 
    Just getting by does not make you a well liked or high in demand pro. 
    You are an average photographer with a good camera. 
    Me I suck at photography and get lucky at times. Even without schooling on the subject there are many more talented people as you noted.
    Yes your comments have been insulting. You insult the person Erica….too often.
    So don’t reply cause you are holding yourself back to be the better person, Ned will delete this eventually and you will be the reason I am eventually banned from this site. To the cheers of some of your friends I am sure. Oh well.

  11. I didn’t know that the purpose of sending the photographs  to Bites was to display photographic professionalism. I know nothing about photography, but I thought if I saw something newsworthy, I should send it in.

       With everyone criticizing the photography, I guess i’m not qualified to send anything in. I have no interest in photograpy, so I guess that leaves me out. (See, I can’t even spell it right!)

  12. take it easy nolastname. If I haven’t been banned yet, you have a long way to go 🙂  . I’m presently working my way up from “very obnoxious”.

    For the record, I think his criticisms could have been phrased in a more diplomatic fashion. There’s ways to say things. Guest will never be a teacher with criticism phrased the way he/she did, that’s for sure. I don’t know anyone who would take criticism phrased like that in a good way.

  13. Okay, everyone needs to chill out and take a deep breath. The purpose of the Morning Mug is to have something pretty to look at when you wake up in the morning, and set a nice tone for the rest of the day. It’s not about highlighting Guggenheim-worthy photos. Sometimes it’s about showcasing local talent, other times it’s about capturing a little local flavor through the subject, and other times it’s to give all our readers a quick, easy and enjoyable way to contribute to the site.

    Everyone is welcome to critique the photos, but we do ask that you keep in mind that it’s not always about quality and, even when it is, quality is subjective. As Bruce noted, Guest’s assessment was stated a little, uh, heavy-handedly. I don’t think that was on purpose – as a person who writes very quick, simply stated emails that get to the point, I know first hand how direct statements in text form can be inadvertently interpreted as curt. And I think that’s how Erica saw it, and responded in kind. My hope is that both Erica and Guest acknowledge this technological shortcoming and allow for it the future (in Guest’s case, couching those terms a little more kindly; in Erica’s, giving the benefit of the doubt). 
    Finally, regardless of what anyone’s personal thoughts are, it is not okay on this site to greet these contributors by calling them names, saying they’re lousy photographers or anything of that nature. Nor is it okay to call people “Trollface” or any other names. I admit, I’m not keeping watch 24/7 of the comments – improper comments need to be flagged to get my attention, or they stay on the site, causing unequal application of the rules. Such is life. But in this case, the inappropriate comments will be deleted, and anymore of this nonsense will not be tolerated. 

    As I stated, the people who take the effort to contribute their photos to this site for nothing in return other than a warm feeling in their belly, well, they are to be welcomed and thanked, not berated.

  14. And, for what it’s worth, my own thoughts on the photo? I like it. I think overblowing the background and underlighting the foreground gives a lot more color and attention to the man and his tattoos. Had they been better focused, it would have made the guy totally lost in the photo.

  15. dunno about that…… i don’t judge by peoples ambitions to get tattoo’s…..

    I do however judge people ambitions when it comes to professionalism in knowing what sickness i would have or how to do small things like Check my pulse….

    Your comment reminded me a lot of X FACTOR the show, (probably because i was watching it as i read your comment)  These judges are sitting there saying how horrible peoples voices are for having these Raw talents that no one has even heard of. They shot them down saying how they don’t have talent because they are sooo fucking mainstream, if your voice doesn’t sound like Britney, or Mariah, or even Whitney you certainly don’t have talent…… Well what the fuck?  Just cause people are trying out new things doesn’t make them unprofessional.

    This is the year 2012, not 1999……  If you prefer living in the past….. well i got news for you, It’s over.  The Bell bottoms are played out. and words like “Fly” arn’t Cool to be used in reference to Cool.

  16. I really like this shot. It really draws you in. You feel as if there is a story here, to the man, to the tattoos, to the place that he is standing in front off. The fuzziness, i would say adds to all of that. It creates a certain mystique, obscurity and serves as fodder for the imagination. 

    What makes a good photographer? a degree? expensive equipment? the way the shot is framed? perspective? There are many answers to that question. My personal answer to that – its the story captured by the one with the lens. Its the way the colors and shapes talk to each other on a flat image. 

    some of my most treasured and loved images were done by younger cousin when he was 4 years old, playing around with my first camera phone. He took pictures of things that fascinated a 4 yr old kid and added a new appreciation for everyday items that i see everyday and usually ignore. 

  17. I want to get an alligator tattooed over my left nipple and have little windows sewn into my Banlon shirts.

  18. One of the things that make great art, or at least important art, is
    that people are willing to discuss it, critique it, and even question
    its value in society.  A painting of a soup can, a crucifix in a jar of
    urine, a portrait of a supposed religious figure covered with elephant dung, are all art because enough
    people claim that they’re not.  The Dada movement of the early twentieth century and the Neo-Dada movement of the sixties were both built on public outrage over assaults on artistic conventions, and, throughout history, one generation’s aesthetic atrocities have become
    succeeding generations’ masterpieces.  In art, as in life, the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.


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