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A tornado in central Oklahoma.
eye catching
Articles this image appears in
Tornado, 1971, Weather control
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
TomStar81 (Talk)
  • SupportTomStar81 (Talk) 22:45, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support a bit small and grainy, but this appears to be the norm for tornado images across the web. The composition is very nice though. Debivort 23:53, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose too small, and definitely too grainy since it is that small. And not that pleasing to the eye as many other tornado pictures. gren グレン 03:30, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • What do you mean too small? It specifically states on the criteria page that "Images should be at least 1000 pixels in resolution in width or height to be supported...", and this one is 1024 × 679. That more than enough to be eligable. TomStar81 (Talk) 09:09, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
      • It is more than enough to be eligible but I don't believe it represents the best of what is on Wikipedia. This isn't a ridiculous nomination like some of the really low resolution ones, but I think there are better alternatives out there. gren グレン 23:24, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose — Tons of JPEG artifacts. No excuse for that. --Fastfission 15:07, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose bad quality 8thstar 18:46, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Beats the pants off any other tornado image here and challenges some of the best I've ever seen. It's not too small by any criteria, detail in the coulds (the whole point) is good and some soft graininess really isn't such a big deal for this kind of (film-shot) subject. mikaul 18:50, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Anyone want to ask Daphne if there is a higher quality version of the picture? ~ trialsanderrors 23:33, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Striking and interesting (at least to me, as I live in a nearly tornado free country (England)) - Adrian Pingstone 18:50, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment the use of this image in 1971 is questionable and possibly misleading. This pic was taken 1999, a photo of the 1971 events would be preferable. --Dschwen 10:44, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:18, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Maori Student Carving[edit]

Maori students in Rotorua carving traditional Maori wooden carvings
Edit 01 by Vanderdecken (talk contribs). Only minor levels adjustment, the image is perfect otherwise!
Illustrates the process of Maori wood carving quite well, of reasonably good quality and IMHO passes the rules, maybe except for the caption as I have no idea what else to add (see description page for the basic caption).
Articles this image appears in
Maori culture
antilivedT | C | G
  • SupportantilivedT | C | G 07:25, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Symbol support vote.svg Support for both versions, slight preference for edit 01 - great photo, very encyclopaedic, I've adjusted the levels slightly. Good job. And for the caption: it's Māori, not Maori. So a new caption:

Māori students from The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute in Rotorua making traditional Māori styled wood carvings. New Zealand has experienced a surge in willingness to preserve the Māori culture, and large numbers of tourists visiting the country to witness it has not commercialised the area.

Vanderdeckenξφ 10:08, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
I've edited the original from raw to a slightly darker exposure. --antilivedT | C | G 21:23, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, it has a good composition and is illustrative of the subject. It would be perfect if a bit more of the carving was visible! Jellocube27 11:08, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • weak support I'd like to see more of the carving itself. Debivort 19:59, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above, though I would also like to see more of the carving. I have no preference to which version (they are very similar).--HereToHelp 13:30, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • After reading the votes below, I too much agree with them. A far better picture is possible, and this one really doesn't illustrate much of anything really well. Is it the culture, the carving process, or the carving itself? Such, I now Oppose.--HereToHelp 01:51, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose 8thstar 18:59, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, the carving is not really visible, the green tool is distracting, the composition is uninspiring. This subject could/should definately get a FP, but a better picture could be taken with relative ease. Even the Support votes above note that the carving is not visible. Witty lama 23:54, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
Well if I want a picture of an actual Maori carving I would have just taken a picture of a finished carving, not a work in progress. Here you see the draft lines, some finished carved koru pattern, and an actual person carving them; although I do take the criticism of not showing much of the hand and thus the actual process of carving, the carving itself is really not the main point of the image. --antilivedT | C | G 07:24, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose This does not illustrate "Maori culture", it poorly illustrates "carving," with most of the tool and the carver's hands hidden. Also, the composition is messy, and this is the least striking image on the Maori culture page. Enuja 16:32, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:19, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Haeckel's Lizards[edit]

A painting by Ernst Haeckel of lizards
Another beautiful painting by Ernst Haeckel in high quality
Articles this image appears in
Lizard, Kunstformen der Natur
Ernst Haeckel, was uploaded by Ragesoss
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 00:22, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Bernalj90 01:26, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. I've expanded the caption as follows:
The 79th lithographic plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (1904) depicts a variety of lizards, or Lacertilia. In terms of evolutionary relationships, these eight lizards demonstrate the diversity of the Lacertilia suborder, which has been replaced by an array of new suborders and infraorders in recent classifications. Unusual species of chameleon and gonocephalus are at the top; the second row has a flying dragon and a Texas horned lizard; the third row has a flying gecko and a common basilisk; on the bottom row are the aptly named frill-necked lizard and the Thorny Devil. As in many of Haeckel's prints, the colors and spatial composition are more of an aesthetic choice than a reproduction of nature; the lithographer Adolf Glitsch worked directly from Haeckel's sketches rather than from first-hand specimens.
See also the previous nomination.--ragesoss 09:11, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It failed last time mainly because there are already some of Haeckel's work as FP, but maybe now people will have realised thats no reason to fail it. Chris_huhtalk 10:57, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support as per everybody --User:Ahadland1234 11:57, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, I just don't think it's as good as others. And, the crop is a little off... too much white space on the left. gren グレン 22:34, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose beautiful plate, but these lizards are overly idealized, and just don't look lizardy enough to me. —Pengo 23:45, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose per pengo. Debivort 09:49, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per limited usefulness (too few lizards have articles, questionable accuracy). + see previous failed nomination. --Dschwen 15:59, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • 5 of 8 have articles. I'm sad that this number hasn't increased since the last nom. —Pengo 01:18, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
      • and comparing the photos in those articles with this tableau I see some strong discrepancies. I wonder what Haeckel based his illustration on. --Dschwen 22:31, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
        • anyway I'm not a reptiolgist :-) but I fear this painting is judged on prettyness, rather than scientific accuracy, which would be most unfortunate, given that this is an encyclopedia here... --Dschwen 11:18, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
          • I think Ernst Haeckel knew a thing or two about biology. Tomer T 13:19, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
            • He knew about the biology of the 19th century (proposing theories like Recapitulation theory - not complete crap, but inaccurate by today's knowledge). Heckel never made it further from europe than the canary islands, so I guess it is a legitimate question on what he based his drawing of a Texas horned lizzard. And let me quote from the article: Haeckel was a flamboyant figure. He sometimes took great (and non-scientific) leaps from available evidence.. So I suggest keeping a critical view even on acclaimed persona like Haeckel. --Dschwen 21:25, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
              • The images of exotic lizards were probably based on other naturalists' images. I recently discovered one such source on the Frogs plate, where the flying frog is taken almost exactly from Alfred Russel Wallace.--ragesoss 18:20, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per dschwen -- 8thstar 19:00, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per the nom and per Chris Huh. Witty lama 00:00, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I really can't see why the number of Haeckel pictures already featured should make a difference to this nomination, it's a great picture. The colours may be a bit off compared to real life lizards, but most people will get a fair idea of what they look like in real life (which probably varies considerably anyway), so it's acceptable. I doubt we have anything better at illustrating these particular species pages at the moment (seeing as some haven't been created yet - maybe promoting it will get those articles written once it reaches the main page). Terri G 16:00, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:20, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Ylläs mountain in Finnish Lapland[edit]

The Ylläs fell (718 m high) in Finland is a popular destination for downhill and cross-country skiing.
I happened to see the picture while reading the article, and I was duly impressed by its outstanding beauty and clarity. Take a look: I hope you react the same way.
Articles this image appears in
User:jpk on the Finnish Wikipedia.
  • SupportYechielMan 23:57, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Please note - I wasn't able to insert the FPC template on the image page. Maybe someone can do it for me. Thanks. YechielMan 00:05, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The picture is too small. If the picture was larger, perhaps I'd reconsider, but I still find the picture uninteresting. --Emery 01:43, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per emery -- 8thstar 02:57, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose because it's not that striking unfortunately. Terri G 16:13, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sorry, not striking enough for FP - Adrian Pingstone 18:38, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

NGC 4414 (NASA-med).jpg[edit]

NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant. Credit:NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
Outstanding size, quality, attractiveness. Hits the subject, and well clear on edging]]Retiono Virginian 20:48, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
Articles this image appears in
NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant. Credit:NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
A user called Tom on wikimedia commons. Originally took by a space agency.
Retiono Virginian
  • SupportRetiono Virginian
  • Oppose Just another galaxy. It's not even a very good picture. ~ trialsanderrors 21:34, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose cool picture... But not very good detail. -- 8thstar 22:12, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose poor detail --frotht 16:21, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Cool picture - but more just for supporting an encyclopedia article, not a featured picture. BlackBear 19:54, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Water Buffalo[edit]

I think this picture is great, and in high quality
Articles this image appears in
Domestic Asian Water buffalo
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 13:46, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose — Nice quality but not a very interesting image on the whole aside from the exoticism of the animal, which is highly relative (a picture of a Jersey Cow might be exotic to someone in Thailand, but it is ho-hum to me). Lighting is a bit washed out, the animal is just standing there, the photo is just a front-on with little else going on in it and with no real depth of field. A good illustration of a water buffalo, but not an interesting photo beyond that. --Fastfission 15:02, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support, It's a great photo of its subject, but the framing is too tight. —Pengo 01:21, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. Encyclopedic, but boring and not particularly sharp. It already is a quality image on the commons, but it's not FP material. --Pharaoh Hound (talk) (The Game) 11:48, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, tight framing anf the posture of the animal is suboptimal. I'd rather like to see the head in profile. --Dschwen 13:37, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support angle isn't the best, but seems to be in an appropriate setting and detail seems to be high (took ages for the picture to load up). Terri G 16:32, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Good detail... But not very interesting. 8thstar 00:50, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Cluttered background and pose leave it unclear exactly what the animal looks like. Gaius Cornelius 23:37, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)


An image to show the effects of ageing on the body. As can be clearly seen, the subject has many wrinkles, and wears a hearing aide. The subjects skin is clearly sagging. These are just a few examples of ageing.
Its high quality and accurately shows the effcts of ageing.
Articles this image appears in
Ageing, Old age
  • SupportUser:Ahadland1234 00:24, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, the picture is nice... but I'm not sure that just an old person does such a great job of representing aging.... I think one of the seasons of man painting sets or something that actually shows comparison of different ages would be better After adding that it's in old age I'm not sure--since it represents that rather well. It definitely needs a description before I can make a decision. gren グレン 10:04, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I like it, it's kind of interesting, just not sure it's FP material. The large, burnt-out white part upper left really robs the image of any subtlety and the repro here is a little over-sharpened. mikaul 17:52, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose 8thstar 18:43, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • You can't' oppose for no reason--User:Ahadland1234 19:09, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
      • It's not an eye catching picture. Do people need a reason to support?
        • Yes, they do. How is it not eye-catching, it clearly shows the deterioration of the human body, what could be more eye-catching? --User:Ahadland1234 20:00, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

8thstar 19:23, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Oppose It's just some old guy's head. - PatricknoddyTALK (reply here)|HISTORY 20:22, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Well how else would you demonstrate the effects of ageing, smartarse?-- 21:08, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The old guy's an old gal. ~ trialsanderrors 21:29, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I've always liked this image and I think it shows the effects of aging in a artistic way. -Wutschwlllm 21:28, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose this doesn't show anything I don't see on the street every day. A FP should be more remarkable than this picture. YechielMan 00:11, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I really like the subject, and think that showing ageing can be very encyclopedic. However, this particular image does not have the amount of information that it should have; the strict profile and distracting window in the background make me confused about what is going with the person's face shape, instead of clear about the changing in face shape with ageing. It's a very clear photo, and beautiful, but just doesn't carry enough information. Enuja 16:13, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose That would scare me away from Wikipedia if it was on the front page. BlackBear 19:53, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Blown-out window and would prefer a frontal view of the face to see all the lines in her face. howcheng {chat} 06:57, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 01:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Ice Block[edit]

Ice block at beach near Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
Very special and beautiful picture. Featured on Commons.
Articles this image appears in
Ice, Thermodynamic temperature, Jökulsárlón, Disgregation
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 00:11, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support a breathtakingly beautiful image --User:Ahadland1234 00:30, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't want to be a caption-nazi, but umm.. "What's that block of ice doing there?" comes to mind. —Pengo 00:48, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • It is in Iceland, a country that I guess is full of ice, according to its name Tomer T 11:37, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
      • I thought it was Greenland that had ice and Iceland had green.--HereToHelp 13:26, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Um. Like. How was it formed? Where did it come from? How big is it? Do you seem them all the time, rarely, or seasonally? Does it come in any other flavours? —Pengo 04:34, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • weak oppose - a nice shot for sure, with the crashing wave especially, but the highlights have a very unnatural looking orange glow. Debivort 09:48, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Blown highlights on left side of subject, blurry background, no sense of proportion (how big is this thing?)--HereToHelp 13:26, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Good expsure under the circumstances (not a brilliant scan, but Velvia is very contrasty); nice depth (scale isn't a real issue and OOF b/g is almost essential); almost surreal, haunting feel to it and - last but not least - great enc material. Love it. mikaul 18:41, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support 8thstar 18:44, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Even ignoring the tec problems, I get no sense of scale from this picture. High art, mid tec and no enc: FP for Commons. ~ trialsanderrors 22:36, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose No scale, I have no idea how big this object is - Adrian Pingstone 18:45, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strongest Support Possible Breathtaking image, definitely deserves to be on the main page. BlackBear 19:55, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose because I can't tell how large the object is. It could be the size of a soft drink ice cube, or an automobile, or a mountain. Who knows? Spikebrennan
    • Why do you need to know the size of this thing? Tomer T 22:58, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
      • because in order to be a FP, the photograph is supposed to _illustrate_ the subject matter (that is to say, inform the viewer as to the attributes of the subject matter). This photo, while unquestionably pretty, raises more questions than it answers about the attributes of the subject matter. Spikebrennan 22:30, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, nice pic, but it is not encyclopaedic as it doesn't explain its subject. Try getting featured photo at Commons? Witty lama 23:11, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, It says in its article that it weighs 4 tonnes. I'm guessing it should be around the size of a car. 18:07, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 10:31, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Herndon Monument Climb[edit]

Fourth Class Midshipmen lock arms and use ropes made from uniform items as they brace themselves against the Herndon Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy in an attempt to scale the obelisk. The monument was smeared with 200lbs of lard and the Midshipmen were hosed down during the annual event that teaches them much about their own abilities and limitations, as well as the advantages of working as a team.
The picture is a good representation of teamwork and tradition of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Articles this image appears in
United States Naval Academy, Herndon Monument
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Damon J. Moritz USN
  • SupportJoebengo 01:55, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment — I suppose people will say this is propaganda also? 8thstar 02:59, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, too grainy for contemporary image. Good propaganda should be featured... and we need better scans of some of the U.S. / Soviet posters so I can put one up for FPC. gren グレン 03:12, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I'd love to see some good propaganda posters, as long as it isn't current propaganda which could inflame current racial or political tensions. —Pengo 08:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support — High resolution and impromptu shot of a very old tradition at Annapolis. --ProdigySportsman 03:22, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Blown sky, grainy towards bottom.--HereToHelp 00:54, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I guess you had to be there. Preferably, not looking into the sun. Stevage 02:48, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Stevage. I find the Water Buffalo more interesting. —Pengo 08:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Good action shot, but not crisp and the composition is messy. Try again next year from a better angle with higher resolution! Enuja 02:38, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:28, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Atomic-resolution image of gold surface[edit]

Image of surface reconstruction on a clean Au(100) surface, as visualized using scanning tunneling microscopy. The individual atoms composing the material are visible. Surface reconstruction causes the surface atoms to deviate from the bulk crystal structure, and arrange in columns several atoms wide with regularly-spaced pits between them.
Edit 1
This is an outstanding image because it shows the individual atoms that make up a gold surface. It is also a good demonstration of surface reconstruction, as the atoms rearrange themselves on the surface to form regularly-spaced pits. I realize that this image does not quire meet the size requirement (it is 500px square) but I believe is still has outstanding encyclopediac value since this is the only type one of the only types of microscopy which allows individual atoms to be seen. It takes a lot of effort and patience to get such a clean image, and I am glad that someone has released this into the public domain.
Articles this image appears in
Atom, Nanotechnology, Scanning tunneling microscope, Surface reconstruction
  • SupportAntony-22 21:09, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • OpposeSpikebrennan 21:15, 27 March 2007 (UTC). Pity about the signature in the lower left.
  • Support Very interesting 8thstar 21:27, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Not bad, but we could do way better. In our faculty we have a group which specializes in imaging donor and acceptor states in cross-sectional STM. You can literaly see the doping effect in a semiconductor locally. They have some great pictures hanging on the walls, I'll ask around if they'll share one with us.--Dschwen 21:30, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
    • By the way atomic resolution is also possible with certain types of AFMs and most modern TEMs of course. --Dschwen 21:31, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Thanks for the correction. If there are other atomic-resolution images that people would be willing to donate I'd love to see those too. Antony-22 22:23, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Conveniently, NewScientist just published a galleryJack · talk · 00:15, Thursday, 29 March 2007
  • Oppose Too small, but I would support a version that meets size requirements. Plus, if the image is in public domain, we should be able to crop/edit the signature out right?--Uberlemur 21:59, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Regretful Oppose Signature on bottom, size (not just being bureaucratic, it really does need to be bigger), can only faintly see individual atoms. Not against a better execution, though; very cool subject.--HereToHelp 01:10, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Atoms, by their nature, are fuzzy. This image will be right up against the technical and physical limitations. — Jack · talk · 13:49, Wednesday, 28 March 2007
      • Even given that, and the edit, I think it should be larger; get a wider scan area, even if it is nothing new.--HereToHelp 01:03, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose watermark, not sure what is technologically the best size one can get with scanning tunnel microscopy... gren グレン 03:14, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • If - and only if - the watermark can be legitimately removed, and the "1nm" scale made prettier, I supportJack · talk · 13:49, Wednesday, 28 March 2007
  • Oppose per Dschwen. BlackBear 17:24, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Question since this is my first experience with Featured Pictures. By size, do you mean the actual number of pixels, or the resolution? If it is the former, a larger image could be made just by duplicating pixels. If the former, I don't think that you really can get any higher resolution with STM (taking more samples would not reveal any new features), and scanning a wider field would not reveal anything new either - so I'm not sure that having a larger size would really be advantageous in this specific case. Antony-22 19:14, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support - I'm sure that's a picture of a beehive. ;-) Actually I really like the picture, and the concept, but I'm afraid it's way smaller than the size recommendations. Also, 'duplicating pixels' wouldn't really be satisfactory. I suppose you mean a tiled effect. How do you eliminate the text at the bottom of the picture? - Mrug2 21:26, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Just a point that has nothing to do with the voting: the picture is not a picture of the atoms, because that cannot ever be achieved. The electrons and the nucleus are in constant motion and, in Quantum Theory, don't even have a known position. It's a picture of the position of the atoms not of the atoms, so the caption should be reworded - Adrian Pingstone
    • It actually is a picture of the local density of states above the sample surface... --Dschwen 22:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:27, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Collosseum at Night[edit]

The Colloseum at Night, in Rome, Italy.
This well-taken picture would go great next to the descirption on the main page.
Articles this image appears in
Italy, Roman architecture, Amphitheatre, Landmark
  • SupportBlackBear 19:48, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose image is way too small, and by the look of it has artefacts. Shame though because its an interesting subject.--User:Ahadland1234 20:06, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose FP needs to be at least 1000px on at least one side. But it is a higher res version? tiZom(2¢) 20:15, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above 8thstar 22:35, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above. An FP should fill my browser window.--HereToHelp 01:11, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • weak support - too skewed, small and grainy for FP; I'd likely support a larger, corrected version. As it is, it's a nice exposure at an opportune time of day and very illustrative/encyclopedic. mikaul 08:47, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - bad spelling. Caption is "colloseum" and the title of this section is "Collosseum". How could I support that? No, seriously, it fails the resolution requirement - great pic though. Stevage 02:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:27, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Pacific Ocean[edit]

Eye-catching picture, spectacular.
Articles this image appears in
Seaside, Oregon, Western United States
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 17:22, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Lacks enough interesting features, blown out highlights, artifacts visible in full-size, definite chromatic abberations visible. -- KirinX 17:30, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Very interesting, disagree with KirinX. BlackBear 19:52, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Mood-shot, low enc. Fuzzy and noisy. --Dschwen 21:03, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above. Not encyclopedic, could really be any beach in the world.--Uberlemur 22:03, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per all above.--HereToHelp 01:12, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Nice composition and colouring but poor photographic quality. Horizon is tilted. 08:05, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not sufficiently striking for FP - Adrian Pingstone 15:09, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not really notable. Gaius Cornelius 23:34, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:27, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Trick Netsuke[edit]

A trick netsuke is a netsuke that does something special; one with moving parts or hidden surprises. This netsuke of Daikoku's hammer opens to reveal a carving of Urashima Taro. Urashima is made of ivory, but the hammer is lacquer, so the netsuke is not heavy. A person could wear it and be unaware of its contents, as Urashima was unaware of the contents.
A high-quality picture depicting a fantastic piece of art. The picture-in-picture, though it may be considered distracting, adds important context.
Articles this image appears in
Cshapiro, on the Wikimedia Commons.
  • SupportJellocube27 00:41, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I almost think to be a FP it should be the main picture in the article. As of now it's just one in a line of many pictures... and it doesn't seem that this "trick" one can be the main image. gren グレン 03:43, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support strict white background is a bit harsh, but over all quite nice. The host article has a number of interesting images, and I don't think we should hold it against this one that it doesn't appear at the top. Debivort 06:14, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support — Cool image, well-composed, the picture-in-picture does a great job in showing how this would look assembled. A beautiful picture which conveys a lot of information — as someone who has never heard of a netsuke before, much less a trick one, I was able, from this picture and its caption alone, to feel like I fully understood it almost immediately. --Fastfission 14:58, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support very nice image of a beautiful object, definitely made me want to learn more about the object, which I think is a major plus in a featured picture. Mak (talk) 17:20, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • weak support on the plus side, it's very sharp and detailed, well laid-out and reasonably well lit. The downside - scale - is significant, as I thought at first it was about six inches across. If some form of scale or ruler was added (what the heck, there's an inset shot there already) I would change to full support. mikaul 17:45, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Looks great, and it's informative about the subject in a way that words alone can't say. YechielMan 00:10, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sorry, the inset picture bugs me, the background has a very unpleasant hue (which doesn't match that of the inset) and the caption doesn't help either. Maybe a composite is in order here? ~ trialsanderrors 02:09, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too confusing, so not encyclopedic. Is this somehow a fastener? I can't figure out how it could be, and as such, it's not encyclopedic. I might be convinced to change my mind if the caption and article text were changed, but it isn't likely. Enuja 17:54, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support Very interesting and encyclopedic pic. The PIP is a little distracting though... Jumping cheese Cont@ct 06:14, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above... 8thstar 22:31, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Not pleasing to the eye in my opinion. --KFP (talk | contribs) 10:54, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per trialsanderrors and Enuja. Pstuart84 Talk 23:46, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:27, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Bezier curves[edit]

All together now
Articles this image appears in
Bézier curve
Philip Tregoning (User:Twirlip)
  • Support anything but the combined version. Not sure how this would work; maybe feature all of them as a set and link to the others on each description page?frothT 02:34, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. You learn quite a lot by looking at the pictures. enochlau (talk) 03:12, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support all in one or trialsanderrors' arrangement Very informative, maybe combine them into one big diagram or hve 4 FPs from 1 FPC nom? --antilivedT | C | G 03:32, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support No idea WTF it is but one word sweet Voshvoshka 05:07, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support I'd say combine into a single animation. Why not? Debivort 05:22, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Conditional support - if we can get this into one image - needs to function as PotD on the front page, some day. (The linear version could be left out... ;-) --Janke | Talk 09:03, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
    • I say use just the quadratic on the front page and have it as a set.. I'll find/design the set template after classes today (or during classes if I get bored :P) --frothT 13:46, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
      • How did we end up doing that fractal series a couple months ago? Debivort 17:22, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
        • I don't know, but that's exactly what I was thinking of --frothT 00:35, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
          • This is how Raven4x4x handled it. tiZom(2¢) 02:56, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
          • Oh, and I support the full nomination as-is (all 4 separately as a set). :o) tiZom(2¢) 02:58, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
            • BTW, the fractals haven't shown up as POTD yet. howcheng {chat} 05:54, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
              • I guess when the fractals go up we can do something like the thumbnail of the outermost image, the caption, and a "Click here to view the series" like the animation link. Then we can do the same thing for the beziers: have a frame of one of the animations (quadratic probably, maybe around t=.55?), the caption, and "Click here to view the series". --frothT 18:44, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support - Definitely. So that's how it's done! Perhaps just pic. 3 or 4 on its own, perhaps the last three combined? Mrug2 13:28, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • while #3 is pretty straightforward, I think #2 is essential also. Debivort 17:22, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support.--Dwaipayan (talk) 04:52, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and Comment, I don't have the technology but I'd like to see one gif that is a 2x2 rectangle with time synced (putting "linear" on it's side and adding white space where needed so all four exemplars are the same dimensions). Can someone make something like this? --Cody.Pope 05:19, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Maybe have 5 sets of identical points and apply each degree of bézier curve to each of them (ie. linear for the first, which would be sharp zig zag lines, etc.)? --antilivedT | C | G 08:06, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support These make quite interesting animations that aren't half as scary as the maths that goes with them. I think Antilived's idea that they should all have five points in a set pattern and then apply the different degree of curve to them would be good, perhaps should avoid too many right angles though. Terri G 12:28, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Holy cow, THIS is how Bezier curves work? I've always been confounded by these things, and here we are, a single animation that explains it all. Brilliant! --Golbez 22:19, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. You know, I've never had a problem using Bezier curves in Illustrator in Inkscape ... all the article did was make it a lot more confusing. :) howcheng {chat} 05:53, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, holy crap this is one of the most intuitively informative images I've seen on wikipedia. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 11:36, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support cubic. Quartic is slightly too complicated to follow, and also fairly uncommon. Quadratic is too simple. ed g2stalk 16:31, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Uncommon? I thought that beziers were usually on the order of dozens of degrees for like edge tracing/smoothing, and that these were just for demonstration of how it works. Also, multiple degrees are important to show how the algorithm scales- otherwise it wouldn't be so "intuitively informative" so we shouldn't just feature one of them. And I have no trouble at all tracking quartic, although the one after the one after quartic is a little disorienting --frothT 18:28, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support all, but would it be possible to make them all the same size so they can be presented as a set? ~ trialsanderrors 19:18, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral for now. I agree with Janke that the set should be fitted in a single image. Also, a little more attention should be given to the details, like the position (not over the lines, please) and size of the labels, and the thickness of the lines, which should be consistent in all images. It is a nice and quite clear animation but can be improved. Alvesgaspar 00:19, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
    • The size of the labels and thinkness of the lines are consistent in each one.. --frothT 07:17, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Very cool. I like Antilived's idea (as much as I can understand it, which isn't much), and the Mendelbrot set is procedure should be used as a precedent.--HereToHelp 19:29, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose, Strong support all-in-one version — I can see right now that my vote isn't going to change the outcome of this candidacy, but I think these images, even as animations, are FAR too small. We need higher resolution animations. Image:Bezier linear anim.gif would be a record for the smallest FP ever by a long shot. These are excellent animations, but they are incredibly tiny. ♠ SG →Talk 03:54, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
But do you actually gain any more information from a higher resolution image? These images could well have infinite spatial and temporal resolution with up and coming stuffs like svg animation but is it absolutely neccessary for them to be a few megabytes big just to have more than 1k pixels for one side? --antilivedT | C | G 04:38, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
If possible, svg animations would be really cool. It also means that the stills in the article could be vectorized. Still, there's nothing wrong with the rasters.--HereToHelp 14:12, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
SVG animation is supported in the standard but firefox and IE won't render it --frothT 06:31, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Excellent work on the new version! Not only were all of the animations added into one, but they were also made much larger than previously. As it stands, I would prefer that THAT particular image gain featured picture status, while the other versions (though I'd still like to see them larger) remain to be used in the article as they are and be linked to from the all-in-one version's description page. ♠ SG →Talk 03:21, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Hi there. Glad you all (well most of you:) liked my animations. I actually created them for another web page (that has never seen the light of day), and then uploaded them to wikipedia/wikicommons later. They were created using a rather hairy Bash script that outputs another script that invokes ImageMagick to create the GIFs and PNGs. I can resize, change colours, move the points around etc. pretty easily. About the only thing I can't do is increase the number of frames in the animations by much, because then the argument list gets too long! I think most complaints were about the size of the images and that they are different sizes. I created them for the Bezier Curve wiki page and not to a be Featured Picture, so I was trying to keep file sizes a small as possible while still getting the point across. I'll knock together another version, addressing these points. Oh, and if anyone wants the Bash script, they're welcome to it. --Twirlip 17:24, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
    • You should put it on the talk page for the images. It's great when we get not only great diagrams, but source code for them too. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 22:03, 25 February 2007 (UTC)
      • Here's an image of 1st to fourth order curves. They don't work very well any bigger than this without increasing the number of frames in the animation, which I have problems with. I tried to keep this image true to to the ones on the Bezier Curve page, because that's what it's showcasing. Bash script on its way tomorrow... --Twirlip 00:18, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
        • I don't like the all in one. It's too busy and confusing. Just making four images of the same width would clean it up fine. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 02:48, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
          • I agree, I'd much rather have separate ones of the same width. Combining the images would be highly unusual and quite unnecessary. Great work twirl, keep it up
            • I've now put up some slightly bigger images an the originals (about the same size as they are in the combined image), and made them the all the same dimensions. Hopefully they'll make their way over from the commons soon... --Twirlip 19:48, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

--frothT 06:34, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Support I always wondered what the distinction was between these different types? I once bought S/N 000136 of the very first Adobe Illustrator a long time ago (bezier curves). Now I know how the others work. Very nice! Greg L 06:35, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, Support — While the images are very pretty, I don't think they're very effective at giving an intuitive idea of how a Bezier curve is constructed. The intermediate line segments don't seem to add anything of substance to the pictures - they don't seem to add any information. And the article doesn't give a good explanation of their purpose either. Take the quadratic case, for instance: I can choose a point P1-prime, distinct from and further out from the original P1, and arrange it so that the green line segment is tangential to the red Bezier curve for every intermediate state in that case as well. So, by this sort of geometric illustration, nothing about P1 uniquely defines the curve - two distinct points P1 can define the same curve. There needs to be more information in the picture; for instance, what determines the point along the green segment where it's tangential to the curve? --Paul 17:12, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
    • I can see an argument that given three points P0, P1, P2, the Bézier curve needs to be uniquely defined, but how does that translate into an argument that that curve has to be distinct from one defined by P0', P1, P2? Also, the location of the tangent point on the green line is quite obviously defined by t. I don't even need to description to see that. ~ trialsanderrors 19:02, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
      • In answer to your first question: it doesn't. You're right, and I didn't articulate my point quite as well as I would've liked to. I was only trying to state the first part of your question: that given three points (...), the Bézier curve needs to be uniquely defined. But I don't think that's illustrated very well with the graphical technique used. The information that seems to be missing are the visual factors determining the enpoints, Q1 and Q2, of the green line segment. Without that info, the choice of Q1 and Q2 seems to be arbitrary for any particluar value of the parameter t, and we could trace-out any curve at all in the absence of this info. But then, maybe I'm splitting hairs here. After all, the position of (for instance) Q1 along the line segment P1-P2 would be decided by another parametric equation that's almost a projection of the original, and that would be difficult to illustrate in a more intuitive fashion. Perhaps the most important aspects of this have been successfully demonstrated intuitively, and I'm just trying to hash-out the details for myself. --Paul 22:38, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
      • By the way, that would be P0, P1, P2, not P1, P2, P3 (have another look at the diagram for the quadratic case). Perhaps that caused some of the confusion? --Paul 22:38, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
        • Labeling fixed, thanks. The endpoints of the green line are defined in the same way as the pencil point on the green line, it moves from Q1 to Q2 at linear speed (i.e. it replicates the movement of the linear Bézier). That's the same principle that governs every single movement of a point along a line in all versions. I see nothing arbitrary about this. Simplified, if the starting point is 0 and the endpoint is 1, the position of the moving point at time t is t. (To make it clear, I don't have any prior knowledge of Béziers nor did I read the article in detail. The algorithm is perfectly simple and obvious from looking at the animation.) ~ trialsanderrors 22:55, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
          • I totally missed the fact of all the motion being linear / constant-speed. *smacks forehead* (and yes, it's very obvious in retrospect) --Paul 16:12, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The actual algorithm for computing a bezier curve doesn't have to involve tangency. Take the quadratic one for example. The bezier curve is defined by the a point moving through space. This point is the midpoint of the green line. As time goes by, the endpoints of the green line go from P0 to P1 and from P1 to P2 respectively, at a rate of distance/time. For higher degrees of curve, P0 P1 and P2 aren't defined by the grey lines anymore- they're defined by a chain of parent functions that go all the way up to the grey lines through the same algorithm. So these intermediate line segments show how Bezier curves are algorithmically constructed, although mathematically the curve can still be expressed by
    • --frothT 20:43, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
      • It's not the midpoint of the green line, the black dot (i.e., the "pencil") moves along the green line governed by the value of t. At t = 0, it's at the start of the green line, at t = 1, it's at the end. I haven't looked at the maths involved, but from eyeballing it's very plausible that it's always a tangent point. ~ trialsanderrors 21:20, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
        • Ah yes of course. I don't know what I was thinking --frothT 01:07, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
    • I've rescinded my original opposition. I think this does a damn good job at illustrating and giving an intuitive feel for how a bezier curve is constructed, in the ways that matter most. My initial objection was too pedantic. --Paul 22:45, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support The all in one version. How exactly are votes going to be tallied, since it isn't really clear which of the several versions some people are voting for?--Lewk_of_Serthic contrib talk 23:37, 26 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support all Tomer T 22:04, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

1.Linear v2 2.Quadratic v2
3.Cubic v2 4.Quartic v2
Bézier curves: 1. linear; 2. quadratic; 3. cubic; 4. quartic.

Yep, exactly. More input required... MER-C 09:03, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

  • support any solution. It might be good to outline the front-running possibilities though. Debivort 09:31, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, per my original vote, also, I'm comfy with any consensus choice. The combo image needs a little tweaking, the Po is touching the line in the first image. Having seen the combo, I really think the Quartic would be best as FP, with links to the others. --Janke | Talk 09:47, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
    • More comments: The combo above looks good, but the animations are not synchronized - but I don't know if that really matters. The linear could be drawn out a little, to fill the empty space in the upper left quadrant. --Janke | Talk 08:01, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
      • They appear synchronized to me. Maybe it's your browser --frothT 23:44, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
        • They can be asynchronous the first time you download the page, since animated gifs start immediately after downloading. The second time the files are already in your browser cache, so they should start synchronously. ~ trialsanderrors 21:46, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support combined version. Noclip 19:44, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support trialsanderrors version. Noclip 03:56, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I arranged the new versions in a table and Support that arrangement. ~ trialsanderrors 23:17, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Support the same-sized but separate images. Feature them all. --frothT 23:44, 1 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - Please don't put the label "P1" over the segment - Alvesgaspar 21:47, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support "All together now" version, wow, I am learning. HighInBC(Need help? Ask me) 19:11, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose set, per my comment above - Alvesgaspar 13:07, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I support the combined image.--Paul 17:50, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Q So is this going to be our first featured set? ~ trialsanderrors 17:32, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Still support cubic. Higher order curves a rarely used. "Quadratic and cubic Bézier curves are most common; higher degree curves are more expensive to evaluate. When more complex shapes are needed, low order Bézier curves are patched together." ed g2stalk 23:39, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as a set, the images are not used together in the article. --KFP (talk | contribs) 13:39, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support the all-in-one version. Very, very nice. And what an excellent visualization. We need a lot more images like this. --Cyde Weys 01:07, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. The article where these images appear, Bézier curve, would probably have to be refactored if the combined version was promoted. --KFP (talk | contribs) 10:48, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. My preference is for the four curves to be promoted as a set but kept as separate images. One can be selected as representative of the set when it comes to Main Page appearances etc. Pstuart84 Talk 15:42, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted as a set, with Image:Bézier 3 big.gif as main image. --KFP (talk | contribs) 10:06, 3 April 2007 (UTC)


Willys-Knight automobile, from 1920 magazine ad.
Edit 1 – tilt removed.
This beautiful image represents all that Wikipedia stands for: the continual progress and movement towards a better encyclopedia.
Articles this image appears in
Infrogmation/Tony Sidaway
  • Support as nominatorLkjhgfdsa 13:48, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Way to small. Can't really see the subject.--HereToHelp 13:58, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Speedy Oppose On Wheels Can we close this one when it becomes 2 April, if not before? -- Infrogmation 14:12, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • *Slaps self over bad pun*--HereToHelp 15:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support. -Fcb981 15:18, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support ON WHEELS!!!. I love the edit. It seems that you've actually enlarged the size of the photograph! Well done! ...but there's just something funny...I can't quite put my finger on it...did you by chance also sharpen it? --Tewy 19:27, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Original Edit 00 - great. Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose edit 01 - should be SVG. Symbol neutral vote.png Neutral Willy!. —Vanderdeckenξφ 09:43, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Closed, it's April 3rd now, move along --Dschwen 12:05, 3 April 2007 (UTC) Not promoted --Makeemlighter (talk) 03:16, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Hughes Complex[edit]

Original picture
Edit 1. Minor Photoshop brush-up.
OK here is the alternative version a few hours later and a few seconds before edit 1. Added some compression artifacts too.
Articles this image appears in
New Jersey Supreme Court
User:BD2412 (actually created by super-anon User:, I just uploaded it for him, since he refuses to get an account. bd2412 T 03:22, 1 April 2007 (UTC))
  • Support as nominatorbainer (talk) 03:17, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I do not find it funny or necessary for such nomination. --antilivedT | C | G 03:36, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question this is a joke... right? 8thstar 03:58, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The subject of the picture is not clear. Is it the cars or the building? I know that when you read the appropriate caption you realize that the subject is the building, but since it is not obvious to the observer, I would oppose this. --Gabycs 00:01, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Chuck Norris does not like this nomination. Prepare to die. ~ trialsanderrors 04:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I Find This Nomination In Contempt Of Court - Y'all goin' to JAIL. --YFB ¿ 04:18, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Link to vandalist's page of junk.
  • I might support if the caption had blinky text. Kla'quot 04:40, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • OK! I support! Kla'quot 05:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, might reconsider if the cars are cropped. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 05:51, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Seriously guys, what is going on?!? Jumping cheese Cont@ct 06:00, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too dark - Adrian Pingstone 08:35, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose edit 1, not enough <blink>. 11:21, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • WIKIPEDIA IS CAPITALISM!!!!112onefourandtwentyblackbirds. —Vanderdeckenξφ 13:35, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Vanderdecken, you need to get outside more. -Fcb981 15:29, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 ENC is flawless -Fcb981 15:21, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Suppose Original, Opport Edit 1 per below. --Uberlemur 16:10, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1: Vibrant colors. I like colors. Colors rock. Yay for colors. -→Buchanan-Hermit™/?! 18:36, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • OPPPOSE!. I simply cannot support without a grizzly bear somewhere in the photograph. The edits come close, but they just lack a certain...something. --Tewy 19:32, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Tewy 25:07, 06 March 1007 (LDN)
  • Support. Tewy E0:07, 16 March 2037 (UKE)
  • Support. Tewy 234:07, 26 March 2007 (WJK)
  • Support. Tewy -8:07, 36 Mar 2 007 (UIC)
  • Support E 1,000,000T 1,000,000A 1,000,000, in my opinion... :o) tiZom(2¢) 20:52, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose new version 8thstar 21:42, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Closed, it's April 3rd now, move along --Dschwen 12:05, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Not promotedJulia\talk 20:39, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Run away!!![edit]

Used in
Grenavitar, Grenavitar,
The STUNNING image CLEARLY meets the criteria for a featured sound, including the fact that it's loud and annoyingly boom-like, Exceptional size and detail, as well as that "wow" factor required of ALL featured pictures, not like those ridiculous ONION FRUIT shots...

