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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:58 pm 
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Okay, here's the challenge for this week: Rocks.

yes, rocks. I love rocks. Interpret as you choose.
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    taken within the past 12 months
    Closes end of day Saturday Jan 21 (but I'm not judging until sunday so you have some leeway)

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I don't have many from the past year that meet the standard.

#1 is an 1850's well / spring house made from nearby stones/rocks. It was built over the spring which allowed the house to be used as a refrigerator for butter, eggs etc...
The original spring and farm houses were the only buildings not destroyed by the Union Army's occupation as the home was used as a hospital.

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#2 is an historic marble marker honoring the Missouri militia for thier service during the USA's Civil War fought from April 1861 through June 1865.

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#3 coastal lava rocks at night ... after drinking a few ice teas. :)

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Well, we have quite a variety of rocks out here, that's for sure. Pretty interesting geology (lots of sedimentation, volcanism, faults & earthquakes, and sea action make for interesting scenes). These are within the last 12 months though I'd like to try to get out to shoot something specifically for the challenge. I may remove one and replace it if I manage to get out though my foot is injured and it's a bit of a challenge to hobble around right now ;)

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(I have a suspicion we're going to see "Poseidon's molar" in this challenge BTW.. you'll see what I mean or just search the rest of the forum ;)).

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Hmmm, I'd have to take a shovel with me to find some rocks under all the snow at the moment. Easier to dig into the archives I'm afraid ;)

Here's two from September. I'll reserve the 3rd in case I do get out with that shovel ;)

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I will start with this one. Patterns and rock minimalist.
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irresistible force meet immovable object.
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Ice and rock
It has not been cold enough for me to get up the gorge for ice shots this year yet. so this is from about this time last year.
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Well I'm away this weekend and not going to get the chance to shoot anything and process before the deadline. Here are some rock pics to share from my archives. 2 of these are about 6 years old, so please don't include them as potential winners. I just wanted to join in ;)

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you guys are awesome! I am really enjoying the submissions.

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hmmm i have 1 more rock photo better find it or take another one

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These were all shot this past August:

1. The Berlin Wall - Berlin, Germany

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2. The Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland

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3. Rocks, just off the Swedish coast, near Stockholm

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okay guys I have had a chance to look at all of them. :) Thanks for participating!

Phil- I love how you showed various aspects of rocks. That springhouse is cool. I like how you did HDR to show the interior but you didn't over do. I was thinking a closer crop might be more interesting but then it wouldn't show it in context.

The memorial shot was excellent. I love the low and off-set angle. including the cannon was a great choice. I am not sure that HDR was called for here but that's a minor nit.

even with a few 'teas' ;you still have your camera. Those lava rocks are nifty. If it wasn't for the stairs it would look like an underwater shot

Walter- I am glad that you participated even with your sore foot! I love your first shot- those rocks are fascinating and having the island there is a perfect compositional element.
#2- is this a sunset shot? I love the low golden light and smooth water. it contrasts nicely with the texture on the rocks. The leading line of the sky, rock and water all work to draw my eye to the horizon.
#3. great exposure and perspective here. I love the mix of trees and organics with the rocks.

MikeAlex: Sorry about the snow- I wasn't thinking when I picked the challenge. #1 is very cool with the smokey water and textured rocks.
#2 is interesting- was this from your trip to Croatia? The rocky coastline leading to the house and boats sheltered in the corner is lovely. A lower angle might have worked here too- but it could have obscured the boats/house too.

Scott- Love the minimalist shot. The ripples and the splash of colour are perfect. I find it very soothing.
#2 you can see the force of the water in this. perfect timing for the splash.
#3. love the ice and water. The exposure is perfect which would not have been easy with the ice and water. I would be tempted to crop it where the green starts - when I look at it this way in my monitor it seems to make it a more dramatic and powerful shot.

Timmy- The first one is the one that's eligible, no? I love the effect that make it look like a miniture ('tilt shift?). this is cool and fun play but the shot would stand on it's own without it.
The sombrero is nifty. was it carved there?
#3- I spied the duck. HOw cool is that??

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okay now to continue....
Dwayne- #1. I love the colours, angle, composition and detail in this shot. It has a surreal effect as well. I would love to have this for my garden.
#2. love the minimalist feel to this. I love the mood.

Patrish: #1. this is an evocative shot that captures a piece of history. I remember the newscast of this coming down. Having that person there adds to the shot as well. The light is a bit harsh but we can't always choose when we are at spots.
#2. I've never heard of this church but what a cool spot.
#3. this is nice coastal shot. I like the layers and muted tones

Paul- what an incredible rock formation. the water is a spectacular colour.

Zifeng- love how you caught the crescent with the rocks. I might boost the curves to see how if it adds more drama. have you tried this in b&w?

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okay now I have to choose. First off, this was hard (no pun intended :)). Second- take my comments with more than a grain of salt as I have no pretensions as to my expertise.
But the shot that captured my imagination most was Scott's minimalist shot:

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I find myself staring at it quite a bit. But really, it was a close challenge.

Scott- over to you. :D

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Congrats Scott! I really like that one too, and enjoyed looking at everyone's entries.

Bambi wrote:
Timmy- The first one is the one that's eligible, no? I love the effect that make it look like a miniture ('tilt shift?). this is cool and fun play but the shot would stand on it's own without it.

Yeah, just snuck in there. It was taken last Feb I believe.

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The sombrero is nifty. was it carved there?


Nope that's all natural. Apparently it's some kind of iron deposit in the rock and weather erosion exposes them in this weird "hat" like shape. There were a few of them around on a number of boulders.

Good work on the contest Bambi, nice idea and feedback.

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Congratulations, Scott. Excellent image! Bambi, good job with your comments and feedback to all the contestants!

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Congratulations Scott. This is a very Zen shot to me.

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Congrats...what's next?

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Hey thank you Bambi, great entries by all.

So music, the more creative the better. literal will not score as well as figurative. look for the new thread. Challenge #119.

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