Removed for Similarity? Context.

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Hi Jason

I have re read your policy after a very highly rated photograph of mine was deleted for being too similar to another. While I appreciate that several photographers just bombard the site with repetition of the same setting, composition etc I would like you to consider the following:

I posted two photographs from the same shoot which were taken a couple of frames apart. However one was head and shoulders with a white wet shirt almost exposing the breasts. This shot was very "sexy" and was intended to sell that message. The second photo was purely the face and eye contact was the essence of the photo. It was much more emotionally intimate and told a completely different story.

There was similarity in the effect that it was the same model in the same shoot but I cannot believe that any artist is so insensitive as not to immediately pick up the difference in the message that each photo gave out.

I posted both for this exact reason and to test the water and see which one the members of the site warmed towards. To my shock both did exceptionally well which rather confused me.

However my point is that similarity cannot merely be assigned as one used the same model and the same shoot. Surely more sensitivity should be applied when making such decisions?

And yes - I do understand the necessity to avoid repetition but photos can be similar and yet VERY different.

Thanks

Derek
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Derek - I agree that the images are different in context but we have to draw the line somewhere. Our report team uses a same subject, same facial expression, same setting rule as being too similar. Both of these shots matched in that way. The cropping was different (which I agree changes the context) but in general we don't allow changes in cropping to effect our assessment of whether an image is very similar or not (too many people were abusing this).
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Your site and your rules....but it was not cropped but shot differently for a different effect. However as I said I am happy to abide by your rules.

I am however very concerned about the deletion and resubmission of sucessful photos. Any idea why people would do this? Surely in principle this should be frowned upon?

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Derek

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