I thinkknow it meets all the criteria:

  1. Definitely high quality; I mean seriously here people! Who takes the time to take a picture when they're being shot at!? That DEFINITELY qualifies it for those special circumstances as well. Clearly.
  2. It's HUGE! Just look at the thing! It's larger than a flopppy disk! And put it up on a projector and you've got an even BIGGER explosino!!!!111 Tha'ts like...l1000! pixels of explosions! Plus it would have exploded out of the frame if the shot was any bigger.
  3. Definitely the best work. I need not never ever say more. It's a shot of a shot.
  4. Look at that beautifl public domain license...shiney...a licence to kill
  7. Ok I admit it's not really "pleasing to the eye", but then again, neither is Fonzo
  8. It did have a good caption. Until it was destroyed. That's just the effect the picture has on things.
  9. Oh yeah, it's neutral. What's more neutral than a fireball? So cute...
  • Plus, the other "bad images" aren't fireballs, so it's not a bad one.
  • What more could you ask for in a FRIGGIN FEATURED PICTURE?! Put your support in now, before time runs out!
Articles this image appears in
Explosion, of course! Probably in fire and pinpoint accuracy of astouning proportions too, but who honestly checks these things?
Good question...
  • Exploding Support as nominator!!!`11~~@@!!!Tewy 01:00, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. MER-C 01:08, 1 April 2007 (UTC) Check the date.
  • Oh dear... --KFP (talk | contribs) 01:13, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 5UPP0R7!!! all twelve deleted edits!!! The must've been awesome since they all went BUST!!! ~ trialsanderrors 01:32, 1 April 2007 (UTC) !!!
  • Support Kind of small, but still good. Has been nominated before.--HereToHelp 01:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • EXTREME Support, but... what the hell? 8thstar 02:28, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • COMMENT!!! Can someone please fill me in?!? What the heck is happening? This nomination also doesn't make sense. Did Jimbo do so something I'm not aware of?!? =? Jumping cheese Cont@ct 05:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, the fire ball on the left has good height. The one on the right has good color. You need to fix the fireball in the middle for support. gren グレン 11:23, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Added to article to make nomination work gren グレン 11:27, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment No, the fireball on the right has a colour which should go on the tall fireball on the left, and if the fireball on the right was hightened slightly, or there were more fireballs, then it would be better and I would support. There needs to be at least seven fireballs on the image to be clear. ~ Ghelæ talkcontribs 11:30, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
O RLY? —Vanderdeckenξφ 13:33, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - yes, and I smoked a sweet potato with Tupac Shakur at the top of Machu Picchu last night. No really. See all that smoke? Living evidence. —Vanderdeckenξφ 13:33, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and the brain slug agrees.--Svetovid 15:56, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support This picture was taken at an opportune moment, and really leaves me in awe of the power of man. But is there a caption other than the one shown here?
  • Extreme support: I like things that burn. -→Buchanan-Hermit™/?! 18:38, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I would support, except I died in the blast. RadioKirk (u|t|c) 19:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose Great photo; not sure if this is really Wikipedia's best work. Someone should fix the caption (as much as it is funny). If I could decide, this would very barely be FP. --Gabycs 00:12, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Closed, it's April 3rd now, move along --Dschwen 12:05, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Not promotedJulia\talk 20:37, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

The Arnisee lake in the canton of Uri/Switzerland.[edit]

The Arnisee lake in the canton of Uri/Switzerland.
A beautiful, Outstanding, High quality picture!
Articles this image appears in
Compression artifact, Overexposure, Ugly, Random article
I dunno...
  • Strong oppose as nominator8thstar 18:40, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support The picture is not FP quality. I don't even think it is very good quality. In my opinion, it is too bright and low-resolution. It is also not pleasing to the eye and cannot be considered Wikipedia's best work.Wwicki 18:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Per AFD. Jaredtalk  18:59, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Per above Jellocube27 19:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Needs more tilt. ~ trialsanderrors 19:44, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose it has more artifacts than king tut's tomb. -Fcb981 21:06, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support I'd be an (April) fool not to support work of this quality. Possibly the finest pic ever put up for FP. Well done, let's have more like this. Lovely colour, very good focus and highly encyclopedic. - Adrian Pingstone 21:55, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Neutral per myself. --Bridgecross 01:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - one of Fir0002's finest works. —Vanderdeckenξφ 09:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • In the end, it would become a FP! Strong Oppose (But also Strong Support :)
  • Vehement neutral. I am throughly uncommitted to voting either way. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-02 19:52Z
  • Super support. Automatic promotion to FP! :D8thstar

Closed, it's April 3rd now, move along --Dschwen 12:04, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Not promotedJulia\talk 20:21, 14 March 2012 (UTC)


Spectacular photo of pyramids as they are seen from space
Articles this image appears in
Pyramid, Ancient Egyptian technology
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 11:46, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: I seriously doubt that User:Sander.thillart owns a satellite or space ship of any kind. Thus the attribution in the nomination and, more important, the image page is lacking. This is most likely a licence violation. --Dschwen 13:33, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Conditional support if the licence turns out to be acceptable, it's a great picture. Terri G 16:12, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Sorry, but according to this site the image is owned by SpaceImaging, now Too sad, because it's a spectacular view of civilization encroaching on the pyramids. Eat your heart out, Richard Misrach. ~ trialsanderrors 19:38, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose this and this seem to serve almost the same purpose. I'd feel a little odd about them both being featured because I think they would be used for the same thing in the same article. My opinions on copyright on are on the commons deletion request--but it's clear that we can't do anything until we have a source for the large image. gren グレン 03:19, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Oh, I think they're perfectly complementary. We could even superimpose the graphic over the satellite image. What the graphic doesn't show at all is the urban sprawl and the tourist traffic, which the image does extremely well. In any case, if we're running this FPC under "if it were freely licensed" conditions, I support of course. ~ trialsanderrors 06:08, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It's more interesting than the graphic one. 8thstar 22:35, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Suspended as possible copyvio. MER-C 10:30, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted (image deleted) --KFP (talk | contribs) 20:17, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

View from the Ladybower Reservoir Wall[edit]

A stunning winter view on a very sunny day of the hill (and Snake Pass) opposite the Ladybower Reservoir wall. Image taken in February 2007.
This is a stunning picture, which stunning colours. Every time I see it, I have to ask if it is the right way up.
Articles this image appears in
Ladybower Reservoir
Duncan Payne
  • Support as nominatorDoughnuts64 13:40, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not very encyclopedic, especially with all of the rest of the pictures on the ladybower reservoir page. A little blurry in full size. Not bad, but not quite stunning enough. Enuja 14:25, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Tilted, needs anticlockwise rotation. The tilt is most obvious on the houses in the pic - Adrian Pingstone 15:24, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Very blurry, tilt. May support a down-sampled, tilt-corrected version.--HereToHelp 00:04, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above. 8thstar 15:13, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Boring.--Svetovid 00:21, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 07:36, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Everest Base camp[edit]

A view of Everest southeast ridge base camp. The Khumbu Icefall can be seen in the left. In the center we can see the remains of a helicopter that crashed there in 2003. The icefall is found at 5,486 metres (18,000 feet) on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest not far above base camp and southwest of the summit. The icefall is regarded as one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest’s summit. The Khumbu glacier that forms the icefall moves at such speed that large crevasses open with little warning.
edit 1 (downsampled to 800 x 4000)
Very high resolution panorama of a beautiful and dangerous area. Gives a very immediate impression of how dangerous the Khumbu icefall is.
Articles this image appears in
Mount Everest Everest Base Camp
Nuno Nogueira (Nmnogueira)
  • SupportDebivort 06:04, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • OpposeNeutral Bad technical quality, almost no fine texture, and lacking in vertical view angle is well. --antilivedT | C | G 07:32, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • It could be downsampled (even as much as 8:1). Where do you stand on the larger (less detail per pixel) vs smaller (more detail per pixel) argument? I know many people believe that any downsampling causes a loss of information, and should be avoided if it is just for the sake of generating the appearance of detail... Debivort 07:38, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose original, I'd be willing to look at a downsampled version but I don't think it would be large enough at a level with no fuzziness. gren グレン 08:24, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Here's a downsampled version, definitely large enough (4000px on one axis). If you see blurriness in it, please point it out because I cannot find any. Debivort 09:44, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Definitely better... not sure I'd support it. gren グレン 09:59, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 Beautiful, enc, and still high rez.--HereToHelp 13:19, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I really don't understand why there is so much discussion about resolution and detail; the image is fine in both respects. It falls flat for me solely in terms of composition. Panoramic is a very poor format choice, losing both foreground subject detail and a sense of proportion in the mountain. A 'straight' 3:2 format capture would have been a winner. mikaul 17:31, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment There's a stitching error to the right of the guy. ~ trialsanderrors 11:17, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Where, precisely?--HereToHelp 23:31, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
      • At roughly 6200-6250px. ~ trialsanderrors 00:12, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Good catch. Oh well. Debivort 03:04, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 07:38, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Killer whale mother and calf[edit]

A pair of Type C Orcas (Killer Whales) in the Ross Sea. The bond between female Orcas and their offspring is strong and often persists throughout life. Type C Orcas are smaller than other types, and have a distinctively forward-slanting eye patch. They may be a separate species.
Edit1, fringing on sides, noise reduction, colors, etc. -Fcb981
Edit 2, cropped, color corrected, noise reduction ~ trialsanderrors
Edit 3 by MIckStephenson on March 28. Downsampled, colour improved
This gorgeous picture illustrates two important themes of the Orca article: the recent discovery of different forms of the species, and the mother-calf relationship. I believe this would be the first FP of a cetacean. I think it would be a sweet one for the Main Page on May 13, which in many countries is Mother's Day. I hope the pink and green stripes down the side can be edited out - maybe someone more Photoshop-savvy than I am could do it?
Articles this image appears in
Robert L. Pitman
  • SupportKla'quot 02:52, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, blurry, weak color and poor image quality in general. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 03:05, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral for all, preference for Edit 3. I'll give it credit for being a neat shot, but the technical aspects, such as the purple fringing and blur prevent me from supporting. I also agree that an edit would improve the sides. --Tewy 03:33, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 fringing taken care of pretty well, colors look better now too and of course the subject is marvelous. In fact so impressive is the scene I would have supported the original. -Fcb981 06:16, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I love the edit. Thank you!! Kla'quot 07:07, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
      • My pleasure. thanks -Fcb981 03:48, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • One more edit: I cropped the discolored border and did some color correction. I agree with Fcb's sentiment on the subject. ~ trialsanderrors 07:13, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose all edits The entire picture seems to be slightly out of focus. It's a nice scene, but it isn't enough to convince me to support it. --Mad Max 07:37, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blurry - Adrian Pingstone 09:07, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, looks sharp enough to me, very good encyclopedic picture -- Chris 73 | Talk 11:13, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I hate to say "you missed a spot", but there's still a big hair in the lower right and a small hair on the belly of the mother. howcheng {chat} 16:08, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Yeah, I hate to hear you say it. I uploaded a new one (the string removed) over the old (I assume you're going to support now. ; p ) -Fcb981 03:46, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support its a great action shot, and very encyclopedic-Nelro 20:25, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I'm not sure what it is, but it looks more like a still from a digital movie than a real photo. The quality is very poor, which is bizarre given the amazing subject matter and composition. Something weird is going on. Stevage 00:26, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral/comment - the overall softness and poor definition is due to the scanner on which it was digitized, I think. It looks like the original, although sharp, may not have been a chrome but a color neg, which would explain the "color noise" (which is actually film grain) and lack of overall density. I feel I can't vote for this in its current form, not because of this but because of the noise reduction edits: a crop and clean-up were needed, but everything else has reduced definition still further. mikaul 08:48, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Update I have e-mailed the photographer asking if it's possible to have the original re-scanned at higher resolution. Thanks everyone for the comments, edits, and advice so far. Kla'quot 04:46, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I'm not a photographer, so the technical criticism may be valid. But as WP reader, the picture is just amazing. Far, far above the quality of the average POTD. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)
  • Oppose as anti-whaling propaganda..... but seriously, it's very nice, but too grainy, blown out highlighsts, and overly dull in some areas. gren グレン 21:22, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
    • just as a comment, its hard to prevent blowing highlights on snow. -Fcb981 22:49, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support anti-whaling propaganda? Its displaying the social interaction of the mother and the calf, its a zoological picture. Chris_huhtalk 00:38, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
    • It's a joke. This nom and this one have been opposed for being propaganda... which I think is an improper reason. So, I was just joking around. The second part of my comment is why I opposed. gren グレン 01:12, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Oh i see, never mind then. Chris_huhtalk 10:50, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support All Tomer T 11:18, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • (Oppose all) - edits have made some improvement but the original is very poor quality. Blur won't be fixable by any amount of editing, and there's also a lot of fringing. Looks to have been taken a long time ago with a not-superb-quality film camera, and deteriorated before being scanned. --YFB ¿ 23:07, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2 only The others don't look so great. With proper clarity, it is a compelling image. YechielMan 00:26, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Also support edit 3. I assume that's the new option that Kla'quot wanted me to know about. It's as good or better than edit 2. YechielMan 06:41, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blurry, and the colors somehow don't feel right. Something with the white balance, or the off-white orca with the whiter snow.--HereToHelp 23:35, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure if this is what you were referring to, but I guess I should mention that the orca colourings are correct. Although most orcas are black and white, young calves are black and yellowish, and adult Antarctic orcas also have this yellowish tinge because of the diatoms in the water. Kla'quot 05:16, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Edit 3 improved the color a little, but there's still the band of blurry snow and another could always be taken. I now weakly oppose the image.--HereToHelp 23:22, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit1 and Edit 2 A striking image --AGoon 12:13, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Update Edit 3 just came in and procedurally I don't know what to do with it. My question at See Wikipedia talk:Featured_picture_candidates#What_to_do_with_an_improved_version_of_an_almost-closed_candidate.3F hasn't been answered yet, so I'm taking a guess and putting it here. Kla'quot 17:10, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Still No, Image quality just isn't up to standards. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 06:22, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Still no - edit 3 is nice, but it's still a very low quality image. And it doesn't add much to Orca that the other photos don't. Stevage 06:52, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 3. This has always been a great 'moment' shot of very high encyclopedic value. Can I respectfully suggest that those opposing it on "quality" grounds read WP:FP? point 1, paragraph 2 and then make a decision. Any points it might lose on 'critical sharpness' criteria is more than made up for with the unique nature of the capture. This is a quality image by WP:FP standards. mikaul 08:24, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • They're not extinct. Another picture could always be taken. There's nothing spectacularly informative about this one to override the quality issues. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 14:16, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Still oppose all - We've seen some good editing on this image. That's of benefit to the article and to be encouraged, even if the result still isn't FP-standard. To me, this is a nice image but by no means unique or irreplaceable, even if it's a pretty rare scene - if it was a photo of a Great auk or a Thylacine then the quality would be acceptable. As it is, the quality of the original is just too poor, and the edits have very little to work with. An interesting and encyclopaedic photo, but not among our 'best' wildlife images. --YFB ¿ 15:18, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Although the image is, in theory, replaceable, mikaul's point is not far off. The Type C orca lives only in Antarctic waters. Photography in polar conditions is no joke. There are no captive or dead specimens of the Type C orca. There are few people who have seen Type Cs, and only a handful of closeup pictures available of it, copyrighted or not; this photo was taken by one of the leading scientists studying these animals.[1] As he is a scientist first and a photographer second he think he has lent the original to someone and can't find it anymore. There is strong evidence that the Type C orca is a new species, in an age when it is common belief that all the large mammal species on the planet were discovered long ago, and all the more poignant because we just lost a cetacean species. Add to this the fact that we are looking at an intimate moment between two individuals who, if what we think we know about orcas is true, will never separate. I believe this is an iconic picture of the most stable bond known in the animal kingdom. Can we forgive the fact that the snow doesn't look good? Kla'quot 04:14, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support my own edit, oppose the others. If the ugly discolorization of the original is fixed the picture meets the bare minimum for tec. Enc and art seem generally supported. I'd like to have a wider crop than my own, but so far no one has fixed the ugly border. The whales themselves are ok, barely. Edit 3 is also far too yellow on my monitor. ~ trialsanderrors 07:47, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted (9 support / 2 weak support / 6 oppose / 1 neutral) --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:03, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Golda Meir[edit]

Golda Meir, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel, and the only woman to achieve this position.
Edit 1 - Alternative version by KFP.
Edit 2 - Edit of alternative. removed the dust, sharpened, contrast fixed and cropped. By: Arad
Edit 3 - Removed dust and shadows and cropped by Arad
Edit 4 - rotated, foreground contrast enhanced, background contrast reduced, etc., by trialsanderrors
Historical picture, very encyclopedic, and in high quality.
Articles this image appears in
Golda Meir, Yom Kippur War, Operation Wrath of God, List of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee people
Marion S. Trikosko
Tomer T

  • Support all editsTomer T 13:52, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Poor quality. A downsample might improve the contrast and eliminate the excessive grain. Alvesgaspar 14:31, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I made an alternative version based on the TIFF at the LOC website. This one avoids the compression artifacts and has slightly higher contrast. --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:34, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose for now. Great picture, but needs serious cleanup effort. And a caption. ~ trialsanderrors 16:56, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Weak oppose Arad's edit takes care of the dust, but I agree it's too bright, and some distracting shadows remain (upper left and upper right corners in particular). ~ trialsanderrors 20:10, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 2 or 3 --Arad 14:18, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 2 as well, LordHarris 17:08, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
  • OpposeSorry I do not like the other edits. Edit number 2 is too bright/light. Need to do a few more alternatives. LostCity42 17:45, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - Here is edit 3. Hope it's fixed now. --Arad 21:34, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • OK, I added my own edit from the LoC tiff, mostly to bring out the rich details of her face, which have gotten lost in the other versions. Support Edit 4. ~ trialsanderrors 10:43, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 4 it got the brightness best. -Fcb981 15:40, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 4. I can tell just by the thumbnails. howcheng {chat} 20:10, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 4 (preferred) or any of the others except edit 2. YechielMan 00:31, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not very striking 8thstar 23:02, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 4. A technically excellent portrait photograph it will inevitably be encyclopedic. Pstuart84 Talk 15:47, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Golda Meir 03265u.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:05, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

US Capitol[edit]

House of the Representatives side (South) of the US Capitol.
This picture captures the brilliance of the U.S. Capitol and, with a high resolution, is also well suited for widescreen computer wallpaper.
Articles this image appears in
United States Capitol
Martin Jacobsen
  • Support as nominatorKulshrax 16:41, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Nice picture, but not featured quality material, in my opinion. It would be more encyclopedic if it was a head-on shot. There's also not really a "wow" factor for me in the picture, and the picture lacks sharpness in a couple areas. -Bluedog423Talk 22:23, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above, and a weird angle. Flat roof tops are skewed several dozen degrees in each direction. --HereToHelp 22:30, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The US Capitol article has other better pictures.--Svetovid 16:00, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Purple fringing on trees. Distracting contrail(?). Angle and perspective are poor. Per above.-Andrew c 22:37, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 02:41, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Tea Gardens around Mirik[edit]

Mirik, a tourist spot in West Bengal, India, is sorrounded be numerous tea gardens producing Darjeeling tea. They also add the the natural beauty of the area, which is captured in this shot.
This picture captures the scenic beauty the place has to offer to the visitors.
Articles this image appears in
  • Support as nominatorsoum (0_o) 04:01, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose - poor technical quality - chromatic abberation, sky is completely blown. Illustrates the topography of a tea garden well though. Debivort 04:16, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Debivort. -Fcb981 06:07, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above. The scene is beautiful and encyclopedic, but the sky is badly blown... tiZom(2¢) 07:30, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sky is blown. 8thstar 13:19, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As per above, plus there are little blue bits on the trees outlines--User:Ahadland1234 21:58, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 02:41, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Large Brown Mantid[edit]

Juvenile Large Brown Mantid

Excellent macro picture of a juvenile Large Brown Mantid, Archimantis latistyla. Taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria in Dec 2006. Specimen size is approx 3-4 cm.

Appears in Mantidae and Mantinae

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 05:06, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose with regret. Technically well done, but there are issues which prevent me from supporting: First, the artificial background, and especially the double shadows. (No, editing them out won't help - you need bigger 'brellas, or a shooting tent for stuff like this!) Second, the shallow DOF. If photographed in nature, I might excuse a somewhat shallow DOF, but not in a "studio shot" like this. --Janke | Talk 06:25, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Janke 8thstar 15:26, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose That shallow DOF spoils the pic for me - Adrian Pingstone 22:30, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose DOF. With a controlled shot, you might be able to focus bracket the subject so everything is in focus.--HereToHelp 01:42, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. Again, a nice shot by Fir with DOF problems on small subjects. Per Janke. --Tewy 06:16, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose - They've landed - Mrug2 00:47, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Looks washed out. I'm sure it's a pale bug, but if the background were darker than the bug, it'd pop out). The blurry abdomen and two shadows also ruin it for me. Enuja 02:31, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 02:40, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Biological cell[edit]

Diagram of a typical animal cell. Explanations in the picture's page.
For comparison, animal cell by LadyofHats (not currently a candidate.)
Very encyclopedic image, in high quality, that has great explanations in its page.
Articles this image appears in
Biology, Cell (biology), Cytoplasm, Cell nucleus, Lysosome, Nucleolus, Organelle, and a lot more.
commons:User:MesserWoland and commons:User:Szczepan1990
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 21:55, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support supposing it's proper. So, who wants to image map it? :O --gren グレン 22:39, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, it's enc ok, but LadyofHats sets the standard here in terms of mcb svg's, and this one is nowhere close. Also, the circles around the numbers are generally considered distracting. ~ trialsanderrors 22:51, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Strange, they dont distract me,
  • support for being encyclopedic --User:Ahadland1234 23:18, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, I think this looks better than LadyOfHats' but it has less information. It's definitely a good image... but, I think it needs to be decided in terms of which image will actually be in the article. I like the circled numbers especially with imagemapping. and the transparency beats Lady's... --gren グレン 03:34, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Sorry, it looks like one of those Powerpoint cliparts to me. The way the Centriole (13) is rendered is completely out of sync with the rest of the picture. The Cytoskeleton (7) is a single scraggly line? And finally, is there a reason why there is no Flagellum? ~ trialsanderrors 03:18, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Probably because most animal cells (that we'd think of as belonging to animals) don't have flagella, rather they're best known for being attached to single-celled animals. The flagellum mostly helps the single-celled animal move around, although larger animals have them on some cells. —Pengo 13:05, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support Per above 8thstar 23:52, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • strong oppose very poor graphics, perspective of different organelles does not match, difference between lysosomes and vacuoles (actually typical for plant cells, not animal cells) is not clear. Lycaon 10:39, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Whether or not they're common, vacuoles do exist in animal cells. Lysosomes, vesicles, peroxisomes, and vacuoles generally look similar on these types of diagrams anyway.Primeromundo 02:48, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose after seeing some similar drawings in textbooks which blow this out of the water. —Pengo 23:37, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:22, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Great Horned Owl[edit]

A 3-4 year old Great Horned Owl, taken in Balsam Mountains, North Carolina. The bird is currently in rehabilitation after sustaining a wing injury from colliding with a car.
This is an excellent image with a spectacular subject. It meets all of the technical requirements of a FP, and demonstrates its subject very well. The picture also contributes a lot to the articles it appears in, and is very encyclopedic.
Articles this image appears in
Great Horned Owl, List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols, Symbols of Alberta
Taken by Peter Manidis
  • Support as nominatorEmery 00:21, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Cautious Support Some DOF problems, the scourge of all macro photography. Also, the subject is cut off. But I love how (in certain places) you can see the individual feathers.--HereToHelp 01:39, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Excellent image, very high resolution and high quality. Userpie 01:40, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Question What's that yellow aura? —Pengo 04:22, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - looks like severe over-use of the shadow/highlight tool, also DOF issues. --YFB ¿ 04:34, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I like it, But what IS that yellow aura? 8thstar 14:07, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, mainly because of prominent halo from photoshopping (using unsharp mask?). Can we see the original, please? --Janke | Talk 09:44, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Looks fake, and that's a problem no matter what caused the yellow halo, background that looks like a mottled sheet, and over-sharp edges on the owl. Enuja 02:27, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Left and right of pic are unacceptably blurry - Adrian Pingstone 08:16, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support that is one cocky owl :P --HadzTalk 11:49, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It looks like some photoshopping or a lens defect left one one spot FP worthy. Althepal 21:32, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:22, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Agasthiyamalai range and Tirunelveli Rainshadow region[edit]

The Tirunelveli rainshadow is an arid region in south Tamil Nadu. The rainshadow is created due to the prescence of the Agasthiyamalai hills which blocks the Monsoon winds from the west and cutting it off from the Southwest Monsoon. The image shows the effect of a rainshadow on the local climate. The landscape is arid even though less than 20km away there are rainclouds and monsoon showers.
encyclopedic image that highlights a rainshadow region
Articles this image appears in
Desert, Rain shadow, Deccan Plateau, Climate of India, Agastya Malai
  • Support as nominatorPlaneMad|YakYak 16:03, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Poor quality (blurry around the sides/corners). Has also been nominated before. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 18:40, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Conditional Support I don't see blurriness anywhere except the left side; a crop can take care of that. (Also a bit blurry around background mountains, but not as bad and not and harder to correct.) The old nomination was rejected because a compressed version was uploaded first and that it did not appear in any articles. Both have been fixed. I await the crop.--HereToHelp 22:58, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Subject not depicted well. So, So, quality. -Fcb981 15:26, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:22, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

2007 Jakarta Flood[edit]

A taxi was submerging into a flooded water while at the background a horse carriage was trying to flee away.
This is a rare image I found at Flickr with high quality, nicely illustrated to the event (see 2007 Jakarta flood) to show the impact of the disaster and most important thing is that the image is free.
Articles this image appears in
2007 Jakarta flood
Gajah Mada (a Flickr user)
  • Support as nominator — — Indon (reply) — 12:45, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I confirm the copyright status of the image. It's a touch on the small side, however. MER-C 12:53, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Horse is blurry, and barely meets resolution requirements.--HereToHelp 12:54, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • It's suppose to be blurry, isn't it ? The horse is running and it is not the focus point. Yes it barely meets the req. requirements, but it meets, doesn't it? — Indon (reply) — 17:23, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Tilt? --YFB ¿ 12:55, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Fixed tilt by removing leg from desk. --YFB ¿ 12:57, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - What tilt, don't you see the horse is climbing up the hill? That's why he looks so tired. Alvesgaspar 21:25, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • just lean your head to the left... tilt fixed! 8thstar 22:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Do they build tilted fences and walls in Jakarta?:-) - Adrian Pingstone 08:08, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose messy composition. --Dschwen 15:21, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose The car is sharp, and it is kind of interesting, but it is just messy, and not very large. Althepal 21:24, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:21, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Triple Expansion Engine[edit]

Animation of a triple-expansion steam engine, created using XaraXtreme.
eye catching
Articles this image appears in
Physics, Steam engine, Thermodynamics
  • Support as nominatorTomStar81 (Talk) 02:32, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose because of technical inaccuracy: slide valves do not move "click-clack", they have a sinusoidal movement, coming from the eccentrics on the axle. --Janke | Talk 15:25, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The caption is not clear; you would have to read the articles that this appeared in to understand it. Eye-catching but not really Wikipedia's best work. --Gabycs 00:04, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment: Why this complaining about captions lately, on this page? Usually there's a different caption in the article, e.g. here in this case on the steam engine page: "An animation of a simplified triple-expansion engine. High-pressure steam (red) enters from the boiler and passes through the engine, exhausting as low-pressure steam (blue) to the condenser." That's good enough for a caption - but the other technical issues remain. --Janke | Talk 05:16, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, poor caption, technical inaccuracy. We need to crack down on FP noms with bad captions. Too many have slipped through. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 22:47, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support: Symbol support vote.svg This is an interesting image. Fits all criteria (to the best of my knowledge).  ~Steptrip 02:24, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
How does it, its inaccurate?--HadzTalk 13:06, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:21, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Cloud From Plane Window[edit]

Clouds, as seen from the window of an airplane.
This picture has great colors and presents an unusual, yet appealing view of the subject.
Articles this image appears in
  • Support as nominatorThewastedtimes 01:14, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I like the colors; very nice pic. 03:47, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose the noise is the big thing. A tighter crop would help (the top black) and the composition is a bit unbalanced an edit with some high quality nosie reduction and I could support. -Fcb981 02:30, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It's not very interesting, plus the noise... 8thstar 03:38, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose low quality snapshot. Noise and smudges. --Dschwen 07:58, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I like the picture, but the largest version is too grainy - Adrian Pingstone 08:37, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support This is a nice picture, it really captures the essence of being above the clouds. Nice colors, too. Of course, if it's possible to take this picture during a thunderstorm, that would be quite fascinating.
  • Oppose I uploaded a photograph of stratocumulus clouds over the Rockies that does not suffer from the problems affecting this one. I don't think mine is of FP quality, and I certainly don't think this one is. Thegreenj 00:24, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It is not low res and stopped crying. It is a great picture. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)
    • Please sign in before voting. --Tewy 03:09, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too ordinary. Kla'quot 05:01, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:21, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Aerial perspective[edit]

OriginalAtmospheric perspective, or aerial perspective, is the effect caused by the atmosphere on the appearance of objects observed by a viewer. As the distance between the object and the viewer increases, the contrast decreases and the colours become lighter and more bluish, until the image of the object eventually fades into the sky. In this picture, the effect is emphasized by a series of mountains in different planes, photographed in a near contre-jour situation.
Alternative 1 – An alternative image that may better illustrate the article. Not in an article as yet
Alternative 2 – Another alternative, taken at the same spot as the original
Another Alternative (3), this time by YFB ¿
File:Atmos persp beacons enhanced.jpg
ZOMG NPOV Alternative Alternative with greatly enhanced encyclopaedicity
This picture is a clear, and beautiful, illustration of the atmospheric perspective effect in photography.
Articles this image appears in
Aerial perspective, Serra da Estrela
Joaquim Alves Gaspar
  • Support as nominatorAlvesgaspar 15:28, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose — you're right, it does illustrate the atmospheric perspective very well, but there's little else that would make it FP worthy. Too little detail, and the trees are distracting — Jack · talk · 16:21, Saturday, 31 March 2007
  • Oppose. Agree with above, it does illustrate the subject but is aesthetically and compositionally quite unremarkable. I've just uploaded an old image I had lying around that I feel might illustrate the subject better and is a bit prettier to look at. Admittedly the 'silhouettes' don't seem to be as visible in the thumbnail though, but I think that is partially because of the comparative height of the image. Thoughts? Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 20:33, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support alternative. I like the alternative, but I think in the other one, the trees overpower the desired effect. Jaredtalk  22:53, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose This one: Tea fields (Will Ellis).jpg covers the aerial perspective and the tea fields below, and actually looks attractive. (Also oppose Diliff's alt for this nomination, for lack of blue shift). ~ trialsanderrors 22:54, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The problem with that one though is that the "blue" section is only a small splotch in the center by the time it turns lighter blue. I don't think that portrays the effect as well as the second image (the tan-ish colored one). Jaredtalk  23:11, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Well, the problem with all nominated pictures is that in neither case contrast decreases, because even the foreground has very low contrast. The color range doesn't change much either, so the only thing that happens is that the colors go from dark to light. The tea picture at least has six layers of shading, from contrast-rich green to low-contrast blue. So it certainly does a better job as representing the phenomenon than the nominated pictures. Although this is such a frequently photographed topic, we should be able to find a better one. ~ trialsanderrors 04:39, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I would dispute the justification for opposing based on the lack of blue shift. As per this article, I don't believe the concept of Aerial perspective requires the shift to be blue (although perhaps the article should be amended to reflect that?). When the sun approaches the horizon (as with most sunsets), you get red/orange sunlight and the same aerial effect with those colours. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 10:17, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
      • To be precise, there is not necessariy a blue shift in aerial perspective but a shift towards the colour of the atmosphere, which is normally blue (except in sunrise/sunset, of course). The thicker the air layer between the object and the viewer the fainter its own colours are perceived. Alvesgaspar 11:41, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
        • True, but none of the pictures so far shows this at FP level, the spaghetti monster version exempted, of course. ~ trialsanderrors 19:05, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Alternate; Oppose original, Trialsanderror's alternative. The latter two have blown skies and look somewhat blurry. The alternative looks directly into the sun and yet the highlights are perfect. It doesn't include the blue shift because of the time of day, but oh well.--HereToHelp 23:14, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I'm not nominating mine, I'm just pointing out that there are better alternatives than the original. ~ trialsanderrors 23:23, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Info - I'm adding a new alternative, taken at the same spot as the original. The first plan is less distracting but the sky is a little overexposed (it could be fixed, I suppose). Several grades of gray/blue are clearly visible. Alvesgaspar 23:41, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Another Alternative might be one I took a couple of years ago in the Brecon Beacons, not yet in an article either. --YFB ¿ 04:41, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Same problem – of the three things: 1. reduced contrast, 2. increased brightness, 3. hue changes to blue, this one does only 2. ~ trialsanderrors 04:57, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I've uploaded an alternative alternative (enhanced enc) which I believe should address your concerns. --YFB ¿ 06:27, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Damn, it's the NPOV trump card! I fold, Support ZOMG NPOV edit. ~ trialsanderrors 06:38, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Oppose It's missing a midget.--Svetovid 16:02, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Alternative 2 is the best of 'em, and the blown highlights along with the distracting tree ruin it for me. Enuja 02:24, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Only "Alternative Alternative with greatly enhanced encyclopaedicity". Low quality, but it is so interesting! Joking. Support Image:Mount Feathertop, Australia - May 2005.jpg, Alternative 1 .Althepal 21:27, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:36, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Man holding sign during Iranian hostage crisis protest, 1979[edit]

