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Post by alisonb » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:28 pm

Any suggestions for our next contest or would you all like to take a break until the New Year?


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Post by slick4591 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:50 am

We did a Christmas one back when we first started the contests. My suggestion is we do it again. We could have the deadline and vote after the first of the year.
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Post by alisonb » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:38 am

That's an excellent idea Slick...we can leave it wide open, just call it 'Christmas'. Could be a tree, meal, decorations, church...anything 'Christmasy'.
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Post by alisonb » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:11 am

Any suggestions on our March contest theme? :D
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Post by M-5 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:24 am

alisonb wrote:Any suggestions on our March contest theme? :D


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Post by alisonb » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:26 am

So we would be sorted for the next 3 months :D
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Post by Putangitangi » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:28 am

Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)

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Post by alisonb » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:49 pm

Good one Putangitangi :D
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Post by greybeard » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:29 pm

Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)
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Re: Next Contest

Post by Putangitangi » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:34 pm

greybeard wrote:
Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)
I used to think, then hope, that too. Turns out that if you put a cute dog or baby or a flag in the picture, even if it's not a very good picture, it'll get the votes. That's why I thought it might be interesting to constrain the subject and look at the actual photography.

It could be that I'm biased and only think it's that way. I don't like dogs, don't really like babies and I live in a country where flying flags isn't really a thing we bother doing.

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Re: Next Contest

Post by Nesikep » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:34 pm

greybeard wrote:
Putangitangi wrote:Since it is a photography contest as well as a picture competition (if it potentially is?), why not set a topic, say one calf, or one flower, or one something (oh please not an American flag or I haven't a hope) and the competition is the best photography, not the best subject? Have us all concentrate on how beautifully executed a picture can be, rather than the attractiveness of the subject.
People often have no idea of how to focus their camera or how to set up so that the background isn't full of distractions or how to get the light right so the subject really stands out. (I do it by chance sometimes but it would be fun to really pay attention to it for a purpose.)


I had always assumed each PHOTO contest was exactly as you describe. Otherwise it becomes a 'best looking calf, most impressive tractor, ugliest child, mangiest cat, prettiest flower, cutest grandchild' judging. (Not that I'm very good at focus, lighting, etc)

Somehow "ugliest child" seems to be the ticket to winning every time!

I do try to judge them based on how well it's pictured, as well as how well it suits the topic for the month. You can still take good pics with a cell phone, I just found that they lose sharpness on long distance more than a good camera does, but they take great pictures of near subjects.
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Post by ohiosteve » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:18 am

I think it's a combination of the subject and the quality of picture that decides the winner. Everyone is different but personally the subject usually is more important to me than the quality of the photograph, but not always. I would venture to say that most folks on here feel the same way as me. I think the best contests are the ones that are the most vague. They definitely get the most entries. I think a contest simply titled "Hand" would be a really good one.
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Post by alisonb » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:16 am

Nice one too Steve :D
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Post by alisonb » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:24 am

Okay, we are sorted for the next 5 months. They are as follows -
March - Winds
April - Showers
May - Flowers
June - Dung(concentrating on technique)
July - Hand

So now you know, keep a camera on hand at all times. Thanks for the suggestions folks :D
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Re: Next Contest

Post by Putangitangi » Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:07 pm

June's a bit crap.

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