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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:46 pm 
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Hi all, struggled a little for a subject this time... Hope it's got some scope for fun/interest. Special credit for shots taken for the challenge!

1 shot, taken in the last year please, I'll pick a winner next Thursday 2nd June

We used to give a quick critique of each entry, so if you're ok with it, i'll try to say what it is about each of the shots I like and why I choose the winner?

Hope ya all have fun! Get creative!

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Wow, Bambi! Very creative. Guess I need to get to work! LOL!

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Great topic Jamie and love your image. How did you do it, just camera movement? Your's is great too
Bambi, well done! Here's my humble effort:

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Great topic Jamie and love your image. How did you do it, just camera movement?


Yes, just set a slow exposure, panned the camera and opened the shutter :)

Great start already folks!

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works of art, miadelight and bambi.

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A twisted composite of two of my very old smoke shots. This doesn't qualify because original photos are more than 1 year old but I immediately thought of this when I saw Bambi's awesome conversion.

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hey guys, what's up? no one else up for this assignment? let me post another pic then... just to get this going..
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So I have a couple of ideas,

Rain on the bus stop.

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and flight of the brass bees.

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Then just a flat out abstraction
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Terrific images, Thunder and ScottHadl.

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Yeah these are all excellent, I particularly like the rain and leaves on the bus stop (how on earth did you manage to find a bus stop without graffiti or scratch marks all over the glass???).

I was hoping to be able to enter this one, but have been really struggling with an idea for this (it's difficult try to think of taking a picture without a specific subject) so left it late. Also my camera gave up the ghost over the weekend, so that needs to go back to Canon. Guess I'll have to skip this one this time round.

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Portland spends a ton of money on the downtown bus mall, and the shelters are mostly pristine, I also think we have less of a problem with graffiti than other large cities. Thanks.

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Thanks to everyone who entered, as promised (threatened?) i've written a
few thoughts down that I had while looking through the images.

Bambi - Kaliedoscope
I really liked this image, nice colours and a great pattern. Abstract and creative!
I don't think I would change a thing. Really nice!
I'm presuming this was a flower with some PP added?

Miadelight - Moon
A nice image, having a night time feel (obviously). I'm having trouble
"getting it", but then abstract is abstract. I kinda like the way the
texture from the concrete (?) is imposed onto the moon.

Pali - Smoke
Your image is superb,the pattern is remarkable, and I like the way it's
isolated in the shot. It's almost hyptnotic. Shame it's out of the
1 year boundary, would've been a strong contender!

Cristen - Leaf
A well controlled shot Cristen, the DoF is good, but I find the shot
lacks a little in subject. My eye wanders around a little, not knowing
where to stop...

Cristen - Flower (?)
This is nice, it's overexposed, but I presume deliberately, sometimes this
works (as in this case). I would be tempted to up the saturation to
pop the colours a little, but otherwise, it's ticking boxes :)

Thunder - Bubbles (?)
This immediately caught my eye, it's abstract, very creative and really
colourful. The three main bubbles act as focal points and the lines
between them get my eye moving around the image. Another strong
contender! Really well done, very Dali-esque :)

Scott - Leaves
Easily one of my favourite entries. Much of the shot is oof giving the eye
nothing to settle on until the leaves kinda jump out at you (but only after
a few seconds puzzling what's going on). The clarity of the leaves is great

Scott - Bees
I see what you're going for here, showing the motion of the bees (I guess
this is a static shot that you've PP'd into motion?). I do like it, but
imho it's not as strong as the leaves, the black blob in the lower left third
is a little bit off-putting.

Scott - Rose
Interesting colours and patterns, wouldn't be out of place on a canvas in
a swanky condo. Nicely done.

Conclusion
Hard one to call folks, but it was a fight out between Thunder's bubbles, Bambi's
Kalidoscope and Scott's leaves. I have been back and forth between the bubbles
and the leaves, but the bubbles have it, congrats Thunder. The leaves were a
very very close second place, the image initially confused my eye, then
suprised me nicely, not something you get often. Honourable third place for Bambi's
Kaliedoscope. Lovely stuff!

Thanks to all who took part. Look forward to the next competition!!

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Congratulations to you, Thunder. That was really eye-catching and different. I would have chosen the same way, the bus stop leaves coming in close second. But hay, can you kindly tell me what it is all about and how you did it? :D

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Congrats Thunder - Love your image!

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WOW! This is the very first time that I have won a photo contest. Thank you Brazillance :D Stiff composition here, with great shots.

Thank you Cristen and Netsoft2k.

Cristen the parent photo is a 1:1 macro shot of early morning dewdrops in a spider web, it was cropped to get around 2.5:1 mag. I did standard PP and then ran it through several Topaz programs. I never write down which ones or how many times I run the picture through them, that way I can not duplicate the effect and each effort is unique.
This is the original. For some reason I prefer the portrait orientation for the abstract and the landscape for the non-abstract.
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Ok, not ever expecting to win one, I have not given thought the a topic. Hmmmmmm…….

How about "small" That has a wide range of interpretation. A man next to a mouse is huge, but place the man next to an oil tanker and he is a speck. So don't just think macro. Say start now and go to next Thursday with the winner announced on Friday? I am in the eastern time zone in the U.S.A.

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How about "small" That has a wide range of interpretation. A man next to a mouse is huge, but place the man next to an oil tanker and he is a speck. So don't just think macro. Say start now and go to next Thursday with the winner announced on Friday? I am in the eastern time zone in the U.S.A.


Sounds good, but it's up to you to start the new topic.

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mikealex wrote:
Thunder wrote:
How about "small" That has a wide range of interpretation. A man next to a mouse is huge, but place the man next to an oil tanker and he is a speck. So don't just think macro. Say start now and go to next Thursday with the winner announced on Friday? I am in the eastern time zone in the U.S.A.


Sounds good, but it's up to you to start the new topic.


Cool, it is up.

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Well done, Thunder! Congratulations to you!


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