Man holding sign during Iranian hostage crisis protest, 1979
Alternate captions:
A man exemplifying anti-Iranian sentiments during a 1979 Washington, D.C. student protest of the Iranian hostage crisis. His raised sign reads "deport all Iranians, get the hell out of my country" and "Release all Americans now" on the reverse side.
Anti-Iranian sentiments were particularly prevalent during the Iranian hostage crisis. This photo of a 1979 student protest in Washington, D.C. shows a man holding a sign which reads "deport all Iranians, get the hell out of my country", with "Release all Americans now" on the reverse side.
Edit 1 - Noise removed - a bit retouched
For the curious... you can see through his sign. I flipped it and added emphasis- this is what the other side says.
Historical image, enc value showing clearly the Anti-Iranian feelings in USA in the months of Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979 following the revolution in Iran The hostage crisis was one of the most known, important events of its kind in world history. And plus that, the image has a very good quality and composition IMO. It's not the usual cliché "black" racism photo.
Articles this image appears in
Iran hostage crisis Racism in the United States Anti-Iranian sentiments
Trikosko, Marion S.
  • Info Please specify the version you prefer. Thanks in advance for your votes. --Arad 21:00, 14 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Both With preference to edit — Arad 01:25, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support It looks somewhat grainy to me and there's not as much focus on the subject as I might like, but I like the picture overall. ShadowHalo 02:14, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support ack ShadowHalo. Well put.--HereToHelp 02:29, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose I don't find this racist picture very striking, but I do find it offensive. —Pengo 03:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC) (changed to strong oppose as no specific details for this image can be given). —Pengo 01:59, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Well, IMO, the point is that it's so offensive toward Iranians that it's striking how people can be so racist on something that is not even the Iranian people's fault. --Arad 03:19, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 Historic, striking, well composed etc. --Cody.Pope 04:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support (Edit 1). Hate the racism, but love the depiction of it. And I have to say that I disagree somewhat with ShadowHalo regarding the focus of the subject... Having the subject so distant gives a "lost in the crowd" feel, and the people surrounding the subject add to the chaotic atmosphere. tiZom(2¢) 14:25, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose - Very offensive. Imagine that you are an Iranian, and you see this picture on the main page or even the FP's icon in the upper part of the picture's page. I think you wouldn't like to visit Wikipedia anymore. Tomer T 14:46, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm sure Iraqis would be more offended that you think they are the same thing as Iranians. -Fcb981 15:19, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm already offended as an Iranian that you think they are the same. (joking) Well now seriously, Iraq was a part of Iran before but not now. They are different nations now so don't confuse them. --Arad 16:27, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Also, I'm trying to defend Iranians by showing this image and the problems they had in those times, which is good for people to see on main page. --Arad 16:41, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • My fault. Arad, I think that the picture's presence on the main page wouldn't really make any Iranian happy. Tomer T 16:47, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
It's fine. Well, those who are intelligent enough with enough knowledge will see the image and think that racism is a very bad thing. I don't think anyone would take the image as "Yes it's a good idea to deport Iranians". At least I hope people will not think about it like this. Do you? --Arad 00:07, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
I hope too, but who knows? (: Tomer T 00:28, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
You convinced me, but I'm not totally excited of making this picture a FP, so I'm now neutral. Tomer T 00:31, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support - does the sign have something else written on the other side? It looks like "release all americans now" - which is a bit distractiing. Apart from that, great image — Jack · talk · 15:33, Friday, 9 March 2007
  • Weak support - Support only because of enc relevance, quality is quite poor. Historical or journalistic documents may indeed be considered offensive specially when the events are relatively recent. However that fact should not affect their scientific value or prevent anyone to use or disseminate them. This is of course, the opinion of someone who believes in the freedom of expression, an important value of the western democratic societies. But the scope of Wikipedia is much larger than that, I know... - Alvesgaspar 17:40, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Agree with Alvesgaspar, as long as the image is contextualized in a proper historical prospective, denying it FP status because it might offend is against the NPOV policy. --Cody.Pope 18:24, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I really don't see any reason why an Iranian person should be offended by seeing this as a featured picture. It's not like Wikipedia supports racist behaviour by promoting this image. -Wutschwlllm 20:08, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • By putting this on the main page it will likely give many people the (hopefully mistaken) impression that Wikipedia does support racism. Already Wikipedia is dominated by American viewpoints, and US-Iran relations are currently at their lowest point since the crisis. Note that Iran was one of the three countries of George Dubya's so called "Axis of evil", and Iranians are currently treated with suspicion in the US, generally requiring additional checks at airports, etc. —Pengo 21:20, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Again, I cite policy, the fact that the image can be seen as offensive is not enough to negate it's use or deny it FC status. If on the main page, the caption should clearly state it's historic context -- if it does in NPOV way, it should be allowed. --Cody.Pope 22:13, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm completely with Cody.Pope on this one. In my opinion, this is really ridiculous. Let's just say this image of Adolf Hitler gets promoted and it appears on Wikipedia's main page, does this make Wikipedia a neo-nazi club, or what? This is an encyclopedia, not a political platform, and I hate (unnecessary) self-censorship, just because of some weird opinions on political correctness.
"Note that Iran was one of the three countries of George Dubya's so called "Axis of evil", and Iranians are currently treated with suspicion in the US, generally requiring additional checks at airports, etc." I know exactly what you mean. Since I watch Al Jazeera English I hate all the American news channels. Even CNN (I don't really need to mention Fox News) is so biased, they don't even invite Iranians to contribute to discussions (what Al Jazeera does, by the way). The bottom line is, I detest this sort of self censorship. -Wutschwlllm 22:39, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Maybe we could give it FP status but not put it on the Main Page?--HereToHelp 22:44, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
I hesitate, since that seems only to confirm that wikipedia is censored by saying this significant image is important but too offensive to be displayed. At least from an ideological stand point that seems far worse to me. --Cody.Pope 23:09, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
I agree, but I would like to see here what the caption for the PotD should be. ~ trialsanderrors 23:16, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
I nominated the image and I'm Iranian. I wanted it to be on the homepage to show that how people could be so ignorant and racist against other nationalities. I hope people will take it in a good way, not that racism is good or that we are promoting it. If you guys think it's offensive to Iranians, then I would prefer a withdrawal. But I thought in this situation that Iran has currently with this Bush vs. Mullahs thing, it's a good time to show the image. I hope the captioning will be informative and not provocative. It wasn't Iranian people's fault that the hostage crisis happened. It was the government and I want the world to know that it still the same. It's not Iranian people's fault that their dictator government supports terrorism. They are trying their best to overthrow the government. But it's not easy. --Arad 00:15, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
It's a news picture, and as such a witness to history. The image itself isn't POV, but it can be interpreted as such, in two ways: 1. As offensive to Iranians, and 2. As offensive to Americans. That's the essence of prejudice, to project the bad behavior of a subgroup onto the group as a whole. I don't think we should reject it based on its sensitive nature, but we should be careful in the way we put it in context. ~ trialsanderrors 00:42, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment & Question As far as pictures portraying racist sentiments go, this one is even worse. My question here is really whether this image presents a historic occasion or is historic by itself. I don't remember this one being used, but then again I was twelve when the hostage affair happened. ~ trialsanderrors 23:04, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  • I wasn't even born when it happened. I'm going to bring some Iranians and to get their opinion. --Arad 00:15, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral Tomer T 00:31, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment This discussion regarding censorship is silly in my opinion. In the lynching article there is an actual picture of lynching with a teenage boy hanging from a tree. It shows the horror of the situation in a way text could not. In an article on the Iranian hostage situation how can one justify not having a picture showing how some Americans felt during that time? How could anyone interpret this photo as a Wikipedia endorsement of Iranian deportation? The caption should be written carefully so as not to paint all Americans with the sentiments shown in the photo. This situation is not unique on Wikipedia and has been handled many times. I don't understand the furor in this case.Meniscus 01:35, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
    • There is no furor. This is a perfectly valid discussion that should be held before the picture goes up on the front page. Try to be more civil please. ~ trialsanderrors 02:03, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Agree with trialsanderrors. We're just having a "friendly", not "furor" discussion here about this matter to get a positive result out of it. --Arad 02:07, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, for the moment. I like the image a lot and am willing to support it, but I would like to see a solid description (providing that context others have demanded) on the image page before I cast my !vote. A good extended caption is one of the featured picture criteria, and one that we have been letting slide for too long, especially on historical photographs. --ragesoss 05:22, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Temporary oppose per ragesoss, I also like to see evidence that this picture is historic. ~ trialsanderrors 05:44, 10 March 2007 (UTC) | Amended, see below. ~ trialsanderrors 20:06, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support original (neutral edit, I think it loses some sharpness, harder to see man's features), nice image of important times. While this even in itself is probably not of great importance the hostage crisis is and this seems to be a good picture. Why? 1) it's from 5 days after the start of the crisis. 2) It's from MST. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Notable even from a notable magazine plus high quality image. It seems to work for me, although knowing more specifics wouldn't hurt. gren グレン 08:12, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Obviously its a historic photograph! It is even located in the US govt archives: which if you go here: you will find tons of other historic images from that time period. I don't have time to dig there, but assuredly there is a description somewhere on that website. Furthermore this image is of strong importance (strongly disagree with Grenavitar above) as this is one of the very few clear instances of anti-Iranian racism in the US. Usually in the Diaspora Iranians, mostly due to widespread secular background and easy assimilation into the wider culture, cannot be distinguished from the rest of the populace and thus do not suffer attacks the way has happened with non-secular Muslim Arabs, Indians, and Pakistanis. Even after 9/11, how many reports do we find of racist attacks against Iranians? Most Americans couldn't tell an Iranian if one were staring them in the face, unless the Iranian was dark-skinned or wearing some kind of Islamic dress and then the American would not be thinking "Iranian" but "Muslim" and if he were racist, the American would think something even more ignorant such as "camel jockey." So in that case the bigotry is against the religion, and not the ethnicity since he is unaware and thinks that "Muslim" is a race! And also when Iran has been attacked in recent times, it has not been of a necessarily racist character but against the country and government. So clearly racism against Iranians in the US is a rare phenomenon, and even rarer is masses of Americans calling Iranians "camel jockeys" and demanding that we be deported. For this reason there is no question that the picture is notable and evidence of a rare and ugly historic phenomenon, which unfortunately may resurface due to the ignorants who continue running Iran and give these type of bigots an excuse. Khorshid 11:57, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The front page for the collection is here. There are 1.2 million pictures in the collection, donated by U.S. News & World Report, and the fact that the collection is owned by the LoC now doesn't make all of them historical. It's very likely that most of them were never even used. "Historical" in this context means that it is a picture viewers would recognize as an iconic represeentation of that particular event, like Migrant Mother or Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. ~ trialsanderrors 18:02, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
    • What I mean to say is that the hostage crisis does not have one single iconic image that should be featured as does the Battle of Iwo Jima. The same clearly goes for anti-Iranian sentiment. Not being the important image does not make it unimportant or unfeaturable. (I hadn't read Trial's above when I wrote this) gren グレン 18:49, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Obviously historical photograph of great significance, also very troubling and thought-provoking. Definately FP material, and I agree- I detest wiki censorship due to political correctness. --frothT 18:33, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Please specify Guys please indicate which version you like the most. The edit or original. Thanks a lot for all the votes. --Arad 18:42, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm looking through Google image search to find historicl images of the crisis, and it seems to me these pictures of the crisis are more iconic, at least in the English-speaking media: 1, 2, 3. The question is really if (assuming free licanse and quality photo) we would be prepared to feature picture #1 on the front page. ~ trialsanderrors 19:17, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It would be nice to have a better description though; I wasn't able to find any more information on the LOC site, so I'm not sure more information is available. Basar 20:16, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support with caption (edit 1) Excellent photo and extremely historical. As others have said, iconic. I would like to see an extended caption, if possible. On the issue of contect, which I think should not affect its featured status: sure, it depicts American racism, and I think that is reason enough to feature it so that we don't forget the past. --Asiir 23:59, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above. --Mardavich 08:44, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It means a lot and deserves promotion.(Edit 1) Sangak Talk 14:26, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I'll stay out of the whole racism debate. Either way its a great picture that demonstrates an important historic event. RyGuy17 19:08, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Switched to Oppose. The picture, which depicts at best a footnote to the Iran hostage crisis, fails WP:NPOV#Undue weight and WP:NOT#SOAPBOX. For one, no evidence whatsoever has been offered that the image itself is historic and has even been used in news article. In fact, it doesn't seem to be used at all outside Wikipedia. It elevates a reprehensible response to the crisis to a widespread response without any evidence that this sentiment was held by more than a small minority. (On the more prevalent response to the crisis, see In simple terms, it tries to shift culpability. On the artistic/technical merit, clearly the picture wouldn't even be considered if the sign said "Oppose Measure 16". ~ trialsanderrors 20:06, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I agree that probably wasn't the most widespread response but it does an excellent job of conveying the extreme tension felt in the united states over the crisis.. there was a lot of fear and hatred flying around --frotht 04:29, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
      • I don't disagree, but are we documenting this as it was covered by authorative sources or are we creating a reality for ourselves? Looking around on Google image search, I find many striking contemporary images, blindfolded hostages, the ill-fated rescue effort, yellow ribbons, the jubilant return. Between the two policies no censorship and no soapboxing we can only make sure this falls under the former and not the latter by showing that this is a historical relevant photograph or shows a historical relevant scene, as determined by authorative sources. I don't see anything like this here. ~ trialsanderrors 06:46, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Clearly and obviously notable and deserving of FP status as so many fine contributors here have demonstrated. To above user, please see WP:AGF. Your unfortunate comment comes across as a strongly bad faith and provocative insinuation. Please have some respect for others. metaspheres 23:37, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
    • You yourself might want to read the full discussion here before making ill-considered bad faith acusations. I have no doubt that Arad offered the picture in good faith. It still fails both core policies for lack of evidence against the problems I pointed out. ~ trialsanderrors 00:22, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose-how is this featured quality? Don't get me wrong, it is good though, just not FP qualityPenubag 02:53, 12 March 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Comment. In case anyone's curious you can see the ink on the other side of the sign.. check out the pic --frotht 04:39, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - an excellent illustration of the anti-Iranian feeling. Warofdreams talk 18:08, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I don't think I'm qualified to weigh-in on the image quality or the historical status of the picture. But I do not believe it's racist to document racism, as long as it's done carefully and the context is clear. In fact, I think it's quite necessary to document it so that it doesn't get whitewashed. I realize I probably haven't put any arguments to rest, I just felt like contributing my two cents on the matter. --Paul 19:00, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support a good illustration of reactionary behavior in America. "ReLease" Americans? I didn't know we could be rented in the first place. Debivort 19:03, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • lol. Good one. --Arad 20:49, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • It's actually like that, it's not my mistake but his! --frotht 23:16, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Yeah we know. It's pretty a funny mistake. --Arad 01:04, 13 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose A racist guy holding a sign, not a particularly notable event, and the aesthetics aren't so great either. Spebudmak 22:34, 13 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support My support gets stronger day by day. In my opinion it's not necessarily important if the image itself was important at the time it was taken, but just how it portrays a subject matter, like racism and how some people react completely irrationally (because it is irrational to "deport all Iranians", just because of the hostage crisis). -Wutschwlllm 14:59, 14 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support i don't think that making this picture a FP means wikipedia supports racism. i'm jewish but if there was a really good picture of a death camp (from WW2) i would support it -Nelro 20:27, 14 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent picture. -- 16:36, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm suprised to see so many here describing this photo as a depiction of racism. Call it bigotry, prejudice, extremism, nationalism, jingoism, ignorance, xenophobia, isolationism, anti-immigrant sentiment, etc., but it doesn't seem to qualify as racism per se. With respect to all, the sign is rather specific in attacking members of a particular nationality, not a race. Please, no flames - I'm no apologist, but prefer precision in language. It's harder to denounce unethical behavior if we can't properly describe it. -Tobogganoggin talk 00:09, 16 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Same thing. Big deal. Prejudice we may call it then? Because Iran is made out of many ethinics, then it is in a way racism. It's racism to Persians, Kurds, Lurs, Parths, etc,etc. and all who live in Iran. That is in my opinion. --Arad 02:23, 16 March 2007 (UTC) --Arad 02:23, 16 March 2007 (UTC)
      • I still think we should have a PotD caption before we close this discussion. ~ trialsanderrors 03:36, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

More information required MER-C 08:03, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

  1. strong oppose, first I am Iranian and may have some kind of "conflict of interest" here. (me myself don't think so, but I am OK if you uncount my vote). let me frank, I don't see any good reason for seeing this Pic in the first page of Wikipedia; It may be offensive to some people, If you accept that it may be offensive, please stop this voting. regards,--Pejman47 23:48, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support Edit#1 Great picture, great imagery, classic. We need such a picture for Wikipedia, especially because of current events. No whitewashing, show the truth. --ĶĩřβȳŤįɱéØ 00:01, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: im concerned if we promote this, whether people will see Wikipedia as promoting racism and anti-Iranian sentiments. Just a thought however. Ahadland 13:47, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Controversial, uncomfortable, and regrettable images bring the most attention to cultural mistakes such as this one. Do not place blinders on society to accommodate the easily offended - one sometimes must to see the needless hate of yesterday to understand the needless hate of today. - --Forzan 04:46, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. We don't know who this guy is, where the protest was (one might assume it's the Iranian embassy, but it's best not to assume these things), how massive was the protest, how much coverage this guy got, etc. In short, it's lacking a good extended caption that explains the facts around this picture. Instead, what we have is a bunch of people who are reading into it and applying their own assumptions. Now I don't think we need a POTD caption per se, just something that gives us more context. howcheng {chat} 17:48, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support original — This isn't a racist photo; this photo shows racism. There is a huge difference between these two things -- that is why this image gets my support. I've looked for information on this photo or this particular protest, but the closest thing I came across was a Nov 12, 1979 Washington Post article, which I don't have access to. So, I don't know if we'll be able to find the exact location of this protest, but it is really irrelevant, as the purpose of this photo is to illustrate anti-Iranian sentiments during the Iran hostage crisis, not to discuss a particular protest. I also added a couple of different captions, maybe they'll sway you naysayers. ♠ SG →Talk 21:04, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
    • No. Absent evidence that the picture is historic or shows a historic event this is still pushing an angle of the crisis that is, in comparison to others, fairly minor. Pictures of the blindfolded hostages and the downed aircrafts went around the world. This one, from all the silence by the support voters, went nowhere. ~ trialsanderrors 23:38, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. The caption is well-done as far as it goes, but reveals the lack of much specific significance for the photo, and much specific knowledge about the photo's context.--ragesoss 18:25, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Depicting racism is not a bad thing to do, but as trialsanderrors pointed out there is little evidence that this photo is historically significant. Most political protests have their share of signs written by whackjobs. If we were writers of a newspaper article or a history textbook, we would choose to depict a slogan representing the typical sentiments of the crowd, not the nuttiest slogan in sight. Kla'quot 07:45, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I believe the historical context was indeed very significant. That particular time in history was also important in development of Islamic fundamentalism and it's relationship to the West and America. This picture a great example to show how all of a sudden two allied nations suddenly became enemies --Rayis 18:47, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above 8thstar 18:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support original. WP:NPOV and Wikipedia is not censored make this fair game for the main page, and Main-Page-ability is not a WP:FP criteria anyways. Staxringold talkcontribs 00:49, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Man_holding_sign_during_Iranian_hostage_crisis_protest%2C_1979.JPG +27/-8 Neutral 2 --HadzTalk 16:14, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Mount Fuji[edit]

Image of Mount Fuji taken by NASA.
I know the picture is almost too small, but it still passes the limit. Great pic.
Articles this image appears in
Mount Fuji
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 15:59, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - blurry, size, whites are blown. --YFB ¿ 16:09, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per YFB. 8thstar 16:45, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Per above; NASA has better. --Tewy 18:53, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Grainy, bottom left edge is especially out of focus, the subject of the image is nearly a single blown highlight. Enuja 01:50, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I support this picture because it is beautiful! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)
    • Please sign in before voting. --Tewy 03:07, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. As much as I hate to say it, Fuji-san looks like a zit. howcheng {chat} 06:20, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Grainy and small. Staxringold talkcontribs 00:43, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Symbol oppose vote.svg Per YFB plus many JPEG artifacts.  ~Steptrip 18:09, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 03:54, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Map of Livingston Island and Greenwich Island[edit]

Version 2: cropped the photos out
Superb map of Livingston Island and Greenwich Island of the South Shetland Islands made by the Antarctic Place-names Commission (website) of Bulgaria in 2005 and kindly released under a free license along with all accompanying photographs (taken personally by Wikipedian Lyubomir Ivanov, Chairman of the Commission). Exceptional resolution and detail. Used in a number of related articles, including cartography.
Articles this image appears in
cartography, Livingston Island (South Shetland Islands), Rugged Island (South Shetland Islands), Antarctic Place-names Commission, List of Bulgarian toponyms in Antarctica
Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria
  • Support as nominatorTodorBozhinov 18:48, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Yes, the map is beautiful. But important information is missing, like the scale, the labels of the contour lines, the units of the elevations (meters, feet?) and a legend with the elevation classes. The identification of the map projection would also be nice. - Alvesgaspar 21:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Err, "Scale 1: 100 000, Lambert Conformal Conic Projection, Standard Parallels 63°20'S and 76°40'S, Datum WGS84", clearly metric units are used throughout. Assuming you just didn't see it? TodorBozhinov 21:24, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Sorry, I really didn't notice the information about the datum, principal scale and standard parallels. As for the other elements (legend, labels and units), I assume they are really missing (why should it be clear that metric units are used throughout?) - Alvesgaspar 22:25, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too much information. If this were stripped of the surrounding images and the ubiquitous text, set as an image map to link to high-quality versions of the surrounding pictures, and if the jpg quality was improved then this would be a potential FP. As it is, it's a postcard from the 80's. ~ trialsanderrors 23:38, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - Not only the elevation classes legend is needed, also the one with land cover classification. The way it is, there is some confusion between elevation contours and land cover limits. Definitely not FP in what cartographic quality is concerned. Alvesgaspar 12:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support version 2 much more direct and to the point --User:Ahadland1234 23:12, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I still have no idea how big the island is... 8thstar 23:26, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment - Yes, a graphical scale is also needed. Alvesgaspar 11:12, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose This would make a great poster to go on a wall, but the image of the island is dwarfed by the text. Images that illustrate wikipedia articles should exist for their imagery, not for their text. Unfortunately, with the fake background and chunky borders layered on top, I don't think it would featured picture quality even without all of the text. Enuja 01:59, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, I don't believe it's the clearest of maps... and there is plenty of artifact around the text. gren グレン 03:10, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • User:Steptrip/Votes  ~Steptrip 17:24, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 03:54, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Electron shells[edit]

Uranium (chosen arbitrarily) has a high number of electrons; this diagram shows how they are arranged. :b
An electron shell is a group of atomic orbitals with the same value of the principal quantum number n. Electron shells are made up of one or more electron subshells, or sublevels, which have two or more orbitals with the same angular momentum quantum number l. Electron shells make up the electron configuration of an atom. It can be shown that the number of electrons that can reside in a shell is equal to .
This image combines all the diagrams into one SVG image, at the nominator's request.
This nomination is for a set of images (think Mandelbrot), the entirety of which can be found here. While any one alone is obviously unworthy of featured status, together, the clarity that they demonstrate the concept of the electron shell (stemming from simplicity) may be worth "featured set" status. The set is comprehensive and uniform, released under an acceptable license, and every image is an SVG. It received support at picture peer review.
From the creator: My intention in creating this set was to produce a coherent set of images that demonstrated the electron shells (with the main audience being school students), they were produced to with a colour scheme to match the work already on Wikipedia so that any separate elements included on pages would not look out of place. Greg Robson 21:46, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Articles this image appears in
I didn't check every image, so this may be incomplete, but but the sodium image appears in electron shell and neon appears in noble gas.
Pumbaa (original work by Greg Robson)
  • Support as nominatorHereToHelp 15:51, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Wow! Very cool. Although perhaps not one of the most attractive image sets on Wikipedia, it is certainly one of the most illustrative. Jellocube27 16:42, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Cool. 8thstar 18:49, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support by creator Although not the most glamourous, they might go some way to helping some GCSE or A-level student grasp the concept in chemistry! A lot of time and effort was taken to create the different rings and get the spacings right in order to make what is an A0 (twice your standard flipchart) landscape poster! Greg Robson 21:36, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Full Table Version - incredibly well done, and in SVG to boot. --Uberlemur 23:09, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support table version per Uberlemur — Jack · talk · 10:59, Monday, 2 April 2007
  • Support either with preference to full table version, both are great and encyclopedic--User:Ahadland1234 23:13, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Useful for high-schoolers only if high schoolers can find them. Convince me that the set as a whole is useful and linked in the encyclopedia in a useful way, and I'll support. Otherwise, these diagrams at lots of different articles might confuse people as to what electron shells actually are. It'll be even easier to convince me to support the periodic table version, but where would that version be in the encyclopedia? At the moment, it's linked no-where. Enuja 02:07, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Well, for one thing, it's too big to put much of anywhere unless would prefer a fullscreen scrolling mechanism.--HereToHelp 03:03, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per below. Comment leaning oppose, but I'd first like to see how this is solved: 1. Neither of the two images here is in an article (a criterion). 2. Even if the table is put in an article, it's unrecognizable at thumbnail size, barely recognizable at image page size (1024px in my setup), and browsers aren't automatically equiped to handle svg's (at least mine, IE6, isn't). So there needs to be a way to display the image(s) in a recognizable form, or it (they) shouldn't be promoted. ~ trialsanderrors 21:51, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps Periodic table (electron configurations)?--HereToHelp 23:16, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
OK I added it to the article, let's see how it gets accepted there. The second point is still unsolved though. ~ trialsanderrors 23:22, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
Whoops I should have been clearer: I meant to get rid of the old table altogether and make the new image gigantic. I did so, but in the preview at 2k px, the SVG looked blurry, while the PNG is sized at several times that, and looks fine at the size I added it in as. Go figure. (If the PNG renders better than the SVG, promote it instead — but there's probably some other reason that I don't know about.)--HereToHelp 23:39, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
The table was removed from the article as "obsolete and misleading", so I requested expert opinions from WikiProject Elements. ~ trialsanderrors 19:57, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support either - Very informative, and goes a long way towards making Wikipedia an encyclopedia. Mrug2 14:51, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose Although I think that creator of these is very well intentioned and I applaud the effort, I do not see that these images are particularly encyclopedicly useful or informative. The only thing that can be extracted from these can be more easily stated in words or shorthand notation. It is in the present day very non-standard to routinely present this information in a graphical form and this particular graphical form is ripe for gross misinterpretation and is difficult to extract information from. For example you have to count the number of electrons in a given shell whereas the short gives you the number. There is almost no relationship between these diagrams and reality. Although there is historical precedence for these types of diagrams, they have long since been abandoned as anything but an elementary teaching tool. Some old periodic tables had these sort of diagrams but modern ones of the same detail have shorthand electron shell configurations. I believe that these have a place in wikipedia, but do not think they should be featured in their current state. I would suggest that the creator write a more detailed article about these types of diagrams, including the history of their use and why they are misleading and outdated. If they are to be featured they need more disclaimer and context than they currently do and should be presented as historical artifact and elementary teaching tool. They absolutely must not be presented as a standard modern chemistry tool. I understand the author to be a teacher and that is where these are most often encountered but usually just one or two diagrams are used to get the point across, usually following the discussion of the Bohr model, before switching to the much less cumbersome and more useful representations. I must agree that it is *cool* to have a complete set of these obscure representations. Keep up the good work.--Nick Y. 21:21, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Just to clarify: I am not a teacher. I see your point, and most people would only deal with the first 30ish elements when looking at Alkane molecules and how the atoms bind and such. I think I got carried away to be honest! The later elements don't really exist long enough for practical purposes but were made as a matter of completeness. Greg Robson 22:01, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
      • The numbers are given in the right-hand corner.--HereToHelp 00:01, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, in the name of science. What Nick Y. said. From a technical view these images are very nicely done, but from a scientific view they're next to useless, if not downright misleading. It shows an atomic model that is outdated for half a century. There's no distinction between subshells, and it even gives a wrong idea about bonds and angles. What's left is eye-candy that conveys no real information beyond what a simple enumeration would. This type of diagrams should not be perpetuated. See also Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Elements/Archive 5#Electron Shell Diagrams and Talk:Ununoctium#Bohr for earlier opinions. Femto 22:20, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Agree with Femto. --Dschwen 06:51, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - For reasons already stated by Femto and Nick Y. --Paul 20:08, 5 April 2007


  • User:Steptrip/Votes  ~Steptrip 17:26, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support, Nick makes a great point... and this shouldn't be the lead image but I still think it is very well done and has its place in an article and can therefore be used. gren グレン 18:19, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted . Unfortunately, the accuracy concerns are what ruins these excellent technical images, as the Bohr model only works for atoms with one electron. We simply can't pretend otherwise. MER-C 03:58, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Maison Kammerzell[edit]

Alternative version: Median filter faded at 25%.
(Withdrawn original edit) Maison Kammerzell before 1900. Images merged.
Version comparison.
Mesdames et messieurs, voilà: la maison Kammerzell (or technically, Meine Damen und Herren, hier sehen Sie: das Haus Kammerzell, since in 1900 Alsace-Lorraine was German).

Maison Kammerzell, adjacent to Strasbourg Cathedral, is one of the best known examples of Renaissance architecture and one of the few secular buildings that has survived intact until today. Built in 1427 and transformed twice since, the current version dates back to 1589. This photochrom image by the Detroit Publishing Co. from the late 19th Century shows the façade virtually identical to its current state, exempting the restaurant sign, which is now in French.

Oh, and if anyone gets a chance to eat there, I recommend the choucroute aux poissons – fish on sauerkraut...
Articles this image appears in
Strasbourg, Maison Kammerzell
Detroit Publishing Co.
  • Supporttrialsanderrors 09:37, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, I definitely would support this but... is this version the best we can get from th TIFF? This version looks rather dull even compared to this lower resolution version. gren グレン 09:58, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I think you're falling prey to the "bigger images create muddier thumbnails" effect here. The edit has significantly more contrast than the original. ~ trialsanderrors 10:14, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
      • To make clear what I intended with my edits (other than to remove the dust and some rather pesky discolorization): most of the changes were done to enhance the photochrom effect of the picture. So I didn't go for sharpness as much as for the impression of a very detailed watercolor that creates most of the visual appeal of photochromes. I could've pushed for more sharpness, but between the two it was more important for me to show that this is not, in fact, a photograph. (Well, technically it's a hybrid.) ~ trialsanderrors 10:41, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I don't think the Unsharp Mask looks good. The sharpness is nothing like the original and gives a distinctly different impression from the original. It does not look like a photochrom at high resolution at all, nor does it look like a watercolor — it looks like a digital image that someone ill-advisedly ran an Unsharp Mask filter on. If another edit was made from the original TIF which did not look so digitally manipulated (esp. in terms of sharpness), I would be happy to support. In this case though I prefer the original TIF to the edited version, primarily for the sharpness reason. --Fastfission 14:55, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I think you're talking about the median filter. The unsharp mask doesn't do any of the things you say (at a setting of 150%, the unsharp mask actually sharpens the picture, but at a 0.5px radius the effect is very localized). I'll see if fading the median does anything interesting to the picture. ~ trialsanderrors 17:02, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support well, in any case very impressive and great for 1900 especially since there is an article about the building. gren グレン 23:17, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose first tentative support second - I don't like the photosopping of the first. The second shows much more detail, but it too has been filtered? Can we get a link to the original file from which these versions have been made? Debivort 09:25, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • It's in the edit history of the alt version. direct link ~ trialsanderrors 09:30, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Thanks for the link, but gosh, now I'm more confused than before. Edit 1 with the median filter looks just like the original. Also, what does the panel of crops illustrate? Debivort 18:17, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Yeah, 90% of the photoshop effort went into stamping out dust and cleaning up discolorization. The contrast enhancement really isn't that big a deal, and I'm not sure why it's being made such an issue here. I believe the crop panels signify "I'm one of the wealthiest citizens of Strasbourg and I can afford to have my house decorated with the finest of woodcarvings". ~ trialsanderrors 19:16, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
          • I see. I like that I can more easily read the sign in the alternative than the original nom, by the way, more than I worry about the specks present in the original. I dunno. tough call. Debivort 03:20, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
            • I can withdraw the first edit, if that makes the process easier. I don't think the difference is that big, and I corrected some minor mistakes in the alternative edit, so I prefer that myself. ~ trialsanderrors 06:10, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted This has gone on for long enough. MER-C 03:52, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Salt mounds, Salar de Uyuni[edit]

Salt mounds, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Excellent composition, great technical quality under hard conditions, highly encyclopedic since it's used in three articles, plus it's evocative of Richard Misrach's desert cantos. Proposed extended caption:

Salt mounds in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, ca. 25 times as large as the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's the remnant of a prehistoric lake surrounded by mountains without drainage outlets. Salt is harvested in the traditional method: the salt is scraped into small mounds for water evaporation and easier transportation, dried over fire, and finally enriched with iodine.</blockquote.>

Articles this image appears in
Sodium chloride, Salar de Uyuni, Edible salt
Lucag on Commons
  • Support as nominatortrialsanderrors 23:58, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. Great pic.--HereToHelp 02:01, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Very cool. Kla'quot 04:42, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Great picture--User:Ahadland1234 13:30, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Awesome pic. An edit to the caption would make this a better picture.its so hard to get information so go look for it ur self on another page bitch ≥≥≥≥≥≥ As much as I like this, there really isn't a wow factor to this pic. One of the best candidates for FP, though!--Gabycs 00:14, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I'm a little iffy about the graininess in the sky, but, overall, it's beautiful and very explanatory. Enuja 02:14, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, though the background is a bit grainy. Michaelas10Respect my authoritah 20:41, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, but graininess in the background is somewhat of concern to me... —dima/talk/ 18:17, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support It is a nice picture, but it is grainy. Althepal 21:23, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The resolution of any one salt mound is very low - zooming in produces harsh artifacts. Pstuart84 Talk 22:37, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • The Images should be judged at 100% and I am hard pressed finding artifacts at normal resolution. Obviously if you zoom in far enough you'll see tons of huge square 'artifacts'... Pixles. -Fcb981 15:30, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Piles of Salt Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Luca Galuzzi 2006 a.jpg --Terence 04:20, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Air Force Memorial[edit]

The recently completed United States Air Force Memorial, as seen at night.
File:Air Force Memorial at NightEdit 1.jpg
Edit1, lightened the monument
File:Air Force Memorial at Night edit2.jpg
Edit2, increased contrast (which also makes the monument lighter), and cropped the top slightly
The result of a 12-part stitch to produce high detail, interesting lighting.
Articles this image appears in
United States Air Force Memorial
  • SupportNoclip 23:41, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Notwithstanding the artistic taste of the US Airforce (or lack thereof), the picture is well executed. Chris 73 | Talk 23:53, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Agreed. Very cool! tiZom(2¢) 00:11, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support any. Good night shot. --Tewy 03:35, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The pillars are too dimly lit to make the pic striking enough for FP - Adrian Pingstone 09:13, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent work. Very sharp throughout, and I disagree with Adrian Pingstone because I think the lighting is quite good. Some manual contrast tweaking could really make the pillars shine (which I would do if I had the time), but as is, it is still very good. --Asiir 12:18, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Uploaded edit 2, which increases contrast and crops top slightly. --Asiir 12:42, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Just three curved cocks. Nothing interesting. Olegivvit 14:20, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support -Nelro 20:27, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

*Conditional support If someone could tweak the image a little and brighten the pillars slightly, I'd support, otherwise I'm neutral. --Mad Max 21:39, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

  • If your neutral why did you specify conditional support? Ahadland 15:27, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Probably neutral for now, support with the specified edit. --Tewy 21:54, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 I like the contrast in edit2, but it seems a little excessive and unnatural at the bottom near the trees. --Mad Max 01:20, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. I like the contrast of light upon the dark settings on the metal memorial. Real96 22:50, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support 8thstar 17:24, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 It is my edit but I do think it looks best. -Fcb981 22:51, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Adrian Pinkstone. Witty lama 22:09, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support nice. TomStar81 (Talk) 22:49, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not interesting at all.--Svetovid 23:07, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 and original Tomer T 11:20, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Not very interesting. Kaldari 04:36, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't believe being very interesting is part of the criteria. Noclip 13:21, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • It really isn't, especially considering an image like this. --Tewy 17:32, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
      • That picture makes my head hurt... hah 8thstar 14:19, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
    • To be more specific, this image fails the 3rd and 7th criterion.--Svetovid 00:36, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, it's pretty blurry, I think that's just a result of being a night shot. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 23:21, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, I tried to separate my dislike for the structure in general and the picture's quality... I don't know if I succeeded but I don't think it's FP material like many others. gren グレン 08:49, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Not bad at all, but not quite FP material either in my opinion. --KFP (talk | contribs) 22:18, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted --Terence 05:04, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Watercolor of Cleveland Tower at the Graduate College, Princeton University[edit]

This watercolor shows Cleveland Tower as seen from just outside Procter Hall at the Old Graduate College in the noon autumn sun. The tower was built in 1913 as a memorial to former United States President Grover Cleveland, who also served as a university trustee. One of the largest carillons in the world, the class of 1892 bells, was installed in 1927. The Chapel Music program plays the bells Sunday afternoons during each semester, except during exam periods.
I, the painter, am posting a self nomination because two choices unusual for classical watercolor suit this painting particularly for illustrating the tower and the architectural style discussed in the article about Princeton University. Rather than use beige and gray splotches in a wet-on-wet technique to hint at the bricks, I used a fine brush to articulate the level of detail in the college's brickwork, which helps illustrate the collegiate gothic style. According to classical perspective, one would draw parallel lines for the vertical edges of the tower. However, this is inaccurate for lines that subtend a large angle over the field of view, and I preserved the curvature that one sees in reality in parallel lines giving a more accurate sense of the height of the tower.
Articles this image appears in
Princeton University
David Liao
  • SupportDliao 03:14, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment nice and accurate picture. It's funny, I think a friend of mine did one from the exact same place once, arch included. Be aware that paintings don't generally go through this process, unless they're uber-famous. Mak (talk) 03:19, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Thanks. It's those awful trees in the courtyard. You can't move much to the left without them blocking the tower, and if you walk to the right, you walk right into the dining hall. The facilities and maintenance person told me everyone takes the picture from that spot. Dliao 03:41, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • sheepish support - I'm inclined to support this. I think it delivers almost as much information about the place as a photo would. It is certainly a great painting. I think I am going to get wikibitten though... Debivort 03:56, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I have a photo from the same location, but I have not cleared it with the university's Office of Communications and Office of General Counsel. Dliao 04:12, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Love it, well done! The detail of every stone is amazing- Adrian Pingstone 08:35, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Question - I'm puzzled with the perspective that was chosen, because our brain automatically corrects this type of distortion. I wonder if you used a photograph to paint the scene. Alvesgaspar 08:54, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Nice perspective, color, detail, and medium. This is definitely an image unique to Wikipedia. I hope this inspires more wikipainters to contribute. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-03-21 13:27Z
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support a lovely, detailed painting, although the caption does have red links Ahadland 13:33, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Terrific, illustrative painting. - Mgm|(talk) 19:54, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support--Mad Max 01:00, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The black shadowy portions in the top left and right hand corners (presumably the arch of some sort of entrance-way or corridor) is too distracting. It throws of the balance. The picture would have been equally encyclopedic (or more so) from a slightly different angle or crop that didn't include those corners as a framing device. The thumbnail gives it the look you would see in a crop of an image of extreme vignetting (such as in a fisheye lens). It is a nice painting though. (and I'd vote for it on the commons).-Andrew c 02:09, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment (1) Hi Alvesgaspar. Indeed I painted the watercolor using a photograph, though I would say that my brain does not automatically correct for this curvature. Straight lines look curved to me, and I often draw them that way even when I'm not referring to photographs. My eyes also don't correct strongly for color temperature or color gradients. Pieces of paper look like orange sheets under incandescent light. They're shaded unevenly. I notice poorly adjusted monitors. I imagine this might be what it feels like for people who have perfect pitch to hear the same melody transposed from one key to another. (2) I should mention, Adrian Pingstone, that the stones are not accurate to the brick. I referred to order 10% of the bricks and stones from the photograph for accurate placement, and the rest were done to reproduce the basic distribution of shades, sizes, and shapes. Dliao 04:09, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - After the author's explanation. I like the composition and colourinng. Alvesgaspar 09:26, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I haven't read the whole thread, but it looks great, with fine detail. YechielMan 00:22, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Looks fine to me.--HereToHelp 02:47, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:ClevelandTowerWatercolor20060829.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 21:48, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Comment I just read a little on and thought about geometric optics. For a flat retina it's easy to show that rectilinear objects in the object plane project to rectilinear images. I haven't bothered to think about an eyeball whose retina is curved, and whose lens might (I don't know enough empirical anatomy) be distorted from the "ideal" lens to focus to a curved image surface. The curvilinear perspective is probably "real" to me because I wear a strong prescription for near-sightedness--I get significant fisheye lensing to which my brain cannot adapt. Dliao 05:02, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Black-tailed Prairie Dog[edit]

