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Non-Judgemental Evaluation - NJE Round 3

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This time I would like to gather all the participants before starting and have everyone proceed at the same pace. We will set a certain number of days, for instance 2 or 3, in which all participants will have enough time to think about the image and post a response. Once that time period has elapsed then step one will be closed.
Then we will have have a summary of that stage before moving on to the next stage.

Would you like to participate?
Non-judgemental evaluation is another way of looking at images to help us learn how to make our images stronger.

Typical evaluation covers the usual stuff about exposure, colour balance, composition, subject, impact, etc. It is all about "how". "I like this picture or I don't like this picture because"...

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All of that is irrelevant in non-judgemental evaluation. We're on a journey of discovery. We can't do much to change how an existing picture was shot. We are not interested in criticizing an image. However, it makes a useful example to explore how pictures are capable of evoking emotions or creating a story in our minds.

This is how you start.
Step one: First you reread the instructions carefully! After examining the image you say, "This picture makes me feel _____".
You don't say anything about the picture. You only describe how the picture makes you feel. You will probably have more than one feeling, maybe even conflicting feelings.
"I like it (or not)" isn't relevant. Don't try to analyze or critique the image. Just reach inside yourself and see what has been awakened by the image. Whatever the feelings are, whether you understand them or not. Just name the feelings, don't analyze. This is only the time to wear your hat of emotional discovery and pay attention to what you feel.
DO NOT try to combine steps one and two into one step. Adding your explanations or justifications too soon interferes with other people's own discoveries.

After this step is closed there will be a Summary of step one posts.

Step two: Put on your analyst hat. This is where things get interesting. Reading or interpreting the clues in the image to discover where the emotions come from. Once the feelings have been named or described in step one then in step two you set out to figure out exactly what it is in the image that gives you that feeling. What is it in the picture that makes you feel joy, curiosity, anger, revulsion, happy, sad, etc. Where does the feeling of curiosity come from? How much of your feelings come from what you interpret into the picture? Are you making up a story in your head to make sense of the image?Does it remind you of something? Does it push any of your emotional buttons? Why?

Once time has run out on step two it will be closed and we will move on to a summary and discussion of the discoveries made.

Then we pick a new image and start again.

After doing this with several images you start to see how to create those feelings in your own pictures.

Don't expect everyone to feel the same emotions from the same picture. Our emotions come from our past experiences, cultural conditioning, and how we evaluate what we see. We even attach meaning where maybe there isn't any. Realizing that other people may read emotions differently than you do is valuable knowledge when you set out to convey a particular emotion in a photograph.

Would you like to participate?
Please respond to this thread by saying "I'm in". Once we have 6 or 8 participants we'll establish a timetable, select an image and start step 1.
 

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I'm in!
I'm trying to remember people who participated in previous rounds.
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And let me say... Your picture makes me happy! I love Banana Slugs...they remind me of my nephews and WA! Don't think I've seen one that color...it's beautiful.
I didn't actually pick this picture to use for our evaluations but I'm glad you like it. I do, too.
The way a thread appears on the lists it shows better if there's a picture to catch the eye so that's the purpose of this photo. [emoji3]
I suspect that the green colour is from leaves in the sun being reflected off the shiny surface of the slug. They aren't really green at all. This is just a regular small garden slug, about 1.25" long.
 

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I didn't actually pick this picture to use for our evaluations but I'm glad you like it. I do, too.
The way a thread appears on the lists it shows better if there's a picture to catch the eye so that's the purpose of this photo. [emoji3]
I suspect that the green colour is from leaves in the sun being reflected off the shiny surface of the slug. They aren't really green at all. This is just a regular small garden slug, about 1.25" long.
Oh...that's a small one!

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Those we saw last summer in WA were 4-6 inches.
 

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Could use a few more participants before we choose a picture to work with.
 

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I loved the idea, but upon learning that this isn't a "members only" area I am going to refrain from joining in. I would be giving "socially acceptable responses" no matter how I really feel which basically makes this Facebook with better pictures. If you ever make it members only, let me know :)
 

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I loved the idea, but upon learning that this isn't a "members only" area I am going to refrain from joining in. I would be giving "socially acceptable responses" no matter how I really feel which basically makes this Facebook with better pictures. If you ever make it members only, let me know :)
I'm reading your words but having trouble understanding what you mean. I thought everything on MobiTog was for members only. Sure, visitors can look on, but you have to be a Mobi member to post a reply. The only thing holding back this round of non-judgemental evaluation is insufficient participants. So far it doesn't seem to be a subject that has attracted much interest.
I have worked in the past with this topic live with groups, such as camera club meetings or photo workshops, and found it quite rewarding. Doing it remotely like this makes it much more difficult. We really need all participants following along at the same time and not in a disjointed fashion.
 

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Oh...that's a small one!

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Those we saw last summer in WA were 4-6 inches.
And let me say... Your picture makes me happy! I love Banana Slugs...they remind me of my nephews and WA! Don't think I've seen one that color...it's beautiful.
:eek: I forgot about the Washington slugs!! :barf: I grew up with them, but have lived on the east coast for so long I've forgotten how....... "special"....... they are. o_O I need to try and find the good in them like you do.
 
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