File:Prairie Dog Washington DC.JPG
A black-tailed prairie dog at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., looks out from a system of tunnels (also known as burrows), displaying its characteristic scanning of the horizon. Using its dichromatic color vision, a prairie dog can detect predators from afar and then alert others to the danger with special calls. Some researchers believe prairie dog communication is sophisticated enough to describe specific predators.
Edit 1 (remove green fringing + shorter caption) A black-tailed prairie dog at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., looks out from a system of burrows, displaying its characteristic scanning of the horizon. On average, these rodents grow to between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including their short tails.
Used as the main picture in the Prairie dog article, replacing a low quality, small size government photo. There are currently no other pictures of prairie dogs of this quality so this photo fills an important encyclopedic gap. Granted, part of the prairie dog is cut off, but the photo illustrates a very familiar and common pose of prairie dogs: looking out of a tunnel system.
Articles this image appears in
Prairie dog
  • SupportAsiir 12:02, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Conditional support. The caption needs to explain how large they get, since the image gives no indication of size. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-03-20 13:43Z
    • No, it doesn't have to! That's the purpose of the article, not a FP or PoTD caption. Taking it to the extreme, should the caption also tell us what they eat, how they mate, etc? The image doesn't show that either... Support, by the way. Cute, high enc, technically good enough for me. --Janke | Talk 14:03, 20 March 2007 (UTC
      • If the caption emerges as an issue, I will gladly collaborate on writing a caption that is more satisfactory. For those who aren't aware of the debate, please see Wikipedia_talk:Featured_picture_candidates#Caption_Issues. ... How about this sentence from the prairie dog article: "On average, this stout-bodied rodent will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including its short tail." --Asiir 15:50, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
      • The caption doesn't tell us if the thing that's pictured is an infant, juvenile, adult, male, female, and there's nothing to use as a size scale (is it the size of a horse or a horsefly?) This has nothing to do with the article, and everything to do with providing an accurate, encyclopedic image that isn't misleading or open to interpretation. It's simple enough to fix, so why not fix it? — BRIAN0918 • 2007-03-20 16:40Z
        • Added size indication to caption. Sorry, I'm not an animal expert, so I can't specify sex or age. --Asiir 02:19, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
          • Looks good. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-03-21 13:35Z
  • Comment - what's up with the green fringing on some of the stalks in the background? Oh, and the only portion of the caption that's really necessary here is the first sentence. howcheng {chat} 16:06, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I wondered about the green fringing too. I can't remember if the background grass was actually partially green or if it's some aberration from the lens. --Asiir 16:27, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comditional Support Edit 1 -support only if the green fringes are removed. but great picture. -Nelro 20:23, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Green fringing removed for edit 1, as well as contrast slightly enhanced and slightly sharpened around face. --Asiir 02:19, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
    • i still see green fringes in edit 1 -Nelro 11:57, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Sorry, uploaded the wrong photo last night. Edit 1 is now the correct version. --Asiir 12:08, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - gorgeous photo, wish we had more like this. I'd like an even higher resolution version, but it meets the requirements. Stevage 00:22, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - preference for edit 1. Great photo, its all been said already. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 10:51, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1--Mad Max 14:55, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1. I love prairie dogs. howcheng {chat} 17:38, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1, though either is fine. Good exposure and composition. --Tewy 21:59, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 per above. Well framed, good quality and composition. Removing the green fringe helped. -Andrew c 02:14, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 8thstar 17:22, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Beautiful animal and beautiful photo.--Svetovid 21:09, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 1 per above.--HereToHelp 01:20, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Prairie_Dog_Washington_DC_1.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 21:45, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Antennae Galaxies[edit]

The Antennae Galaxies are currently colliding, which will eventually result in their merging together.
Its amazing quality of a unique and interesting subject.
Articles this image appears in
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
  • Support as nominatorUser:Ahadland1234 16:20, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Looks cool, except for the space dust all over the scan :P 8thstar 21:08, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Before anyone says it: It does look like an embryo. Now get over it! :-P --Arad 21:13, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - Clear, beautiful, and very encyclopedic. -Bluedog423Talk
  • Support The FPC voters are currently undergoing consensus-building, which will result in the eventual promotion of the pic.--HereToHelp 22:34, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - Very clear picture - Mrug2 00:40, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It does look like an embryo, as noted by Arad. And I love consensus building! Anyways, very nice and encyclopedic pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 22:46, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support encyclopedic, good quality and interesting. Good for the main page --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 10:59, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Gorgeous. Looks like a fetus to me. Dliao 04:41, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I've corrected the grammar in the caption, and also sharpened the wording a bit. Chick Bowen 04:47, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Antennae galaxies xl.jpg ~ trialsanderrors 00:15, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur[edit]

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878). Oil on canvas, Vienna.
This seems to have become a popular illustration for all things Jewish on Wikipedia. It's featured on Commons for its quality; I'm nominating it here for its usefulness.
Articles this image appears in
Prominent on Yom Kippur, Jewish identity, Maurycy Gottlieb. Also appears on Judaism, Jew.
Maurycy Gottlieb
  • Supportgrendel|khan 15:13, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. It needs a good extended caption. There is some good information in the description on the image page (and more on the museum page), but the prose is weak and it doesn't explain anything beyond a literal reading of the image and the personal connection to the artist. Why has this painting in particular come to stand for "all things Jewish"? What was Jewish life in Drohobycz in the mid-19th century like? Also, it says the title is "Jews Praying...", but according to the museum page it is "Day of Atonement". What's up with that? --ragesoss 18:40, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
    • "Yom Kippur" is Hebrew for "Day of Atonement", so it's a decision in how it's translated from the original. The caption on the book I used was "Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur", which could as easily be read as "Jews Praying in the Synagogue on the Day of Atonement". The captions have been expanded in all articles except Judaism, which already had an acceptable caption (I think). grendel|khan 20:27, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
      • "Extended caption" refers to the background and description material on the image page itself, which should be approximately what would go on the main page when it gets its turn on Picture of the Day. How it is captioned on individual articles is not necessarily relevant to a featured picture candidacy (though if you've improved the captions in those articles, that's a good thing in and of itself). See Wikipedia:Picture_of_the_day/March_2007 for examples, though with meaning- and context-rich images like this one, I think a longer version that can be trimmed to typically POTD blurb length would be better. Others may disagree with me about the necessity of going above and beyond a POTD blurb, but at a minimum the prose on the image page should be improved.--ragesoss 04:10, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Ah, I understand now. I've added an extended caption on the image page; the paragraphs I'd had previously didn't really fit into the Commons template for paintings. I've written a short paragraph for the image. grendel|khan 05:49, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support have seen this image before its very good quality, and as a Jew I can confirm it is accurate. Although I do think they all look depressed, not exactly a celebration. Ahadland 22:46, 22 March 2007 (UTC) 22:42, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
    • It is Yom Kippur--penitent and a bit hungry should be about right.grendel|khan
      • I was just saying, if its symbolic of all things Jewish people are gonna think all Jews are moody Ahadland 14:34, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Excellent quality; highly illustrative. - Mgm|(talk) 10:50, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Commment: How do we know that these are Ashkenazi jews, as it says in the Jewish identitu caption, whats the difference between an Ashkenazi and a Hasidic, I'm reform so I wouldnt know. Ahadland 15:41, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Ashkenazi are of eastern European descent, and Hasids are a branch of conservative Jews. I think you mean to ask, how do we know they are Ashkenazi, and not Sephardic_Jews (who are from Iberia)? Good question. Debivort 15:56, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
Ye but we dont know where these Jewish people are from they could be Hasidic, Reform, or Ashkenazi. How do we know?
Well, judging from their dress they could be Hasids, seem very unlikely to be Reform, and I think we have no way of knowing if they are Ashkenazi or Saphardic.Debivort 01:12, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Not Sephardi These people are not Sephardim, and you can tell because the two people in the lower-right are not wearing tallitim. It is the custom of all Sephardim that boys over 13 years of age wear a tallit for prayer. Ashkenazim only start wearing them after marriage. HaravM 21:52, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Without wishing to go into a Jewish studies lesson, and folloing the information here, the picture is of Polish Jews (hence Ashkenazi) in the 19th Century (therefore likely Orthodox, also separate seating for men and women). The painting is entitled "Day of Atonement", as correctly said this is the English name for "Yom Kippur". It's not encyclopedic for Yom Kippur or Jewish prayer as it's a very stylised scene. It may be encyclopedic so far as Jewish art is concerned, that's a matter for debate. Pstuart84 Talk 19:58, 23 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Hasidism originated in Eastern Europe, Pstuart84 --User:Ahadland1234 12:19, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Quite. I made no comment about whether these Ashkenazi Jews were Chasidic or not. Pstuart84 Talk 15:51, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support I'm Jewish myself, and I think this painting illustrates very well the jewish ambiance. Tomer T 00:27, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, sharp scan, etc. gren グレン 07:03, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Beautiful. Kla'quot 07:12, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Some parts of the faces look like photographs...stunning.--HereToHelp 13:35, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It's a fine, compelling work of art. I say this as a Jew, but I think non-Jews will also learn something from it. YechielMan 00:17, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Like 5 of the supporters are jewish... odd eh? 8thstar 18:58, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Not really. I feel like the voter to lurker ratio in the FPC pages is about 1:8 and every now and then an image comes along that pulls people out of the woodwork. Debivort 03:28, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Are you implying Jews shouldn't support their religion? You sound like your hinting at anti-Semitism too -- 21:12, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Whoa, whoa. That's uncalled for. The comment just says that people are more likely to vote on an image that speaks to them; I'd expect that a fantastic piece of LDS art would get a lot of Mormon votes, or that a great picture of the Alamo would get Texans voting for it. Please don't be so quick to assume the worst. (Also, please sign in. Judging by this edit, I think you're Ahadland1234, but I can't be sure.) grendel|khan 22:24, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Non-jewish support, although I think it could be downsampled a bit. ~ trialsanderrors 06:24, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support compelling picture. Gaius Cornelius 23:39, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose I almost laughed when I saw this. This is most certainly not a depiction of devoted Jews praying to God with reverence, which is the real situation on Yom Kippur. This is also from a not-so-religious Synagogue, because the partition between the men and women sections is too short. In this kind of Synagogue, what do you expect other than some people who just think the day is all about sitting around waiting to eat again? Should not have been painted in the first place, IMO - it sends the wrong message about Jews and their real devotion. It has so much support, though, that I feel I'm helpless to prevent such a picture from seeming to others that Jews just care about eating - not praying. Oh, well. All is for the greater good. HaravM 21:41, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment. I said above this was a stylised scene and therefore not enyclopedic for Jewish prayer/Yom Kippur. But it could be encyclopedic so far as Jewish art is concerned, and is certainly encyclopedic for Maurycy Gottlieb. Pstuart84 Talk 22:29, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Well, then, if it is not illustrating an article on Jewish art, why is it featured? If there is a beautiful picture of a frog which is only used on an article about flies because frogs eat flies, would that be featured (because it wouldn't really improve the article)? HaravM 05:37, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Maurycy Gottlieb - Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur.jpg --Enuja 00:27, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Small Red Rose.JPG[edit]

a picture of a red rose
a very pretty and detailed image
Articles this image appears in
user Libera on the wikimedia commons
  • Support as nominatorBarry O'Brien entretien 02:57, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, needs better caption gren グレン 10:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Rather than criticising why dont you suggest alternatives? --HadzTalk 11:45, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Shallow DOF, resulting from a poor exposure solution, crop too tight. - Alvesgaspar 15:14, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose' I would agree that the DOF may be small but I dont even see the focal area shallow or otherwise. The whole picture is strangely muddy probably from motion. Its also not particularly striking. -Fcb981 15:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: I fail to see how this contributes to the quality of an article. Plus it has JPEG artifacts.  ~Steptrip 18:02, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not a clear picture. Witty lama 01:34, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above and tight crop.--HereToHelp 02:24, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - lovely picture, but out of focus and full of specks. —Vanderdeckenξφ 09:13, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Nothing special about this picture, and it is not very good quality, nor does it display much photographic technique. Althepal 21:20, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:37, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Prokudin-Gorskii's self-portrait[edit]

Self-portrait of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Early color photograph from Russia, created by Prokudin-Gorskii as part of his work to document the Russian Empire from 1909 to 1915.
Actual portrait (not nominated).
It is a beautiful picture. I think that its quality is very high for a picture taken so early.
Articles this image appears in
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Photography, Color photography, Karolitskhali River
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 12:09, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: Already featured. Bnynms 16:22, 25 March 2007 (UTC) Oops, that's for commons. Bnynms 16:26, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Astonishing. Great enc value, really evocative capture. My only grumble is the outrageous file size.. I have a 2mb connection and I nearly gave up waiting for the big version. Do we really need >8Mb images here? mikaul 17:38, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Not nearly anywhere close to Prokudin-Gorskii's best work. What's the featured pictures we have already by P-G? The emir and the monastery, right? ~ trialsanderrors 18:25, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support either, because I think it's particularly important since it is the author's self-portrait. gren グレン 03:57, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • SupportA very serene image. I like the alternative less, partly because of the wrtiting on the stone, and the white clothing. But they're both nice. --Janke | Talk 09:12, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • weak oppose - doesn't illustrate the river as well as a modern image would. As for illustrating this photographic technique, fine, but we already have multiple FPs illustrating the technique. As for illustrating the photographer, both are pretty mediocre. Debivort 09:21, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I want to disagree about illustrating the author. It doesn't clearly show him but I think the picture say something important about him and his work... so, while it may not be a portrait, its effect ends up illustrating him (as an idea) just as well. gren グレン 03:24, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support original I really like this picture for some reason, although I'm not entirely sure why, but seems to be good quality for it's age (weak because I can see Debivorts point to some degree).Terri G 16:37, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Reguardless of texture, resolution, etc. of the first two pictures, which I'm no expert in, I oppose the two pictures, because the man is only one small bit of a larger picture. These are supposed to be portraits of a man, not pictures of scenery with a man plopped right in. The first two present a duality of focus that shouldn't be in such pictures, with focus drawn to both the scenery and the person. Kevin 23:18, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support either per above. 8thstar 01:39, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. We have better P-G images. howcheng {chat} 19:43, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:37, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Mission San Xavier del Bac[edit]

I think it's a great picture.
Articles this image appears in
Mission San Xavier del Bac, Spanish missions in Arizona, Architecture of the United States
jimfrazier, Flickr
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 10:36, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose,great light, but size and scaffolding bother me. --Dschwen 11:01, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As per Dschwen. Witty lama 16:15, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Tilted - Adrian Pingstone
  • Oppose The scaffolding, 8thstar 22:04, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per all --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 10:43, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Very interesting picture, but it is not of high resolution, and the scaffold. Perhaps you could take a picture of the front of the building.  ~Steptrip 15:59, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
    • That's the front of the building, and the scaffolding is much worse now. ~ trialsanderrors 19:52, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
      • The scaffolding has been here for several years (it was last time I went, and that was almost three years ago!) so that cannot be really repaired. The tilt can be retouched a little bit, so I'll conditionally support pending an edit. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 05:12, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Actually this is moot since it's on a noncommercial license. ~ trialsanderrors 07:25, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted Speedily not promoted as copyvio. May need deletion over at commons, can someone arrange that? MER-C 11:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Bluebells And A Syrphid Fly[edit]

A Syrphid fly (a mimic) rests on a Grape hyacinth
Edit 1 by KirinX, some unsharp masking applied, tighter crop
Close-up shot of a mimic fly. (Self-nomination; first attempt at self-nom.)
Articles this image appears in
Hoverfly, Grape hyacinth
  • SupportKirinX 16:17, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not a bad shot, but unfortunately the fine detail in the fly is lost. It's fuzzy - and fuzzy, too... But do keep trying! --Janke | Talk 17:53, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - A good attempt, but not quite up to FP standard (slight blur). Windy days aren't the best for taking macro shots! Also, FYI it's a grape hyacinth not a bluebell; these are commonly confused. --YFB ¿ 17:57, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the clarification. -- KirinX 18:02, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • I don't see the implied motion blur (Windy days), but the picture should be renamed. It's an ok macro shot. But: if the fly is the subject, its to small (too little detail), if the flower is the subject the DOF is too low. Top-notch equipment like the stuff used by Mdf (1Ds + 6000$ telelens) or Fir (pretty decent macro lens) has set the bar quite high quality-wise. --Dschwen 21:09, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Fair point, it's not really motion-blurred, just not super-sharp at full resolution. Lens quality is probably the limiting factor here, although Dschwen is right about the DOF. If I'd taken this I'd be pretty pleased with it, but it's not an FP. --YFB ¿ 22:49, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Just to inform, it was a windy day. I did my best to avoid windy moments. And the lens/equipment is comparable to Fir's (although most likely not exceeding it). It's a Sony Alpha 100 with a Tamron 90mm Di XR II Macro lens. Not a $5000+ setup for sure, but it's most likely me and my relative lack of experience that's the limiting factor on my photos. -- KirinX 23:45, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Beautiful. Has enough detail for me. —Pengo 00:27, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support This is as much in principle as in the name of the photo; I don't want to alienate new photographers, nor set the bar so high as to make it impossible for anyone without a few thousand dollars in equipment to take FPs. A little less blurriness on the fly's hair (I've seen images where could make out details that small), and a more in-focus flower (multiple DOFs are a real pain, so I won't complain too much) and it might be something I could support even more fully.--HereToHelp 01:24, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Week support edit 1 - As a matter of fact the bar HereToHelp is referring to is pretty high, not (only) because the reviewers are quite severe in WP:FPC but also due to some exceptional pictures from our talented photgraphers,like this one. Alvesgaspar 21:41, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • And I don't want it to be that high. Either version is just fine.--HereToHelp 01:09, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Weak support Ooooh, I'm a big fan of Edit #1. Come up with a good extended caption, and I'll be an enthusastic supporter. Enuja 22:30, 28 March 2007 (UTC) Very nice image, but it is true, as Stevage discusses below, that this isn't better than the current hoverfly main image. Enuja 13:34, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • What exactly do you mean by good extended caption? -- KirinX 00:16, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
From featured picture criteria:
8. Has a good caption. The picture is displayed with a descriptive, informative and complete caption. The image description page has an extended caption that is suitable for featuring the image on the Main Page.
That's all I mean.
Actually that's incorrect - as per this discussion captions do not need to be fit for POTD and you can't oppose based solely on that. --Fir0002 07:01, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the link! This stuff keeps changing. However, I can oppose for whatever reason I want to, and the closing admin can completely ignore me. Enuja 13:34, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral - I'm torn. It really is a good photo, and I really want to encourage the photographer to take more photos and submit them. However, according to the rules, it has to contribute a lot to the articles where it appears, and unfortunately that isn't the case - Fir0002's hoverfly pic is that little bit better, and thus is in the main image position. Please do nominate other photos though, and consider nominating it at Commons:Featured picture candidates? Stevage 02:56, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Regardless of the merits of other photos, this one is both technically excellent and provides a good perspective on the subject. HighInBC(Need help? Ask me) 02:07, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Good effort, but as biased as I am, neither is close enough to the quality of the two existing Hoverfly FP's to be worthy of becoming a third hoverfly FP. The first based on comp, and second with it's improved comp suffers from a lack of sharpness and poor lighting. Sorry! --Fir0002 23:59, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted --KFP (talk | contribs) 12:16, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Weeki Wachee spring, Florida (1947)[edit]

Weeki Wachee spring, Florida (1947)
Iconic image by one of the foremost female American photographers. Proposed extended caption:

Fashion photograph at Weeki Wachee spring, Florida. Toni Frissell was born into a wealthy New York City family and took up fashion photography professionally only after she got fired as a caption writer for Vogue. Even though her work spans the spectrum from society photography (amongst others, the KennedyBouvier wedding) to social issues (ranch life in Texas and Argentina; Frissell also volunteered for the American Red Cross during World War II), she is remembered as a fashion photographer and recognized for her stark imagery and as being among the first to take fashion models out of the studio into nature, as this 1947 picture at the newly opened Weeki Wachee Springs roadside attraction shows.

Articles this image appears in
Toni Frissell
Toni Frissell
  • Supporttrialsanderrors 11:12, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Very nice find. Good caption, but it should have something specifically about this photo as well. Who is the model?--ragesoss 18:24, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
    • No idea. That's something that's rarely ever recorded in fashion photography. I'll do some more search on Google books. ~ trialsanderrors 19:14, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • support per nom Debivort 19:58, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per nom --antilivedT | C | G 21:38, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Super support coool. gren グレン 22:35, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment The idea that all photographic collections gifted to the LOC are free is a lovely one, but I think it's on pretty shaky ground. Note on the LOC website for this collection "There are no restrictions known to the Library on the use of images with original negatives, with the exceptions noted below. Photographic prints for which the Library does not hold negatives may have been produced as "work for hire" and copyright may be held by the original client. Privacy and publicity rights may apply." Do we have any other evidence that this is in fact free, and not work for hire? I'm not trying to be wonky, but this is a free encyclopedia, and our FPs should be impeccably free. Sadly, the LOC does not always get it right in terms of copyright, and while they aren't going to get in trouble because of it (probably why they aren't that careful), re-users may very well. Mak (talk) 23:18, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
    • See the link in the license box: [2] The picture is LC-F9-02, so it falls into the category where Ms. Frissell asserts that she holds/held the rights. The images have also been available commercially for a while, so if Harper's Bazaar asserts copyright then I'd think they would have taken appropriate steps already. Also, the fact that the image was published by Harper's (a Hearst publication), Sports Illustrated (a TIME publication) and in Ms. Frissell's book lends credence to her ownership claim. ~ trialsanderrors 23:47, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Brilliant, thanks for clarifying that. Mak (talk) 23:54, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Yeah, at first I didn't quite believe that it was PD either. ~ trialsanderrors 23:56, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support what an absolutely fantastic and well-meditated photograph. And in the public domain! -- drumguy8800 C T 03:41, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support! But I agree that, if possible, the caption should say something about this particular photo. --KFP (talk | contribs) 17:35, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The problem is that with limited preview the Google books I found have her biography but when it comes to talking about her work the pages are inaccessible. Maybe I'll stop by at the library next time I'm on campus. The name of the picture indicates it's been taken at Weeki Wachee Springs. Does that help? ~ trialsanderrors 18:11, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and I agree that we need more info about this particular photo. howcheng {chat} 16:56, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Wow! Khoikhoi 03:58, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support Very artsy, even creepy. And of course, encyclopedic in terms of Frissell. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 07:20, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Iconic of what? The caption and context for the image are insufficient. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 17:10, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • This is still original research and I can't confirm until go to campus next week (it's Spring Break here and I'm working from home). The Weeki Wachee Springs roadside attraction was opened in October 1947 and picture was first published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947. So it's likely that the picture was used to illustrate an article on the new attraction. I contacted the media manager at WWS to confirm, and hopefully the December 1947 issue is available at the Berkeley library. On the "iconicness", Frissell was among the first photographers to take her models outdoors, and this is an–admittedly extreme–example of this new trend of outdoor photography. ~ trialsanderrors 19:48, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
      • OK, this has to remain original research for the time being, as the Dec 1947 issue of Harper's is missing from the Berkeley library. I adjusted the caption accordingly to reflect what seems uncontroversial. ~ trialsanderrors 20:21, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Weeki Wachee spring 10079u.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 12:11, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

  • CommentContrary to the information on this site and the Library of Congress (!) this picture is not published in the December 1947 issue of Harper's Bazaar. I own a pristine copy of this magazine and the Frissell photo is not to be found.

Akaka Falls[edit]

Articles this image appears in
Akaka Falls State Park
Richard J Kruse III and Lisa C. Rosprim
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 22:27, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blown headlights everywhere! The sky is completely white, and the waterfall, the subject of the photograph, is blown to the point where almost all detail is lost. Combined with visible JPG artifacts, general overexposure, and a general lack of sharpness, this simply does not pass featured criteria. Thegreenj 22:33, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Thegreenj; I couldn't have said it better myself.--HereToHelp 23:59, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Thegreenj 8thstar 00:53, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - severely blown highlights, blurry, colour fringing. —Vanderdeckenξφ 08:14, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The whole picture is fuzzy, and the waterfall is blowne. Per Thegreenj basically. - Ishaana 16:09, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Along the River During Qimgming Festival[edit]

File:QingmingshangHetu Full.jpg
Along the River During Qingming Festival; this panorama painting is an 18th century Qing Dynasty reproduction of the famous original by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145 AD) of the Song Dynasty. This elaborately detailed handscroll painting, supposedly depicting the old medieval city of Kaifeng, is among China's greatest visual masterpieces.
New, bigger, cleaner version from National Palace Museum, Taiwan.
This enormous 18th century Chinese panorama painting is simply incredible. In many ways it is slightly superior to its original, painted first by Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145 AD), while this painting is a more elaborately-detailed reproduction done 7 centuries later (during the Qing Dynasty). In my opinion, it is one of the greatest panorama paintings ever made.
Articles this image appears in
Panoramic painting, Panorama, Along the River During Qingming Festival
  • Support as nominatorPericlesofAthens 01:36, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose there is some pixilation/artifacts, and some minor stitching errors, but there's a big stitching error between a fourth and a third of the way from the left, just to the right of a bridge.--HereToHelp 21:14, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Iconic, but certainly could be better. JPEG artifects too appearant, and why is there a break near the right? --antilivedT | C | G 01:47, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support I can see what the above users are saying about the artifacts. But it illustrates the articles well. ~ Arjun 02:10, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Great panorama, poor quality jpg, especially compared to the National Palace Museum version. ~ trialsanderrors 02:38, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - Amazing image, but bad JPG compression - I may make an edit from the original source if I have time, but don't count on it. —Vanderdeckenξφ 08:11, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above. So who wants to spend hours cobble together the image from the museum site? (and don't tell me to fix it :( --gren グレン 18:19, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
With a bit of packet sniffing I've found out the internal structure of the images:$a/7-$b-$c.jpg
where $a = $c = 0-3 and $b = 0-117 (sometimes if $b = 0 it ended up being $a = 1... eg. [3])
It would be easy to snatch them down but I have no idea how to put them together... Anyone know how?--antilivedT | C | G 12:32, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
(I don't know how besides in paint which could mess with encoding quality, but) I think the best bet is downloading them all and hosting them so they are easy for someone to get. If you can download them and then e-mail them to me I can host them, I'm sure, if you can't. Then they will be easy to get for anyone with the ability to do the photo editing. (and I can try in paint, maybe + I e-mailed you my e-mail address ~_~) gren グレン 03:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
If you think you can put them together (117*4=468 pictures) then I will put together a script and download them soon. --antilivedT | C | G 08:16, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
OK, I got them all, pretty impressive. I'll try to put them together via Photoshop. If I can't get it to work, I'll post the html code. ~ trialsanderrors 08:40, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I've sticked them together using ImageMagick montage, and now uploading it. Should I create a new nom since this nom is near its closing date? --antilivedT | C | G 10:16, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I just got done: Image:Along the River 7-119-3.jpg. I'd say a new nomination is in order. ~ trialsanderrors 10:24, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't think progressive works in MediaWiki resizing, maybe you wanna try the standard jpeg compression? --antilivedT | C | G 10:27, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Here is a link which has all of the images... in case someone else wants to try. But, trialsanderrors version looks pretty nice if you download it and look at it on your computer... I'm not sure what needs to be done to it to make it work with mediawiki. So, probably no need for getting the individual ones. gren グレン 10:44, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
here is my version, working with MediaWiki (although also bigger). --antilivedT | C | G 11:19, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
I didn't realize that about progressive scans and MediaWiki. I'll do a slight brush-up and post it as standard compression. But we should start a new nomination. ~ trialsanderrors 17:53, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Larrys Creek Covered Bridge[edit]

The Larrys Creek Covered Bridge (also known as the "Buckhorn" or "Cogan House" Covered Bridge) over Larrys Creek in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The citizens of Cogan House Township filed a petition asking for this bridge on September 4, 1876. The 90 foot (27 m) long Burr arch truss bridge was built in 1877, rehabilitated in 1998, and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was one of the few bridges in the county to survive the disastrous June 1, 1889 flood (fallen trees upstream formed a dam which helped protect it).
Appears to meet the FPC criteria. In WP:PPR User:Dincher wrote "I really like the simplicity of it. The photo shows the structure of the bridge. It shows how the bridge works from an exterior view. Most covered bridges look quaint and rustic, but the photos don't show the arch that is the key to holding the bridge. This photo does. As an added bonus the photo also shows the effects that a creek has on the creek bank. Note that Larrys Creek is in its normal stream bed in this photo, but that the effects of the recent winter melt can be seen in the grasses that have been flattened on the creek bank. Looking at the picture tells me a story."
Articles this image appears in
Larrys Creek (a featured article), Cogan House Township, Pennsylvania, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
Photo by User:Ruhrfisch, March, 2006.
  • Support as nominatorRuhrfisch 14:04, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support: I don't like the trees getting in the way of the bridge in the right-hand side.  ~Steptrip 15:26, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose By no means is this a bad photograph. It nicely illustrates the bridge. However, if you take a look at the current featured pictures of architecture, the bar for a featured picture is higher than to what this photograph reaches. It is a nice picture, really, but it just does not have the crisp feel or the wow factor that featured pictures demand. If you are serious about getting a picture of this bridge featured, try a different angle (I find the tilt as well as the trees distracting), and take several shots to try to capture the "feel" of the bridge. A sharper focus would help, too. Thegreenj 16:08, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I agree with J, not inspiring when compared to current FPs. |→ Spaully°τ 16:18, 7 April 2007 (GMT)
  • Oppose Not very interesting, and the trees are in the way. 8thstar 20:46, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

American Football[edit]

Origianl description: NFC defensive backs Ronde Barber and Roy Williams along with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter gang tackle AFC running back LaDainian Tomlinson during the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. More than 49,000 fans showed up to cheer on their favorite NFL players.
Spectacular photo of players playing of the most common sports in the US, American Football.
Articles this image appears in
American Football, Pro Bowl, United States, Culture by region, 2006 Pro Bowl, Roy Williams (safety)
Cpl. Michelle M. Dickson
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 10:08, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment - I agree, it's an important American sport, but the picture is pretty blurry, especially when compared to sharper photos with faster-moving subjects.- 11:25, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - a bit blurry for my liking, even if it is an action shot. And I see JPG artifacts, too. —Vanderdeckenξφ 14:03, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose blury. It is interesting that we dont have many really good sports shots considering they are some of the most photographed events. -Fcb981 15:25, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I suspect that's because the quality of sports photography we'd expect for FP requires a very fast lens and access to the touch-line (rugby terminology... what do they call it in American Football?), which is pretty much reserved to pro sports photographers whose livelihood depends largely on them not releasing their work under free licences. --YFB ¿ 18:03, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Motion blur.--HereToHelp 17:50, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above. --YFB ¿ 18:03, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blur. 8thstar 22:54, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Altought, not enough motion blur IMO ! Ericd 21:04, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)


Kjosnesfjorden in Sognefjord, Norway
A beautiful picture of one of the most breathtaking parts of the world; the great Fjords of Norway.
Articles this image appears in
Abubakr Hussain
  • Support Illustrates the concept of a fjord pretty well. A bit blurry on the right in the shadowed areas and brownish trees, but I'll overlook that in favor of the overall composition. You should definitely try for FP status on the Commons.--HereToHelp 01:54, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Kjosnesfjorden is not mentioned in the article Sognefjord, so it isn't very encyclopedic. The blurr in the shadows on the right isn't as bad as the blown out highlights of the snow on the right. Enuja 06:07, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Composition is a little boring (too symmetrical IMO) and photographic quality is not good enough for FP. Note the lack of detail and unsharpness in some places. The darker smudge in the sky, at right, should de removed. Alvesgaspar 20:23, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose whats with the smudge? 8thstar 19:38, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Bamboo book - binding[edit]

A Chinese bamboo book, open to display the binding and contents. This copy of The Art of War (on the cover, "孫子兵法") by Sun Tzu is part of a collection at the University of California, Riverside. The cover also reads "乾隆御書", meaning it was either commissioned or transcribed by the Qianlong Emperor.
The subject matter struck me as something I hadn't seen before, an unusual artifact. The photograph, in addition, is well composed and interesting.
Articles this image appears in
The Art of War, Bookbinding, History of the Book
vlasta2, bluefootedbooby on
  • Support as 05:48, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support, blurry (but I don't know if that can be fixed, it being a focus issue) and cut off, but I do like the composition, and it does illustrate the subject. However, I would prefer a wider shot to show the whole thing, like the whole cover. --Golbez 06:29, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • To me, the "blurring" was depth of field, helping to communicate the shape of the object, and the "cut off" aspect was what made the composition so interesting. (is one allowed to comment on one's own nominations? sorry, I'm new-ish) 01:29, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Certainly, there's always the right of response and defense. :) I agree, the depth of field isn't a bad thing in itself, but it seems particularly pronounced here. As for the composition, it'd be just as interesting if the shot were taken from this same angle, but not cut off about 6 inches in each direction. --Golbez 21:46, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment The current license is non-commercial. I'm not sure what the mechanics are for such a case, if it previosuly had a free license and was confirmed as such, is it still acceptable as FP even though the license was changed since? ~ trialsanderrors 09:33, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes. The FlickreviewR bot verified the licensing, so we know it's good. Since Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable, we're still covered and this is still eligible. howcheng {chat} 19:55, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support, assuming the copyright status is sound. Despite the slight noise and blurriness in the top left of the photo, the rest of it is technically fine. Very enclyclopedic. -Panser Born- (talk) 10:25, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Very blurry, subject cut off.--HereToHelp 13:56, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • User:Steptrip/Votes  ~Steptrip 17:13, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Steptrip. 8thstar 22:03, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose not very "blurry" actually it is a nice DOF. However "extremely" grainy. ~ Arjun 02:14, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Jewish badge[edit]

A yellow badge, was a mandatory mark worn on the outer garment in order to distinguish a Jew in public. The Nazi regime forced Jews to wear an identifying mark under the threat of death
Historical value, plus it has no major technical flaws
Articles this image appears in
Star of David, Yellow badge
Daniel Ullrich
  • Support as nominatorHadzTalk 18:11, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The photograph is noisy and blurred a full size (probably having something to do with an unsteady hand an the 1/8 second exposure). Furthermore, the muddy backgroud is not ideal. A much better photograph could easily be taken under better circumstances. Thegreenj 18:30, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • The pin is holding it in place, and your notion that more pictures could be taken is laughable. Lets say that you had to wear a badge like that. If, on the very slight chance you survived, wouldn't you want to throw it away? Also when people were forced into internment camps, they had to wear a uniform, not a yellow badge, thus very few of them survived; hence, why it is a museum piece. --HadzTalk 18:52, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I had not meant an entirely different badge. Since this example is on display at a museum, a better photograph could be taken, or, better yet, someone with access to the badge could place it under better conditions for a photograph to be taken. Not that any that matters. The picture is of very poor quality. Just because it is a photograph of something rare does not make it featured. The poor quality is compounded by the fact that this example does survive, no matter how many may not, as you suggested, and as such a better photograph may be taken. That said, my oppose stands. Thegreenj 01:31, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comments 1. It's a duplicate of Image:Judenstern JMW.jpg, which is actually in the articles, 3. There's a pin visible at the top and it doesn't stand out from its background, and 4. It's not that high quality for a non-moving, replicable object. ~ trialsanderrors 18:31, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes that images was on the commons, I transferred it to Wikipedia and gave it a more relevant name. It is an original, hence why it is accepted into a museum. Well how else would you hold it down? If you can suggest alternative ways of taking a shot they would be much appreciated. Replicable? Fewer of these survived than you think.--HadzTalk 18:52, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I {{NCT}}-tagged this version and moved the Commons one into the nomination here. We don't replicate Commons images on just because they have a German file name (which is perfectly proper btw, Judenstern means Jewish star). It's replicable of course because it's still in the museum. ~ trialsanderrors 19:20, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, I generally agree with Thegreenj. Technical details could be fixed, but I'm not sure I'd ever support a version of this with the museum backing. If it is the case that this is so rare that we could never get it under better conditions then it is possible it just shouldn't be featured. But I am not sure that it's the case... it may take a long time to get a featurable picture for this subject but I think there might be one (and maybe it's not a closeup, it's a photograph with some people wearing it.) gren グレン 04:56, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I don't think they are rare at all. There is a different version on eBay going for 20 dollars (although I'm pretty sure this is against policy to sell this on eBay). ~ trialsanderrors 07:52, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Per Theegreenj (looks unprofessional).  ~Steptrip 15:24, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Bit like the entire nazi regime itself then? --HadzTalk 22:13, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Per Theegreenj. 8thstar 22:20, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Theegreen Witty lama 06:36, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Sandalodes Spider[edit]

A very small jumping spider of the genus Sandalodes

Absolutely tiny subject at 10mm in size, by far the smallest I've taken photos of. The difficulty in size was compounded by the fact that the little critter never stayed still!!

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 01:36, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm sure this has some kind of DOF issue... 8thstar 01:59, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
Shot at f/13 for as much DOF as possible without compromising sharpness, I feel this image has plenty of DOF. You have to take into consideration the subject matter here. --Fir0002 02:16, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • yeah, DOF is as good as it was going to get. you could have killed it and used a focus bracket <Its still april 1st here> but its good. I think i'd support a tighter crop, a bit too much white for my taste. -Fcb981 04:12, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Anyone know what species this is? 8thstar 00:16, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I actually contacted a few australian entomologists and they all said that it is probably an undescribed species. --Fir0002 02:56, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose - better than the previous, but this, too has an artificial feeling - look at the shadows. Fir, have you tried a "shooting tent" to get rid of all shadows? Any thin, white canvas bag should do, the flash is outside the tent, on the inside you will have almost shadowless light... and, it will also keep your cozy critters from running away too far! ;-) --Janke | Talk 09:49, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support. Janke's right about it looking artificial. But other than that, this is a nice shot, especially in terms of the ever-popular DOF-on-small-creatures complaint. It's nice to see the entire body (and half of the legs) in focus. --Tewy 18:52, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support The out-of-focus legs are mirrored by in-focous legs, you can see much of the face, I'm pretty sure a taxonomist would be able to identify the spider from the picture, and, best of all, it's crisp and beautiful. It'd be even better with and extended caption on the page description, though. Enuja 01:54, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. In addition to Janke's comments, I think the encyclopedicity is compromised by this being an unidentified (possibly undescribed) species, where even the genus may not be definitive. Also, was this taken in January 2006, as stated on the image page, or in 2007 like some of your other recent animal pics? - ragesoss
I don't see why the enc is compromised, a literally millions of insects (particularly the very small species) have not been described. But yes you are correct it was taken in 2007 --Fir0002 11:44, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • User:Steptrip/Votes  ~Steptrip 17:20, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose It is interesting, and not so bad, but it is over-sharpened. Althepal 21:25, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose The hind legs are too blur, even for a macro shot. BeefRendang 04:36, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 08:28, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

USMC Marathon[edit]

Modern marathon competition
Great. High quality.
Articles this image appears in
Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon
A work of the United States Federal Government
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 12:19, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Sorry. =( Great pic overall, but there a few significant technical problems. The pic looks blurry and a bit hazy. There are also some artifacts, especially outlining the runners. Will support if a better version is found. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 13:46, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Unexciting photo of a replicable event. Witty lama 16:14, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Poor quality (looks upsampled, tilt, composition). As Witty lama said, the event is replicable. Other pictures could easily surpass this one. Thegreenj 16:29, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not very interesting, And the outline around the runners... 8thstar 16:36, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not striking enough - Adrian Pingstone 18:13, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose You might want to give Wikipedia:Picture peer review a shot. Your last nominations have been a far cry from featured quality. ~ trialsanderrors 23:31, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Ouch...sounds a bit harsh. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 03:51, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
      • No. I think people should have a good idea which pictures could make FP before they nominate them here, and I don't think Tomer has. That's what peer review is for, to get a better idea which pictures might pass. ~ trialsanderrors 04:06, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: Uninteresting, easily replicable, many artifacts, and blurry. I would give Picture Peer Review a try.  ~Steptrip 15:55, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose: I don't really think this is 'Wikipedia's best' - Ishaana 16:04, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 02:47, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Marine sextant[edit]

The animation illustrates the use of a marine sextant at sea, for measuring the altitude of the Sun above the horizon. This information, coupled with the knowledge of the exact time and the position of the Sun in the celestial sphere at the moment of the observation, allows the determination of a line of position, with an accuracy of about 1-2 nautical miles
This is a revised version of an animation already nominated in WP:FPC. I believe it helps to better understand the basic principle of the instrument and illustrates cleary its use in celestial navigation. The picture file contains a detailed explanation of the numbered frames.
Articles this image appears in
Sextant, celestial navigation
Joaquim Alves Gaspar
  • Support as nominatorAlvesgaspar 17:36, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment is there a way to avoid artifact when WikiMedia thumbnails it? gren グレン 18:08, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per Commons discussion. ~ trialsanderrors 20:08, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Shame about the artifacts in the thumbnail but very good quality and useful for the article(s). Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 16:38, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Very informative Jellocube27 21:29, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Much improved! Just one suggestion, there is actually one last step: 5) read the elevation from the index bar. You might have the measurement "40°" circled briefly. It would make clear the purpose of the device. --Bridgecross 02:38, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Perfect! I never knew how to use one of those things, and after just looking at the thumbnail image for a couple loops, it makes sense. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-09 13:26Z
  • Question: Would you really see the sun as a full circle? Wouldn't it just be a half-circle? — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-09 13:28Z
    • Answer - Yes, a full circle whose size depends on the telescope in use. On the left part of the horizon mirror, which is in fact a transparent glass, the sun's image is dimmer because the reflectivity of the glass is lower. In practise, our eyes seem to melt both images. Alvesgaspar 13:51, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support: Very good picture, but would it be possible to smoothen up the animation?  ~Steptrip 15:49, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes, it is possible but I don't have the time right now. I'll have to go back to the (Corel) drawing board and double the number of frames. - Alvesgaspar 20:54, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Info - Brian0918 question made be realize the animation had a mistake: the white boundary line between the glass (left) and the mirror (right) should also rotate. It is fixed now. Alvesgaspar 18:40, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - Instantly explains the means of operation. — BillC talk 23:16, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support TomStar81 (Talk) 05:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. Much improved, indeed, but I still don't like the simple "squishing" of the instrument when it is tilted. There really should be some perspective in that part of the animation. --Janke | Talk 06:05, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as I did on commons ! Blieusong 20:10, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support very useful to understand an instrument everybody knows, but few know how to use. Moravice 16:52, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support clearly explains everything :-D --Penubag 08:28, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Promoted Image:Using sextant swing.gif --trialsanderrors 04:57, 15 April 2007 (UTC)


Disc for a phenakistoscope created by Eadweard Muybridge.
Simulated mirror view of the above disc.
A little exercise in animated GIFs. The fixed image of the disc is from the Library of Congress, I just centered the image and tried to remove as much wobble as possible (accepting that this was probably not cut on a high precision machine), and rotated each copy by 360/13 degrees. The mirror simulation is just one variant, check the image page for the others. Proposed extended caption:

The phenakistoscope is one of the first devices to create moving images and a precursor of the zoopraxiscope and, in turn, cinematography. Conceived as a simple disc to be held vertically in front of a mirror and spun around its axis, the subjects appear to be in motion when viewed through the slits of the disc. This disc was created by Eadweard Muybridge in 1893 and differs from the standard format in that the slits are located towards the center of the disc, and not around the perimeter.

Note: The disc belongs to a phenakistoscope, and not to a zoopraxiscope as the description claims, and was probably part of a patent application filed for the zoopraxiscope in 1893, the year he presented his invention at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Articles this image appears in
Eadweard Muybridge (animation by trialsanderrors)
  • Supporttrialsanderrors 08:13, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Total support. Great find! --Janke | Talk 12:36, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support (as a set). --KFP (talk | contribs) 13:21, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral Beautiful and well executed and I'd probably support this if I hadn't first seen a bunch of much more bizarre and fascinating phenakistoscope discs (is that what they're called?) in Media Magica which is a video (dvd) of many of these things which was exhibited at ACMI a little while back. I'd love to see more discs scanned and animated like this one. —Pengo 16:06, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Awesome picture. And the little box that goes next to the featured picture on the front page explaining the phenakistoscope would very much represent an encyclopedia. BlackBear 17:27, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Per blackbear -- 8thstar 17:45, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Feantastic; great scan and of course the gifs are wonderful. Pengo - upload it if you can find a better one! Leon 21:57, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I wish I could! I've only seen them in a (no longer running) exhibition. —Pengo 03:35, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great fun! Gaius Cornelius 23:32, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Comment If this is indeed a phenakistoscope and not a zoopraxiscope disk, then why does the disk itself say "zoopraxiscope"? (On the bottom of the image.) Enuja 23:39, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • The zoopractiscope, at least what we call a zoopractiscope today, is a precursor to the film projector, which used glass discs with motifs printed on them: [5]. But today's terminology doesn't always work retroactively, for instance the phenakistoscope was also called fantascope (see here for more detail and some nice animations). My guess is that Muybridge did not want to use the word phenakistoscope because it referred to someone else's invention, but instead wanted to draw attention to his own invention. But it's clear that by function this disc here is what we today call a phenakistoscope. ~ trialsanderrors 00:15, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above, but why did you do a horizontal flip?--HereToHelp 00:59, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Because you watch it in the mirror. Check the link above to see a picture of the appartus. ~ trialsanderrors 01:07, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. This rocks. howcheng {chat} 06:55, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Fun to watch Bewareofdog 00:12, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question Will this be a set, then? And if yes, should some or all of the other related images (shown on the image pages) be part of the set? --KFP (talk | contribs) 10:28, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I assume the mirror view is the one to go on the front page. I don't think the others are that relevant. If it were to be promoted as a set then it should contain this one: Phenakistoscope 3g07692b.gif, but that was never nominated, and the set is incomplete anyway. ~ trialsanderrors 18:55, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Phenakistoscope 3g07690b.gif --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:08, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

M198 howitzer[edit]

Nine Marines from Mike Battery, 4th Battalion, 14th Marines operate the 155mm M198 howitzer in November 2004. The battery was based at Camp Fallujah, Iraq and was supporting Operation Phantom Fury.
This pic is similar to Image:5-54-Mark-45-firing edit.jpg in that it captures both the gun muzzle flash and projectile in the same frame. It goes a step further by adding in the human element, which makes the pic more interesting. All nine members of the M198 crew are also present. The only technical problem I can see are the blurry sandbags in the foreground. They can be cropped out, but the Marine in the lower left corner will also be cropped out. Relatively minor problem and doesn't detract from the overall quality of the pic.
It's also the "Selected picture" for Portal:United States Marine Corps. Very unique and encyclopedic pic.
Articles this image appears in
Howitzer, M198 howitzer, Second Battle of Fallujah, 4th Battalion 14th Marines
  • Support as nominatorJumping cheese Cont@ct 05:02, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great shot, minimal noise for the (obviously) quick shutter speed. Very nice. -Fcb981 05:35, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support Really surprised by the low noise. I'd be even more enthusiastic about a down-sampled version (maybe to 2500x1800 or so) that would make the noise pretty much dissapear. Debivort 05:38, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support wow. 8thstar 15:54, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent image. Staxringold talkcontribs 00:43, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Brilliant quality =] --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 09:28, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Wow! A lot of military photos get nominated because of sexy hardware, with no regard to photo quality. This is in a whole different class. --Bridgecross 21:23, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, awesome shot. There's no need for downsampling, because the software does that on the fly and people can always use a lower res on their own if they want perfectly noise-free. We need a gallery of shells-in-flight images. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 22:45, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, could be a little less grainy... but, great shot. gren グレン 01:14, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, great shot. The details are amazingly clear. — ERcheck (talk) 03:12, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support BAM! (Per above.)--HereToHelp 14:08, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support Very good shot. A bit grainy, but to be expected for such a high shutter speed. BeefRendang 04:29, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Wow, the person who took this must be very talented (Or just got lucky). High quality. Flubeca 17:40, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Amazingly timed, very sharp, and demonstrative of subject matter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raliugar (talkcontribs) 01:54, 11 April 2007
  • Support. Simply awesome. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 05:17, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above. Noclip 13:27, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support above --Penubag 08:36, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Support- Wow. --Lewk_of_Serthic contrib talk 13:50, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:4-14 Marines in Fallujah.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:35, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Eden Project[edit]

Panoramic view of the geodesic biome domes at the Eden Project
Excellent quality image of the Eden Project.
Articles this image appears in
Eden Project
Jürgen Matern
  • Support Nice picture and an interesting subject/article.--Svetovid 12:07, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - The detail's great; makes me want to go there... Mrug2 14:34, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Very nice pic. See no technical problems. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 17:21, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above.--HereToHelp 00:05, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral for now Pretty cool, but not as cool as this version. I agree with Vanderdecken about the A6 (actually I would go E8T9A5), so I might look around for alternatives. ~ trialsanderrors 00:57, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
    • The DOF is kind of screwed up in that version. It looks artistic and stuff, but two-thirds of the image is blurry. =) Jumping cheese Cont@ct 03:58, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
      • That's not screwed up, that's tilt shift, probably photoshopped. Actually Tilt-shift miniature faking uses an Eden Project picture, but I think this one is better. ~ trialsanderrors 05:20, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
        • So...what good will the picture do for us if two-thirds of it is out of focus? I have nothing against tilt shift, but it doesn't exactly present the subject in a clear manner. ;) Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:01, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
          • I haven't said anything other than it's a cool picture. It's copyighted anyway, so it's of no use to us. It's still always a good exercise to look around what other photographers did with the subject, an exercise far too few editors undertake. (And of course a good tilt shift picture can always be used to illustrate the tilt shift article.) ~ trialsanderrors 08:11, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
            • IMHO that is not even a tilt shift photo. Bokeh certainly won't look perfectly round as in this case, the transition between in perfect focus and out of focus in the hills is way to abrupt, and I think it is just a photoshop with a layer mask on a blurred version of the image. --antilivedT | C | G 08:18, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
              • I'm pretty sure it's photoshopped. 90% of the tilt shift pictures on Flickr are Photoshop fakes. ~ trialsanderrors 08:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Tilt shift? Looks like a Thunderbirds set to me... —Vanderdeckenξφ 12:15, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
          • That's the point of the exercise... Maybe I should look for a good one and nominate it here... ~ trialsanderrors 20:55, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, needs better caption gren グレン 10:42, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Done — Jack · talk · 13:52, Friday, 6 April 2007
  • That's easy to say if your writing style isn't like that of a fifth grader. :O Thanks, Jack. gren グレン 03:12, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Eden Project geodesic domes panorama.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:34, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Sepiola atlantica[edit]

Live specimen of Sepiola atlantica from the Belgian continental shelf.
Adds value to the articles it appears in . It is also very encyclopedic.
Articles this image appears in
Bobtail squid Sepiola Atlantic Bobtail
  • Support as nominatorBewareofdog 04:19, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, needs better caption gren グレン 10:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, no it doesn't, caption is excellent --Fir0002 10:52, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Excellent! Although, I'd add to the caption some sort of reference to size and possibly maturity of the creature. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-05 13:22Z
  • Support mainly because its a striking subject. The technical quality is so so, and where the creature transitions to the digital black the cut out is obvious. -Fcb981 15:45, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support: Very interesting picture. Fits all of the criteria.  ~Steptrip 02:15, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. My only complaint is the lighting reflections. Per Brian0918 on the caption. --Tewy 22:00, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support --HereToHelp 02:22, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support interesting picture. —dima/talk/ 18:15, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent picture. Althepal 21:18, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Striking image, shows all the detail of the squid. BeefRendang 04:18, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support excellent picture--Svetovid 11:42, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I was going to nominate this myself. :) Mgiganteus1 19:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. Is this its natural swimming position? If not, then the image should be rotated as appropriate. —Psychonaut 14:10, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support-great in detail --Penubag 08:34, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Promoted Image:Sepiola atlantica.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:31, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Eastern Banjo Frog[edit]

Eastern Banjo Frog isolated on a white background

Eastern Banjo Frog, Limnodynastes dumerilli, on a white background. Specimen is approx 60mm in length, taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria in January 2007

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 11:10, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as strongly as possible - practically perfect in every way. —Vanderdeckenξφ 11:58, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Nice detail, especially on the eye. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-05 13:25Z
  • Oppose - Ugly whitish border around the animal, most visible near the mouth and legs, probably resulting from light reflections off the white background. Shallow DOF. - Alvesgaspar 15:20, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose for two reasons, the former being the text above and the latter Pstuart84's reason below. Not a fan of the shadow, nor the background itself. -Phoenix 00:23, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support: per Vanderdecken.  ~Steptrip 17:59, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I'm slightly put off by photos that take a creature out of its natural environment and put it in such a sterile environment when what we are trying to capture is encyclopedicity. We lose all the value derived from context. Pstuart84 Talk 18:43, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
It is precisely for the value of enc that I put it on the white bg. Here you can see the frog in all detail without any distractions - why do you think scientists and sites like CSIRO use images of insects etc on a white background? Anyway it's natural environment is not very aesthetic.
I love the dark frog on the sandy background! If the whole frog was in focus, I think the picture you linked would be much better than the one you nomiated for featured status. Additionally, you wouldn't have the white edge reflection problem that's got me on the edge on support or not. Enuja 03:24, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support: great image, I like it --HadzTalk 19:39, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question. Just where do you find all these cute animals? --KFP (talk | contribs) 01:47, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great detail where detail is most needed.--HereToHelp 14:06, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Very high quality image. As with just about any macro shot, DOF could be better but everything that needs to be seen is in focus - only the far side of the frog is OOF and we can safely assume that the frog is symmetrical. With regards to the sterile white bg vs natural habitat, I think both images may have their use in the article (particularly if there are no superior images) and you will have benefits and drawbacks to either. I agree completely with Fir0002 that it is both common and common sense to photograph objects on a neutral white background in order to isolate the subject from its surroundings. It doesn't make it unencyclopaedic. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 19:02, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support People sure seem to be hesitant of giving Fir more featured pictures! This is extremely encyclopedic and high-quality. Jellocube27 00:16, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support High-quality, encyclopaedic, shows all the detail on the frog, don't see why it shouldn't be featured. BeefRendang 04:16, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Great Macro shot, the white background is perfect for encyclopedic articles. ~ Arjun 02:17, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- It's taken by the ledgendary Fir0002! So therefore it needs to be featured XD (and for above reasons)--Penubag 08:23, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Promoted Image:Eastern banjo frog white bg.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:30, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

GISP2 ice core with annual layers[edit]

This photograph shows a 1 meter section of the GISP2 ice core taken from a depth of 1837 meters in the Greenland Ice Sheet. Annual layers are clearly visible.
{{sofixit}}: Here's the crop we all wanted. It also reduces the file size somewhat.--HereToHelp 15:39, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
Ice cores are difficult things to photograph well and few people have access to them, which I think makes this photograph quite remarkable, even if it isn't going to win any awards for artistic quality. I acquired a copy of this image from NICL staff while recently doing work there. I can't imagine a more informative image for illustrating the concept of an ice core with annual layers, and have never seen an ice core image with anywhere near this resolution. For the record, the grainy texture in close up is a property of the ice, and not the image.
Articles this image appears in
Ice core, Greenland Ice Sheet Project
Staff at the United States National Ice Core Laboratory
  • Support as nominatorDragons flight 01:50, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: Very nice picture.  ~Steptrip 02:12, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support if black border is cropped out. A down-sampling might also be helpful. Also, there is no sense of scale (a problem with our last ice nom, if I remember correctly)--HereToHelp 02:18, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    I don't follow FPC. Out of curiousity, could you point me to the previous ice nom? Dragons flight 02:21, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Ice Block. It could be an ice cube or a small glacier.--HereToHelp 02:27, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Supportifcropped per HTH, except of course it's a meter long, so we don't need a "sense of scale" here. It's a scientific specimen. And the caption rocks too. ~ trialsanderrors 03:12, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • That was a minor quibble that I'll overlook if cropped. One other thing, though: which side is older?--HereToHelp 13:57, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I think you can just upload the cropped version over the original. There's no artistic content that got lost because of it. ~ trialsanderrors 18:39, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Not that anyone could tell the difference from the photograph, but I believe the left is older/deeper. Dragons flight 22:19, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I was going to, but I wanted to preserve the old version so the archives would make sense. Also, the new version allows it to be posted to the Commons.--HereToHelp 19:43, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support iff cropped, the black border adds nothing but a buffer. Agreed on sense of scale, we know exactly how long it is. --Golbez 06:37, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support the cropped version. Beautiful, encyclopedic, and the crop makes the slight background noise around the ice core almost impossible to see. Enuja 20:07, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I sort of like the black framing myself, but I'd support either version. Dragons flight 21:47, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support (either version) but it could be made more obvious that it's 1 meter long and which side is "up" (in the description). —Pengo 23:18, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question - Can we be sure that there's no copyright issues? Mrug2 00:00, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • NICL staff are USGS employees and so their work is public domain by virtue of being part of the US government. Not to mention that they are happy to have it appear in Wikipedia. Dragons flight 00:50, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support cropped Very nice image. I love the detail, expecially how you can see the little specks of dirt scattered around the ice core. --BeefRendang
  • Support cropped Very nice detail, definitely makes one interested in reading the article. Does anybody know why the layers are tilted somewhat? Was the core drilled at an angle? Or can snow/ice be sloped and maintain its shape over 38 years? --Interiot 00:22, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
    • The core is vertical; it is the ice sheet that slopes and flows. Dragons flight 20:51, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:GISP2D1837 crop.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:28, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

US Army Generals[edit]

U.S. Generals, World War II, Europe:
back row (left to right): Stearley, Vandenberg, Smith, Weyland, Nugent;
front row: Simpson, Patton, Spaatz, Eisenhower, Bradley, Hodges, Gerow.
It's a great historical picture of the US Army generals at WWII, and almost all of the generals have high quality articles.
Articles this image appears in
Military history of the United States during World War II, United States Army, etc.
US Army; part of the collection of the Office of War Information
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 00:25, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support Great enc, not blurry by 1945 standards, high rez, and good composition. It's just old. The black and white is pardonable; but I'd much prefer a dust and scratch removal edit.--HereToHelp 00:52, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support unrepeatable, historical significance, good enough quality. though it could do with a cleanup. Witty lama 01:29, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support that's a pretty good picture of a pretty incredible group of people in the same shot. gren グレン 04:46, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Would be a super-duper featured pic if it was taken in color. Very encyclopedic and good quality (minimal noise and scratches, but nothing major) for a rare WWII pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 09:41, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I agree With Jumping Cheese. Isn't there a program to put color into black and white pictures, or did I just dream of it? Flubeca 17:37, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above 8thstar 17:44, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Terrific bit of history well preserved. Very unique. Shmoopy
  • Well I don't know, historical significance but bad by all standards. Ericd 21:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support TomStar81 (Talk) 06:30, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:American World War II senior military officials, 1945.JPEG --KFP (talk | contribs) 11:27, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Kaui Panorama[edit]

Partial panorama of the Nā Pali Coast from sea
I think it is a great picture and illustrative of the coast.
Articles this image appears in
Kauai, Nā Pali Coast State Park
Remember but User: MattWright did a lot of the fixing up by computer
  • Support as nominatorRemember 14:45, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support - Very good image. But my only concern is the blown out sky. Looks like I didn't pay enough attention. --Arad 14:54, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Some pretty hefty stitching faults, bon-bon colors, and overexposure of the sky. --Dschwen 14:57, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Granted, it must have been hard to assemble, as (I assume) it was shot from a boat. Please comment on the realism of the colors. --Dschwen 15:00, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
It was shot on a shaky boat so the stiching was hard to do. If anyone knows how to fix the obvious error I would greatly appreciate it. As for the colors I believe they are all the same as when shot (I'm not exactly sure what MattWright did), but I know a little bit of blue sky was added to the top left to make the picture even. Remember 15:38, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
If you give me the originals I could try a restitch. I cannot promise anything if there was too much movement between the shots, and it won't make the pic an FP for me either because of the exposure issues. But for the article a fixed stitch would definitely be worth the trouble. --Dschwen 08:32, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
If you think this has stitching areas, take a look at the original... I would seriously advocate a restitch by Dschwen. Until then I have to Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose on technical grounds. E9T3A7. —Vanderdeckenξφ 11:56, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose - Blown sky and the loss of detail in the shadows to the right are minor detractors, but my major concern is the huge jump in the shore about one third way to the right. It just jumps up! Thegreenj 14:59, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Thegreenj. 8thstar 20:17, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Thegreenj. Witty lama 03:52, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - Thanks for the feedback. I was pretty sure this was going to fail, but I a variety of positive feedback on the picture so I thought I would give it a shot. Any idea how I can remove this picture from being nominated? Remember 13:23, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
    • An FPC 'admin' as it were will close the nom for you. Next time you're not sure if it's going to fail or not, take it to Picture peer review to get some feedback. —Vanderdeckenξφ 15:49, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
      • This was on peer review already. ~ trialsanderrors 16:40, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted (withdrawn by nominator) --KFP (talk | contribs) 19:28, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

United States Flag[edit]

The flag, on display in Washington DC
It's a sharp, crisp, and bright photo of the US flag
Articles this image appears in
Flag of the United States
  • Support as nominatorSxenko 20:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Motion blur, not a great angle, part of another flag cut off. tiZom(2¢) 20:13, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Nothing special. Pstuart84 Talk 21:16, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not a very faltering or impressive display of the U.S. flag. There are much better pics out there. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 22:02, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As much as I hate to throw this back at you, the photograph is not sharp, crisp or bright. The photograph is also poorly framed and has a distracting background. Thegreenj 22:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I agree with all the comments above - Adrian Pingstone 22:31, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above 8thstar 23:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above. It would help if the flag were straight. Wwicki 09:20, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, the background is horrendously distracting. -Phoenix 20:34, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - If you're trying to take a picture of a flag, try taking it without motion blur. --Arad 22:08, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose- sorry :-( --Penubag 08:24, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Not promoted MER-C 05:39, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

World War II[edit]

its iconic and has many historic photographs that epitomize the Second World War
Articles this image appears in
World War II
  • Support as nominatorHadzTalk 12:56, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I don't like the arbitrary collage of different shots - but by all means nominate the individual pictures. Pstuart84

Talk 13:40, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Oppose. The entire picture barely meets size requirements, but the five individual components don't come close. Plus, the full size shot of the battle of normandy is already featured.--Uberlemur 14:49, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Collections only work as FPs if they are a "complete" set IMHO (e.g. the hot-air ballooning one recently). Not only is the normandy shot already an FP, the "red flag over the reichstag" too. Witty lama 17:50, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, theoretically a collage we make could be a FP... but, I can't think of one that I'd want as an FP. gren グレン 21:44, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I think it's a great one Tomer T 12:57, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose A featured picture? not really... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penubag (talkcontribs)
  • Oppose, serves the purpose well as the lead image at its article, but certainly not featured material. -Phoenix 16:33, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:39, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Hydrangea Petals Affected by Aluminum Sulfate[edit]

Hydrangea macrophylla "Nikko Blue" petals. H. macrophylla is unique in botany, in that flower color is dramatically affected by the ph of the soil. In a low ph (acidic) soil, aluminum ions are absorbed by the roots and transmitted to the flower buds, producing a blue hue. In high ph (base) soil, the roots cannot absorb aluminum, and the flowers will remain pink or red.
Beauty of the image, also serving as an illustration of a very unusual capability posessed by H. Macrophylla. Well suited for computer wallpaper.
Articles this image appears in
Hydrangea macrophylla
Jerome F. Hartl
  • Support as nominatorShmoopy 04:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose A bit fuzzy. It looks like the picture has been artifically coloured blue rather than natural colour. It would be more encyclopaedic if there were pink and blue flowers in the same photo. Witty lama 06:08, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator Please note: There was absolutely NO digital alteration in this photo. The color was painstakingly produced through gardening Shmoopy 12:37, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Reminder:You cannot have two votes User:Ahadland1234
      • I believe you, I do not mean to appear otherwise - it just looks digital. If you could get a pic with the different types of colours then this impression would not occur. Witty lama 17:52, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Blurry - can you take another photo? Pstuart84 Talk 13:41, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Lovely example of a biological property unique to hydrangeas. Illustrates the concept well. RedPumpkin 04:33, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- Great focus, etc --Penubag 08:27, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Oppose. No, not "great focus" - there is a clear DOF problem here. --Janke | Talk 13:25, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose—As Witty lama said, it would be better to have a picture containing both colors of petals. — The Storm Surfer 01:17, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - although it's clearly not been tweaked for colour, it could have been better lit and you really can't expect even the best of lenses to produce FP-quality macro shots if they are set to f2.8 ... fairly encyclopedic, but not enough (agree with "both colours" comments) to forgive these errors. mikaultalk 09:38, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:39, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

1950 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport[edit]

Talbot Lago Grand Prix car taken at the 2002 Classic Street Race, Dunedin, New Zealand.
A rare and beautiful GP car.
Articles this image appears in
Russell Smithies
  • Support as nominatorRussellsmithies 21:06, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Subject is cut off, backgound is poor (the road is distracting and the portion of another automobile is even worse). Portions of the car are blown (mainly the engine). Also, some smaller distracting features are very small halos from sharpening and very slight, but still noticeable, amounts of chromatic abberation. Also, when nominating, it usually is better to give the virtues of the image rather than of the subject ("A rare and beautiful GP car") because featured pictures a chosen as being exceptional images, rather than snapshots of exceptional subjects, as this one is. Thegreenj 21:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Thanx for the comments. The photo is straight from the camera with no sharpening, cropping or alteration so any jpg artifacts, halos, or chromatic abberations are probably the result of a crap camera. This is my first attempt at a 'featured picture' so I'll try harder next time. Russellsmithies 00:38, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Even with the "crap camera," the majority of my oppose stems from your angle, exposure, and background. Try again on the same camera with a different composition; you will be amazed at the increase in quality you alone, as the photographer, can make. Also, though I am not a huge fan of excessive photoshopping, it can't hurt to clone out those purple fringes, and your camera probably has has "sharpness" setting that you can lower just a tad ensure that you do not have halos or other sharpening artifacts. Thegreenj 03:06, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per Thegreenj. 8thstar 22:18, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Strange composition, the car is jammed on the left of the frame - Adrian Pingstone 22:22, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - am I the only one to notice that the image is copyrighted? As well as Green's comments, which I agree with. —Vanderdeckenξφ 10:22, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • No you are not. But this is absolutely irrelevant. From Copyright: work once created from originality through 'mental labor' is instantaneously considered copyrighted to that person. This has nothing to do with the license, and in fact the image page states: the copyright holder allows the image to be freely redistributed, modified, used commercially and for any other purpose, provided that their authorship is attributed, which is a perfectly acceptable licensing for FPC. --Dschwen 14:44, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Photo was taken by me so I've probably added the right copyright notice. Russellsmithies 00:27, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Can't see important parts of subject - Ishaana 13:21, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose see above--Penubag 08:18, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Not promoted MER-C 06:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Auschwitz Birkenau[edit]

Entrance to the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp. Beyond the gate were barracks were prisoners were worked to death, gassed and maltreated.
High resolution, historic, and v.encyclopedic
Articles this image appears in
Auschwitz concentration camp
Michael Zacharz
  • SupportHadzTalk 15:31, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Strange date and time... Alvesgaspar 14:27, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose An historical picture I could support, but this photo can be taken by any visiting tourist - therefore it should be an especially good photo. Unfortunately this just doens't have "it". Also, the people are distracting. Could do with a crop too. Witty lama 15:07, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Littered with tourists. Pstuart84 Talk 15:56, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • The place has been littered with people since its inception, its like a tradition. The facty that it is so "littered" with people would I think make it more valuable, as it suggests that humanity is beginning to learn something to prevent it from happening again --HadzTalk 16:10, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Sorry if I caused any offence, I chose my words carelessly. But I think that this photo could benefit from better composition; it's a snapshot, albeit of a site with enormous significance. Pstuart84 Talk 16:28, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Don't worry about it. If somebody could photoshop it perhaps? --HadzTalk 17:30, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Very feature-worthy subject, but the picture doesn't do it justice. ~ trialsanderrors 17:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, per above. "High resolution" and "high quality" don't go hand-in-hand. -Phoenix 20:36, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Nobody said it did, but you have to admit, the grey clouds sum up the mood of that place. --HadzTalk 22:58, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose There's nothing horribly wrong with this, but I don't think it's feature worthy. Ishaana 13:25, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose I don't really mind the tourists so much as to the quality of the pic. It's high-res, but not very sharp. Very important piece of history though. Will support if a sharper version can be found or taken. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 20:28, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Grape Hyacinths[edit]

A newly grown Grape hyacinth
I took this picture and made changes to it, and I thought that the colours and the light really captured its full effect
Articles this image appears in
Grape hyacinth
  • Support as nominatorTellyaddict 12:42, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Blurry, and unattractive background. Pstuart84 Talk 12:59, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too blurry. 8thstar 14:54, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above; nothing is in focus. -Phoenix 20:38, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great focus/ not noticalby blurry. Very nice overall pic =-] --Penubag 08:21, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
    • Heck yes it's blurry. Did you forget to click on "Image in higher resolution" by any chance? -Phoenix 16:31, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Yes, I did. I think it's still pretty good-- Penubag  04:35, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Poor focus, composition. --Janke | Talk 10:02, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sometimes you can get great shots with a point-and-shoot, if you set it to 'highest quality' and get the lens to stop down a bit. I'm afraid this isn't one of those times; despite 8mp and nice flat lighting there are big jpeg artefacts and general softness due to being shot with a wide-open lens. Compositionally, that left-hand cluster would have to have been out of frame and/or the main cluster better isolated from the rest the rest before it was anywhere near WP:FP anyway. mikaultalk 14:14, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Animated Gun Turret[edit]

An animated naval gun turret, based on a British 15 inch turret Mark 1. Ordnance is loaded into a hoist at the shell room, then powder magazines are added from the powder room. The hoist then transfers this load to the top of the turret, where the shell and gunpowder are loaded into the gun barrel and discharged. The cycle then repeats.
Eye catching and large
Articles this image appears in
Breech-loading weapon, Gun turret BL 15 inch /42 naval gun
  • Support as nominatorTomStar81 (Talk) 03:13, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Enc OK (maybe - shouldn't there be people moving the stuff from storage to elevator?), but no "wow", nor graphically appealing... --Janke | Talk 05:14, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
Weak support new version. Still not 100%, but much better. --Janke | Talk 06:11, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Very weak oppose I really like it, but it needs polishing. Not sure where... maybe show people, not necessarily animating them loading, but just having them there to 1) show scale, and 2) place them where human interaction is needed, like loading the magazine into the lift. As for scale, I understand the whole thing might not be to scale (but if it is, awesome), but it is specifically based on a 15 inch turret, so it would be nice to have a human scale for that. But honestly, I like it a lot. --Golbez 06:32, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Support edited version. --Golbez 21:43, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I agree it needs polishing. The animation should be smoother and maybe a little slower. Suggest that the shooting moment is emphasized. Alvesgaspar 11:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Support edited version - Very good now - Alvesgaspar 13:49, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Weakest oppose. If you can make the motion smoother, I'll support. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-04-06 13:09Z
  • Very weak oppose In addition to the above (slow it down!), I'd like a little bit of whitespace at the top of the animation so the gray doesn't extend all the way to the top. Also, can we get some kind of blast from the end of the barrel?--HereToHelp 14:02, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Strong Support Looks great now. This version is by far superior.--HereToHelp 21:43, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • User:Steptrip/Votes  ~Steptrip 17:15, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: Excellent animation that aids understanding. Always liked Emoscopes' clear animations, so support - with a few of the above tidyups, strong support. M0RHI | Talk to me 22:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As per above, the shooting moment should be included. Also the magazine section is not smooth compared to the rest of the animation. Witty lama 23:25, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Support edited version. Witty lama 02:35, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question How do the bits in the magazine move into the lift thing in trunk? In an animation, drawing arrows for movement are unneeded shorthand. (it'd probably help if the bits and the lift thing were labeled too.) —Pengo 23:28, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
They would be passed by hand. Emoscopes Talk 14:10, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Ludicrously weak oppose It is an extremely good picture, reasonably high resolution, and very informative, but the part where the explosive charges are loaded from the magazine into the lift could be made clearer (i.e. how the charges are carried from the magazine to the lift). Otherwise, this is a very good picture. BeefRendang 04:02, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Ludicrously strong support The edited version is wonderful. Very informative, definitely worthy of FP status. BeefRendang 03:28, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment it would seem that TomStar81 has notified Emoscopes about everyone suggestions, so you should seem some improvements soon. Its a very good find on his part, and a great addition on Emscopes part. Well Done! 06:17, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, I am a fan. Comment, great image... I agree with some of the opposes and I only don't vote support in hopes that it will encourage someone to make a few fixes with the image. gren グレン 18:15, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, from the creator so I shan't vote. I have incorporated the above suggestions, and there is a labelled and unlabelled version now, with numbers only, to make it more multi-language friendly. Emoscopes Talk 12:40, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - This is a great bit of work; Emoscopes is to be commended for responding to the requests for changes so quickly. If I might make one further small suggestion, I'm not sure whether the gun returning to zero elevation for each loading is accurate - surely that would greatly reduce the firing rate? I'll conditionally support based on someone correcting either me or the animation :-) --YFB ¿ 17:58, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
Large guns of this era either loaded at a fixed elevation (when the rammer was fixed in the gun house), or at a limited range of elevations (like this gun, where the rammer is carried on the cradle). You have to bear in mind that a shell and cordite for each gun weighs well over a ton, and it is mechanically simpler, and the cycle is actually quicker, to have the gun load at a low or fixed elevation, and then rise to the required elevation to fire, before returning to load. This particular gun could be loaded between -5 and +20 degrees, (hence the "S" shaped upper hoist track) but I really wanted to emphasise the loading limitations in the drawing. These guns could elevate through a 35 degree arc and with a rate of elevation of 5 degrees per second, when the whole loading cycle takes around a minute, you really aren't slowing things down. Later weapons, such as the BL 16 inch /45 naval gun returned to a fixed loading elevation due to the enormous weight of ammunition. Hope that clarifies things! Emoscopes Talk 22:10, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your detailed and interesting reply. I agree with your reasoning and Support. --YFB ¿ 09:10, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Nice 8thstar 19:08, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - A great animation, well worthy of FP status. — BillC talk 23:10, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support I previously withheld from voting because the original version seemed to only marginally meet FP standards. The edited version is much better and takes all the critiques into consideration (constructive criticism does work!). Very encyclopedic and lovely animated pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:37, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support nicely done. Debivort 13:48, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Parts of the red line, labeled "main deck" but seemingly part of the turret, have different thickness. Is that on purpose? It looks implausible. ~ trialsanderrors 19:23, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes it's on purpose, I forgot to clarify in there annotation that this represents the armoured portion of the ship. The barbette is clindrical, so the section is cut through it, hence the difference in line thicknesses (imagine looking at it from the front). Emoscopes Talk 06:59, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Blieusong 20:12, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Excellent technical diagram. The only nitpick I have is the green shell in the gun barrel - it seems to change sizes. {Slash-|-Talk} 05:28, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, I see what you mean, it jumps to the left by 1 pixel, that shouldn't be too hard to remedy. Emoscopes Talk 06:59, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Support- A quality animation --Penubag 08:31, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Support- A beautifully accurate diagram, everything from the blast doors on the lifts and the cordite magazine in a simple, aesthetic and easy to follow illustration. I'd love to see this on the main page, my only negative point is that I didn't think of this first! well done. WikipedianProlific(Talk) 22:52, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Animated gun turret.gif --Greeves (talk contribs reviews) 21:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Maybach 62 interior[edit]

Interior of a 2006 Maybach 62
High-detail shot accentuating hand-stitched leather interior and woodgrain on honey walnut trim.
Articles this image appears in
Maybach 57 and 62
  • Support as nominatorJagvar 21:29, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Tilted, shallow DOF is not appropriate for this shot nor is the small part of the photograph in focus important (the spedometer), blown background, fair amounts of noise for a photograph where lighting can be staged, subject partially cut off, chromatic aberration around blown portions of steering wheel... Need I say any more? Thegreenj 21:37, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, Thegreenj said everything I wanted to (and more). gren グレン 02:16, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • weak oppose lighting --Penubag 08:15, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Oppose Per Thegreenj. 8thstar 02:56, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Also per Thegreenj. --Newton2 13:01, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:05, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph[edit]

File:Silver Seraph.JPG
1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
Angle shows all dimensions of vehicle; 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom in background provides generational contrast
Articles this image appears in
Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
  • Support as nominatorJagvar 21:19, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose While it is true that the 1930 Phantom provides a nice contrast, it is destracting. Try to keep the subject the only point of interest in the photograph. The people as well as the other automobiles in the background are distracting, and the completely blown tents and sky are major detractors from the picture. The portions of grille frame and the ornament are also blown. Before I forget, there also is chromatic aberration around the trees , tents and background cars. Poor image quality too. Did you read the criteria before nominating? If not, please do so. Thegreenj 21:46, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
I do thank you for the depth of your constructive criticism, but a slightly less patronizing tone would be very much appreciated. My editor did put this photograph on the front page of the newspaper in 2005, and it appeared in the company newsletter, so while it may not be up to your standards, I hardly think it is the piece of trash you make it out to be. By all means oppose it, but please voice your opinion in a way that is, for lack of a better phrase, less cruel. Jagvar 22:32, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
I apologise. I assume when you say that I made your photograph out to be a piece of trash, you refer to my comment that it is of poor image quality. I should have specified that I meant that the image didn't have the photographic quality of a featured picture, having present, though tolerable, amounts of grain and lacking the crisp feel that many FPs had and that would be appropriate. If there was something else I said that was "cruel," tell me, and I will be happy to specify in a more objective manner. I try not to be overly opinionated and there is something that I can physically point out in the photograph for each of my objections, if you request. Otherwise, I hope you know the very high quality expected by Wikipedia's featured status. A newspaper photograph need to illustrative and clear, which this photograph is. However, a featured picture goes beyond that; it rises far above most snapshots. I am always impressed with every single featured picture. Give them a look, and then ask yourself, "I know this is a good picture, but is it that good?" Thegreenj 23:00, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Thank you for your succinct explanation. It seems I merely misinterpreted your tone before. Lord knows I am always open to constructive criticism; I'd never improve without it. Jagvar 23:09, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, Per Thegreenj 8thstar 22:23, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Discussion: Shouldn't the license plate be blurred due to privacy concerns? Real96 09:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:05, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Statue of C.Y. O'Connor in the surf[edit]

This statue is permantly positioned in water of the Indian Ocean approximately 10 metres off shore from C.Y.O'Connor beach. The beach was named after C.Y.O'Connor who rode his horse in to the surf and committed suicide because of the accusations arising from the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme . The horse then returned to shore with his body, the statue is there as memorial to him.
its a wonderful choice of timing for the photograph, the serenity of the Ocean contrasted by the orange sky which is reflective of turmoil that surrounded his engineering of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme
Articles this image appears in
  • Support as nominatorGnangarra 13:46, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I can barely tell what this is even when looking at it full-size. —Psychonaut 14:13, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. Who is the artist? And when was this installed? This very basic information is missing from the image description page, and the image is incomplete without it.--Pharos 19:28, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Interesting way to commit suicide, but I'm not too keen to the animal abuse/endangerment. Anyways, a silhouette of the statue doesn't illustrate the subject very well (very artistic and moving, but not encyclopedic). Maybe one taken in broad daylight? Jumping cheese Cont@ct 20:24, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose In the thumbnail it looked like two legs sticking out of the water. After checking the full-sized image I have to conclude this is a bowling pin on a horse. ~ trialsanderrors 22:29, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It would be nice if the statue was actually visible.

Plus the horse has purple fringing or something on the left side.--Uberlemur 05:20, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

  • oppose- sorry. it is a very nice picture though, but it's hard to tell if it's a picture of the water or the statues. alsoapon first glance, I thought they were real annimals/people--Penubag 08:17, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Comment. Here is another picture of the statue for reference. Nachoman-au 09:44, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose due to color problem Uberlemur noted. — The Storm Surfer 01:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:05, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Ear Wax on Swab[edit]

Wet-type human earwax on a cotton swab.
This narrowly missed out on a previous nomination and in my view it lost unfairly. I believe this is an excellent picture and is of high quality, it is also striking and illustrates earwax in the best possible way. The fact that the object of the picure is an everyday thing does not affect its encyclopedic value.
Articles this image appears in
Gregory F. Maxwell
  • Support as nominatorChildzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:34, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support highly encyclopedic image. Mak (talk) 23:04, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, Nasty! 8thstar 23:22, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per previous nomination. The photograph does not illustrate anything particular about earwax. The swab takes up most of the photograph, and places the earwax in a very unnatural position. The earwax, which this photograph tries to illustrate, is just an amber spread of jelly tangled in the fibres of a swab, not to mention that the actual wax takes up far less than 1000 pixels in any direction. Just for example, perhaps a picture under a microscope might reveal something new, something words cannot describe as the picture can. The blown top is also a very minor portion of my oppose. I really cannot see anyway to take a photograph of earwax that is featured quality. Sorry, but this just doesn't cut it for me. Thegreenj 00:01, 11 April 2007 (UTC) check out the time!
Also it look nothing like the asian kind of earwax (the dry kind). --antilivedT | C | G 00:51, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Though it is high res, the pic is not decriptive of ear wax nor of cotton bud - I do not understand the subject more having seen the pic. As per user:Thegreen a microscope pic of ear wax would be a better representation. The pic is replacable, has an out-of-context subject and is uninspiring. Witty lama 01:14, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Anyone with a Canon 5D or better can take the same shot a million times. Maybe the only thing that makes it special is that the person hadn't cleaned his ear for years for taking this picture. As said before in previous nomination, If I take a very good quality of a urine in toilet, does it mean it's FP? Although I admire the quality of the photo, but the credit goes only to the camera. --Arad 02:15, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • It is the photographer, not the camera, who takes the picture. Admittedly, having good equipment helps, but even though I'm trying to assume good faith, your comment seems to place the credit of image quality in spite of the photographer. Please, don't make accusations that the only reason a photograph looks good is that it was taken by a good camera despite an inept user. Anyone with the money could buy a 5D, but not anyone can shoot a picture like this one. Thegreenj 02:28, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I believe Arad merely sees it as an ordinary shot with a high quality camera. I don't think he's trying to belittle anybody, just state his opinion that the work isn't special. So, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, and it's only a different view on what makes for good photos. gren グレン 02:55, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Thank you gren. Of course the author is the one who created the photo. I just wanted to say that the picture doesn't have much artistic value IMHO. As mentioned above I really don't want to belittle the author. I admire his contribution of such a good quality photo to Wiki. It's just that this pic is not special enough IMO. It's certainly a QI though. --Arad 03:52, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
        • FWIW, I have mostly stopped contributing images now due to comments exactly like the above. It's simply not worth doing high quality work, and doing low quality quick work isn't personally fulfilling. Leaving a computer running an unattended pywikipedia bot gets more appreciation than careful photographic work. For most of my macro work (including this one) I machine custom mounts for the object, backdrop, and lighting... I shot well over a hundred exposures trying numerous variants on the image, subject, lighting. For each exposure I captured a color calibration target (well, except for the UV sources, since thats somewhat meaningless). It's easy for people to criticize the image "oh you should have tried X". Well guess what, for any X I probably did, and it didn't work for me. Under a microscope? Did it, totally uninteresting. In someone's ear? tried it, couldn't manage to find a composition where you could both see the wax and tell what you were looking at (which is incidentally why I had the high brightness UV sources, I was hoping it would make the wax in the ear more obvious). The cotton specimen swab was recommended to me by a nurse, and I wasn't able to find anything better... although it never was as cool as I'd hoped, it at least has yuck value. In any case, I don't much care if you feature the image, but could you at least spare me the "anyone can do as good/better". At least when I've said things like that, I've gone out and done it. --Gmaxwell 04:51, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
          • You're right about "anyone could do it". I tried to get a nice image of pralines and you can see the results. I think part of it is a lack of understanding of what it takes to do good photography (at least on my part) but my only point was that while it may be misguided, it isn't meant to be impolite. Back to the subject, earwax is one of those things that it's almost impossible to find a good context for... unlike Image:Oktava319.jpg which is an incredible shot--even if it's only because you have a good camera :) That is definitely FP material. gren グレン 05:35, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Gmaxwell, I understand what you're saying and that the technical quality it very good. And that's all because you took the measures needed to take the picture. No doubt about that. But still the image is not special. And I think, the quality is much because you have a good camera :-) (not to discredit you) + you have experience. Nominate it for QI and I support. --Arad 21:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above, although I am admittedly unsure what FP quality earwax would look like. gren グレン 02:55, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - But I might consider to promote a photo of ear wax inside the ear... Alvesgaspar 07:49, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and <rant> - I'm struggling to find adequate words to support not just the nomination but the sentiments expressed by Greg above. I find this selection process a HUGE disincentive to uploading top quality work both here and on COM:FP for the simple reason that it suffers from this unbearable "photo-critique website" factor. The first oppose for this image is simply astonishing in its inappropriateness. Really, photoSIG and the like are great (recommended, in fact!) for those wishing to hone their skills, either as photographers or photo-critics, but Wikipedia is not the place for either of these things. This should be a place to recognise the best in encyclopedic illustration in as objective a way as possible, period. Who cares if you don't like to look at pictures of <insert object/subject/substance>? Criterion 7 has such a lot to answer for.. </rant> By any criteria, this shot is clearly the best we are likely to get of this subject - well-lit, carefully considered, sharp and well-resolved, with great colour balance and accurate exposure: generally, a well executed illustration of an extremely difficult subject, cleverly scale-referenced (you don't know how big a q-tip is?) with top encyclopedic value. That's what makes it "special". mikaultalk 10:14, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Agree. And a great camera alone doesn't take good pictures, it just enables a good photographer to make the best out of his skills. Support, like last time. --Dschwen 18:35, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I went to the previous nomination and everything has a line through it - is this what should happen to past FPC pages? Pstuart84 Talk 12:38, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • No, someone forgot to close a <strike> tag. ~ trialsanderrors 07:17, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose - I'm aware that Greg sees the opposition to this image as an indictment of the FP process. For what it's worth, I've had a look at his Commons contributions and there are a lot of great images there, many of them featureworthy in my opinion. Grenavitar has highlighted one above. To me, though - disregarding the yuck factor - this one just doesn't say 'featured picture'. It's technically good and I appreciate that a lot of work went into it - maybe it is the best possible representation of earwax, although I doubt that: the cotton bud dominates the image and the cotton strands lend a fibrous texture which is misleading. I'm inclined to think that a top-down, neutrally-lit view of the earwax on a lightbox background might be a good way to shoot it. I don't have access to a lightbox so, before you say it, I can't fix it. Even then, would it draw the reader's attention, inspire curiosity? I think Greg hits the nail on the head when he says "Did it, totally uninteresting". Some subjects just fundamentally do not possess the visual excitement needed to make a great photo. Decry the injustice of the process if it rejects genuinely interesting images for being aesthetically unpleasing, but I don't think that's the case here; only a few days ago there was a minor controversy because the main page FP was someone undergoing what looked like fairly horrific eye surgery. That's never going to be nice to look at but it does grab the interest of passers by, in a way that no earwax photo is ever likely to. AFAIC, that's a large part of what Featured Pictures are all about. --YFB ¿ 19:03, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I'm sorry that I wasn't more clear. I don't see that people don't want to support this image as an bad mark on the process, rather I see the "oh anyone could do that" as a mark of broken and harmful culture. We should expect people who are saying "anyone can do this/better" to step up and actually do so... W e Seperatly I also think we have a systemic bias in favor of "gorgeous" images vs ones with encyclopedic merit, after all FPC is our best images not's best images. ... but I would probably select a different image than this one to make that point. As far as your suggestion... we have such an image, look at German Wikipedia. I think it's without scale and confusing, but perhaps you'll like it better? From a get people's attention perspective, I think this one does well. Opinions are expected to differ. --Gmaxwell 20:12, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • In any case, I think the bias issue is important too, since it over encourages people to create 'beautiful' images rather than really excellent images that we need.. but it's not what I was complaining about here. --Gmaxwell 20:12, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I wasn't very clear either. I was referring to this discussion where you mentioned that this picture was originally nominated as a 'test case' to see if opposition was based on wallhangability rather than encyclopaedic merit. I totally agree with you about "anyone could do that" comments and it's true that there have been a distasteful number of those, particularly on nominations of 'everyday' subjects. Equally, we need to be very careful that "OK, go take a better one" doesn't become an acceptable reason to disregard an oppose vote.
I find your comment about the de.wikipedia image somewhat disingenuous; it's not backlit (which would illustrate the translucency), it's poorly photographed and we both know that with the right equipment, a much better example could be produced. A scale reference could easily be provided - maybe your cotton bud, or perhaps something smaller for a closer viewpoint - without it becoming the main subject of the photograph. I still wouldn't necessarily expect it to be featureworthy, but it might be closer to 'the best possible photographic representation'.
As far as 'getting people's attention', this is subjective and opinions will differ. Wikipedia is built on consensus and if the balance of opinion is that something isn't all that eyecatching as a representation of its subject then that's not a reflection of a broken process/culture/whatever, even if the consensus turns out to be that the subject is inherently not eyecatching.
I don't know if I agree with you about systematic bias in favour of 'beauty'. We don't actually have that many 'pretty flower' FPs and nominations of that sort tend to get a very picky reception. Nature provides a vast array of potential subjects so there's bound to be a lot of nature FPs, but by no means are they all beautiful by conventional standards. --YFB ¿ 20:52, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
"I find your comment about the de.wikipedia image somewhat disingenuous" gah! I haven't looked at it in many months. In my mind it's perfectly a perfectly backlit image. :) In any case, my own reason for not posting an image like that is because I though it was uninteresting and useless without scale. For more detailed subjects that works but here? I dunno. --Gmaxwell 20:55, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Gmaxwell, I can assure you that if I had your expensive camera, I would have stood up and try. --Arad 11:06, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. This is a German Wikipedia image of earwax. Pstuart84 Talk 21:37, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
That's the one I was talking about. --YFB ¿ 21:40, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - For lack of relevancy, not particularly illustrative of the subject. High quality is not enough. Alvesgaspar 21:56, 12 April 2007 (UTC) You've already voted! --MichaelMaggs 19:23, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
    • You are right, sorry - Alvesgaspar 22:00, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I can't believe users are citing lack of relevancy. If an article is on earwax, and the nominated picture is of earwax, then it's relevant--especially since it's Google's #1 hit for large picture searches of "earwax." Rant's over, but this picture is (1) of high quality, (2) encyclopedic, and (3) in the form most observed by everyone (on a swab).-DMCer 07:11, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support A technically difficult photograph to take, in spite of some inaccurate implications to the contrary. Highly encyclopedic in my view, although admittedly not pretty. --MichaelMaggs 17:43, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support This article is very illustrative of its subject, high quality, and actually visually compelling--not an easy feat for a picture of earwax. Calliopejen1 00:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose for the same reasons as last time. I realize Greg put a lot of effort into making the image, and I appreciate that effort. But the amount of work that went into making an image is not a criterion for judging feature-worthiness. -- Moondigger 15:05, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 06:04, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Rhesus Macaques[edit]

File:Rhesus Macaques 4528.jpg
Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) from Hainan island, China
Great photo. Very encyclopedic.
Articles this image appears in
Rhesus Macaque, Life, Harry Harlow, Fauna of Puerto Rico
Nikita Golovanov
Tomer T
  • SupportTomer T 02:16, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I'm not so sure about the copyright... --Tewy 02:38, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The website this images comes from doesn't list the permission given in the template. Its license says sharing the image is prohibited and the image is a possible deletion candidate on the commons. - Mgm|(talk) 09:52, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Painfully weak oppose. Aww cute monkeys :o). But until copyright status issues have been resolved, I have to oppose, sorry. --User:Ahadland1234 20:09, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose blown highlights on rock (flash?), hairs could be much sharper, and oh yeah, copyright.--HereToHelp 01:30, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Suspended as possible copyvio. MER-C 10:34, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Is this being discussed on Commons? The license text appears on the website: [6], but it seems to me it's a NC license. (See all-cap text). ~ trialsanderrors 06:52, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't know, but local images with this license most likely were deleted. See also Special:Linksearch/ MER-C 06:26, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Why is this nomination still open? It has 3 opposes and 1 support, regardless of copyright violation status. Debivort 07:54, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:11, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

MSM sunset[edit]

Original – Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy (Manche), France at night.
Edit 1 – another version taken a few minutes before
Edit 2 – This version doesn't have the lights from the car coming the other way, nor the red backlights of some car on the left. Dark parts have also been brightened slightly.
Edit 3 – Edited the most recent alternative for less bright highlights and brighter shadows.
This is a beautiful capture. More importantly, detailed pictures of Mont Saint-Michel are rare, one usually finds pictures taken from hundreds of yards away. Also, the minimal noise level (despite the light in this shot) is difficult to achieve.
Articles this image appears in
Mont Saint-Michel
  • Support as nominatorDMCer 09:00, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose While it may have been a tough exposure, the lighting is blown in places as well as the shadows in others. What a beautiful place though -Fcb981 15:20, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, it is blown out in places and that is something you get in night shots... and it's surprisingly crisp, but I don't think this image really does a great job of representing the subject. Part of it is that maybe for old structures like this night shots are out of place because the lighting doesn't fit, and part of it is because it's difficult to see the main structures. Definitely a lovely place. gren グレン 18:11, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm user Benh from commons and the author of the picture. I uploaded another version of the candidate which has brighter dark parts since it was taken a few minutes before. It's also post processed to help. I also rotated it slightly to the left since it was tilted. Unfortunately, there's a car coming the other way which spoils the picture... Blieusong 12:28, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support original The headlights in the lighter version does spoil it. Although the original does have a few blown highlights, it's not more than expected from a long exposure night shot. The lighting also creates a more dramatic images compared to the lighter one. Besides the few blown highlights, the images suffers from no other significant problems. Very unique and encyclopedic pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 14:00, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Support edit 2 or 3 Edit 3 is a little too light for my taste, but still a very stunning pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:33, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I've found another picture, taken after the first two ones, which may addresses most of the flaws mentionned above. Blieusong 17:46, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 3 (My own) I think it looks good. more detail in the bright areas and more in the dark. -Fcb981 19:31, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support Edit 3, it looks quite good this way, only some bits are still a little bright. If it were any darker though the other bits would be too dark, so I suppose this is the best that can be done. typhoonchaser 06:48, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2, weak support all others. Noclip 19:29, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support final version - This sort of image is very technically demanding to take. — BillC talk 23:21, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edits 2 and 3. I've looked at Flickr to find better daylight pictures, with little succcess. ~ trialsanderrors 23:59, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edits 2 & 3 TomStar81 (Talk) 05:10, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Original or Edit 2 Only I love the dark sky of the original. The most important thing that I love in this picture is the mood of the dark sky and the castle. I like the detail in edit 3 but it's too bright for me. So I support those with dark sky. Only one question, Are those white dots dead pixels or stars? Because they look weird. --Arad 02:17, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Dead pixles don't move.--DMCer 00:04, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • they are stars (look at picture in chronological order, edit1, original and then edit2 to check) and I yap I found them "weird" too. Since I'm here, I Oppose Edit3 which looks too unnatural/overprocessed to my taste. Blieusong 19:22, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2. Edit 1 and 3 are too light in color and the original is too dark. - Mgm|(talk) 11:04, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- All versions are nice =-] --Penubag 08:29, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Support - Edit two. Edit three looks waaaay too bright - Conor Campbell - 20:58, 14 April 2007 (GMT).
  • Support Edit 2, 3 does look too bright.8thstar 21:26, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:MSM_sunset_02.JPG --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:20, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Common Jassid Nymph[edit]

Common Jassid Nymph, Eurymela fenestrata on a eucalyptus branch
Version 2 of Alternative
rotate and crop of V2

Pushing the envelope again in regards to extreme macro. This time the specimen clocks in at around 10mm - absolutely tiny! Before focus brackets get mentioned I just want to remind people that this was taken in the wild on a breezy day so this was a moving target! Taken in Swifts Creek, Vic, in January 2007

The alternative, though not as close up, better shows the symbiotic relationship between this species and Meat Ants.

Appears in: Leafhopper and Membracoidea

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 06:46, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: I like the alternative (not the original) a lot, but cannot fully support it because the ant is cut off, and there is a cut-off leg (of this, or another nymph?) on the left. A great shot of a difficult subject, for sure! --Janke | Talk 07:18, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Fair enough, I've uploaded a version with less cropping, but due to the congested way these insects live it's pretty much impossible to isolate one. I can provide an even less cropped image with more of the LHS nymph if you want - or I can have a shot at cloning it out :-) --Fir0002 08:02, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Support version 2 of alternative. --Janke | Talk 06:01, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support: Looks good to me.  ~Steptrip 15:51, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Original or Alternative Edit (First vote :)Ishaana 16:02, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Why not invert the image so that the bug is depicted in a more human-intuitive fashion? Spikebrennan 17:36, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
    • For one, that would mess with the human-intuitive natural lighting. I won't go on with why that'd be a bad idea beyond the purely technical level. —Pengo 22:41, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support alternative or alternative v2 weak oppose original - I'll switch to strong support if the images are included in myrmecophile. Actually I'd prefer the rotated and cropped version I just added. Debivort 04:51, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Alternative 2 - Another great one from Fir0002; keep it up! :-) - just a bit of info, in case you didn't already know - I think the ant is 'milking' the nymph, or rather collecting its honeydew secretions. Is it possible to include that in the caption? Mrug2 21:57, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support A.V2 (and no others) The other ants nicely frame the photo. —Pengo 22:41, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Alternative v2. Looks great, this is a fine example of what I meant by context enhancing enc. Pstuart84 Talk 10:42, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Alt v2 Per above.--HereToHelp 23:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Alternative version 2, oppose rotated and cropped version, since the effect of gravity and lighting make it very confusing. Mak (talk) 20:16, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support alternative version 2 and oppose rotated version per above. Mgiganteus1 10:53, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. — Although this is a really impressive (pair of) photo(s), the angle and positioning of the front leg makes it really hard to see the head. — The Storm Surfer 01:26, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Common jassid nymph and ant02.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:19, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Apollo 11 footprint[edit]

Buzz Aldrin's footprint. Taken by himself on the first manned mission to the moon July 20, 1969. It was part of an experiment to test the properties of the lunar regolith. It is possibly the most important thing left on the moon by humans.
Historical Significance, Irreplacability, Recognisability, Representative of Topic, High image quality.
Articles this image appears in
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11
  • Support as nominatorWitty lama 04:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support TomStar81 (Talk) 05:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Despite easy reproducablity and low historic value. -Fcb981 06:14, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Are you serious? How is that easy to reproduce? Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:15, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic. But then again, I suppose it would be easy enough to hire out the hollywood soundstage and re-recreate it :-P Witty lama 08:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Are you kidding? that was done on a sound stage in the first place :O --gren グレン 08:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I was indeed being sarcastic which I thought I made fairly clear. -Fcb981 14:18, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Omg jumping cheese, you never heard of sarcasm? btw Fcb981 that was a good 'un ;D --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Unfortunately, it's hard to tell if someone is being sarcastic or serious online compared to the real world. For all I know, fcb981 could have been dead serious (maybe I read the talk pages of the conspiracy pages way too much). There was no context clues that suggested that fcb981 was being sarcastic. A "yeah" or "totally" would have suffice. =) Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:17, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great! Debivort 07:59, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support The focus is off, but I can't complain! Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:15, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, I have two problems. Do we know that the + signs are part of the original photograph? If they aren't we should try to find a version without them. Also, I'm not fully sure this really represents either of the two articles so well. I suppose an FP doesn't need to be the central image of its articles, but it helps. gren グレン 08:46, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Footprint.gif
      All lunar pic taken by the camera has + crosshairs (not sure why, positioning?). Currently, the pic on the right is used on the regolith page, which is especially representative of the page. I guess the original pic can be replaced with the FPC on the regolith page. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:24, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Explanation of the crosses: First, they are indeed in all space photos taken with Hasselblad cameras, specially modified with a glass pressure plate to keep the film flat (image area equiv. to 120 type film, but these cameras used 70 mm film, without backing paper). The crosses are on the glass for measurring purposes; first, their exact position is known, and any distortion in the lens can be corrected for. Second, they can correct for any shrinkage of the film itself. Just so you know... --Janke | Talk 14:21, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Thanks :) and weak support.
  • Support per all --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:07, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Not exceptional focus, but…--HereToHelp 23:45, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, due to historical value. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 05:10, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Per above, "Houston, I took a picture of my footprint!" 8thstar 22:23, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Not perfect quality, but you can't expect that from a picture taken by an astronaut on their first moon mission. Historic value alone is enough to feature. - Mgm|(talk) 10:56, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Apollo 11 bootprint.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:16, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Rosie the Riveter[edit]

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the six million women who worked in the manufacturing plants which produced munitions and material during World War II while the men (who traditionally performed this work) were fighting in the Pacific and European Theaters. This "character" is now considered a feminist icon in the US, and a herald of women's economic power to come.
Some monthes ago I tried to get this image through FPC and it failed, mainly due to my inability to locate and upload a higher resolution version; however it has come to my attention that this new version is higher resolution and better quality. I therefore renominate this image for FP status. I wish to thank User:Pharos for finding and uploading this new version. This nomination is as much mine as it is his.
Articles this image appears in
History of women in the United States, History of feminism, Rosie the Riveter, Female roles in the World Wars, Home front, J. Howard Miller, Geraldine Doyle, Precarious work
J. Howard Miller, artist employed by Westinghouse, poster used by the War Production Co-ordinating Committee
  • Support as nominatorTomStar81 (Talk) 18:44, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Helps the articles, good scan. --KFP (talk | contribs) 18:55, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, I could have sworn this was up for FPC before... maybe on commons? gren グレン 21:44, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Yup, a lower quality version was nominated here, as explained by the nominator above. :) --KFP (talk | contribs) 22:47, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
Huh?, you read the nominations? loser :O And support. gren グレン 02:57, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Very sharp scan. Historic and encyclopedic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 22:06, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Flawless scan, assuming that the speckles are halftoning artifacts present in the original poster. The poster could not be more iconic or significant, and deserves to be a FP all the way. Thegreenj 22:28, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Per above. 8thstar 22:47, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It's all been said…--HereToHelp 23:41, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great scan of an iconic image. This is on my office wall! --Bridgecross 01:04, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Propaganda! Nice find, I was looking for a good scan of this one recently. Support of course. ~ trialsanderrors 02:46, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Very sharp and pretty much flawless. Duran 03:42, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - It's funny that nobody mentioned the fact that this kind of gesture is considered rough (or even obscene) in some countries. I would never considerer the possibility of hanging such a picture in my office! - Alvesgaspar 07:57, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Good point...but it's not like she's directing it towards the viewer. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:24, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Bwah ha! I never considered that! She's rolling up her sleeve, of course, the universal symbol of Getting Down to Business. Just a slight change in her fingers and it's a different gesture. Perhaps that's what the artist intended; "I'm gonna build a plane, a ship, and put THIS up Hitler's butt!" --Bridgecross 14:19, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Not really relevant here though unless it got picked up by a secondary sources, in which case it can be worked into the caption. What's more relevant here is that this is not Rosie the Riveter at all. This is the actual Rosie the Riveter. ~ trialsanderrors 21:57, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Ya'll gotta learn to take life in broad strokes and umbrella terms, otherwise you'll miss out on lots of life's simpler things. In this case I am using Rosie the Riveter in a broad sense to include most/all of the women who replaced men in the factories. Under this definition the painting does indeed show "a" Rosie, even though it may not actually be "the" Rosie. TomStar81 (Talk) 03:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
          • Don't worry about me missing out on the simpler things in life, "Rosie's" non-Rosie-ness is just something that should be noted in the caption. ~ trialsanderrors 04:16, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
            • I'm confused. Is Rosie a real person (as noted in the article) or a cultural icon? Was the pic what coined the term or is it an illustration of the "Rosie the Riveter" icon. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 11:02, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Per above. --Paul 18:41, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Rosie the Riveter.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:15, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Paris' Périphérique by night[edit]

Paris' Périphérique by night at Porte d'Italie (Paris is on the left side of the picture). The Périphérique was built in the early 1970s on the empty space left abandoned after the destruction of the defense wall of Paris in the 1920s, and completed on April 25, 1973. It is the generally-accepted boundary between the city proper (approx. 2 million inhabitants) and the suburbs (more than 9 million inhabitants), as it is situated along Paris's administrative limit (excluding the Paris heliport and the outlying woods of Boulogne and Vincennes).
It's a really stunning picture, and it also does a good job at highlighting the sheer volume of traffic that passes along the Peripherique.
Articles this image appears in
Périphérique (Paris)
Marc Planard
  • Support as nominatorsaxsux 11:05, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Lower half of the picture could be cropped, and the highlights are a bit over the top. --Dschwen 11:14, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sorry, but this pic is nowhere near sharp enough for FP - Adrian Pingstone 15:28, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not very interesting. 8thstar 02:49, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, cool to look at but isn't very encyclopedic and I disagree with that statement that "it also does a good job at highlighting the sheer volume of traffic that passes along the Peripherique" - I can't tell how much traffic there is at all. User:Veesicle 03:07, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Technical issues (sharpness, colour) and also not overly interesting or enthrawling --Newton2 12:59, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose My new desktop background perhaps :) but I have to Oppose per Dschwen. Ishaana 16:02, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:25, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

A Crested Tit

Crested Tit[edit]

It's a good picture of Crested Tit.

Appears in Crested Tit

  • Support Self Nom. --Ba'Gamnan 12:23, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. Your nomination says said “It is rather rare” but on the article page it says “It is a widespread and common resident breeder in coniferous forests throughout central and northern Europe and in deciduous woodland in France and the Iberian peninsula.” Pstuart84 Talk 14:19, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Are either of the comments referenced. If so assume that the referenced one is true, if not, do some digging :-P. Hadz Chat 19:24 GMT
  • Oppose Not very good quality. 8thstar 02:54, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose because of graininess. --Janke | Talk 09:57, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:25, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos[edit]

Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
I think it is a good close-up picture of hoodoos.
Articles this image appears in
Hoodoo (geology) and Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Support as nominatorDigon3 00:25, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It's a good picture, but there are more impressive ones at Hoodoo (geology). One problem with this shot is the edge between the shadowed cliff on the left and the sky; it's got some kind of edge artifact. Enuja 05:34, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • minor support nice pic ;-) --Penubag 08:13, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Oppose Over-sharpened - note 2-pixel halo around contrasty edges. --Janke | Talk 09:59, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

This photo has not been edited. --Digon3 13:44, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Oppose It certainly looks over-sharpened; the older Canon compacts are usually quite soft around high contrast margins but they do show a lot of colour fringeing, which seems greatly exaggerated here. To be fair, you are asking a lot of this sort of camera to deliver the detail people expect here. It could use a fairly heavy left/top crop and I'd still want to see more of the scene off the bottom of the frame, I think. Not a bad-looking pic though. mikaultalk 15:31, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I think you are right about the compacts are usually quite soft around high contrast margins but they do show a lot of colour fringeing. The same thing happened here Image:Bryce Canyon Hoodoos 4 edit.JPG
  • Oppose - Not sharp enough for a photo of a static subject like this; the composition and lighting aren't bad but there's a lot of fringing and not much detail. As others have said, you're really going to struggle to get a featured picture out of this camera; you might manage if you can make a many-image mosaic and downsample heavily, but it's a lot of work and far from guaranteed to give good results. --YFB ¿ 00:53, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:25, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Enter the Space Cadets[edit]

The Stanford Tree and the Stanford Dollies follow the drum major of the Stanford Band (in astronaut costume) into Stanford Stadium.
The picture is just too bizarre to pass up on nominating. The photo says so much about the unusual institution that is the Stanford Band and about Stanford University's culture in general. The color mix is aesthetically pleasing; the composition isn't perfect, but its imperfections don't distract too much from its main focus; and it's funny as all hell. [Full disclosure: I am closely associated with Cal, Stanford's arch-rival, but I've admired the Stanford band ever since they got themselves banned from the entire state of Oregon after their infamous "Spotted Owl Show" at UO a decade and a half or so ago. --Dynaflow 18:04, 15 April 2007 (UTC)]
Articles this image appears in
Stanford Tree
Bobak Ha'Eri
  • Support as nominatorDynaflow 18:04, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Yep, bizarre. But also below the resolution requirements and not very sharp. --Dschwen 19:03, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose This may be a interesting subject but this photo in no way represents it. I am none the wiser having seen it - therefore it's unencyclopaedic. Also, too small, bad composition. Witty lama 22:01, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose, probably replicable so no need to accept this low resolution. gren グレン 22:13, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose Bad quality. 8thstar 02:31, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose despite yummy cheerleaders. Unencyc, low quality. --Bridgecross 13:27, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppppose per above.--Uberlemur 14:34, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • haha no one can spell oppose :P 8thstar 14:55, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose Fails quality and i dont think its a very good picture overall --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:46, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Poor quality, distracting to the eye and can't see how this adds significantly to the enyclopedia. Pedro |  Chat  13:28, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose This was a joke, right?--Svetovid 11:03, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
Um, no. It was the first submission to this the particular area of Wikipedia by an editor who's only been very active in Wikipedia (elsewhere) for a few months. Please assume good faith. I withdraw the nomination and change my vote to oppose in light of more experienced editors' comments. Thanks for your consideration. --Dynaflow 12:19, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:00, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

University of Michigan Law Library Interior[edit]

Built between 1924 and 1933 the four original buildings comprising the Cook Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan were constructed using funds donated by William Cook, an alumnus of the school.The National Jurist magazine has ranked the University of Michigan Law Library fourth out of a total of 183 law school libraries in the nation. [7] The Library's original quarters have been augmented by an extensive addition that has received architectural awards for its creative use of underground space.

Built between 1924 and 1933 the University of Michigan Law Library has received architectural awards for its creative use of underground space.
I feel that the image is an accurate and striking example of the Interior of the University of Michigan Law Library, it would be hard to understand the feel of the Library unless you can see it.
Articles this image appears in
University_of_Michigan#Libraries_and_museums, University_of_Michigan_Law_School#Notable_alumni
taken by Kashkin
  • Support as nominatorMax 13:34, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, the camera's timestamp kinda kills it, sorry. :/ --Golbez 13:37, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Now that the timestamp has been cropped, I can look at the merits of the picture, and I agree with the below. Maybe if it was centered in the library, and maybe looking a little up to catch more of the architecture... --Golbez 22:56, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Idea do not worry, I do not take it personally think we could crop it? Max 13:42, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Nice library, but the noise level is just way too high for me.-DMCer 16:19, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per above. Also, not very interesting, all I see is a dark library. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 19:51, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose not very interesting. 8thstar 21:17, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I can't find any reference to parts of the Law Library being underground and winning architectural awards. Is that somewhere in one of the articles? If not, it counts as an unsourced fact. If so, does this picture show underground bits? If so, where? Enuja 01:15, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose In my opinion the technical quality of the photograph is not that good (quite noisy). --Newton2 12:45, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Common Chimpanzee

Common Chimpanzee[edit]

A common chimpanzee and his mother.

Appears in Common Chimpanzee

  • Support Self Nom. --Ba'Gamnan 11:02, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I don't like the composition with the mammal cut off, or the background. Pstuart84 Talk 09:47, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above. --Janke | Talk 09:52, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Animal pr0n!!! jkjkjk I don't mind the chimp nudity, but the subject is cut off and there's blow highlights on the concrete and surrounding the mother chimp. Also, a bit of fuzziness. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:51, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose poor composition --Newton2 12:50, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Subject cut off Ishaana 16:13, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per all above 8thstar 15:55, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)[edit]

A sweet violet (viola odorata) is a common flower in Europe and Asia, growing around 2 to 5 cm tall.
Well illustrates the sweet violet flower and is helpful for identification. Because I am still quite a novice, I appreciate in depth comments so that I can improve.
Articles this image appears in
Sweet violet
Thegreenj 05:36, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as nominatorThegreenj 05:36, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose and comment. DOF is off and there is also strange fringing at the edge of the petals. My comment is that if you are looking for constructive criticism, use Picture Peer Review, not FPC. Pstuart84 Talk 09:53, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Picture Peer Review could be an icredibly powerful tool. However, in depth commenters seem to have been abandoned it in favor of just voting for featured. Fcb981 seems to be the only dedicated reviewer. This picture was taken under Fcb981's suggestion and was at peer review for several days without response. I like the photograph and wanted to see how it would fare here, picking up critisism on the way. Out of curiosity, is the "strange fringing" a lens artufact or something fixable? It seems to appear in many of my close-ups. Thegreenj 14:28, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
That's fair, though the File Links on the image page do not include Peer Review, hence my remarks. It's a shame that FPC appears to be a better peer review process than Peer Review itself. I leave it to someone better versed than me in photography to explain how to avoid the fringing. Pstuart84 Talk 15:33, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Check out the article at Purple fringing - your pic shows two or three types of fringing and at least one of them (the purple at the top) would seem to be an inherent property of the lens. The example at Chromatic aberration shows the same sort of thing. It's not unusual for a "Jack of all trades" lens to be less than perfect at everything and macro (along with landscape work) is probably the toughest task you could give it. Try stopping down the lens to around f11 (you'll need a tripod) and see if that helps, and perhaps pull back a little (it's worse towards the edges of the frame) and crop the image down later. These two things will probably help with the depth of field problem you have here too. mikaultalk 16:46, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose; I'd like to see some stem/something apart from the flowering part if this picture is in the article for the entire flower. Ishaana 21:45, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)


Aurora australis (September 11, 2005) as captured by NASA's IMAGE satellite, digitally overlaid onto the Blue Marble composite image.
Great intersting picture that fits all the criteria except the size I think.
Aurora (astronomy)
  • Support as nominatorBewareofdog 05:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Does anyone know how to get the video into wikipedia?Bewareofdog 05:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
The illustration is way too small for FP. I do not know about the animation; it is in QuickTime format if anyone knows anything about that. Thegreenj 05:29, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Upload an animated GIF file. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:30, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Convert it to OGG and upload it. —Vanderdeckenξφ 14:48, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. I uploaded this and would have nominated it for FP status if it hadn't been so small. howcheng {chat} 06:57, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - sorry, amazing pic but well under the size requirement. —Vanderdeckenξφ 14:48, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I think this is an FPC-worthy pic but for size, but who is going to make a bigger one? Pstuart84 Talk 09:18, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose This is a brilliant photograph but as has been mentioned simply doesn't meet the size criterion (unfortunately) --Newton2 12:55, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Trident Missile System[edit]

The diagram clearly and (I hope) aesthetically shows the various stages which make up the trident II D5 ICBM, one of the most important and powerful pieces of modern military hardware. It highlights just how enormous these devices are, something which is so often lost with pictures of them airborne or being launched. It is drawn precisely to scale. The diagram deliberately avoids technical detail as a technical drawing of a Nuclear warhead loaded ICBM on Wikipedia amid the worlds present political climate would not be appropriate. Instead it aims more from an educational point of view to illustrate the various stages of the rocket motor and show how the three rocket fuel tanks are arranged inside the missile. It is drawn at 3000x2000 pixels (high enough for any modern monitor) and can be printed comfortably with a high DPI at A4 or A3 size giving a wonderfully sharp and professional looking printed diagram. It avoids the SVG format as a result of the shading which is important in illustrating the cylindrical shape of the device. ;Articles this image appears in:Trident missile, UK Trident program, ICBM, SLBM HE HE HE HE
  • NominatorWikipedianProlific(Talk) 22:40, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I'm a bit puzzled about a lot of your reasoning. What do you mean about technical detail being inappropriate in the present political climate? It's not like you're going to expedite the nuclear ambitions of Iran or whoever with a diagram based on public-domain information. Shading is perfectly possible (indeed, being vector-based, it's actually better) in SVG than PNG and printing resolution isn't the only reason to prefer vector graphics: there's also the ability to edit the text (e.g. for translations) which would be particularly difficult with this image because it's on a gradient background. As far as illustrating the scale, I don't find it particularly informative as the length in metres is pretty meaningless without a suitable reference (e.g. a to-scale person standing alongside). It's reasonably aesthetic but next to a lot of your other contributions, it doesn't really stand out. Some parts are pretty unclear, like the "Electrical equipment" section which points to an apparently empty region occupied by a rocket nozzle. Sometimes simpler isn't necessarily better. --YFB ¿ 23:04, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I don't want to be rough but the 1st of April was two weeks ago. According to the nominator, the illustration "aesthetically shows the various stages which make up the trident II D5 ICBM, one of the most important and powerful pieces of modern military hardware". Because aesthetics is the only "appropriate" way to illustrate the subject given the present polytical climate. Why do I feel I am being fooled? Alvesgaspar 00:03, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose – It's not a very good picture. It would definitely be better as an SVG, but it still doesn't seem very professional. — The Storm Surfer 00:54, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per YFB. 8thstar 01:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Too simplified to be enc. --Janke | Talk 04:54, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, can you add the sources for this drawing so it can be verified as being accurate? I also think the blue line used to indicate height looks ugly when it comes down to the left of the nose spike... it just looks off center. I think I'd give weak support if it weren't for those two issues. It's definitely a good image. And I know your opinion on SVG, but I think the translation and editing issues are important for diagrams, but I won't oppose on those grounds since this is the English language Wikipedia. gren グレン 07:55, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. YFB summed it up. And there is Image:Wikiman_1m80.svg which is propoes as a general scale comparison. --Dschwen 09:05, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment I find the diagram eye-catching, the thumbnail made me want to look at it. But I agree with gren and was about to ask for the sources. I did a little search on google and found a few diagrams (which may or not be accurate) and some of them seem to differ from yours. looks pretty much like yours but and the one at the bottom of seem to not have same proportions. Blieusong 10:40, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, per YFB. I don't see any reason for the SVG or the vagaries in terms of content. I don't want to pimp my own work but compare this one with something like this, which contains substantially more information while also including information about use, etc., and can be scaled to any size. I don't think the shading does much on the nominated image, certainly is not worth using PNG instead of SVG for. (SVG is valuable not only because it can be scaled, but because it can be easily edited, re-used, etc. all of the good things we really like in free content). In any case I don't think the line/fill work is very good, when zoomed in you can see all sorts of mis-aligned and overlapping bits. --Fastfission 23:05, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Lar Gibbon[edit]

A light brown-orange lar gibbon.
It's a very nice picture of a lar gibbon.
Articles this image appears in
Lar Gibbon, Simian
Derek Ramsey
  • Support as nominatorVictor 21:50, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Sorry, the paw is completely blown and there is wierd colouration throughout. Pstuart84 Talk 23:14, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Grass hides subject. Witty lama 03:49, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose Not sure about the compostion and colour --Newton2 12:46, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose "Per above" 8thstar 21:44, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose again not the most technical comment but the monkey is too bright on't top --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:58, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 05:06, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Iguazu Falls[edit]

It's an amazing falls with a good picture. The picture shows the scope of the falls, doesn't appear to have any artifacts or other problems, and is beautiful. It isn't fantastically huge, but I do think it is clear enough. This is the best of the pictures on the Spanish, Portugese and English pages for Iguazu Falls. I found it because of an old failed FP nomination of a picture of Devil's Throat.
Articles this image appears in
Iguazu Falls
Giacomo Miceli
  • Support as nominatorEnuja 23:13, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. Previous nomination here. --Tewy 23:20, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
    • Ooops! I've recently started voting (mostly opposes) and I figured it would be good to be constructive, too. But apparently I didn't do enough research. How do I get rid of this proposed nomination? Enuja 23:29, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
      • There's no need to remove this. You can nominate an image more than once, although it's usually best to wait some time before doing so. But, October was a while ago, and maybe opinions have changed since then. If you want to nominate another image, just be sure to check the bottom of the image page to see what page(s) it's in. --Tewy 01:17, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. Blown highlights on the subjects, bottom a little cut off (though possibly unavoidable). Stunning image, but just a few too many minor problems. --Tewy 23:25, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral Wow, this is good…would have loved to be there…but there the bottom is cut off, there's that metal thing in the bottom left corner, and general other small things. It's hard to pass up, though.--HereToHelp 00:51, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
By "that metal thing in the bottom left corner" are you referring to what looks very much like a vine in the bottom left corner? If you look at the bottom right, there is also up-close foliage, so I strongly suspect that the picture was taken from an overlook, and both the vine on the left and the plants on the right are on the sides of the over-look. Enuja
It's the long, thin, cord-like thing in the very bottom-left the goes out to the right and then coils back on itself. It looks unnatural to me. (But I wouldn't change me vote over it.)--HereToHelp 01:47, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I love this pic. Colour, grain and focus all look good to me - Adrian Pingstone 15:30, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Would have been cool if the bottom wasn't cut off... 8thstar 15:57, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support -Per Nom -Nelro 10:33, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great subject. composition that everyone doesn't like (bottom cut off) looks first class to me. Actually the angle it's taken from is one of its best aspects. white highlighs on white subjects are fine. -Fcb981 06:13, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support I think we're too harsh here. And if Mohammad would see this, he would regret his idea of paradise with a river, 2 tress and a honeycomb. I keep my support if Diliff is not going to Argentina ;-) --Arad 21:19, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose as I did back in October of 2006. Poor crop, blown highlights, dark shadows, etc.-Andrew c 22:32, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Tomer T 10:32, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support -Breathtaking -Nelro 10:33, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
    • You are only allowed one vote Pstuart84 Talk 12:43, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support- A million reasons why. --Penubag 08:37, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
    • Care to name one? Pstuart84 Talk 12:44, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Okay. I think that picture is difficult to take especially in high clarity. It is strong in color, very viverant, and is high resolution, and great detail.-- Penubag  04:42, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose just as before, blown highlights. --Janke | Talk 16:04, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support- i support this because i believe that there needs to be more panoramic pictures of moving water in the featured picture list. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)
    • Please sign in before voting. --Tewy 19:46, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Janke. Pstuart84 Talk 13:48, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted --KFP (talk | contribs) 14:48, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Clerid Beetle[edit]

Trogodendron fasciculatum on a eucalyptus branch

During the bushfires we had to cut down a number of young eucalypts around our house, and after we did so we needed to drag the branches etc a distance from the house where they wouldn't burn. Anyway to cut a long story short the next day when we went to move the branches all of them were swarming with these critters who actively patrolled up and down a branch chasing off any other beetle it saw. Had nasty looking mandibles and crazy yellow antennae which vibrated wildly so I was pretty nervous when I took the pix - bit disappointed when I found out it was only a beetle, I thought it was some kind of wasp! Anyway, nice shot, good comp and excellent sharpness.

Image appears:
Beetle, Cleroidea, Cleridae

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 08:53, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Comment Are those pale spots on the body missing bits or normal coloring? In the full resolution image, they kinda look like damage, although they probably aren't, I'd like to be confident that this is a normal looking specimen. Also, The tips of the (amazingly yellow!) antenna are out of focus, which is a little bit of a problem. I don't like the caption, because the identification of the limb makes me think about the tree, which makes me wonder what angle the beetle is at. Your further explination here clears it all up, but that's not in an extended caption on the image page. Please add some of the information about the circumstances of the picture taking to the image page, as the angle of the branch is confusing. Enuja 18:15, 3 April 2007 (UTC) editedEnuja 21:00, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes those markings are entirely natural - all the beetles had similar spots. As for the caption, please, please keep current with the WP:FPC talk page! As discussed here, extended captions suitable for POTD are not a requirement for a FPC nom! If you don't like the caption feel free to edit it, we're looking for excellent photos here, not excellent captions! --Fir0002 22:53, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
We're looking for the best content possible, and with pictures, that includes the associated descriptive information.--ragesoss 03:49, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
I guess I must have been away when they changed it to Featured Content Candidates, but then again my browser doesn't seem to have updated either... You can't just make up your own rules, as discussed hereand here there is no valid reason to oppose an image based on caption. --Fir0002 09:09, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
I wasn't opposing just because of the caption, I was trying to be constructive in building a good caption and enough information to build good POTD captions. Also, please don't be too confrontational about comments about captions; criteria #8 on Wikipedia:featured picture criteria hasn't been edited yet. Enuja 21:00, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Wow. Super useful picture! Jellocube27 23:05, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. I used your nomination story to expand the caption some. It still needs a link and/or bibliographic information for where a viewer could verify the species identification.--ragesoss 04:14, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
Can you point me to the guidelines/rules which specify the need to add bibliographic information to an image? Do a search in google for the species if you're that keen. --Fir0002 09:09, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm not saying the rules require it, I'm saying it would be useful. I did a Google search, and I didn't doubt the correct identification in the first place. What source did you use to identify it?--ragesoss 15:23, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
CSIRO Entomology department --Fir0002 10:16, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and subsequent comment: Symbol support vote.svg Very interesting image. Which article(s) do(es) this image improve?  ~Steptrip 02:27, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support I don't even have to vote for this one to be FP. Need I say more? Althepal 21:22, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support As per above. BeefRendang 04:30, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- Very cisp and high detail--Penubag 08:23, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag

Promoted Image:Clerid beetle04.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 14:54, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Santiago Bernabeu Panorama[edit]

The interior of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. The stadium is home to the Real Madrid football club.
Version 2: the colors are a bit brighter/livelier. I could brighten it more, but the colors begin to look unrealistically florescent and neonish
Version 3: a little less neony compared to 2, and with more contrast in the dark parts as well as brightness
I think it's a high quality photo, and that it does a good job of showing the size of the stadium.
Articles this image appears in
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Daniel Schroeder (self-nominated)
  • Support as nominatorGoogleaseerch 15:35, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - sorry, but it's a bit too dull, the right side is out of focus, the left is noisy, and there are some tourists/supporters which mar it a bit. I'd give it E7T5A5. Do you have any other versions, and are you able to go there again and take another one? —Vanderdeckenξφ 15:59, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not that interesting. 8thstar 21:38, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose Agree with Vanderdecken --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:33, 21 April 2007 (UTC)



Nice pic of Bee, France.

Appears in Bee

  • Support Self Nom. --Ba'Gamnan 11:50, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Sharpness problems and we already have better images of bees in flowers. --Dschwen 10:19, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The bee is too blurry, the wings especially. Pstuart84 Talk 13:35, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Too blurry. 8thstar 13:57, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Difficult to differentiate subject from flower, the bee is somewhat obscured because of its position. Ishaana 21:39, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose T'is a bit blurred — Preceding unsigned comment added by Childzy (talkcontribs)

Not promoted MER-C 11:33, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Goat family.jpg[edit]

Domestic goat family of a mother and her two week old kids. Taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria in January 2007.
I don't think any other image can describe any better a goat and her two little kids.
Articles this image appears in
Goat Mammal
  • Support as nominatorArad 14:34, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose - we just had a goat photo nominated by the same photographer. This photo seems to have the same strengths and same weaknesses. This is practically a renomination; let's wait and see how the other nom goes. Debivort 19:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • This is not a reason to oppose. This one is different. There is a female goat in it! --Arad 21:00, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Taken to it's logical extent, this becomes an obviously valid reason to oppose: "You can't oppose this nearly identical goat picture! This one has 5 blades of grass instead of 6!"Debivort 07:41, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
I wasn't serious about my comment above. But I still believe it's OK to have 2 feature worthy images of same subject. Also this is a mature goat (the real subject) the other one are baby goats. --Arad 09:30, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
Arad is right, there no limmit on how many similar pics can be nominated --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Opppose you cant see the darker goat fully --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:01, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose The other FPC is better. 8thstar 00:19, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. I'm going to buck the trend here for what its worth. This is a quality image and does illustrate the domestic goat pretty well. I'm starting to see some pretty anally retentive opposes in voting here these days. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 20:59, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:33, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Freezing Rain[edit]

Freezing Rain has formed around these leaves.
It is a pretty picture that illustrates freezing rain well.
Articles this image appears in
Freezing Rain
Robert Lawton
  • Support as nominatorOzone 07:01, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose Not big enough on one side, quality isn't great, and also distracting background. -Ishaana 09:22, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. I can live with the size but the background kills it for me. Pstuart84 Talk 09:49, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose because of background. Size is over "minimum", though. --Janke | Talk 09:53, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Hate to be the voice of dissident, but the pic does fit all the FP criteria. The only relatively minor issue is the background, which I don't see as distracting at all. The out of focus background gives a setting to the subject and doesn't detract from the pic. A background is distracting when the eyes are repeatedly drawn to the background instead of focusing on the the subject. That's certainly not the case for this pic. I like how the leaves are blown back by the freezing rain and later frozen in that position. Horizontal icicles are also interesting. Very sharp and encyclopedic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:43, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Ishaana. Witty lama 12:03, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support Per Jumpingcheese. And I hate this freezing rain, It always happens in Montreal. --Arad 14:10, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose because it could so easily have been so much better: opening the lens up from f10 to something like f5.6 (or wider if you have a decent lens) would have blurred out most of the distracting backgound detail. Shame, it's a really interesting shot otherwise: no problems with either upload size or image quality, either in my opinion or according to WP:FP?. mikaultalk 17:06, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose background is slightly distracting but otherwise it is a very good capture --Newton2 12:52, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak support. weak becuase the background is a bit distracting. Entheta 21:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support great photo, illustrates the article well, i find the background brings the leaves to attention rather than distracts you--Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:12, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:31, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Auschwitz Buchenwald inmates[edit]

Inmates of Auschwitz Birkenau Buchenwald. These people are incredibly thin, suggesting that they have been malnourished. The inmates were used as a labour force for the German war effort. The inmates were given no food as this was part of the German policy of "Extermination through work". Elie Wiesel is second row, seventh from left.
It demonstrates historic and encyclopedic value. Clearly demonstrates that inmates in the concentration camps were malnourished. And given that it was taken between 1942-45 it is a surprisingly good picture. It is not easily replicated without ruining encyclopedic value.
Articles this image appears in
Elie Wiesel, 1945, Buchenwald concentration camp, Internment, Night (book)
SS Guards, although the image is courtesy of the Auschwitz museum Private Harry Miller of the 166th Signal Photographic Company
  • Support as nominatorHadzTalk 17:52, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Image is unsourced and licensing is suspect. I don't see how you can claim this is GFDL here. howcheng {chat} 20:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Its endorsed by a museum for god sake
      • If I googled for the right site, there is this: "1999-2003, © Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau", and that's a NO GO for GFDL. --Janke | Talk 21:39, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
        • That doesn't necessarily mean they own the copyright to the picture -- lots of museums and other web sites claim blanket copyright on their pages for things they don't necessarily have the copyright to. Under German law IIRC, the copyright belongs to the photographer himself. There is no concept of work-for-hire, so it wouldn't be the German government/army that holds the copyright (unlike in the US). But let's assume for the sake of argument that the Auschwitz museum DOES own the copyright -- what makes you think you can declare it GFDL? howcheng {chat} 21:50, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
          • Of course the museum owns the copyright, how else would they be able to display it? --HadzTalk 22:09, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
            • Displaying and owning the copyright have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Howcheng is right about the copyright and I must add that there were no copyright transfers from axis to allied forces as a result of the outcome of WWII. The rights stay with the photographer until 70 years after his death. And the passing of this period cannot be safely assumed. Most likely mislicensed and definetly not well documented. Was a permission letter sent to Can the museum plausibly claim copyright? --Dschwen 22:27, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
              • Maybe they were early inmates, upto or before 1937? --HadzTalk 22:37, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
                • Poland was occupied in 1939, Auschwitz 1 was established in 1940, and Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1941, so no. ~ trialsanderrors 02:24, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Why do you sign some nominations as Hadz others as Ahadland? And how does copyright clash with GFDL? --Dschwen 22:04, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Hadz is a childhood nickname based on my surname, Hadland. As to how copyright clashes with GFDL, your guess is as good as mine. The Hadz is a fairly recent thing too --HadzTalk 22:09, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • A google search for "203647-s" (i.e. the number on the corner of the picture) lead me to this page, which says the photo was taken by Harry Miller, a private in the 166th Signal Photographic Company, that it is of the Buchenwald concentration camp (rather than Auschwitz) and that it was taken on the 16 April 1945 (making it a few days short of 62 years old). "Works produced by civilian and military employees of the United States federal government in the scope of their employment are public domain by statute" says WP:C. Furthermore, the version seen at that link seems to be a much better digitisation of the original photo. Mike1024 (t/c) 09:27, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Update: See item 178 - "These are slave laborers in the Buchenwald concentration camp near Jena; many had died from malnutrition when U.S. troops of the 80th Division entered the camp." Pvt. H. Miller, Germany, April 16, 1945. 208-AA-206K-31. This picture is public domain. Mike1024 (t/c) 09:48, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Great job, I changed the license tag accordingly, and would like to request the uploader to exercise caution concerning the licensing information. Plus there is commons, the central image archive to which all images with sufficient licenses should be uploaded! --Dschwen 15:07, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Excellent detective work. howcheng {chat} 16:31, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Conditional Support if copyright issues are resolved. Ishaana 13:23, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Inferior reproduction. --Dschwen 15:09, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Just wrote an E-Mail to Stiftung Gedenkstaetten asking for a better reproduction. We'll see what happens. --Dschwen 15:25, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Answer: since the personally went to the national archives to digitize a copy the request an anual fee of EUR 100.00 for the pic to be available on Wikipedia. Too bad. Maybe Noclip our man in Washington could visit the Archives and make us a decent scan :-). --Dschwen 09:57, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
        • Some companies offer a service where you give them the item reference number (in this case 208-AA-206K-31 I gather) and they get it out, scan it, and e-mail you copies (or produce reproductions etc if you want that). However, as commercial companies they charge for this; for example (from one supplier) scanning a photo at 300dpi and e-mailing it as a jpeg costs $9.50 to get it out of the archives, $10 for scanning, and $5 for e-mailing, a total cost of $24.50 for a single photo (and a 300 dpi JPEG, at that). If we're going to buy every historically important photo in the national archives at $25 each, we'd need a lot of money. Mike1024 (t/c) 15:32, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
          • Yeah, and neither are we paying commercial companies to write articles for us. That's why I was implying/hinting, that a local volunteer could do the job. --Dschwen 15:43, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
            • I can always visit the College Park, MD archives (which is where the negative of this photo is located) but I don't have a decent scanner. Aside from that perhaps it'd make sense to come up with a list of many images we could use and they could all be scanned in one go. Noclip 22:59, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Rant: Sigh, this whole nomination was a piece of sloppy work. Not only the license was wrong, the caption is unprofessional, the picture misidentified and placed in the wrong article. Hadz, from your talk page I see that you seem to be emotionally overwhelmed by the topic of the holocaust, which is pretty understandable when you just started familiarizing yourself with the historical background and the gruesome details. But please note that the purpose and quality of WP:FPC should not have to suffer under historical education attempts. --Dschwen 15:33, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Agreed. Ahadland, you need to make sure you have all this clear before the FPC nomination. If you need help, there are plenty of people to ask. Proper licensing of images is crucial and cannot be taken lightly or simply assumed. I suggest that when you don't know the particulars, you first upload it to your own web site (or photobucket or some other host), and ask for help at Wikipedia:Reference desk. This image in particular can stir up a lot of emotions, so it's important to stay rational and keep focused on the details. howcheng {chat} 16:31, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Yeh, sorry for such a cock-up just it came up on a google search I did for Birkenau. Sorry anyway though — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ahadland1234 (talkcontribs)
        • These things happen, just be careful :) And ask for help if you need it. --gren グレン 08:10, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose there are still some outstanding issues. I'd say close this nomination, and work on trying to get a new scan, assuming copyright is legit, and then renominate the new image. Besides that, this is a very, very iconic image, and historically significant.-Andrew c 17:39, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:35, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Christmas Beetle[edit]

Christmas Beetle, Anoplognathus olivieri

High quality macro shot of the common Christmas Beetle, taken shortly after Christmas in early January. I had a few attempts at a focus bracket but it kept moving so was not able to do so. However focus and sharpness are excellent in the important bits (IMO anyway).

Appears in Christmas beetle and Scarabaeidae

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 06:06, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. A couple of the characteristics I always associate with Christmas beetles are the way they have a shimmery effect on their back and that they look like egyptian scarab beetles. See what I mean here. This side-on picture doesn't show that and as such I didn't recognise the beetle - a beetle I'm already farmilliar with. It's certainly a good shot, but not what I would want in an encyclopaedic shot of a christmas beetle. Witty lama 15:13, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support It's taken by the ledgendary Fir0002! So therefore it needs to be featured XD--Penubag 08:23, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
    • Comment. Please don't take this the wrong way but do you have anything to say about the photo as reason for your support? Even Fir0002 sometimes doesn't get his photos through FPC. Pstuart84 Talk 12:47, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Yes of cource. I really do think that the picture is good. It is well focuced, sharp, good contrast, no noise, etc. My aboive statement was just supposed to be humorous.-- Penubag  04:37, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Neutral sorry for the pointless vote, but it's a pointless nomination. It's not representative of the species and hence of really limited encyclopedic value. I guess -minor quibble- I'd have chosen a slightly less side-on view to avoid things like the leg emerging out of the head. The fact remains that is a really good, interesting and well-exectued shot which works on many levels and would get my support on commons, but here it's a bit of a waste of time. mikaultalk 13:07, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I wanted to support this, but now more than one person has mentioned that its not representative of the Christmas Beetle I can't give it my support. Shame because it's a wonderful shot :( Ishaana 21:47, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Question I was hoping to get more information on whether this was a typical Christmas Beetle or not from Fir0002 before I voted on it. Why doesn't it look like the beetles Witty lama recognizes as Christmas Beetles? Enuja 01:13, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
    • You're guess is as good as mine. I know what Witty lama is saying, but the vast majority of the christmas beetles I see around Swifts Creek look like this. Maybe it's something to do with varying maturity levels? Coz this specimen was collected off the kitchen window which he'd been crashing into for half an hour! Maybe juvenile's are much shiner? I really don't know --Fir0002 12:06, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - there isn't a single species of Christmas beetle; the name is the common name for all 35 members of the genus Anoplognathus. The christmas beetle article is wrong.--Peta 02:18, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying the situation here and fixing the article! It does make a lot of sense that "Christmas beetles" are a genus. I did some more looking around, and Fir, have you identified your beetle to the species level? It's labeled as Anoplognathus olivieri in the taxo-box, which is a different species name than the name that Christmas beetle originally gave (A. pallidicollis). In some additional looking around, however, and I did find a photo of Anoplognathus olivieri from a company that sells them (odd, that) [8], and it's shiny, too. Also, the text of the article at the time you added your picture to it said that Christmas beetles have differently lengthed forelegs. I would interpret that to mean that of the front legs, the one of the left is longer than the one on the right (or visa versa) instead of that there is a short middle leg. Now that I know that this beetle had been crashing into a window for about 30 minutes before you photographed it, I'm concerned that his beetle is simply missing part of its leg. Any more information? How did you get the species ID? Enuja 05:43, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:35, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Slinger from the Balearic isles[edit]

In ancient times, the inhabitants of the Balearic Islands were reputed experts with the sling.
Edit 1, Removed dust.
Excellent example of original artwork contributed to Wikipedia by the artist.
Articles this image appears in
sling (weapon)
Johnny Shumate
  • Support as nominatorGaius Cornelius 23:13, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Agree with the nomination. Nice piece of work. --Dschwen 23:26, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, but may need a better caption.--HereToHelp 00:45, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Caption is fine! --Fir0002 11:12, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. It is now, Fir. The caption is perfectly descriptive. Iorek85 12:05, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, puts the sling in context. --KFP (talk | contribs) 13:57, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, Nice picture 8thstar 15:45, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Question: How do we know this is accurate? Without sources, this could be construed as original research. howcheng {chat} 20:57, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Three things that keep me from supporting: 1. there's scanner dust all over the picture; 2. the (I assume digital) coloring is inconsistent with the hatching, most noticeably in the strap of the shoulder bag; and 3. the background doesn't fit with the style of the foreground and is a bit kitschy. And the caption is on the short side too. ~ trialsanderrors 22:14, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
    • 1) How do you know that's scanner dust and not just part of the image? Even if it's dust, it's easily removed. 2) Haven't you ever seen artwork where the coloring is not always "inside the lines". This is normal, even in the strap. 3) The coloring in the background is only there to replace the white. The background is rightly without detail, so as to keep the focus on the subject. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-03-30 04:57Z
      • Could be either, but should be removed. The Dufy effect is not what I'm talking about. The artist isn't clear whether to use the hatching to signify shades or dark areas. If it's the former the facial stubbles shouldn't be hatched since they're exposed to sunlight; if it's the latter the strap should be hatched. The background doesn't need detail, but it needs to be in keeping with the over style of the picture. There is in fact absolutely no need for background in this picture. Sorry, but I had to accept those kinds of criticisms myself long enough to know what I'm talking about. ~ trialsanderrors 06:18, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: A pleasing image. The technical issues are minor. Any dust (apparently graphite pencil diust on the drawing itself) can be removed. Yes, the image appears to be hand-drawn but software colored. Nothing wrong with that. However, has anyone looked into the copyright issue? Name of artist and uploader doesn't match, the given website leads to a commercial archery site, etc. If there is certainty this is a free image, I'll support. We have far too little free original artwork of this type. --Janke | Talk 06:34, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
    • See here. The issue isn't that it's hand drawn and computer colored, it's that it contains flaws one should learn to avoid in the first semester drawing class. ~ trialsanderrors 07:03, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
      • Excuse me for saying this, but I think it is unfair to require full professional artistic skill for a piece of artwork with a free licence (which must still be checked - I'm no expert, but there was a © sign on the imaginefx page, but that may refer to the website, not the artwork itself.) If we oppose a good-enough-looking drawing just because a professional artist could do better, we should also require full professional quality of all FP photos. If it comes to that, then I propose we scrap FPC altogether, because very few contributors would ever succeed. Very few even of Fir's or Dschwen's wonderful image - some of the best we have - could pass a "full professional" scrutiny. Only half in jest... Greetings, --Janke | Talk 09:26, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
        • Wrong, and your comment on Fir's picture belies this. We're not amateur hour here, we're trying to find freely licensed images that can compete with professional/copyrighted alternatives. Also, to repeat, I'm not applying "professional" standards here. "Whatever approach you use for your drawing, use it consistently throughout your composition" is one of the first lessons learned in an undergrad drawing class. And lastly, I'm focusing on the things that are fixable rather than the ones that aren't. ~ trialsanderrors 19:32, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It's a possible copyvio. The source is [9] and it is copyrighted. — Indon (reply) — 14:05, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
    • I wouldn't be so sure. That looks like it was user submitted and likely didn't give the possibility for the user to change the license. I have pictures I've taken on sites and they could easily seem copyrighted even when I uploaded the same ones here and made the public domain... gren グレン 15:34, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
    • There is no copyright violation. The picture was uploaded by User:Peltast, the artist is Johnny Shumate and these are one and the same person. Johnny gives his e-mail address on the image page, I contacted him and, referring to the URL I sent, he replied:
I saw it on your website! I'll have to tell everyone I made the "bigtime"..!
  • Oppose, I think a man using a sling would be more effective... great work, yes, but, I don't think a drawing is the most encyclopedic at all. And the speckles are a problem too. gren グレン 15:34, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Peltast 14:46, 31 March 2007 (UTC)Please click on the illustration and read the licensing: "I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In case this is not legally possible, I grant any entity the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." My other illustrations can be found on this website. Look up, "Hoplite", "Peltast" and "Hypaspist". Johnny Peltast 14:47, 31 March 2007 (UTC)18:35, March 30, 2007}}

  • support I would rather see a couple images, at least one of which shows a sling in action. That said, this image is so evocative of illustrations I had in my childhood encyclopedia that I have to support it. Debivort 03:12, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Note: to whoever who wants to give comments here, please do sign. There are a lot of unsigned comments by the nominator, by User:Peltast who said that (s)he is Johnny or Johnny Shumate a.k.a Hoplite a.k.a. Hypaspist, etc. Now I am confused who owns the copyright of this image. That's why I said it is possible copyvio. Unless the names are fixed to know definitely the copyright status of the image then I will support for the FP candidacy. The e-mail claim evidence is also not convincing for me. — Indon (reply) — 09:37, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
    • As far as I know, Johnny Shumate only has one user name: User:Peltast. The references he made to "Hoplite", "Peltast" and "Hypaspist" are to articles containing further artwork contributions. (They are all good, but I find the slinger to be the most evocative.) Gaius Cornelius 15:29, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As unattributed fact, non-matching background, and the subject being more the person than the sling.Enuja 02:35, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't understand what you mean by "subject being more the person than the sling". What does that have to do with the suitablility of the picture as featured picture? Gaius Cornelius 15:06, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree. What is meant is that this image is supposed to illustrate a sling. However, the image is only 10% about the sling, and the most dominant feature is the figure. When you look at the image, you don't think "whoa, this is a very encyclopedic image of a sling". I think "hmm... this is an illustration of an old-time looking guy, in the style of biblical illustration... oh, and I guess he is holding a sling". The image isn't even a demonstration of how a sling is used, or some other example of how including a figure could improve the encyclopedic value. This image just doesn't illustrate "sling" in an appropriate manner. I may reconsider if this image was attached to another article. Oppose.-Andrew c 17:20, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 11:37, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Vernal Falls from Top[edit]

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park. This is a view from the top when the water flow was at its highest in a long time.
Interesting composition
Articles this image appears in
  • Support as nominator — Bobmilkman 05:31, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose - tilted, no detail in blown water. Debivort 07:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - blown highlights in water, out of focus, blurry yet over-sharpened giving colour fringing. —Vanderdeckenξφ 09:35, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose per above. The rapids are a single mass of blown highlight. --Bridgecross 13:21, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose per above. Walter Siegmund (talk) 20:57, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per above. 8thstar 22:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Very similar to this nomination, but with blown highlights and lots of noise. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 05:21, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Im not very technical when it comes to photo's so i dont know the terminology but i'd say the water is too bright and the picture is quite grainy --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:33, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment The rainbow's quite nice, but the water is overexposed. If you have a raw file, you can try to convert it to jpeg using a darker setting, or use other techniques to get some texture in the water. Fg2 11:54, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:36, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Blue Bottle Fly[edit]

A blue bottle fly (Calliphora vomitoria) rests on tree bark at Finnerty Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Articles this image appears in
Blue bottle fly, Blow-fly
  • Support as nominatorKirinX 04:12, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • weak oppose something is off about it - like the original was quite blurry and then a radical unsharp mask was applied. Debivort 07:50, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • While I can understand where you're coming from, there's only a minimal USM applied here. Though with the bark being out of the DOF (including the fly's legs), I can see that confusing the eye. -- KirinX 08:03, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose To me it looks like some motion unsharpness on the wings - there appears to be closely spaced double highlights. --Janke | Talk 16:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose It looks kind of blurry. 8thstar 15:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I love the background style but it has affected the subject of the image... its a shame because this could have been a decent pic --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:35, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Wonderfull macro picture in my opinion, the above requirements are extremely difficult to the point of impossible to achieve with such a small subject. I'd be very happy to see this on the front page and I'm sure it would complement several articles very well. WikipedianProlific(Talk) 16:28, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the support. I get the feeling this one ain't gonna pass though. According to FPC standards these days, I guess I just have to freeze time and the wind when I take pictures or really catch the spirit of a dead insect, that's all. <sarcasm />-- KirinX 16:41, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • While I do appreciate that macro shots can be difficult, I have to add that it shouldn't be too much to ask that the photo be sharp and not out of focus, motion blurred etc. I can't imagine that wind played the major factor in the lack of sharpness in this photo. Its far more likely to be hand shake or simply not being in focus properly. It also looks very 'plasticy', as if it has had overly strong noise reduction applied. There is almost no texture on the fly or the background. I have to say that I don't believe that its FPC standards that are unrealistically high, its that this image simply has uncorrectable faults that could easily be resolved with a reshoot and some patience. I've taken plenty of shots like this. I just kept shooting until I got a better one. ;-) Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 22:16, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I should point you at that ol' sarcasm tag at the end of my rant... ;) — I do believe in hard work and patience (I'm usually too patient), but in this case, this was the best I got due to the little sucker flying away right when I got the focus and exposure close to perfect. Truth be told, until I 'feel out' the FPC criteria, I'm gonna keep submitting things that aren't completely perfect but which I still believe might just pass. And all the while, I'll be getting better. It is my goal to be considered alongside users such as Fir or yourself as Wikipedia's best. -- KirinX 23:26, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
An admirable aspiration, to say the lest. I wish you the very best in your endeavors, and many good exposures! --Janke | Talk 04:01, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:40, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Explosion in Turret #2[edit]

On 19 April 1989 the #2 Turret of the battleship USS Iowa exploded, resulting in the deaths of 47 sailors. At first, NCIS officials theorized that an improvised explosive device had been used in the turret, but this theory was later abondoned and the cause of the explosion, though never determined with certainty, is generally believed to have been static electricity igniting loose powder.
Eye catching
Articles this image appears in
April 19, USS Iowa (BB-61), Live fire exercise
United States Navy
  • Support as nominatorTomStar81 (Talk) 18:34, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, I was going to weak support... but there is already an FP from this boat... if there was an article about the incident then I could see making this an FP (because of its historic importance, despite its obvious quality issues), but I am not sure now... gren グレン 22:16, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't a vote supposed to be based soley on the photo? Moreover, our current Iowa FP is of a broadside, not a disaster that prompted a scandal. TomStar81 (Talk) 23:54, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I don't know if you are right or wrong. I tried to bring up this question in the talk page explicitly, suggesting that we make redundancy with other FPs a reason not to promote additional nominees, but with this was shot down - apparently in favor of people preferring a nebulous system in which we let people natural inclinations dictate the response on a photo by photo basis, rather than make a rule. Debivort 00:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Does the image best represent the subject? Since we are often unaware of the many different ways a subject can be represented an often useful way to tell is by looking at other representations of the subject. The photo you nominated has many technical problems. If it had been well executed I would have supported it, but since it wasn't I try to ascertain if a technically problematic photo does the best job of representing the subject. My conclusion was because of the time bounded nature of the explosion it likely represents that pretty well; however, there is no article about that. So, does it represent the ship or live firing exercises very well? I am not convinced and one reason I don't think it represents either very well is because the other FP on this subject does both jobs more satisfactorily. So, my main reasoning is that while the disaster is probably important, it probably isn't important enough to make a technically problematic image a featured picture for the two subjects (even though I haven't yet opposed). And 1906 San Francisco earthquake has two FPs in it... and I think they both deserve to be featured. Hope that helps. gren グレン 02:16, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
        • So the key issue here then is not so much the technical aspects of the photo, but the fact that the photo doesn't exist in its own independent article pertaining to the subject matter specifically; in this case, the concern is over the absence of an article detailing the 1989 explosion of the #2 turret aboard the battleship. Hypothetically, then, if an article on the subject was created, that would be a suficent reason to weigh the crappy technical aspects of the photograph against its historical criteria. Thats what I understand form this discussion, so my question here is: Is my read on this nomination correct? TomStar81 (Talk) 03:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
          • In certain circumstances technical aspects of images become less important. For this image its low resolution was ignored because it is important and non-replicable. There is not much rarity in depicting the Iowa so it should have a good quality or otherwise extraordinary photo to represent it. If there was an article about the explosion of the gun and the death of the sailors then the guidelines for what would be the best to represent the article would change since we would have to look at criterion 5, "Adds value to an article", differently. It isn't necessary to include this image in either article it is presently in. It would not make or break the article. It would (providing there are no better images of the explosion) make or break an article about the incident itself. The guideline even says "[t]he encyclopedic value of the image is given priority over its artistic value". So, I mentioned the other FP because that is a good image of the Iowa and inclusion/exclusion of this won't make or break the article especially since there is already another good image for it. As for your read on the nomination... if you mean that a vote should solely be based on the photo then I'd say no, because rules 3 and 5 (and even 6, 8, and 9) mean that we need to compare to outside images/ideas. gren グレン 10:17, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - wow, the direct comparison really highlights how much better and more interesting the currently featured pic is. --jacobolus (t) 13:40, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment The featured picture we already have is 'Not' depicting the same thing, i removed the image for comparrison because it is comparing chalk and cheese --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:42, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose a news pic not really an enc illustration, also why is this in Live fire exercise it it was a real accident? --Dschwen 07:15, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes this was a real accident; in fact, the incident holds the US Navy record of being the worse loss of life under 'peaceful' conditions. Its in live fire exercise because the accident occured while the ship was involved in a live fire exercise. Its listed there to illistrate the dangers involved in a live fire exercise when go wrong. Frankly, I am wondering if I may have better luck creating an article on the incident and then renominating the image. TomStar81 (Talk) 09:08, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 04:36, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Events in early ballooning and parachuting history[edit]

Collecting cards with pictures of events in early ballooning and parachuting history from the Tissandier collection at the Library of Congress, 1st Series Collecting cards with pictures of events in early ballooning and parachuting history from the Tissandier collection at the Library of Congress, 2nd Series

Another find from the Library of Congress archives in high quality, with high enc (used in 20+ articles and today's "Did you know?") and high entertainment value. Proposed caption:

Two sets of late 19th Century collecting cards, depicting historical events in ballooning and parachuting history from 1783 to 1846. The cards show first flights, military accomplishments, triumphs and tragedies, such as the death of Tom Harris in 1824, who sacrificed his life when his balloon lost altitude and threatened to kill Harris and his fiancée.

For the accuracy of the depicted events, I recommend reading the article on Sophie Blanchard.
Articles this image appears in
Both sets: Balloon (aircraft)
1st Series – 1,2,4: Montgolfier brothers; 3: Gas balloon; 4,8: Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier ; 5: Jacques Charles; 6: Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau; 7: Jean-Pierre Blanchard; 8: Aviation accidents and incidents; 9: Surveillance aircraft; 10: Battle of Fleurus (1794), History of military ballooning; 2,4,5,7,10: Timeline of aviation - 18th century.
2nd Series – 1: Battle of Mainz; 2: List of early flying machines; 3: Louis-Sébastien Lenormand; 4: André-Jacques Garnerin; 5: Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Jean-Baptiste Biot; 6: First French Empire; 7: Sophie Blanchard; 2,4: Timeline of aviation - 18th century; 5,8,9,10: Timeline of aviation - 19th century.
Romanet & cie., c. 1890–1900
  • Support as nominatortrialsanderrors 03:28, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as a set of individual images Looks good but I think it should be prmoted as a set of all the individual cards, not 2 overviews of the cards. --antilivedT | C | G 03:38, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • So who's gonna tag them all.. :-) ? I'm ok with it, but even featured sets need "lead pictures" that get the FP tag. ~ trialsanderrors 04:56, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - I agree, but the individual cards won't make the size requirements... are we ok to waive that since it's a set? If there's consensus in that direction, then I'll support. tiZom(2¢) 04:27, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • They're 972 × 1422 pixels each, that's far above minimum size. ~ trialsanderrors 04:48, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, what exactly is supporting as a set? Do we have a way to deal with that... feature picture sets? I would support as that if there is a way to deal with it... because I don't think having this many entries of the same type into FP is a good way of dealing with it. gren グレン 05:01, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • See thread on talk page. Bezier curves has just been promoted as the first official featured set, although by all accounts the Mandelbrot set one was our first de facto set. ~ trialsanderrors 05:30, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Ah, thanks. gren グレン 06:29, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
        • The featured set template wasn't around when the Mandelbrot set set (ha ha) was nominated. That's not to say it couldn't replace the generic template we have on it now.--HereToHelp 13:32, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support and Comment: there are only two images here, Tomtheman and Grenavitar. There are 20 cards, but there are two uncut sets of 10, and so only two pieces of paper and two images. Support because they illustrative, historical, and fun to look at. Enuja 05:28, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I think the reason we are talking about sets is because this image isn't the greatest resolution whereas each individual one is. I'm not particularly impressed by the usage of the uncut cards in the balloon article, but I am very impressed by the whole set and how they are used throughout Wikipedia. gren グレン 06:29, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
      • There are two versions to the full cards ("higher" and "highest resolution", this is easier to see on Commons). The only reason why I had to downsample the cards is because in the 13 megabyte version it wouldn't create thumbnails. ~ trialsanderrors 07:45, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support: It doesn't matter to me if the pictures are grouped or not--it's more applicable to the article this way.- 11:28, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support cut up version By having the individual cards available, the event they portray can be illustrated without 9 other distracting images. As for the "lead" image, it should be the first card (chronologically).--HereToHelp 13:32, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support either together or individually. —dima/talk/ 18:31, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- see above --Penubag 08:30, 13 April 2007 (UTC)penubag
  • Support I'd support promoting all 20 images, but only tagging for the front page one or both of combined images (so I guess that would be 22 images promoted). These images are well scanned, historical illustrations. They not only illustrate ballooning, but they have art historical significance. -Andrew c 17:32, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted as a set of individual images. --KFP (talk | contribs) 12:22, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Steak tartare[edit]

Great photo of the Steak tartare
Articles this image appears in
Steak tartare
Rainer Zenz
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 13:09, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Not really an "eye-catching" picture. 8thstar 14:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The background is noisy, and I agree with the above comment that it is not eye catching. Hardly a beautiful picture. Jsc83 18:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose not special and not that encyclopedic --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:28, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment So now you have to be BOTH encyclopedic and beautiful? Gosh that'll be hard... I don't consider the eye-surgery or the decapitated mouse very beautiful, we should delist them. The Background is not noise, it's the pattern of the table (I've never seen noise that's affected by DOF); The meat could be more fresh (or is it supposed to be that colour?), and the lighting could be softer but I don't see major problems with it. --antilivedT | C | G 01:17, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I think it's reasonable to expect food shots to look appetizing, whereas expecting that of something like eye surgery is obviously absurd. This has been poorly arranged and shot under fluorescent tube lighting on a too-large, dull-looking plate, sitting on what looks like a kitchen benchtop. You could replace the steak with a surgically removed internal organ and it would look no less appetizing. Sorry, but it's clearly not FP material. mikaultalk 08:46, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Looks yummy but I don't think it's Featured Picture material. Aequo 05:39, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, it does display the subject well, but it just doesn't have the oomph of a featured picture. --Golbez 10:40, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, not very 'professional' looking, for lack of a better word. For featured food we have Image:Iran saffron threads.jpg which does an incredibly job of just isolating the object itself and Image:Cheese limburger edit.jpg which makes a nice scene out of the cheese. This doesn't really do either. It does get blurry closeup and I think a better job could be done. (even though it wouldn't be easy) gren グレン 12:55, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Nothing special, and the glare off the plate and the yolk are pretty bad. howcheng {chat} 20:15, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 03:58, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Two Banana Slugs[edit]

Two babana slugs (Ariolimax)
A great picture illustrative of this species. Despite the 800 × 600 resolution, the detail remains very satisfactory when the picture is zoomed.
Articles this image appears in
Banana slug
  • Support as nominatorHúsönd 01:37, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Does not meet resolution "guideline", and has some spots where the subject or background's highlights are blown to whiteness. Interesting composition (nice to have two of 'em), but I can't see much of the front or underside.--HereToHelp 01:49, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, could be higher resolution, blown out or very close..., the twig is distracting. gren グレン 01:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose My feelings are that only an exceptional or un-reproducable image should be exempt from guidelines. This isn't --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 21:31, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Low resolution and not very interesting. 8thstar 15:49, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 03:58, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Aerogel matches[edit]

A pack of opened matches on top of an aerogel brick, which displays the substance's insulative properties by preventing the matches (even the ones near the edge of the aerogel) to ignite.
This picture greatly improves the clarity of the "Properties" section of Aerogel, it has great image quality and basically fulfills all of the FP criteria. (Not to mention was considered as a replacement for Image:Aerogelbrick.jpg as a FP.)
Articles this image appears in
Aerogel, Match
Ed g2s NASA
  • Support as nominator ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 23:45, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Even though I did put it in the delisting nomination for people to compare it with the other one, I still think this one also is not up to FP quality. It's easily reproducible and the quality is some how poor. But the subject is indeed very interesting. --Arad 00:25, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment how is the aerogel suspended above the flame? It's a little too hard to figure out for me, it looks a bit too photoshopped, even though I don't think it is. Mak (talk) 02:01, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • it's not suspended above the flame. The aero gel is the flame. It's made in a way that makes it look like a flame. Right? --Arad 02:18, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
I see the aerogel, it's the, well, gel-looking square. The flame is from the torch below it. But how is the aerogel being held up? Is it the clear plastic circle you can see? What is the circle made of? what is it attached to? I don't like having to ask all these questions about an FP, but maybe I'm being picky. Mak (talk) 02:21, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
Another picture from the source displays the stand holding up the aerogel block: [10] Phony Saint 02:27, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
My point is more that it is difficult to tell what is going on in the image than that the image is fake or anything like that. Mak (talk) 02:32, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Answer: The aerogel support is the gray bar that is visible if you look at the top right hemisphere of the image closely. The aerogel is the blurry (and it looks that way because of the way light is refracted in the substance) substance immediately below the circle and above the flame. The clear circle, which I'm fairly certain is just plastic, is there so that the matches do not touch the aerogel directly. Hope that cleared everything up, ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 02:55, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflict... Magnus/Steptrip, I'm afraid you're a bit off) - Hi Makemi. These aerogel images are rather cool, but I don't think this is the best illustration. You have to get matches pretty hot before they spontaneously ignite. The Crayola image here is a better example and also answers your question about what's holding it up. The aerogel is supported on a steel loop stand thingy, which is much more visible in this shot. I don't think they're photoshopped, it's just that the lighting is darker on the matches photo. --YFB ¿ 03:02, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
Yes, yes, I understand, I'm just saying that the illustration is not great because it's not immediately clear what's going on. Mak (talk) 03:04, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

(od) Uh, sorry... just spotted that this has already been pointed out above. Oops. Do you have an opinion on the Crayola image as an alternative? --YFB ¿ 03:20, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

If it weren't so small and smudgy it might be, yeah :) Mak (talk) 03:21, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
739x882... OK, I'll just go to bed now and in the morning, can we pretend I didn't just say any of the above? :/ --YFB ¿ 03:25, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
No worries. Mak (talk) 03:27, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Oppose If even the nominator can't tell what's going on, the average user won't either. The flame blends in too much with the aerogel in this particular picture, and the caption in the Aerogel article isn't very descriptive. There are better alternatives for pictures: one of more than sufficient quality at Image:Aerogelflower.jpg, and another picture of a hand on an aerogel block, if someone can obtain and upload the higher quality version of it (the lower-res version is terrible). Phony Saint 04:36, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Comment: There is a difference between the nominator (who liked the image) and the creator (the person to whom all questions should be directed). Also, the flame is easy to pick out because it contrasts sharply with the black background. I'll take a look at the other aerogel image shortly. ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 16:39, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
As the nominator, you should be able to explain why the problems are trivial or do not affect its nomination. The creator has nothing to do with this nomination. Phony Saint 16:59, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
OK. In that case, I'll rephrase my answer to the main question: The aerogel support is not the subject of the photo, and as such, it is trivial, but you can see it in the top-right hemisphere of the photo. Also, as you can see, I can answer almost all of the questions asked. ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 03:07, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose visually confusing (unlike [11]) —Pengo 22:26, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Looks Photoshopped rather than an actual photo and thus fails in its encyclopaedic value. Centy 13:07, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Fairly low quality, and though it's cool looking, the image is way confusing. Amphy 16:43, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 10:43, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Washington DC Metro Map[edit]

A geographically accurate map of the Washington DC Metro system.
A rarely found accurate scale map of the WMATA system, SVG and public domain.
Articles this image appears in
Washington Metro
  • Support as nominatorNoclip 20:12, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment, it has no sources to verify its accuracy. The caption is not very good either. gren グレン 02:31, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • oppose not particularly attractive, and very little information in the thumbnail. For example, the potomac river runs through there, but is completely unlabeled. Adding it would improve both the attractiveness and encyclopedicity. Debivort 05:11, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose I live in DC, and ride the metro almost everyday, so between that and google earth, I think the accuracy is good. But thats original research and I don't feel right using that as justification. Also, the caption is misleading. I wouldn't call it geographically accurate if there is no geography in the picture. --Uberlemur 02:38, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - A featured picture would show the political boundaries between DC, VA & MD. The captions are too small relative to the overall size of the image. Also, no indication of scale. --dm (talk) 20:26, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 10:43, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Yosemite Valley in June 2006
Version 2

Yosemite Valley[edit]

A nice panorama of the Yosemite Valley in June 2006.

Appears in Yosemite National Park

  • Support Self Nom. --Ba'Gamnan 11:20, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose Breathtaking beauty. This is just how a tourist sees the valley when emerging from the tunnel. There's some slight sharpening artifacts above the trees at left. If the "almost blown" highlights can be adjusted, I might support. --Janke | Talk 12:19, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose, nice photo, and I don't see any obvious flaws in it (besides that it could be bigger, and the sky is a little grainy). Although it's nice, I don't see it as anything spectacular and worth an FP. gren グレン 12:51, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment. I'm not a photo expert-- could this photo be improved by cropping (especially of the tree on the right?) Spikebrennan 13:36, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Per gren. 8thstar 00:20, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose. This is almost there. The lighting looks a little harsh ... maybe midday? Early morning light would suit this a lot better I think. howcheng {chat} 20:11, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Nice place, but it's still not very rich, and I doubt altering it can help. The sky is VERY pixelated/blown (a cloning tool can help with that).-DMCer 06:50, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 10:43, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Ejaculation demo[edit]

Demonstration of male ejaculation (linked as bad image).

One of a kind picture (after all, who really wants to ejaculate for Wikipedia?). It assists greatly in describing the article, ejaculation, perfectly.
Articles this image appears in
Ima learner on commons.
  • Support as nominatorTrue ozzy 10:51, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose - I wouldn't want to see this on the WP front page - and the still picture is only 200 px wide, so it (er, the photo ;-) isn't big enough. Sure, WP isn't censored, but still... In the article it is OK, since those who search for it know what they're looking for. --Janke | Talk 16:07, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose and this should be closed. For something almost 50% of the adult population can do I think we can manage a technically better picture. Iff that happens then we can get into a serious discussion about the main page... but for now this picture is merely a joke. gren グレン 16:34, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose and delist as vandalism - user has vandalised WP before, image fails every single criterion and yes, I know about AGF but I think we have enough evidence to show that this is not a serious nom. Anyway, an image on the bad images list couldn't be shown on the main page. If, however the user submitted a high quality diagram of the ejaculation process (or animated diagram) then we would consider. —Vanderdeckenξφ 17:55, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted ~ trialsanderrors 18:52, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Pro-cannabis rally, Victoria, British Columbia, 4/20/2007[edit]

Marijuana users and pro-cannabis legalisation campaigners gather in Victoria, British Columbia to celebrate "420", the unofficial annual National Pot-Smokers holiday, on April 20th, 2007
Striking and emphatic photo illustrating the widespread popularity of April 20th as a celebration day. High-quality photograph, high-definition etc. with encyclopaedic use.
Articles this image appears in
420 (cannabis culture)
  • Support as nominatorJdcooper 15:02, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Dude.. Its like.. not interesting and kinda blurry.. 8thstar 15:22, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Obvious Oppose - So many reasons. It's VERY poor quality, bad chromatic aberration, blurry, easily reproducible, ..., low enc,... --Arad 17:35, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Sorry, but as others have mentioned, it has serious image quality issues. All the people have purple auras due to chromatic aberration. Were you using a wide angle adapter lens or something? I've got a Canon S3 IS too and never seen such bad chromatic aberration from it. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 22:06, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Hey, sorry, it was wrong of me to nominate this from the looks of things. I know nothing about photography, i didnt take the photo, and iv never seen a featured picture nomination debate before. I just liked the photo. Should have done more research :/ Jdcooper 00:23, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
      • It's OK. There is no problem with nominating, but something we (the voters) might go harsh on some of them. Better luck with your other FPCs. ;-) --Arad 14:18, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose – just a snapshot. --jacobolus (t) 23:39, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose purple haze - I mean fringing. Debivort 00:19, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose not clear, purple fringing. Not even close to FP quality, and that is from the photographer. Many of the problems may be due to haze in the air and in my lungs at the time. HighInBC(Need help? Ask me) 01:49, 22 April 2007 (UTC)'
  • Oppose I have nothing to say that has not already been said, but when the photographer opposes, there is definitely something wrong with the situation. I forgot to sign J Are you green? 03:31, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Well, I'd say that when the photographer opposes, it doesn't mean there is something particularly wrong with the situation. They're just honest about their images. I've opposed some of my nominated images on occasion. Not every image we contribute to Wikipedia is destined for FP. Diliff | (Talk) (Contribs) 16:38, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:22, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Lace Monitor[edit]

A Lace Monitor or, more commonly refered to as a goana Varanus varius
sharp, clear, informative. The detail in the scales is very good and it is a Featured Picture on Commons
Articles this image appears in
Varanus varius
--Benjamint444 04:12, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support as nominatorBenjamint444 04:12, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The subject(also known as yellow-throat goana) is cut off, somewhat blurry, and has a significant portion of its leg out of focus. Also, there is some chromatic abberation in tree bark and out of focus areas of leg. It doesn't bother me too much, but I'm not a huge fan of the muddy background either. It is a very nice picture, though, and I do not disagree with your nomination, but I think that its detracting qualities are just a few too many. J Are you green? 15:22, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose per thegreenj.--HereToHelp 15:32, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose As above. Also, the background and tree are distracting to the central area of focus. --Asiir 12:07, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:22, 27 April 2007 (UTC)


Windmill in Sønderho, Fanø, Denmark.
Wonderful picture. Featured on Commons.
Articles this image appears in
Fanø, Smock mill, Windmill fantail, Danish Wadden Sea Islands
  • Support as nominatorTomer T 09:25, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, but can you sharpen it a little?--Svetovid 11:02, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support good picture! - Sushant gupta 12:03, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose I really don't understand why this was promoted to COM:FP. While colour and exposure are good, I suppose, and composition isn't bad, it has this awful, front-on lighting. Because of this it looks really 'flat', showing us little in the way of form and structure, has poor textural detail and there's almost no discernable fine detail at all, probably due to heavy JPEG compression. Sharpening would only make this lack of detail more obvious, although substantial downsampling might stop the viewer looking for it. mikaultalk 12:59, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Blurry and oversharpened. ~ trialsanderrors 18:00, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose Looks good at first glance, but problems are discovered it examined more closely.--HereToHelp 23:42, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:23, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Top of the Space Needle[edit]

The top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington exelempfies Googie architecture.
I really like the angle of the image and how it illustrates the observation deck (with people visible) and revolving restaurant, but because it was taken from very far away at ground level the underside is still visible. I've been waiting for a long time to self-nominate one of the many photographs I have contributed and I think this one is high enough quality. I still have the 4372 x 2906 original RAW file (though it required some straightening) if anyone would like to suggest improvements.
Articles this image appears in
Space Needle, Googie architecture
  • Support as nominatorCacophony 01:38, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment Is it possible that you do a vertical panorama and have the whole structure in it? Also did you resample the image? There are some moiré pattern near the top which would be correctable if it's caused by improper resampling. --antilivedT | C | G 04:11, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
From this angle (3000 ft. away at ground level zoomed to 400mm) a panorama wouldn't contain much the structure due to obstructions. To get much more than half of the tower you pretty much need to be elevated. I took another photo from a different location that turned out pretty good, but I'm not nearly as fond of that one and the prespective from the north makes the tower appear much larger (in relation to other buildings) than it is. As for the moiré on the solar panels, it seems to be like that on the RAW file and I'm not very skilled at post processing. Thanks for the comment. Cacophony 06:12, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • What lens/camera did you use? --Dschwen 07:11, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
I used a Canon 5D with a 100-400mm, f5.7, 1/800. I will add that to the image discription page. Cacophony 15:57, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Support What's that's grayish stuff on one of the center windows? Was that part of the subject?--HereToHelp 01:43, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I think thats the reflection of something... 8thstar 01:46, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose a (diliff style) shot of the entire tower would be more apropriate for FP. also I would prefer the picture taken against blue sky instead of a white cloud that hides the subject. otherwise fine but building shots are quite reproduceable and should have little in the way of flaws. and I personaly like your other full tower picture better -Fcb981 03:59, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Would be much more encyclopedic and visually appealing if the entire building was in the photograph. - Mgm|(talk) 09:07, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Not promoted MER-C 09:23, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Wow, ten days and three votes. 2-2 tie and it gets rejected? What a crock of shit. Cacophony 09:35, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
Calm down, but I do agree that FPC is becoming ever more picky on the non-issues lately. Now the pass rate is like what, less than 1 in 5? But you have to consider that we don't have an article of the top of the Space Needle, and if it became a FP it would be a lot more appropriate for the whole structure to be shown if it's linked to Space Needle --antilivedT | C | G 10:20, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
Well the reasons for opposition are the exact same reasons that I nominated it. Just because it dosen't contain the entire structure (90% of which is not interesting) is a piss poor reason to oppose it. This, this, this, and this, don't contain the entire animal, this, this, and this picture dosen't contain more than half the body, and this picture doesn't contain the entire atmosphere. The examples are endless. Saying that a Dliff image is just about as useless, we might as well close nominations to everyone that isn't a professional photographer. Cacophony 20:09, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
Well I think other parts of the structure is also quite interesting, and I would have full supported the alternative version if the photographer opened up the aperture a bit and used a lower ISO (quite a bit of noise and seems diffraction-limited), or even did a vertical panorama if he could; I would have weak supported this nomination if I remembered to vote, but my half vote still wouldn't make too much of a difference. --antilivedT | C | G 05:27, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Normandy Supply[edit]

Landing supplies at Normandy shortly after D-Day, 1944. Thus began the push which was to mark the turn of the Second World War for the Allies.
Edit 1: a rough rotate and crop for comparison
Edit 2: dust and scratches removed, slight tonal tweak, tiny crop for residual print border
Iconic, Irreplicable, Represents one of the biggest military actions in history, large image size.
Articles this image appears in
World War II, 1944, Battle of Normandy, Barrage balloon, Chronology of World War II
US Navy
  • Support as nominatorWitty lama 07:35, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, the technical problems are obvious, but I really like this... later at the beach landing when they are unloading equipment (and the barrage balloons are pretty cool). I think it could use a nicer summary. gren グレン 08:40, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Support original and edit 2 Very historic, capturing the moment in an truly irriplacible irreplaceable way. Thegreenj 02:02, 11 April 2007 (UTC) I really ought to check my spelling more carefully! Thegreenj 21:55, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per above.--Uberlemur 15:29, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support both (With preference for the edit) - I wish that the picture was more clean and clear and it also has a bad tilt. But it's obviously huge (the army)! Amazing shot. --Arad 00:10, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support- Does a rather good job at showing the scale of the operation. --Lewk_of_Serthic contrib talk 13:54, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - is there some guideline advising against retouching of historical images which I might be unaware of? This one, like a number of others I've seen, has an inordinate amount of dust and scratches which I'd be happy to clean up.. I've heard arguments in the past warning against the potential for lost 'siginifcant detail' if the retouch was less than respectful, that's all. For example, there might be a temptation to correct the skewed horizon, but the crop would lose detail at the margins. Just wondered; offer stands. mikaultalk 12:49, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • You can always give it a try. Why not. Make your edit, and we vote on it. --Arad 15:49, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
      • I've added a rough rotate and crop for comparison. If people prefer it someone might make a better attempt! Pstuart84 Talk 23:23, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm personally against the editing of historical photos (beyond cleaning up the image) - and this includes rotation and colour adjustment. There are arguments that this could lose elements, or that it changes the copyright status, but I say that it simply doesn't feel as "true" a picture anymore. It becomes reconstruction rather than just restoration. Witty lama 06:19, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I agree. This crop loses quite a bit of detail around the edges and on an image with so mcuh detail, we simply have to live with some idiosyncrasies. I've downloaded it to retouch, which I hope to get done today sometime. mikaultalk 06:53, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Here it is (Edit 2) I've been super-sensitive to what *might* be original detail and have left most stuff which (I believe) was on the original print, like chemical burns etc. mikaultalk 13:26, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2, reasons above. mikaultalk 13:26, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes, your edit (Edit 2) looks pretty damn good! I Support no.2 as nominator. Witty lama 14:57, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Great picture, very encyclopedic. The second edit is one fine job! 14:23, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:NormandySupply_edit.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 09:51, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Qing Ming Shang He Tu (Along the River During Qingming Festival)[edit]

Along the River During Qingming Festival; this panorama painting is an 18th century Qing Dynasty reproduction of the famous original by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145 AD) of the Song Dynasty. This elaborately detailed handscroll painting, supposedly depicting the old medieval city of Kaifeng, is among China's greatest visual masterpieces.
Edit 1
See also original nomination, which has already dropped below the "attention horizon" before we figured out how to retrieve the higher quality version. The version by antilived is the original, mine the brushed-up version, to see the difference between the two you can check the version comparison on the right.
Articles this image appears in
Along the River During Qingming Festival
Zhang Zeduan
  • Support as nominatortrialsanderrors 19:32, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support - Unless someone finds a stitching error or compression artifacts. Good job on the new nomination. ;-) --Arad 22:15, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support - Nice improvement. If any picture on this page deserves FA staus, this one definately does!-DMCer 23:59, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, well done. gren グレン 01:32, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Great improvements; the original is a B&W thumbnail by comparison. One problem: how is this going to fit on the Main Page?--HereToHelp 01:34, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Although it would be great if we can smooth out the luminance variation. --antilivedT | C | G 06:48, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure if that's not in the original. ~ trialsanderrors 08:52, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Either version. Congrats on finding this, Ishaana 13:21, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Both with a little preference for Edit1. Blieusong 17:29, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit. --KFP (talk | contribs) 15:00, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
  • 'Strong oppose edit and Support original. The edit just ups the contrast for no reason. The image is centuries old, we should expect some fading, and who says the contrast was even that great when it was first created? All I can say is this edit added extraneous 'pop' that isn't necessarily, and probably not representitive. Furthermore, the edit was sloppy. It lost some subtle color information by 'blowing' the blacks (blown shadows). -Andrew c 17:47, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
    • There are, from my estimate, about 20 different versions of this image online. You can see some in the Along the River During Qingming Festival article and some doing a Google image search. Very few have the low contrast of the National Palace Museum, so unless anyone actually saw the original at the museum we have no information about the actual contrast level, but likely it is higher than the NPM version. On "blowing out the blacks", can you actually point to an area of digital black? ~ trialsanderrors 19:52, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Any Been a long time since a picture on this page has made me go 'Wow!' Centy 12:49, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support either. Is there a translation of the text all the way on the right? howcheng {chat} 19:40, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Along the River 7-119-3.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 09:40, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Broadway Tower, Cotswolds.[edit]

Broadway Tower is a folly located at one of the highest points (1,024 feet above sea level) of the Cotswolds, England. On a day of clear weather, thirteen counties of England can be seen from the top of the tower.
Edit 1 by Arad - Removed the red dot on the window and also those white distracting spots
Edit 2 by Yummifruitbat - The edit that this image actually needed, cropped the bloke wandering off the edge of the frame
Edit 3 - Also removed one of the tourist and the flags and red light.
File:Broadway tower Edit4.jpg
Edit 4 - people edited off but kept width, and removed dead grass to right.
I feel that the image is quite striking and is an accurate and detailed depiction of the tower.
Articles this image appears in
Newton2 (Myself)
  • Support as nominatorNewton2 10:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support woa. Everything is nice to me on this picture. The people to the left help to have an idea of the size. Perhaps I would have loved to have a very bit more sky above, but this is just me. Blieusong 10:47, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Support Edit2 the crop does it. I added this to the nominations for FP candidate on commons (next to arad's edit nomination). Blieusong 20:07, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support In this cases, the two tourists in the pic actually adds to the pic. I like how the tower seems to stick out of nowhere. Very sharp and imposing. Encyclopedic pic. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 10:54, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment Here are some photoshopping ideas: remove both the tourists, the red light in the window, the "flag", the dead grass, and while you're at it...the entire tower itself. The resulting pic will be a good illustration of a grassy field on a clear day. ;) I'm actually wondering if someone can actually convincingly pull that off...since the tourists, red light, and "flag" were all removed without any tell-tale signs. It'll be a good example on the photo editing page. Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:11, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Better yet, replace the tower with the Tower Bridge. =) Jumping cheese Cont@ct 08:34, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Excellent colours, sharpness etc. Really good pic --Fir0002 11:31, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Support Edit 1 Edit 2 or 3 Nice. 8thstar 12:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2. Beautiful, and wonderful composition. I also think it has an excellent caption. Pstuart84 Talk 13:10, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • and strong oppose edit 1 per Dschwen on the grounds that manipulation should affect the capturing of the image, not the subject Pstuart84 Talk 15:36, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
      • And I don't think the subject is changed in anyway. --Arad 16:00, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Info Edit 1 - I took the freedom to upload the thit and the original on Commons for more access to all projects. Also, about the edit 1, I removed the red dot and white spots from the castle which I found distracting on this beautiful image. --Arad 13:24, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 or 3 - Per all above. --Arad 13:24, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose Edit 2 - It's too tight the crop for me. And the white and red spots are distracting --Arad 21:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Too tight? Cropping the man only reduced the total width of the image by 3.5%, on the opposite side from the actual subject. That seems a strange basis for an oppose. --YFB ¿ 21:58, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 1 or 3; normally, the tourists would be distracting, but in this they add useful scale and a sense of wonder. Also, generally beautiful pic. --Golbez 13:39, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • What's the point of removing the flag and the light in the window? --Dschwen 13:51, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I think I said it before. They are very distracting IMO. --Arad 13:59, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • If you feel you could improve a candidate by image editing, please feel free to do so. What does a complete white flag add to the image or a blown out light? I did what I thought would help the image, If it didn't help, then there is always an original to vote for. I wanted the image to be perfect (it's already good) for FP. ;-) --Arad 14:06, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • This is probably semantics, but it looks to me that you edited the subject not the picture. It is ok to compensate for technical shortcomings, but (and I know, we had that discussion, sorry) manipulating the subject, because it is not to your liking I finds questionable for encyclopedic illustrations... --Dschwen 15:14, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • IDK how i changed the subject? Those white flags didn't add anything informative to the image. Did they? --Arad 16:02, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Firstly, they're not white flags, they're guttering. Secondly, however unpleasant you might find them, they are a material part of the subject, not an incidental element in the surrounding scenery. This is an encyclopedia and we shouldn't post up anything which isn't materially and verifiably acurate. FWIW, I would personally crop out the figure in the left to up the drama a little more, but Support the original version as is. (changed support to edit 2 below) mikaultalk 17:18, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
As a note I do have a version of the image without any people in at all but I think that having the people adds to the image as it gives you a sense of scale. --Newton2 17:22, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
No! It's just great the way it is! Maybe have a look at cropping out that person doing an 'exit stage left', but as it is it's a great 'chance' shot, I love it mikaultalk 17:26, 14 April 2007 (UTC).
Thanks for your support! Yes I know what you mean about the person exiting the shot. Still if needs be they can always be cropped out as you say. --Newton2 17:37, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
No way. The humans must stay! :-) I just have a question from Newton2. What do you think about the edit? --Arad 17:55, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't mind either way really. I agree that the bright white object is quite noticeable but on the other hand I can also accept the point which others have made about only editing to correct technical faults etc. Again, although the white object is fairly obvious I don't think it detracts from the overall photo too much. --Newton2 18:33, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
I agree that the cloning out of the guttering and interior light is unnecessary and reduces the enc. There's another, less obvious gutter spout on the opposite tower so removing the right-hand one falsely implies asymmetry. The interior light indicates (albeit subtly) that the Tower is in use. --YFB ¿ 21:58, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Looks like it does improve the enc. Because as it seems, people may believe that someone is living in there. But it's only for tourism. --Arad 22:12, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
I don't understand what you mean. You appear to have equated "in use" with "lived in" in my comment - the presence of an electric light in no way implies inhabitation, but it does show that the building isn't derelict or permanently locked up. How can removing something which was present when the photograph was taken and an integral part of the subject improve the enc? The logic of that statement is seriously flawed. --YFB ¿ 22:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
It's better that you try be a bit more civil and comment on the photo not the person who comments. And AGF. In any way, those are distracting and I like it without them. You can do whatever you want, but that's how it is. --Arad 22:26, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Please point out where I have been uncivil, made a comment about a contributor or failed to assume good faith. I resent being accused of any of those things just because I have disagreed with your edits. --YFB ¿ 22:33, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support edit 01 - amazing pic. Well done. —Vanderdeckenξφ 14:49, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 2 only - Lovely shot. I've uploaded the edit that it was crying out for, removing the bloke wandering off to the left. I think this improves the composition immeasurably without diminishing the enc provided by the other person as a scale reference. I also took the liberty of moving the edit to the Commons - Newton2, if you're happy to licence your contributions under CC licences as you have here, then your work can benefit all Wikimedia projects if you put it on Commons instead of uploading direct to Wikipedia. --YFB ¿ 18:49, 14 April 007 (UTC)
  • No I don't mind the image being uploaded to commons with CC licence. --Newton2 19:04, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • support edit2 / strong oppose versions with gutter 'shopped out. Debivort 19:15, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Original, although if the consensus goes against me, then I'll support Edit 2. My problem with Edit 2 is that the woman isn't actually a good comparison for scale, as she's standing on the other side of the hill, down the slope a foot or two, so she's taller than she appears in the picture. You can actually see the guy's legs. Admittedly, this is a pretty minor quibble, but I also kinda like the "exit stage right" composition with the guy walking off. My first reaction when seeing this picture was "Oh, that can't be real"; but it is, so it's fantastic! Enuja 20:26, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
Personally I think it's pretty easy to visually interpolate the height of the woman without needing to see her feet. The difference to the proportion that results from the lower 8 inches or so of her being obscured is negligible when the comparison is this stark. Nonetheless you're perfectly entitled to hold a different opinion. Thanks for noting that you'd support an alternative consensus, that's a helpful attitude to take and makes closure decisions easier. --YFB ¿ 21:58, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2 only (for reasons stated above) although I'd support the original if it came to it, but oppose all other edits for enc reasons (also stated above) mikaultalk 22:58, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 2, Super strong oppose Edits 1,3, and 4. See above. --Dschwen 08:28, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. I want a tower like that. --KFP (talk | contribs) 17:51, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose all The subject has a sense of scale built in, the windows and doors. The people serve no purpose and deminish the ENC composition. If I wanted to sell this picture I might leave them in for atristic value but they dont belong in the artical. also, there seems to be some tilt that isn't from perspective distortion. Edit out all the people for some support. -Fcb981 23:37, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
You're opposing because there are people in the shot? Apart from pure aesthetics there is clearly a need for some scale reference; doors and windows come in a huge range of sizes and the building's imposing presence is clearly illustrated by the figure in the frame. I don't think the image as it is needs any more support than it already has. mikaultalk 00:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • you know what else come in a wide range of sizes... People. To a much greater extent than doors and windows. The people are not needed as a sense of scale. end of story. Also, if the image has enough support as is, why do you care how I vote? -Fcb981 02:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You can vote how you like, but I don't think the incentive of your support is enough to edit out all of the people in the shot, that's all. No need to get personal. Thanks entirely to the figure(s) in the frame, I can tell that the windows in this shot vary between one and twelve feet in height. You must know some really weird people ;o) mikaultalk 12:04, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 3 Perhaps, however, can someone make a version without the man or the light but with the flag/guttering?--HereToHelp 23:51, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
- this is getting silly... mikaultalk 00:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
    • It shouldn't have to be silly, its not one of the best pictures, why spend so much 'sillyness' fixing it. -Fcb981 02:49, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I have added yet another edit (sorry) so that people can see what it is like without the people in it. I myself am not sure about the people, having the woman does give some perspective but then without any of them there is less distraction. I also edited off the dead grass on the right, below the tower. Chris_huhtalk 15:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I have already mentioned that I do have another capture without the people in. However, the general consensus seems to be that the people are not detriment to the overall composition. --Newton2 17:09, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 2 or 3. Entheta 20:56, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support edit 3 everything in the photo is great, clouds looks ace the building itself is nice as is the sade cast upon it --Childzy (Talk|Contribs) 22:10, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support original The original is already good enough in my opinion. Furthermore, I've said numerous times before that I think some people are too fast with editing minor things out, but of course everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion and should make edits if he/she likes to. I still disagree though. -Wutschwlllm 21:22, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Edit 4; neutral to all others Who needs red lights, tourists, or dead grass in this stunning picture? Great quality. Removing everything else focuses your attention on the building itself. Edit 4 definitely should be promoted. However, I would be happy if any of them were promoted. -Powerfulmind pleasetalktome! lookatallofmyedits! 01:50, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
    • 25% comment, 75% signature, tsts. --Dschwen 09:04, 23 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Strong support edits 2 and 3 and support others. The people need to be in there for scale; looking at edit four the Tower doesn't seem so grand. However, I particularly like that edit four removed the dead grass in the corner. Amphy 02:16, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
  • I think having the woman in helps with scale, but the half cut-off, walking out-of-frame guy could be cut off (or cloned out). The bit of white guttering and the red light are not really a problem (although i see nothing wrong with taking out the red light) but the most distracting thing is the dead grass, so removing the dead grass and the man would be best, i think. Chris_huhtalk 10:35, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Actually, I like the "half cut-off, walking out-of-frame guy". I like the "dead grass" too. All that gives the picture much more "depth". -Wutschwlllm 21:14, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment: we desperately need to get a policy on digital manipulation. I find this whole nomination with three manipulated edits rather troublesome. And it worries me even more that people are just discussing what else to remove or retouch instead of realizing that this project is about creating an encyclopedia and not a tourist brochure or pretty fantasy world scrap book! --Dschwen 11:44, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I couldn't agree more. -Wutschwlllm 21:11, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Loooong discussion on the subject at FPC talk. Hyper-cloning is certialy worth a mention there. mikaultalk 23:45, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support Edit 2, Strong Oppose other edits. The light, guttering, and dead grass are part of the subject. Punctured Bicycle 02:12, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Promoted Image:Broadway tower edit.jpg --KFP (talk | contribs) 09:31, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Large Brown Mantid Close-Up[edit]

Alien Face - Extreme macro on an adult Large Brown Mantid
alt1 dust cloned out.

My younger brother found this amazing praying mantis - measured at least 11cm no including the reach it could get out of it's front legs (I guess it's not called a Large Brown mantid for nothing!). Shot in studio the background was not made in PS but a result of the background I chose for dramatic effect. Yes a focus bracket would have been nice, but this thing was live and moving!

  • Support Self Nom. --Fir0002 11:41, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Support. Guesome but amazing, especially the eye. Two questions though, is the white mark in the eye a reflection from a flash/lighting? Second, is the v-shaped hair between the attenae part of the animal or something on the lens? Pstuart84 Talk 13:08, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
    • I'm almost certain that it is a hair - odd isn't it? --Fir0002 22:59, 14 April 2007 (UTC)
      • Sorry Fir, are you saying it's the anim